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Thursday 8/22/13
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday 8/23/13
UT Micro Farm Workday
9:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday 8/24/13
8:00am - 5:30pm

Barton Creek Farmers Market
@ Barton Creek Mall
9:00am - 1:00pm

9:00am - 1:00pm
11:00am - 3:00pm

6:00pm - 11:00pm

Monday 8/26/13
Happy Back to School!

Tuesday 8/27/13
SFC Farmers' Market East
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday 8/28/13
SFC Triangle Farmers' Market
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday 8/29/13
5:30pm - 8:00pm

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Planning Ahead Mark Your Calendar:
Zilker Back-To-School Clothing Swap
September 1st
- 2:00pm

Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair
September 27th - 29th
Fredericksburg, TX

October 7th - 9th
Austin Convention Center

Defense Energy Summit
DES 2013
November 9th - 11th
AT&T Conference Center
Please use our 10% off registration discount code: 13AEN10

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Jobs & Internships

imagine solarJob: Website Editor/Designer
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Compost PedallersJob: Part Time Compost Pedaller
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Growin' TogetherJob:
Growin' Together
Green Tech/ Permaculture Teaching Artist

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Job: Afterschool Program Manager at Growin' Together
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Urban RootsJob: Youth Program Specialist
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Colorado River AllianceInternship: Environmental Education
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sand holler goatJob: Small Farm Caretakers
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NWF LogoJob: Regional Development Manager - NWF South Central Regional Center
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Junior Master GardenerJob: Junior Master Gardener Program Coordinator
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Urban RootsApprentice:
Fall Farm Apprentice
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sierra clubApprentice:
Sierra Club Apprentice - Paid
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Job: EcoClean
Customer Service, Garment Tagging

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National Recycling CoalitionBoard Position with National Recycling Coalition, NRC.
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Urban RootsJob: Director of Development

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Goodwill industriesJob: Aftermarket Supervisor
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Clean Air Lawn CareJob: Grassmaster in Training
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Austin Creative ReuseJob: Digital Marketing Intern
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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

EcoBits by EcoBrandi

Austin Energy's GreenChoice program is an award-winning 100% renewable electrical supply offering that has been available to both homeowners and businesses since 2000. GreenChoice's mission has been a critical one and it has delivered billions of kWh of impact over the past 13 years. The program has been at the forefront of enabling citizens to actually green their energy supply. 
My (brilliant) husband Scott Burton serves on the Board of Solar Austin and helps growing companies with financial strategy and he has dissected the historical pricing and logic of GreenChoice.
Please read his full blog "Does Austin Energy Want to Expand Green Choice?" for the details but note that, "Of specific concern is that [the proposed new program] introduces the false concepts that renewable energy is always more expensive and that it's costs are not fixed over time."
Citizen input will be required to keep Council from rubber stamping this proposal. Please take a moment to email all council members and tell them GreenChoice should continue being a fixed price offering, and share this information with others. Again, you can read the blog for a lot more info.

It's time to start planning your trip to Fredericksburg, TX for the Renewable Energy RoundupRenewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair, September 27th - 29th! The Roundup is a place for getting green living ideas that help you live an efficient and healthy life. It's the largest “green show” in the South! You can see the latest in eco-friendly technologies. Learn how to save and create your own energy. Attend informative talks by the experts. Visit with vendors to see contemporary green living and sustainability practices. Come test drive the next generation in personal transportation.
Friday or Sunday $10 each; Saturday $12; Weekend pass $25.
More info and register.

Farm and Food Leadership Conference
Early Bird Registration for the Farm and Food Leadership Conference has been extended to August 31st! Hear top speakers on a variety of issues including genetically engineered foods, the politics of organics, the 2013 Farm Bill, FDA’s food safety regulations, urban farming, raw milk, water planning & policy. Participate in hands-on activism workshops, for both beginners and experienced activists. Network with individuals, nonprofits, and businesses who care about our local farms and food. Enjoy lunch (Monday) and a special banquet (Sunday evening) of local foods prepared by nationally acclaimed chef Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due! The conference takes place Sunday, September 22nd and Monday the 23rd in Bastrop Texas (the week before Roundup in Fredericksburg). More info.

Remember our blog last week about Great Austin Parks and the need for more funding for Parks and Recreation Department? Well next Tuesday at 10:30am at City Hall a press conference will be held to make the case for an additional $4.75 Million to care for our existing parks, trails and trees. In addition to the emcee Colin Wallis of Austin Parks Foundation, Rodney Ahart of Keep Austin Beautiful, and Luke Metzger of Environment Texas, I will be one of the speakers!

Growin TogetherNow is the time to enroll in the Growin' Together Hands-On Afterschool program, which shares the values of community, creativity, and sustainability with kids aged 5-12 through group projects led by community artisans. Do movie-making, green technology, carpentry, cooking, music, and more. Now transporting from Zilker, Barton Hills, and Joslin. Starts Monday, August 26th. More info.

The 2013 Austin Environmental 2013 Austin Environmental Directory - Water Issue - cover artDirectory is out!  Pick up a copy at Half Price Books or Central Market or  read it online. You may also contact Paul Robbins to request delivery of directories for your business, organization, or group.

EcoCalendar Highlights

swimming in poolThe last public meeting on opinions about Austin’s public pools and splash pads is tonight, Thursday, August 22nd in South East Austin. These meetings are part of an Aquatic Assessment which will help determine the needs and priorities for Austin’s aquatics facilities and programs based on the public’s feedback and an independent consultant’s evaluation of facility infrastructure. All four meetings next week are open to the entire Austin community.
Read more

Watershed ProtectionThursday, August 22nd, from 6:00pm -10:00pm the Watershed Protection department will present their briefing (no action) on the new Watershed Protection Ordinance to City Council.
More info

Ape99The Introduction to Permaculture 2-day Course runs between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th. During the course, Theron Beaedreau will lead you through fun, practical, and hands-on permaculture education!  A health lunch will be provided during the one hour lunch break for both days. Pre-registration is required and costs $150. This price includes the cost of lunch for both days. They are offering a $200 discount on a full Permaculture Design Course by Ape99 this fall to all who attend! More info.

Taking Time to Grow Our CommunityThe Creating Commerce Networking Circle, an Austin Time Exchange Network member and potential member exclusive event, is happening this Saturday, August 24th from 10:30am - 12:00pm at the Twin Oaks Library. Like a support group for Alternative Commerce "Entrepreneurs", the circle will be the first in a series on the alternative economy where participants share their passion and skills and learn about the amazing resources in the community. More info.

Wildlife Austin is now accepting registrations for its Fall National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward training program.  The training will take place in September and registration is currently open until August 25th

Wildlife Austin Habitat Stewards help others (and wildlife too!) in their community by showing them how to create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schools, and other private and public areas.

To view a schedule of classes or to register for this fun and informative training, visit the Wildlife Austin webpage. If you have any questions please call Wildlife Austin at 512-978-2606.

FCCT Artwork from last yearAre you an artist yearning to draw your inner chicken? The 2014 Funky Chicken Coop Tour is taking submissions now for its 2014 artwork. The artwork will be used on annual FCCT shirts and other promotional materials.
Signed Submission Agreement Due: This Sunday 8/25
Proof of Concept Designs Due: 8/31/2013
Finalized Artwork Due Date (approximate): 9/30/2013
More info

Texas Green NetworkThe Texas Green Network, Texas' Green Chamber of Commerce, is having a Planning Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, August 29th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm at Barr Mansion. Help plan surveys for the business community, and the next steps for the chamber. You will have an opportunity to write down your question/issue ideas while enjoying a Barr Mansion dinner with like-minded action-takers at the nation’s first organic certified events facility. After dinner, we will discuss ideas and talk about where TGN’s efforts are best focused in the future. More info.

Commute SolutionsAugust is Back to School month with Commute Solutions! This month, in partnership with the City of Austin Air Quality Program, we will be hosting a Back to School Transit Challenge.

Log your walking, biking, transit, carpooling, and /or vanpooling trip for a chance to win one of five $50 Alamo Drafthouse gift cards. This will run until Friday, August 30th. More info.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 1st for the Zilker Back-To-School Clothes Swap at Zilker Elementary. More info.

New Blog

SXSW Eco Announces Remainder of Content, Distinguished Speakers, and Startup Showcase Finalists
SXSW Eco, a conference centered on furthering innovation and action around sustainability initiatives, today announced distinguished speakers will include urban gardening activist Ron Finley as well as SHFT co-founders actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier and film producer Peter Glatzer. SXSW Eco has also announced the third annual conference's complete lineup of nearly 300 panelists, over 100 sessions, and dozens of other social events and workshops that will include thought leaders on topics across the sectors of climate change, energy, technology, design, food, policy, education and more. SXSW Eco will take place October 7-9, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

Finley, who will deliver opening remarks for the event, is known for taking over urban landscapes and transforming them into vegetable gardens that nourish and beautify communities. He will set the stage for creating innovative solutions to the world’s challenges, a theme resonating throughout the conference. Peter Glatzer and Adrian Grenier, co-founders of digital media platform SHFT, will hold an open discussion around positive propaganda and the use of film, art and design to integrate environmentalism into mass culture. Full article.

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