The climate for local support of Solar Power needs help to compete on the national scene and a coalition of local advocates are working to get the City of Austin in the right mindset. Our guests were Tod Wickersham of Beneficial Results and David Dixon of Hill Country Eco Power, who are both working with the local activist organization “Solar Austin” to shed light on the subject. They have adopted a slogan developed by the local solar installer community saying “Use us or Lose Us”. In other words, if the City of Austin does not adopt more aggressive goals for solar power the solar installers will go elsewhere and jobs in Austin will be lost.
Shades of Green prepares for the love of Valentines Day with a discussion of the aphrodisiac effects of organic chocolates and flowers. With us in the studio was Jennifer Lucas, the local representative for Theo Chocolates and founder; Joe Whinney joined us on the phone from Seattle, Washington. Pamela Arnosky joined us for the second half hour to discuss her locally grown organic flowers on Arnosky Farms in the Texas Hill Country. You can learn to go organic with chocolates and flowers for your favorite Valentine!
On February 2nd, 2012 we discussed the Impact of recent drought on texas forests
Dr. Chris Edgar with the Texas Forest Service
April Rose with Tree Folks Austin &
Keith O’Herrin with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
Our conversation covered what is being done at the local and state level, rural and urban, to prevent loss of trees during exceptional drought in Texas.
On Thursday, January 26th Shades of Green hosted Paul Robbins for a discussion on the City of Austin’s proposed electric rates increases. Paul breaks things down in just the right amount of detail for an informative discussion. He discusses how important it is to design electric rates that encourage energy conservation and renewable energy. The new rates proposes by Austin Energy may do the opposite and are regressive in their design.
Listen to Shades of Green Energy each week at 1 PM in Austin, TX on KOOP 91.7 FM!
Wes Wigginton, managing director of Austin based Foursquare Builders and Eric Brown, founder and CEO of Thoughtcrib, an Austin design firm that focuses on sustainable practices joined us in the studio.
Designing a home that also contributes to reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) is a fundamental concept of sustainability and a core value for Wes Wigginton, a homebuilder with over 30 years of experience and architect, designer, Eric Brown. Together these award winning, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) have conceived a building process where every step seeks to reduce the fiscal and environmental implications of home construction and operation.
This Shades of Green Radio Program was a wrap up for 2011 regarding sustainability and environmental advocacy with several of the 8 Great Organizations who co-hosted Austin’s Green Holiday Party on Thursday, December 15th starting at 6 PM. The party was co-hosted by
- Texas Green Network
- Public Citizen,
- Design Build Live
- Austin Eco Network
- Texas League of Conservation Voters
- Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund
- USGBC Balcones-Central Texas Chapter &
- Center for Maximum Potential
Reporting on a year of environmental work in Austin we heard from:
David Power, deputy director, Public Citizen who discussed energy efficiency laws pending in the governors office where your support is needed to help encourage adoption. He also brought our attention to their blog, texasvox.org.
Stacy Guidry, program director, Texas Campaign for the Environment, TCE that has recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.
Jane Baxter-Lynn executive director, U.S Green Building Council, Central Texas.
Brandi Clarke Burton, founder, Austin EcoNetwork discussed the way the website is a center for information on sustainability in Austin. AEN has a calendar, blog and directory. She also discussed their new communication tool, the Eco Newsletter which you can sign up to receive when you visit the AEN website.
Ken McKenzie-Grant, vice-president, Design Build Live. …. And the outlook for 2012 is looking bright green!
Russel Smith, executive director at Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, (TREIA) talked about the development of TREIA and gave a brief historical perspective of a recap on the annual gathering of Texas renewable energy industries at the Texas Renewables 2011 conference held in Corpus Christi November 6th through 9th. Smith reviewed major issues impacting renewable energy industries in Texas, many of which were discussed at Texas Renewables 2011.
This is the second in our series on preparing for your winter garden in Austin, Texas. Our guest Tommy Clayton is the State Council Representative for the Travis County Master Gardener Program and she discusses important tips on how to nurture a successful garden. The Master Gardener Program is made up of members of the local community who are willing to learn and help others and are able to communicate with diverse groups of people. Master Gardeners receive special training in horticulture, which includes continuing education as well as the initial 50 hours of training.
Its mission is to be an educational, non-profit, service corporation that renders non-biased horticultural information to the community. Listen to the show to learn how to start a garden or become a Master Gardener.
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.
Trees, lawns and farms are struggling to survive under the Texas draught conditions. Leah Haynie and Zachary Baumer from the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability were our guests on Shades of Green Energy Radio show.
They introduced us to the programs that have been created to help Austin residents and businesses reduce our carbon impact and keep Austin a green, comfortable and beautiful place to live. There is wide range of great initiatives available to us in Austin through the Office of Sustainability. I’ve listed a few that you can click on to visit … but once you’re there you may just let your fingers do the walking and find out about the wide range of ways you can help Austin be sustainable through some of these programs!
You can sign up to get information on programs, updates and the newsletters.
On this page you can see the 2010 Community Tree of the Year. The Office of Sustainability has received numerous recommendations for the 2011 Community Tree of the Year and is in the process of reviewing them all to choose the 2011 Community Tree of the Year … so check their website for updates to see this year’s winning Tree of the Year in Austin.
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