Bleed Orange, Live Green on Campus and in Austin

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:06am

By Alyssa Gonzales, Development and Communications Intern

The City of Austin has a Zero Waste goal set for 2040. That means 90% of discarded material is diverted from landfills. As a part of that goal, The University of Texas at Austin is aiming to become a Zero Waste campus by 2020. UT Austin’s goal is for 90% of discarded material on campus to be composted, recycled or reused.

Commercial Composting: A Hot Topic

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 3:34pm

By Sarah McConnon, Environmental Educator

The 2017-2018 school year has kicked off this week for students across Austin ISD. That means fresh school supplies, new students, and more opportunities for hands-on learning! At Keep Austin Beautiful, we are especially jazzed about one of the newest policies going into effect this school year: commercial composting for every middle and high school in the district.

Spring Highlights from the Creeks

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:21pm

By Adrianne Kartachak, Community Beautification Coordinator

With temperatures on the rise, Austinites are starting to think about ways to cool off at their favorite swimming spots. While for most of us local creeks are a reprieve from the heat, Keep Austin Beauitful’s Adopt-a-Creek leaders are busy all year long thinking about ways to improve our local waterways. Over 100 groups remove litter, track creek health, restore the riparian ecosystems throughout the year, and the heat won’t be stopping them from planning future projects.

5 Easy Steps for Clean Sweep Site Leadership

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:28am

By Myrriah Gossett, Director of Community Engagement

As a former Clean Sweep and Lady Bird Lake Leader, April was one of my favorite times of year. I would lament when I missed a cleanup at my site, mostly because I would miss meeting all the wonderful people who came out to help. While it has been a number of years since I proudly donned my Clean Sweep shirt as a leader, I’d like to share what my experience was like in hopes of inspiring others to wear the t-shirt of honor for 2017.

The word ‘leader’ can sometimes be a little intimidating. Do I have to speak in front of a large crowd? What questions will people ask—and what if I...

Eagle Scout supports Beautify Austin at Paredes Middle School

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:20pm

By Jill Capotosto, Volunteer Engagement Intern

Anthony Hall is one of 2.25 million.

If that doesn’t sound impressive, it’s because you don’t have full story. Anthony is an Eagle Scout, a rank awarded to 2.25 million young men since 1912. Over the course of the more than 100 years since the title was first awarded, only 4 percent of men who were Boy Scouts have completed the rigorous requirements to join the ranks of this elite group of 2.25 million.

Since becoming a Cub Scout in his troop more than 10 years ago, Anthony has stuck to...

Green Teens get “To Know the Dark”

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 3:40pm

By Ilya Shmulenson, Director of Programs

Dinosaur Valley State Park is known for its dinosaur tracks, but the Green Teens from Travis High School got to know its incredible night sky, learn about nocturnal animals, and experiment with night photography. Truly taking time "To Know the Dark”.

Lost and Found in the Austin Greenbelt

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 2:01pm

Guest blog by Jolyn Janis 

Lost and Found

This project began one morning on a casual hike down from the Scottish Woods Trail entrance of the Austin Greenbelt. I lifted my camera to shoot a gorgeous waterfall scenery. At the bottom of my shot was a water bottle and a crushed red canister of Pringles chips that someone had left. I raised my camera, annoyed that this trash was in the view. I had a choice in this moment: I could do...

Innovating and Problem Solving for the Future: Burnet Middle School

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 3:23pm

By Jill Capotosto, Volunteer Engagement Intern

They might be a couple years shy of 16, but the Green Teens at Burnet Middle School know plenty about cars—solar cars, that is. The students built and tested their own solar cars as a hands-on way to learn about renewable energy, one of the many topics they explored in their weekly Green Team meetings with their teacher, Hector Hernandez.


Small Business, Big Impact. Litter Abatement Award Winner: Capital Cruises

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 3:06pm

By Jill Capotosto, Volunteer Engagement Intern

It’s not quite enough to say Lady Bird Lake is an Austin icon, because Austin simply wouldn’t be Austin without it. The lake is an inescapable part of being an Austinite—it’s where we go for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. It’s the heart of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and the home to the world-famous South Congress bat colony. It’s one of the city’s most visited sites, attracting tens of thousands of visitors annually. Though it’s easy to think of our beloved lake as one unlike any other, it’s not immune to one of the major problems plaguing lakes and rivers throughout...

Mike Valescu: Professional Volunteer and Award Winner

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 4:52pm

By Jill Capotosto, Volunteer Engagement Intern

Meet Mike Valescu, professional volunteer, with over 23 years in the industry. He is an expert in volunteering around Austin, especially with Keep Austin Beautiful. If you’ve joined us for Clean Sweep, volunteered to mulch around Mable Davis Park, or participated in a custom service project with your coworkers, most likely you have worked with Mike. You may remember him by...


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