Preserving a Preserve

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.

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LoneStar Logos – A Sign of Community

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.

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CTA’s Commitment to Clean and Green

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Beautify Austin – Rundberg: Cleaner, Safer, Greener.

By Rodney Ahart, Keep Austin Beautiful Executive Director

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

ustin 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. A map of the North Star Greenbelt Gracywoods Neighborhood is located north of Braker Lane and bordered by…

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