The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has identified six American cities as the most energy efficient. These top cities were praised for having strong programs urging residents to cut back on energy and water use, strict building codes to hold builders to higher standards, community education initiatives and more. The six top scoring cities are diverse, representing different geographical locations in hot and cold states, demonstrating that energy efficiency is possible when people make it a priority.
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.
Stage 2 watering restrictions are not the most restrictive, but you still need to know when to water (at night if you’re using a sprinkler system). In Austin, you’ll also get distinct perks for Installing more efficient watering systems…
Austin wants you to compost, sooner rather than later, and it’s willing to put a little green into your pocket if you’ll just get up and start recycling your kitchen scraps.
Get ready for Bike to Work Day this Friday. You can join other bicyclists and get coffee and snacks to kick off your commute, whether it’s your first or 100th time riding to work. Also there are treat bags. Details ahead.
Austin’s Interfaith Environmental Network will host Bob Gedert, director of The City of Austin Resource Recovery Department and Vice President of the National Recycling Coalition, at a free, public symposium on Tuesday May 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Drive, Austin.
It’s not too late to get tickets to the Sustainable Food Center’s annual fundraiser, Farm to Plate. This major tasting event will feature local creations by some 25 Central Texas chefs. Ymmmm.
The faith community has long been working for social justice, now as it turns its attention to the world-threatening crisis of climate change, a group in Austin has developed a manual designed to help churches, synagogues and houses of worship protect our home on earth.
Give back on Earth Day by shopping at Austin businesses participating in the Give 5% to Mother Earth campaign.
Get ready to refresh your knowledge of everything green at the Austin Earth Day Festival, set for April 20. Exhibits will cover everything from reducing your carbon footprint to building things with mud. There are speakers and bands you won’t want to miss.
Austin Water is serious about rain barrels and catchment systems — so much so that the utility’s customers could qualify for hundreds, even thousands in rebates by looking to Mother Nature for their irrigation needs.
We are all familiar with the term “Ozone Action Day” and typically associate it with a hot summer day. But what does it really mean? It means that sunlight is interacting with VOCs and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) (from car emissions and other sources) to create unhealthy air. Deanna Altenhoff explains how you can protect yourself and help Central Texas reduce this problem.