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Board of Directors Profile: Julie Fisher, Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 10:09am

By Myrriah Gossett, Director of Community Engagement

Back in 2012, I began leading Clean Sweep for my company, Samsung Austin Semiconductor. It was my first experience organizing a volunteer opportunity for Keep Austin Beautiful and I was overwhelmed by the turnout! We had 125 Samsung employees, friends, and family clean up Zilker Park and the surrounding areas. I was inspired by the interest and continued to explore other volunteer opportunities, which lead me to become a Clean Lady Bird Lake site leader. Since then I have joined the Board of Directors and am currently serving in the secretary role.

Preserving a Preserve

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:54pm

By Monica Lopez Magee

By Monica Lopez Magee, Director of Development and Communications 

In urban areas like Austin where green space is becoming more and more limited sits a 47 acre preserve of undeveloped land. It is not just any land, it is a unique wetland ecosystem along the Colorado River basin within the heart of Austin. Due to its location downstream of Lady Bird Lake, the preserve serves as the kidneys of Austin where all trash running off of local creeks and Lady Bird Lake accumulate. When I first came upon the area in 2011, it had become a dumping grounds and was overgrown with invasive species and poison ivy.

Do the right thing and recycle!

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 11:55am

By Ilya Shmulenson, Director of Programs

By Ilya Shmulenson, director of programs

Ask a public school student what should be done to protect the environment and you will likely hear, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!” Ask them to draw a poster for Earth Day and the three “Rs” will make their way onto the page along with the triangular recycling symbol, an image of the globe, and a lush green field with multi-colored flowers growing under a bright blue sky. 

While reducing and reusing are more self-explanatory, recycling is confusing.  Delve deeper into the differences between what is “recyclable” and what you can actually place into the single-stream bin and you will find both students and adults puzzled. To help increase residential recycling rates and help residents understand what is and is not recyclable in the city, Austin Resource Recovery is running the Austin Recycles Games challenge.

LoneStar Logos – A Sign of Community

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 10:11am

By Monica Lopez Magee

By Monica Lopez Magee, Director of Development and Communications

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s an Adopt-a-Street sign. You’ve spotted them around town. Bright green, announcing not a direction nor a traffic signal, but a volunteer commitment to keep Austin beautiful. Behind every sign is a group of volunteers – neighbors, coworkers, classmates – who dedicate themselves to cleaning that section of street four times a year.

CTA’s Commitment to Clean and Green

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 1:51pm

By Jill Capotosto, Volunteer Engagement Intern

By Lily Nguyen, Fund Development Intern

Austin is highly urbanized, yet abundant with natural spaces. The Barton Creek Greenbelt, located just 10 minutes from downtown, is a prime example of an outdoor oasis in the heart of the city. The greenbelt spans over 800 acres of lush greenery, limestone cliffs, and flowing water for a majority of the year. On any day, visitors can be seen hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and swimming in and along Barton Creek.

In it to win it, Eastside Memorial hopes to help District 3 improve its recycling rates

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 1:21pm

By Ilya Shmulenson, Director of Programs

By Ilya Shmulenson, Director of Programs

Eastside Memorial High School is tucked in the northeast portion of city council district 3. The district, represented by Council Member Renteria, is currently in fourth place in the Austin Recycles Games. The challenge is a four-month competition initiated by Austin Resource Recovery as a way of increasing residential recycling rates and helping residents understand what is and is not recyclable in the city.

In nature and behind the lens - Jakob Mears, Dell Youth Achievement Award Winner

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 3:40pm

By Adrianne Kartachak, Community Beautification Coordinator

by Adrianne Kartachak, Environmental Educator 

The nurturing of environmental consciousness within youth is integral to the mission of Keep Austin Beautiful. Through the organization’s Green Teens program, scholars like Jakob Mears are able to become engaged in the promotion of sustainability and emerge as leaders within the community. Over the past year and a half, Jakob has contributed over 55 volunteer hours in service including planting tree saplings along Boggy Creek and Bastrop State Park, tending his school garden, picking up litter at Lady Bird Lake, and removing flood debris at Pease Park.

5 Ways to Stay Green This Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 3:02pm

By Erin Cord, Community Programs Coordinator

By Erin Cord, Community Beautification Coordinator

The holiday season is once again upon us! It’s a time of year for giving, celebration, and joy.  With all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget about the natural world around us. Here are some ways you can have an eco-friendly holiday and ring in a green 2016:

Advocate for Williamson Creek - Richard Maness, Individual Achievement Award Winner

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 3:12pm

By Erin Cord, Community Programs Coordinator

By Erin Cord, Beautification Programs Coordinator 

Name the service event – Adopt-a-Creek workdays, Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup, or Clean Lady Bird Lake and Richard Maness is not only participating but leading the workday. The kind of volunteer you keep on speed dial due to his willingness to always step in and lead. At a given project, you can find Richard inspiring others as he shares his love and knowledge of the outdoors.  Richard has lived in Austin for most of his life. He remembers his love of nature starting at a young age playing in Little Walnut Creek by Dottie Jordan Rec Center. 

Beautify Austin - Rundberg: Cleaner, Safer, Greener.

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 12:43pm

By Rodney Ahart, Executive Director

By Rodney Ahart, Keep Austin Beautiful Executive Directo

Keep Austin Beautiful is proud to have been recognized with the Governor’s Community Achievement Award in 2013 for outstanding community improvement.  The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. As an award winner, Keep Austin Beautiful is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation to complete a large-scale beautification project along a local state right-of-way. The project is slated to commence this spring at Rundberg Lane and I-35 in North Austin. The transformation will include converting turf areas to pavers, planting trees for color and shade, and layering a selection of evergreen perennials for a full garden effect.      

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