Our March 29th, 2012 guests were Bethany Waggonner with the Go Green Conference, Iga Hallberg of Pivot MKTG and Zach Baumer with the City of Austin Office of Sustainability, who also participated in the conference. 2012 is the second year for the early April conference in Austin. We got a chance to talk about the content, tracks and panelists as well as the concept intent and overall business focus of Go Green.
“Bag the Bag” — Will Austin follow Brownsville’s Lead? The City of Austin Council is considering instituting a ban on plastic and paper bags through at their meeting on March 1, 2012. The bag ban could be implemented in stages over time. We had a lively discussion about bagging the bag in Austin with our guests
Christine Banks, Executive Director for Goodwill Industries in Austin, and on the phone was Art Rodriguez, Director of the City of Brownsville Health Department. The City of Brownsville was the first city in Texas to ban one-time use plastic bags in retail stores. Austin has some catching up to do.
Weston Sythoff, Clark Shaffer and Tony Allen all from Workforce Solutions Capital Area spoke with us about the Austin green jobs market. Workforce Solutions is responsible for the planning, oversight, and evaluation of workforce development activities in the Austin/Travis County area. They match companies who need workers with people who are seeking jobs in Central Texas … and they are doing a terrific job as Austin has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S.
Michele Hallahan, Austin’s environmental consultant and engineer at Eco-Logic Sustainable Solutions talked with us about “Green Washing.” We discussed companies who are green washing and companies that are great examples of environmental stewardship and the triple bottom line.