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Austin’s annual Give 5 % to Mother Earth Day is next week

April 15th, 2014

In Austin, people can give back to Mother Earth on Earth Day in a direct way, by shopping and dining at businesses participating in a special giveback program. This Earth Day, be ready with the list.


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Dallas follows Austin with action against plastic bags; San Francisco enacts partial bag ban

March 27th, 2014

Two US cities took significant steps to thwart plastic waste this month. Dallas managed to pass fees for disposable bags, while San Francisco ventured into the fraught bottled water debate.


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Funky Chicken Tour coming April 19

March 21st, 2014

Raising chickens just gets bigger and better, and so too, does the Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour. The 6th Annual event takes place April 19.


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From Alaska to Austin, a gardening idea that conserves water and space

March 14th, 2014

Here’s a gardening method out of Alaska that’s oddly suited to Austin, because it conserves water and sets up a home gardening system that can bring big yields.


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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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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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PETA warns city of Austin to watch for animal mistreatment at new aquarium

August 28th, 2013

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has warned city of Austin officials that the owners of a new marine facility under construction in Austin lost several animals to accidents and infections at an aquarium they own in Portland.


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Green DIY: Refinish your concrete patio without harming the environment

July 30th, 2013

Our tired plain concrete patio becomes a testing ground for an eco-friendly make-over using soy- and water-based stains, sealers and etchers that we found at Tree House in Austin. See how the project came out!


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HOAs must consider drought-tolerant landscaping under new law passed by Texas legislature

June 3rd, 2013

Homeowners will still have to submit their plans to their association, but they will be allowed to move toward more drought-tolerant landscaping under a new Texas law awaiting Gov. Rick Perry’s signature.


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For Mom: It’s the Little Green Things

May 9th, 2013

Mother’s Day is not especially green. It’s more likely to be dipped in red roses and served with bright yellow potato
salad. It could be heralded with pink carnations or homemade orange juice. If it’s forgotten, it’s draped in the blues. It’s almost everything but green. But it could be green, and it should be. Who better than the gardener of human capital, to receive gifts that pay it forward?


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Lance Armstrong finishes among top 10 water users in Austin

November 11th, 2011

An investigation of water issues by an Austin writer and environmentalisthas revived the tactic of shaming high water users like celebrity bike competitor Lance Armstrong to make a point about water conservation in the drought-stricken state.
Paul Robbins asked the Austin Water Utility to release the records for the top residential water users in Austin for fiscal 2011, which just ended Oct. 30.


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