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.      

Sprouting Seeds of Change at Radha Madhav Dham and the Shiksha School

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 5:45pm

By Jill Capotosto, Volunteer Engagement Intern

By Lily Nguyen, Fund Development Intern

The education of local communities is essential in creating a more sustainable future for our city. For this reason, Keep Austin Beautiful recognizes Radha Madhav Dham and its Shiksha School as the 30th Annual Award Winner in the category of Education.

Act Locally, Think Globally: Q&A with Gracywoods Neighborhood Association’s Bill Glass

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 10:54am

By Jill Capotosto, Volunteer Engagement Intern

By Lily Nguyen, Development Intern 

Austin is kept beautiful by the many community volunteers who are dedicated to protecting its natural environment. Gracywoods Neighborhood Association is taking the lead in these efforts, earning them recognition as a Keep Austin Beautiful 30th Annual Award Winner.

Creek Adopters and The Great Outdoors Keep Austin Beautiful

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 5:16pm

By Myrriah Gossett, Director of Community Engagement

By Myrriah Gossett, Event and Marketing Coordinator 

Adopt-a-Creek group Friends of Copperfield Nature Trails visited The Great Outdoors with their donation credit from Keep Austin Beautiful in hand. Follow along on their adventure to see how easy it is to work with Keep Austin Beautiful and The Great Outdoors to beautify Austin. 

Hatching Hands-on Education at Eastside Memorial High School

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:32am

By Bernard Smalls, Environmental Educator

By Bernard Smalls, Environmental Educator

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Students at Eastside aren’t sure, but last year they decided to start with the egg. Back in the fall, the Green Teens wanted to do something different, something special. After some serious brainstorming, they decided to introduce students at Eastside to a new school mascot. Since a live panther was out of the question, students considered domestic animals they might raise on campus instead. Chickens made the final cut, both for their feasibility and their familiarity to teenagers.


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