South Padre Island receives Gold Star recognition for environmental initiatives

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From creating composting programs to offering free weekly recycling drop-off opportunities, a scenic tourist city continues striving to make positive environmental impacts.

And recently, that city’s efforts have caught the attention of a statewide organization.

The City of South Padre Island was named a Gold Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), an environmental and community improvement organization based in Austin.

Additionally, the city received a second place Governor’s Community Achievement Award.

“It’s a true honor to accept these awards that recognize the hard work of our community and City staff,” South Padre Island Environmental Health Director Victor Baldovinos stated in a press release. “It is very rewarding to see that our peers along with Keep Texas Beautiful notice our commitment to sustainable living that has a positive impact on our delicate environment.”

To receive Gold Recognition, affiliates are required to complete several tasks such as share their mission and goals, answer questions about their educational programs and solid waste initiatives and participate in a KTB event.

In an effort to receive the recognition, the city’s Environmental Health Services Department (EHSD) and the Parks and Keep South Padre Island Beautiful Committee showcased several green initiatives, such as their numerous beach cleanups, Litter Patrol Program and annual bottle cap collection contest.

Utilized during the summer months, the city’s Litter Patrol Program educates beachgoers on the importance of a litter-free beach.

In partnership with the Point Isabel School District, the EHSD educates students on green initiatives such as recycling.

South Padre Island city officials were formally recognized for being a Gold Star community during KTB’s 52nd annual conference in Rockwall, Texas, held late last month.