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Alliance to Save Energy Consumer Web Site: PDF Print
Billed as everything you always wanted to know about reducing your energy bills but couldn’t easily find in one place, this web site provides homeowners with another version of the educational 3 Rs: refinancing, remodeling & reducing energy bills. Details: www.ase.org.
Austin CarShare: PDF Print
Carsharing is a service that provides members with 24-hour access to a fleet of cars & a truck on a per-hour & per-mile basis. The service is available to new members after orientation. Gas, insurance, parking, maintenance & roadside assistance are all included in price of usage. It reduces traffic, improves air quality, promotes sustainable economic development, increases the number of transportation options & improves the quality of life in Austin by providing access to carshare vehicles. Vehicles are available at 2nd & Colorado; 4th & Congress; 23rd & San Antonio adjacent to the UT campus; & Fresh Plus at 43rd & Avenue H. Details: www.austincarshare.org.
Austin Electric Vehicle Buyers Group: PDF Print
An organization whose objective is to enable members to purchase practical, affordable all-electric vehicles by aggregating a market in Austin of at least 100 buyers. Approximately a dozen companies already produce EVs with a 100-mile range, excellent acceleration & all the safety features & amenities of a conventional car. We believe that an order of 100 EVs (of a common design) could bring the selling price down to under $30,000. Register on-line. Details: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.austinevbuyers.org.
Austin Freecycle Network: PDF Print
Where one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. The goal is to reduce waste by connecting people who are throwing away unwanted items with others seeking these items (& have a little fun in the process). No item too big or too small, but all items must be 100% freely offered. No money, no trading, no barter & no strings attached. Details: www.freecycle.org or www.groups.yahoo.com/group/AustinFreecycle.
Austin Green Neighbor Program: PDF Print
The program previously geared to water quality protection has been expanded to provide a comprehensive guide to environmental protection. The new booklet is a compilation of action items that include tips on saving energy & water, reducing air pollution, reducing gardening chemicals & cutting waste. Details: 974-2446 www.cityofaustin.org/watershed/greenneighbor.
Austin Home Energy Survey Invites Participation: PDF Print
UT-Austin graduate students are conducting a study to explore Austinites’ current energy consumption & preferences for future energy policy & vehicle technology. The survey takes about 20 minutes. It will ask questions about you, your travel & household energy use. No names or identifying identification will be used in preparing data for analysis. You can stop at any time, but your input is important. Details: Kara Kockelman, PhD, associate professor of Transportation Engineering 471-0210. Take the survey at www.surveygizmo.com/s/68524/energysurvey.
AustinEcoNetwork: PDF Print
Subscribe to this free, moderated listserve for info about Austin & the environment, including events, political actions, jobs & networking. Send message with subject “subscribe” to < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >. Details: Brandi Clark 477-3311 www.austineconetwork.org.
Be a Park Sustainer: PDF Print
For only $10 a month, help the Austin Parks Foundation hold more volunteer events, support more volunteer groups, offer more Neighborhood Park Grants & be your voice for parks. Benefits include: 10 percent Amy’s Ice Cream discount; 15 percent RunTex discount; 10 percent Bicycle Sport Shop discount & invitation to special members-only park tours & events. Details: 477-1566 www.austinparks.org/member.html.
Central Texas Sustainable Indicators Project Community Survey: PDF Print
This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization provides hard facts on sustainability of the economy, environment & social equity, allowing us to make regional tactical & strategic decisions to move us in the right direction. A community survey is underway & your participation is requested. Also, please forward any indicators we should be aware of. Participate in the survey by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=JAO_2f1ckAqWURXTSGwk2_2fqw_3d_3d. Details: Jim Walker 499-0526 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.centex-indicators.org.
Check Voting Records for Texas House & Senate Members 1993-2007: PDF Print
The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club does not score the various house & senate positions members but you can see whether or not the lawmakers agreed with the Sierra Club when voting on specific legislation. Details: www.texas.sierraclub.org/press/votingrecord.asp.
City of Austin Environmental Links: PDF Print
The Austin City Connection’s home page has a link that takes you to a list of all the city’s environmental programs & services, speakers bureaus, rebates, loans, giveaways, gardening, conservation, endangered species & much more. Use it to learn more about earth-wise issues & find tips on how to become an environmental steward in your home or business. Details: www.ci.austin.tx.us & click on Environment.
Currents: PDF Print
Lower Colorado River Authority publishes a free bimonthly e-mail newsletter on water topics as well as useful land-conservation information for both large & small landowners. Details: www.lcra.org/newsletter/currents.
Design~Build~Live: PDF Print
Formerly the Sustainable Building Coalition, the group incorporated as a nonprofit organization expanded its mission to reflect a goal to facilitate the incorporation of sustainability into every aspect of people’s lives. While sustainable building will remain of central importance in our educational efforts, all aspects of a more sustainable lifestyle will be part of the mission. DBL offers periodic site visits to view sustainable buildings. Sign up for the group’s newsletter at the web site. Details: Gayle Borst 478-9033 www.designbuildlive.org.
Ecology Action of Texas PDF Print
Ecology Action of Texas needs volunteers to help sort materials & assist customers at the downtown center. Also needed are a commercial electrician, a web designer, a mechanic to help maintain vehicles, a designer to produce eye-catching materials for outreach events, tabling help & help at special recycling events. Details: 322-0000 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.ecology-action.org.
Free Toilets Available! PDF Print
The Free Toilet Program is back! If you’re an Austin Water Utility customer whose toilets were installed before 1996, Austin Water Utility Conservation will give you new, high-performance toilets for free. New flapperless technology means these toilets get the job done in just one flush with even less water than some modern toilets. Plus, you’ll never have to change a leaky toilet flapper again. Customers can apply to replace up to three toilets per house. Standard white, round bowl toilets are free. Taller, handicapped toilets with an elongated bowl are available for a fee of $21.10 plus tax, payable at pickup. Rebates of up to $60 per toilet for installation by a licensed plumber. Details: 974-2199 www.WaterWiseAustin.org.
Friends of Barton Springs PDF Print
Friends of Barton Springs is dedicated to protecting & improving Austin’s favorite natural swimming hole. It has grown into an active organization hosting volunteer pool cleaning sessions with a growing complement of volunteers that numbers in the dozens at each cleaning. Volunteers are invited to participate in cleaning & in organized committees. Details: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.friendsofbartonspringspool.com.
Friends of McKinney Falls State Park PDF Print
Friends of McKinney Falls State Park promotes 1 of Austin’s most valuable natural treasures, a state park on your doorstep. This beautiful attraction offers a fascinating array of natural, geological, historical & prehistoric treasures, including Old Baldy, a bald cypress over 500 years old & 60 feet tall; the oldest living resident of Travis County. And don’t forget it’s got a great swimming hole too! Support McKinney Falls by volunteering, making a donation or becoming a member. Details: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.mckinneyfalls.org.
GreenerChoices.org PDF Print
GreenerChoices.org offers Products for a Better Planet on this free web site hosted by Consumer Reports magazine. At www.GreenerChoices.org, consumers can quickly access information about everything from fuel-efficient cars to energy saving appliances to sustainable food production. Also check out www.eco-labels.org, where Consumer Reports offers free information about product-label terms such as “organic” & “recycled” & includes green shopping tips, articles about environmental issues & more.
Longhorn Environmental Alumni Association PDF Print
Longhorn Environmental Alumni Association supports environmental & sustainability initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin & connects UT alumni interested in the environment. The group publishes a quarterly newsletter about the campus environment, provides input on key campus sustainability issues & organizes a variety of networking events. It is also in the process of establishing a Green Fund to support sustainability projects at UT. All UT alumni are invited to join; membership is free. Details: www.enviroexes.org.
NeighborWoods Tree Deliveries: PDF Print
Help TreeFolks deliver NeighborWoods trees. Imagine riding in an open truck delivering free trees to happy people. Sound like fun? Details: 443-5323 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.treefolks.org.
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