Green Mountain Energy Company Encourages Texans to Help Support Local Keep Texas Beautiful Affiliates

Celebrate Earth Month with Green Mountain by voting for favorite Keep Texas Beautiful organization




Austin, Texas – Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy, will donate $5,000 during Earth Month 2011 to several local Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates throughout the state.


Beginning today, April 1, 2011, customers, members of the community, and supporters of the organizations will be able to vote for their favorite chapter and help it win a portion of the $5,000 to go towards community beautification projects. The six Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates that will participate are Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Houston, Corpus Christi, and McAllen.


“As a company founded with an environmental mission, Green Mountain Energy Company is thrilled to partner with Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates throughout Texas,” said Paul Markovich, president, Residential Services, Green Mountain Energy Company. “These donations will help local Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates to continue educating, beautifying, and improving communities throughout the state. We want all of our Texas customers and fans to tell their friends and family, to go on Facebook, and vote so these organizations can fulfill their missions.”


Customers, fans, and supporters are encouraged to vote for their favorite chapter through Green Mountain Energy Company’s Facebook page ( By becoming a fan (“like” it), voters will be able to see the survey and click on their favorite chapter to cast their vote. Voting will close at midnight on April 30th, 2011. The $5,000 donation will be divided between the six affiliates based on the percentage of votes. Green Mountain will announce the winners and present checks to each affiliate throughout May.


“We’re excited to have the support of a company like Green Mountain Energy Company,” said Cathie Gail, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “On a state level, one of our primary goals is providing education and support to our more than 365 local affiliates. They are our ‘troops on the ground,’ and this donation ensures that some dedicated organizations can continue doing all they can to help keep Texas beautiful.”


The History of Earth Day:

When did Earth Day start in the U.S.?

20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.

Why did it start?

Senator Gaylord Nelson wanted the environment to be a higher priority for the American people and politicians.

When did Earth Day go global?

On the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990, there were participants from 140 countries.

What is Earth Day like today?

Earth Day has turned into a month-long celebration and people all over the world are attending events, participating in helping the Earth, and putting the environment at the top of their priority lists.


About Keep Texas Beautiful

In 1985, KTB became a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB). Since then, KTB has been named an outstanding KAB state affiliate. KTB has the biggest environmental and community improvement network in Texas. It strives to inform and challenge Texans to take responsibility for improving their community through litter prevention, beautification, and waste reduction programs. For more information, visit



About Green Mountain Energy Company

Green Mountain, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, was founded in 1997 to “change the way power is made.” The company is the longest serving green power marketer in the U.S. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of clean electricity products from renewable sources, such as wind, as well as a variety of carbon offset products. Green Mountain’s largest customer is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 11.3 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. As a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Green Mountain is back by one of the nation’s largest renewable power producers. For more information, visit