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Online Store Offers Affordable Energy Efficiency Solutions for Congregations & Their Members: PDF Print
Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL) operates ShopIPL.org, an online store designed to help faith communities & their members reduce global warming & air pollution thru energy efficiency. On ShopIPL, congregations can buy proven energy efficiency products for their house of worship including an array of compact fluorescent light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, water heater timers & weatherization products & more at substantially discounted prices. Members can order products for their own homes & businesses thru the congregation & youth groups or other congregational ministries can use the site to conduct fund-raisers. Details: 800-379-4121 www.shopipl.org.
 
People Organized in the Defense of Earth & her Resources PDF Print
PODER, People Organized in the Defense of Earth & her Resources, is a grass-roots effort redefining environmental, economic & social justice issues. PODER aims to increase the participation of communities of color in corporate & government decision-making related to toxic pollution, economic development & their impact on neighborhoods. Details: 472-9921 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.poder-texas.org.
 
Powerhouse Investigative Program: PDF Print
This energy education program teaches middle-school students & their families about the effects of energy use on natural resources & the environment. Utilities sponsor the program for schools within their service areas. Details: Donna McCord 800-776-5272 x3397
www.lcra.org/energy/education_safety/powerhouse/index.html.
 
Program Helps Texans Refresh Local Waterways: PDF Print
Texas Waterway Cleanup Program stands ready to help Texas rivers & lakes get well-deserved facelifts with this statewide effort to provide free cleanup supplies, educational materials & promotional support to help Texans beautify & improve the quality of their local waterways. The program focuses on helping groups of any size host environmental education activities & cleanups of freshwater areas including lakes, rivers, creeks & wetlands across the state. Participants include schools, government agencies, youth & scout groups, neighborhoods, businesses or any group of concerned Texans. Details: Josh Spradling 478-8813 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.ktb.org/press/twcp_spring_08.htm.
 
Rainwater Collection Guide: PDF Print
Rainwater is better to use on plants than city water. A 10-foot by 10-foot shed can collect 60 gallons of rainwater in a 1-inch rainfall. For more information on rainwater harvesting, check out the Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting at www.twdb.state.tx.us/publications/reports/RainwaterHarvestingManual_3rdedition.pdf.
 
Recycle Your Lawn Mower: PDF Print
Bring your old gas powered mower to be recycled at the following locations. Be sure that all oil & gas has been drained. Details: www.texas.earth911.org.
• 710 Industrial Blvd. Details: 442-2384.
• 1704 Howard Ln. Details: 251-3407.
 
Support Parks 3 Meals a Day! PDF Print
Feed your family dinner from the Soup Peddler & Austin Parks Foundation gets 5% of your purchase. You must order thru The Soup Peddler web site. Details: 373-7672 www.souppeddler.com/austinparks.
 
Texas Urban Forestry License Plate: PDF Print
Tree-loving Texans who buy the license plate will pay an additional $30 over the cost of regular plates & $22 will go to Texas Urban Forestry Council for urban forestry education, tree preservation & tree planting. Details: Specialty License Plate Branch 374-5010 http://rts.texasonline.state.tx.us/NASApp/txdotrts/SpecialPlateOrderServlet?grpid=60&pltid=119.
 
Tree Planting Days: PDF Print
Come help TreeFolks plant trees at various parks around town. All you need to bring is yourself (& maybe a few friends) in comfortable work clothes & closed-toe shoes. TreeFolks will provide trees, tools, planting supervisors & refreshments. RSVP. Details: 443-5323 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.treefolks.org.
 
TreeFolks’ Local Carbon Offset Program: PDF Print
Carbon offsets are things that you purchase that either sequester CO2 (like planting trees) or avoid CO2 (like alternative energy development). The carbon is sold by the ton & there’s an easy to use calculator to figure out how many tons of carbon you’re responsible for. All of TreeFolks offset money goes into local, mostly urban trees in public spaces that don’t just sequester carbon, they lower power consumption (saving even more CO2), provide wildlife habitat, keep storm water runoff clean, calm traffic, increase property values & just generally make it much more livable right here in your own community. Details: 443-5323 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.treefolks.org/prog_calculator.asp.
 
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