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Green Business Leaders Program Shines At Rackspace Austin

We’re committed to supporting our local community. At Rackspace, it’s one of our key initiatives. That’s why we were thrilled last month to host the City of Austin’s Green Business Leaders Program here at the Rackspace Austin office.

It was a great event, featuring a host of engaging community representatives.

Marc Coudert, Environmental Program Coordinator with the City of Austin, presented the current state of the Austin Green Business Leaders program and plans for growth in 2013.

I also had the opportunity to present – I am the Austin Community Outreach Leader with Rackspace. I was honored to be able to share Rackspace’s core mission of Fanatical Support® and the unique “Committee Culture” fostered in our Austin Office, which has resulted in an more than 200 percent increase in employee engagement over two years.

We were joined by our event co-hosts, Buenos Aires Café, Eco Chic Floral, Green Thumb Composting and Texas Saké. All of our co-hosts are members of the Austin Green Business Leaders program. The Austin Green Business Leaders program is open to all businesses, large or small, in the City of Austin. Rackspace is a founding and platinum member of the program. Through the use of a Green Business Scorecard, businesses can evaluate their efforts in sustainability and receive tools and resources to further their efforts.

We had a great time hosting over 40 representatives of local Austin businesses at our thriving Austin office. Rackspace loves to support our local communities and the Austin Green Business Leaders program provides a great way to connect with other local businesses focused on sustainability.

We would like to thank everyone who came out, and we look forward to continuing to do our part for the Austin community.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Bill Blackstone.

Bill Blackstone began his career with Rackspace in 2005 as a front line Racker in customer account management. He’s held a variety of leadership positions at the company including managing the service desk, handling IT operations and customer support.

Bill is now leading the charge in the Austin office to raise Rackspace’s brand within the greater Austin area as Community Outreach Leader. When not evangelizing Rackspace, telling folks what a great place it is to work or host or wearing Ascots in the office, Bill is fully immersed as a student in the Executive MBA program at University of Texas.


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