AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin’s Project 2001 has received the “Best of the Best” award from Keep Austin Beautiful for a project that brought together about 2,000 volunteers from the university community to help clean and beautify an Austin neighborhood.
The award, presented during the Keep Austin Beautiful 17th annual awards luncheon on Feb. 8, recognizes the project’s accomplishments in areas such as community benefits, leveraging of resources, volunteer involvement and the long-term effect on the Austin area.
Project 2001 delivered a range of services to homes, a park and various not-for-profit organizations in the Springdale neighborhood in east Austin last year. Project highlights included creating a fully mulched trail through a forested park and significantly enhancing the appearance of the neighborhood’s elementary school. Work on the school included painting, landscaping and creating a mural on a wall of the gymnasium. About 25 homes in the neighborhood benefited from painting and landscaping and several elderly and disabled residents received minor repair work on their homes. Students removed litter from public areas such as streets and sidewalks and minor repair work was performed at some neighborhood churches.
This year’s Project 2002, the university’s fourth annual project, will be held Feb. 16 in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood in south Austin. For more information see the Project 2002 news release.
For more information about the Keep Austin Beautiful awards, contact Irene Guzman-Krill (512) 974-3576. For details about the university’s upcoming Project 2002, contact Rick Guiterrez or Shannon Gray at (512) 232-2928.