Keep San Antonio Beautiful, Inc (KSAB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower the citizens of San Antonio to take responsibility for improving their communities’ environment through public and private partnerships, community clean-ups, environmental education and volunteerism.
The San Antonio City Council created the Keep San Antonio Clean Community Commission in 1980. The Commission was charged with the implementation of the Keep America Beautiful program at the local level by participating with both public and private entities. In 1981 Bexar County joined this effort and the Commission’s membership and operating budget expanded county-wide.
In 1983 Keep San Antonio Beautiful, Inc. was formed as a nonprofit corporation to increase the Commission’s capacity, and to develop new, and strengthen existing, vital public/private partnerships and support. As a result, the organization’s program reach was expanded to include unincorporated areas of Bexar County.
Initially charged with the role of a Council advising body, helping to establish city-wide policy for decreasing the amount of loose refuse in the city, KSAB’s purpose and work has expanded to include addressing issues of resource recovery, recycling, waste reduction, and beautification. KSAB initiates, plans, directs and coordinates voluntary programs for litter control on a substantial scale in cooperation with citizens, government, businesses and industries within Bexar County.
As of October 2011, KSAB no longer served as a commission of the City of San Antonio and now operates as an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to its mission.
Keep San Antonio Beautiful, Inc. is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and of Keep Texas Beautiful.