The Texas Green Network (TGN) of Austin, Texas celebrates its 50th networking event. The TGN is one of the first of two green chamber of commerces in the United States. The City of San Francisco also has a green chamber like TGN. We discussed the Texas Green Network with Reed Sternberg and Paul Severin live in the studio. We also had Alexia Marcous, the co-founder of the San Francisco Green Chamber of conference live on the phone with us. Both organizations offer networking and outreach opportunities for businesses specializing in green products and services.
The American YouthWorks of Austin is an educational program for high school students at risk. As part of a commitment to conservation, community revitalization and education, American YouthWorks operates three Green Jobs Programs including Environmental Corps, Casa Verde Builders, and Computer Corps. We spoke with the School Principal Terence Gahan, the Field Coordinator for the Environmental Corps Paul Stuffel, and a student Anthony Staten – a leader in the Casa Verde Builders program. Their award winning environmental training programs provide students with real-world, hands on community experience.
The City of Austin has approved a plan to completely ban plastic bags in retail stores. Stacy Guidry, the Austin Program Director for the Texas Campaign for the Environment discusses how they are encouraging Austin to go even further and ban paper bags. Also in the KOOP studio we spoke with producer Christine Giordano the author of the original video document called “Bag-it” covering Boston’s attempt to ban plastic bags. Her video was featured at the 2010 South By Southwest film festival. It is available for viewing on Vimeo.
Austin uses 263 million single use plastic bags annually! Both Brownsville and South Padre Island are examples of Texas communities that have successfully stopped the use of plastic bags. You can find out more at: Bag Ban FAQ.
Texas Campaign for the Environment will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year. You can find out about details at Trash Makeover: Fashion and Art Reuse Challenge. And lets all do our part to help Austin “Recycle, Reduce and Reuse!”
Zoe Cardon works at the Ecosystems Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, she is also a member of Ecological Society of America, ESA an international organization of professional ecologists. Cardon joined us on Shades of Green Energy to talk with us about ESA and the work they do to promote Earth Stewardship. The Ecological Society of America was established in 1915 and they are coming to Austin for their 96th Annual Conference – these folks have been around for a long time!
So there are 2 things you may want to know about:
- The ESA Earth Stewardship: Opening Plenary is open to the public … Austin is invited! The panel will discuss the growing need for food, freshwater, energy and many other resources drawn from Earth’s life support systems … essentially Stewardship of this Earth. The event is Sunday, August 7th at the Austin Convention Center from 5 – 6:30 p.m. and it’s first come first serve … so get there early if you delight in nationally informative insight on ecology, Earth stewardship and environmental activism.
- Then next Thursday, August 11 ESA is hosting “Austin Night for Nature,” a live concert to benefit 20 environmental groups in Austin! And just look at the line up here! Music will be performed by local musicians Terri Hendrix, Carolyn Wonderland and Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys – that’s Thursday, August 11, 2011 at the Moody Theater on West Willie Nelson Blvd. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m., doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets available at Waterloo Records or online at www.acl-live.com. The show benefit such local groups as the American Youthworks Environmental Corps, Austin Parks Foundation, Bat Conservation International and the City of Austin, many of your friends and more!
This will be a busy week for ecologists, environmentalists and Austin activists … Hot weather but cool opportunities to get involved!