Austin Alfresco Culinary Retreat in October

The Sustainable Food Center announced that you can get involved with a unique new Austin culinary event. Austin Alfresco: Carson Creek Ranch Culinary Retreat, which will be held Oct. 16-18, 2015, is an exclusive food and wine overnight glamping retreat and festival, located on picturesque Carson Creek Ranch near downtown Austin. The Center says 100 percent of proceeds benefit Sustainable Food Center. Info This sign up is for Austin Alfresco Culinary Retreat. Sign up online today and receive automated reminders for your... read more

Austin Energy’s Community Connections Fair Sept. 19

Austin Energy’s Community Connections Fair will be held on September 19. This free, family friendly event combines fun with learning to assist Austin Energy customers who sometimes could use a little help to meet basic needs. Kids and adults alike can interact with City staff in fun activities like working a bucket truck or seeing how a fire truck works! Local community providers will also be on hand to provide information and answer your questions about: Medical assistance programs Veterinary services Food services Housing assistance services Read on FB... read more

UT Students Against Cruelty to Animals meeting

UT Students Against Cruelty to AnimalsUT Students Against Cruelty to Animals announced it will hold its first semester meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, at 6:30 p.m. in PCL room 5.102A. The group will be discussing the philosophy of the group, get to know each other, decide on meeting times and semester actions. Vegan deserts will be served.

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center fall classes open

Learn your Texas native plants, get a native garden design certificate or take art classes in nature. Registration is now open for Fall 2015 Wildflower Center classes. The center offers a plethora of classes and programs for both adults and children. New classes include family yoga in the garden and moonlight hikes (a great date night!). Info Learn more here:... read more

UT’s 6th Annual Sustainability Symposium Sept. 18

The President’s Sustainability Steering Committee at The University of Texas at Austin will host a full day symposium dedicated to highlighting the scholarly and practical sustainability efforts of the university community. The symposium itself is an effort to share best practices and academic findings in hopes of discovering new opportunities for collaboration and innovation. The 6th Annual Sustainability Symposium will feature presentations from faculty, staff, and students covering sustainability research and initiatives throughout campus. Lunch provided. See for presenters and more information. 6th Annual Sustainability Symposium Friday, September 18 at 8:30am AVAYA Auditorium, POB... read more

You can vote for Texas’ CityLab SXSWedu 2016 panel proposal

The UT School of Architecture wants your  vote for its Texas CityLab SXSWedu 2016 panel proposal. The proposed panel session, Putting the Public Back into Public Universities, will discuss: 1) How to create inclusive learning spaces that empower people to become both students and teachers, 2) How to transform Texas cities into living classrooms, and 3) How local and University expertise can unite to strengthen shared problem solving in cities. Online community voting amounts to 30 percent of the total score, so the more votes received the better the chance for the UTSOA. The link closes Sept. 4th and you can only vote once. Log in using Facebook or create a personal SXSW account to cast your vote. More info here: Read on... read more

Texas bans shark fin trade, closing the biggest US source

Texas has banned shark fin trading, ending what had become a major US source for the Chinese buying the fins, which are considered a delicacy used to make soup. But the world cannot afford such profligacy, according to conservation groups, which blame shark finning for driving shark populations into a steep decline. Texas’ move may help turn things around for the oceans apex predators.

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Scary facts about water scarcity to ponder for World Water Day 2015

Despite a few spring rains that have helped ease drought conditions in Texas, residents should still consider conserving water in all they do, because the world’s most important resource is not getting any more plentiful. Austin remains a candidate for future “water stress,” and so in honor of World Water Day (March 22) here are some uncomfortable facts about how we abuse water and could run short of it.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs and evangelical group support EPA plan to curb coal pollution

Coal-fired power plants are the biggest single category of carbon pollution emitters. The EPA wants to tighten coal power emissions standards, and these two groups, one composed of business enterprises and the other a large evangelical group support the EPA’s move. Find out why.

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Denton voters ban fracking; leaders vow to defend law

Denton, Texas, becomes the first city in the state to ban fracking, setting the stage for a fight over mineral rights and residents’ rights that could play out in courtrooms and the legislature. Frack Free Denton was jubilant over its resounding victory to keep hydraulic fracturing at bay. But the gas industry promised a fight, claiming the Texas Railroad Commission has the power to say who can drill and where.

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