AUSTIN (KXAN) - Put on an old T-shirt and jeans and join hundreds to clean up a local waterway! Advanced Micro Devices is sponsoring an all-day volunteer event Thursday to help get trash and clutter out of Waller Creek.
It's part of the South By Southwest Eco Conference going on in Austin, which is one of the biggest environmental conferences in the country and runs from Wednesday through Friday.
AMD was working to put the cleanup event together and decided there was no better time than during the conference.
Hundreds of volunteers will team up, head out on kayaks, and clean up trash starting on University of Texas's campus, working down to Lady Bird Lake. But organizers are looking for more to register for Thursday's cleanup.
"We're going to field almost 200 people into Waller Creek to clean up the creek. As you know, Waller Creek is a precious urban waterway with a lot of future plans to be redeveloped. So, we're going to help that. We're going to clean that creek up and really make it pristine," said Tim Mohin, director of Corporate Responsibility at AMD.
Organizers from AMD scouted out volunteers from the Central Texas Sustainability Forum and from the SXSW Eco Conference. They say the conference serves as a good facilitator to their event, and they're very pleased with the response, saying it speaks highly of businesses and the community of Central Texas.
"Very eager and willing to help--and they were wonderful to work with," said Justin Murrill, manager of Sustainability at AMD. "Everybody's been very excited and passionate about this, creative about how we can make it really fun and hands-on, and how we can really end up with some measurable results at the end of the day."
Volunteer Schedule - Thursday, Oct. 4:
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.: SXSW Eco Conference Attendees
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: General Public
4 p.m. - 6 p.m: Central Texas Sustainability Forum Affiliates
Congress Ave. Kayaks
74 Trinity St.
Gloves and bags, poison ivy block/lotion, water are provided, plus some kayaks.
Register to volunteer at www.public_greenarmy.everbright.com.
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