Round Rock, Texas
Start date: January 2016
Location: Round Rock
Duration: 3-5 years
Participants: 14,000 local employees; 100,000 Worldwide
Partners engaged: Texas Parks and Wildlife & Keep Austin Beautiful
Scope: Invasive species removal, planting milkweed, native plant plots, reduction in mowing, employee engagement program, census, demonstration gardens, and interpretive signage enhancement
Dell is embarking on an expansion of their Workplace Garden and Eco-Learning Program as a Monarch Wrangler partner. Management priorities have been set for the riparian area and walking trail, monarch meadows, and outreach and education. Efforts are being made to remove invasive species while cultivating native species like the Texas Bluebonnet. Additionally, the company plans to inventory and evaluate plants on their campus, mow no more frequently than 1/3 of the 38 acres annually (November– March), and enhance engagement with wildlife tracking and education resources like iNaturalist and TPWD Texas Wildscape Program.
Education & Engagement Impact: With Texan by Nature’s help, Dell is working to ensure that their habitat project doesn’t stop at the edge of their newly revitalized prairie; they are actively engaging employees in activities and resources linked to natural resource conservation. In addition to maintaining a website dedicated to their Workplace Garden and Eco-Learning Center, where visitors can learn about native habitat, Dell communicates the conservation efforts and their work with Texan by Nature with their @dell4good social media presence.
Texan by Nature was on hand at their 2016 Earth Day festival where members of the Dell employee network came to celebrate Dell’s sustainability efforts and learn more ways to engage. Texan by Nature spoke to crowds about what people can do at home to contribute to conservation (like making seedballs) and about the importance of native plants for pollinators, while reinforcing our brand by providing giveaways, informational materials, and collecting contact information from interested visitors.