AMD’s Green Army 2.0 is gearing up for it's second season at SXSW Eco! During this volunteer-oriented event, get your hands dirty as you and fellow attendees make new connections and create a lasting impact on the Austin community.
In 2013 the Green Army collected nearly 1,300 pounds of trash from Waller Creek alone. This year with your help, AMD will increase their scope by forming an additional cleanup brigade to rejuvenate the popular Rainey St. District. With support from Keep Austin Beautiful, the Green Army will form into two crews on Tuesday, October 8th from 8am-10am to revitalize these two historic areas in Central Austin.
All materials will be provided onsite, so just come prepared with appropriate clothing and hydration! The Green Army will assemble at 8am near the Southeast exit of the Austin Convention Center and walk to the nearby districts. A shuttle service will also bring volunteers back to the ACC as the event concludes.
Volunteer space is limited so RSVP now to secure your spot!
The Wildflower Center is seeking volunteers to help sow the seeds of Bastrop’s recovery. As part of the Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program, the Wildflower Center is growing loblolly pine trees to help replace those lost in the 2011 fire that burned over 34,000 acres of woodland in the Lost Pines area of Bastrop county. They need your help sowing 350,000 seeds of loblolly pine into containers in their expanded tree nursery. Once sown and grown, the seedlings will be used in large-scale community planting efforts in the fire-ravaged community. No special knowledge or skills are required and training will be on-the-job with our Nursery staff. Volunteer shifts are Tues-Friday 8:30am–12:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am–1pm in June, or until all trees are planted.
If you would like to help Bastrop, contact the Wildflower Center’s Volunteer Manager, Carrie McDonald.
article for the Huffington Post yesterday detailing AMD's experience as the event's sponsors and outlining some of the findings they published in a white paper titled "Bringing Action into the Agenda: Crowdsourcing Volunteerism at Corporate Events".Sometimes small experiments yield big returns, as is the case with SXSW Eco 2012's volunteer event, the AMD Green Army Waller Creek Clean-up. AMD approached the SXSW Eco team with an interesting want: to create a sponsored activity that would benefit the attendees as well as the local community. In partnership with local nonprofits, we developed the idea of cleaning and conserving Waller Creek: an historic waterway in downtown Austin. Tim Mohin, the Director of Corporate Responsibility for AMD, wrote an
Our 2012 cleanup is exactly the type of event that we like to see at SXSW Eco, an educational and fun activity that's impact can be felt long after October. SXSW Eco attendee feedback from last year told us that you felt the same and want to take part in even more events that stray from the typical conference-goer experience. This year we are adding workshops to our program to provide some unique opportunities for registrants and we're also planning new volunteer activities. Let us know what you want to do! We're listening at firstname.lastname@example.org.