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Susie Shockley Recognized for Extraordinary Commitment to Restoring Native Habitats

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 3:35pm

By Andrew Gansky, Event & Development Assistant

Keep Austin Beautiful is proud to honor Susie Shockley with the Texas Disposal Systems Dennis Hobbs Individual Achievement award. Susie has been a passionate environmental steward for more than 15 years, when she first served as one of the founding volunteers of the Lake Travis Cleanup. She has come back every year to Lake Travis, and always brings friends and family members to help out. Susie has also served as a longtime site leader at Zilker Park for Clean Lady Bird Lake, and has coordinated numerous service events with fellow Dell employees across Austin. In the past year alone,...

UT Elementary: Educating Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:24pm

By Andrew Gansky, Event & Development Assistant

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GoodPop Makes Good in the Community

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 3:08pm

By Andrew Gansky, Event & Development Assistant

This year, local Austin company GoodPop truly stood out for all the great work they did in the community, and we’re proud to recognize them with the Ebay Community Involvement Award. Hardworking Keep Austin Beautiful volunteers have been falling in love with GoodPop since 2015, when we first partnered with them to supply cleanups with free frozen pops—an especially sweet reward for volunteers committed to picking up litter and caring for our open spaces even during the long, hot Austin summers. This partnership soon grew into the #oddtrash campaign, a friendly competition among...

Environmental Leader Today: Jose Garcia-Chong

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 5:30pm

By Andrew Gansky, Event & Development Assistant

As a long-time participant in the Keep Austin Beautiful Green Teens program, Jose Garcia-Chong has demonstrated remarkable personal dedication to environmental stewardship and outstanding leadership among his peers. In recognition of his accomplishments, we are very pleased to honor Jose with the Dell Youth Achievement Award.

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Keep Walnut Creek Wild Recognized for Extraordinary Commitment to Restoring Native Habitats

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 1:45pm

By Andrew Gansky, Event & Development Assistant

Keep Austin Beautiful is thrilled to recognize the Keep Walnut Creek Wild volunteer group with the 2017 Balcones Beautification Award. As an Adopt-a-Creek partner since May 2014, Keep Walnut Creek Wild cares for Tar Branch and surrounding uplands in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Their work goes far beyond picking up litter, as the group has committed extraordinary efforts to removing invasive species and restoring native tree diversity in the areas surrounding their adopted creek segment. Moreover, Keep Walnut Creek Wild...

Dell Technologies Match Play Funds to Support LBJ High School Transformation

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 9:56am

By Che Doddington, Development Manager

Every spring, 64 top-ranked professional golfers travel from around the globe to Austin, TX for Dell Technologies Match Play. Since its move to Austin, Dell Technologies and the PGA TOUR have generated more than $2 million in charitable proceeds to benefit Austin Parks Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area, The First Tee, Helping Hand Home for Children, and Keep Austin Beautiful.

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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...

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