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Earth Week

Earth Week 2017... details coming soon!



Earth Week 2016 was a success


Thanks to everyone who took part in the 2016 Earth Week celebrations and activities throughout the District. Check out the Earth Week 2016 Photo Album


Congratulations to ACC Student Rawan Fakhreddine, Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Eco Bag Student Art Design ContestRead more to learn about her design and get your very own Eco Bag. 



Here's what we did for Earth Week 2016:

To get warmed up for Earth Week, ACC Green Teams hosted the Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep at three ACC Campuses on April 9. Check out these fun photos of our Riverbats in action. 



VOTE AND WIN! Faculty, staff, and students voted online for their favorite Eco Bag Student Art design. The winning design is displayed at each campus, distributed at ACC events, and available for sale for one year. 

Wellness walks:  See a schedule of wellness walks that happened at campuses throughout the week. Attendees enjoyed healthy snacks, won door prizes, and entered to win one grand prize per campus.

Highland Campus LEED recognition: Last fall Highland Campus became the first ACC campus to earn LEED Gold Certification. New plaques at west and north entrances of the building now commemorate this international recognition of the college’s commitment to energy-efficient, water-saving building design and construction.

Tuesday, April 19 

Employee Wellness Walks took place at CYP, ELG, RRC, & RVS campuses

Pinnacle paper towel composting & Zero Waste Lunch: Did you know ACC’s paper towel composting program diverts an average of 30 cubic yards of paper towels from the landfill each month from just four campuses? With the help of its campus Green Team, Pinnacle joined the effort. Look for the green bins in campus restrooms. Even better ― check out this TED Talk video demonstrating how to use fewer paper towels.

The Pinnacle Green Team was in the student lounge (Room 905) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.mto help faculty, staff, and students sort their compostable and recyclable trash for a zero-waste lunch.

South Austin Campus Eco Fair: The South Austin Campus Green Team led activities between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the 1st floor lobby. Attendees created art from recyclables, learned how paper towels are transformed to benefit the campus garden, and had fun! 

Rio Grande Campus: Student Life and Students for Environmental Outreach hosted earth-friendly activities including a seedling giveaway, EcoPledge tree, info tables, and snacks. 

Elgin Campus: Participants tested their sustainability sleuthing skills during the Elgin Campus Scavenger Hunt. 

Elgin also invited their campus community to adopt-a-spot! These small landscape beds are ready for the gardening touch - green thumbs not required! Visit the Campus Manager's office (Room 1103) or email for more information.

Northridge Garden Dig Day (rescheduled for May 3 due to weather): Participants helped spruce up the Northridge garden project. ACC Building and Grounds crew helped lay dirt and mulch and haul away trimmings and weeds. Gardeners received plant labels for their beds.


Wednesday, April 20

Employee Wellness Walks took place at HYS, RC, and SAC campuses

Riverbats Café at Eastview: The student-run Riverbats Café is now Styrofoam-free. Event attendees enjoyed a diner-style fare or a to-go lunch in sustainable packaging.


Thursday, April 21

Employee Wellness Walk & Potluck occurred at the Pinnacle Campus

San Gabriel (Leander) Campus Groundbreaking: The Cypress Creek Campus Green Team helped make this special ceremony a zero-waste event. Email to find out how to hold zero-waste events.


Friday, April 22 (EARTH DAY)

Employee Wellness Walks occurred at HBC, SVC, and NRG campuses

Riverbat Lights Out at Rio Grande: Students for Environmental Outreach invited the ACC community to participate in this inaugural event to demonstrate how simple actions can have a big impact on reducing energy consumption. 

Bat vision at your office: ACC’s Sustainability Office announced an initiative for faculty and staff who want to be eco-leaders by switching to energy-efficient LED desktop lighting. 

Service Center: Did you know that recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 barrels of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity ― enough to power an average home for 5 months?  Participants learned recycling facts and won prizes for taking the recycling challenge. A wellness walk followed.

Highland Business Center (updated 4/20/16): Recognition for the HBC Exercise Stars “Vamonos Go-Getters” was held, followed by the Earth Day Celebration kick-off and activities. The HBC Green Team and HBC/HLC Wellness Team Leaders hosted a lunch-and-learn to share ideas about how to transform the green space south of the building parking lot with a walking trail and community garden.


Campus Green Teams at work

Learn how you can take part in your campus Green Team and check out ACC's Sustainability Initiatives that are happening year-round!

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