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Give to environmental groups during Amplify Austin

March 13th, 2014

Get ready to support your local charity. Amplify Austin, a 24-hour rush of charitable giving for groups doing good works in the greater Austin area, kicks off its second year March 21-22.

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TreeFolks tree giveaway coming March 1

February 25th, 2014

TreeFolks will be giving away 1,300 tree saplings to Austin Energy residential customers on March 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Mall, Airport Blvd., Austin.

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Interfaith Environmental Network to host seminar on greening transportation

February 21st, 2014

The public is invited to a symposium with four experts on sustainable transportation, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th Street, Austin.

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Austin’s Hala Ballouz named new president of TREIA board of directors

February 19th, 2014

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, the state’s only all renewables trade association, announced that Hala Ballouz will be the group’s new president. The announcement followed the association’s first quarter board of directors meeting.

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A brighter idea for college dorms

December 4th, 2013

Lighting innovations have taken the world by storm over the past few years, moving us from the incandescent bulb of Edison’s day, to LED lights that use 10 percent of the energy. This efficiency gain is helping colleges brighten up for less, and also creating safer, more pleasant dorm rooms, hallways and byways. Read about how North Carolina State University is lighting the way forward.

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Neighborhood redefined: A photo tour of the EcoVillage at Ithaca

October 29th, 2013

The EcoVillage at Ithaca is a showcase of sustainable living that demonstrates how humans can live more lightly on the land, clustering buildings together at the heart of a mass of native plantings, vegetable gardens and wildlife-friendly woods and pastures. Our photo tour captures the flavor of this grand experiment in low-carbon living, though we only scratched the surface of this green community marvel in upstate New York.

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Binghamton U building earns a platinum green building rating

October 1st, 2013

Campuses continue to show it can be done. The latest to take home a top LEED rating? Binghamton University’s Science and Engineering building.

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How one Texas community garden grew food and wisdom

September 27th, 2013

Many cities struggle to maintain one community garden. The small city of Coppell has two, and they’re thriving. But while the gardens have produced tons of produce for a local food pantry over the past 15 years, it is about so much more than plants.

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Clarkson U opens an all-local food grill, reducing ‘food miles’ and raising yumminess

September 12th, 2013

Little did they know, when the students of Clarkson University pushed to have a more sustainable campus, they’d be learning to love goat cheese. Even Executive Chef Kyle Mayette admits goat cheese is an acquired taste. But it is a vital component of a delectable chicken sandwich that’s winning over hearts, minds and palates at Clarkson’s new all-local food grill.

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Environmental experts will converge on Austin for SXSW Eco, Oct. 7-9

September 3rd, 2013

SXSW Eco will host its third annual conference Oct. 7-9, which is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees to see speakers on green power, energy efficiency, urban gardens, sustainable design, climate change mitigation, bike trails, mass transit, organic agriculture and nature conservation, to name a fraction of what will be featured at this green showcase at the Austin Convention Center. The public is invited to attend.

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And the Top 10 ‘Cool Schools’ for 2013 are….

August 14th, 2013

Sierra magazine has released its Cool Schools rankings for 2013, revealing that the nation’s campuses are a hotbed of sustainable ideas that are helping cool the planet and set the pace for a new generation ready to confront climate change. We take a look at the Top 10….

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Kermit goes green

August 1st, 2013

It’s not easy being green if you’re Kermit, Texas, a small town so far off the beaten track you can’t even see it from Midland. But that hasn’t stopped the tiny municipality from jumping to become the Permian Basin’s leader in banning plastic bags.

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