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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.

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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...

Less talk, more action: Jaime Rodriguez, Youth Achievement Award Winner

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 11:41am

By Monica Lopez Magee

“Less talking and more doing,” are words of wisdom from Jaime Rodriguez. Many people may spend their entire lives trying to live by this motto. Yet, Jaime a senior at Lanier High School not only subscribes to it, but puts it into practice.

Counting the ways he models being a Keep Austin Beautiful Green Teen at his school would be exhausting. While most kids his age are navigating being a teenager, Jaime was busy contributing over 75 hours to green-themed service projects and activities last year. This commitment is outside of the...

Creating a Community and Creek Movement

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 12:17pm

By Jill Capotosto, Volunteer Engagement Intern

Friends of Tannehill Branch Creek have made some interesting acquisitions over the past year. Some of it is not so useful—like the plastic children’s beds, weed wackers and carpets they pulled out of the creek—but what was gained was a more connected community and a more beautiful green space. The once litter-ridden creek is now a uniting force for the neighborhood, sparking a movement to make the it a friendlier place to walk, bike, and live.

Creek Beautification & Restoration with Annual Award Winners: Friends of South Zilker Park

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 10:08am

By Che Doddington, Fund Development & Communications Assistant

Austin is kept beautiful by the efforts of community volunteers who are dedicated to protecting and improving the local environment. Friends of South Zilker Park know a thing or two about creek restoration, and Keep Austin Beautiful is excited to recognize the group’s continued efforts with the Visa Beautification Award!

5 ways to “green-up” your classroom for the new school year

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 1:17pm

By Alecia Casper, Education Programs Manager

In 2040, kindergartners who start school today will be 30 years old! They will be teachers, engineers, doctors, and city council members. They will be Generation Zero – Austin’s first generation to grow up with and implement comprehensive zero-waste strategies, diverting over 90% of waste from local landfills, reducing consumption of non-renewable resources, and living in a greener city than any of us can currently imagine. Those lofty goals start with simple actions which everyone can start to implement this school year.

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