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Favorite posts from the week

I’ve recently started an experiment, a work in progress:
The following articles come from that newsfeed.

This week’s coolest stuff:

  • 1. Nature Rocks,
    making family outdoor adventures easy, from camping at national parks to pitching tents in your own backyards…

  • 2. Top 10 Greenest Music Festivals,
    Not seeing ACL or SXSW on this list…

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  • Austin Tree of the Year Nominations

    The City of Austin is currently accepting nominations for Austin’s 2009 Tree of the Year Award. Each year, one large and one small tree within the Austin city limits will be recognized. Look for trees that are native, healthy and beautiful. Nominations are due by Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

    A nomination form may be found at A form may also be picked up at local plant nurseries or the Zilker Garden Center.

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    Online/Mail Voting for PEC Board Election ends Friday!

    From: Sarah McDonald <>

    Dear Pedernales Electric Co-op members!

    The 2009 PEC Elections are winding down but, there is still time to
    vote. The deadline for members to cast their ballot online or by mail
    is this Friday, June 12 — or you can vote in person at the annual
    membership meeting on June 20th.

    On May 4th, board candidates attended a presentation and discussion on
    energy efficiency and clean renewable energy. In turn, the candidates
    were given a questionnaire

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    Central Texas Environmental Policy Events for June 8-14, 2009

    This is a weekly feature listing upcoming meetings, events, and items of concern to environmental activists.

    Highlights (Details after the fold):

    MONDAY: SH 45 SW will be taken up by CAMPO, though there is no action expected. There will be citizens comments from the environmental community. CAMPO will also enter into some interlocal agreements with the TTI and the San Antonio COG for transportation and air quality studies and possibly approve stimulus funding items.

    TUESDAY: The Parks Board will host a discussion on the department’s proposed budget reductions.

    WEDNESDAY: The Urban Forestry Board will host a discussion on the department’s proposed budget reductions.

    WEDNESDAY: The Solid Waste Advisory Commission holds its first meeting since its director was reassigned, taking up departmental organizational assessment, a plastic bag resolution, and updates on the MRF, Master Plan, Greenstar Contract, and the dept. budget.

    WEDNESDAY: The Water and Wastewater Commission applies for $53 million
    in stimulus funding for various wastewater projects and hears a presentation from Daryl Slusher on water conservation.

    WEDNESDAY: COA holds a public forum on the budget and citizens’ priorities.

    THURSDAY: The City Council considers funding the Solid Waste Master Plan for $1.5 million, creates the industry-requested Generation Resource Planning Task Force to fight against expensive clean energy projects, hears a presentation on proposed amendments to the tree regulations, hears 3rd reading of the Waterfront Overlay ordinance changes, and passes the 2009 Bicycle Plan Update.

    THURSDAY: The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District meets

    THURSDAY: West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt stakeholders meet to develop a
    long-term plan for use and maintenance of the greenbelt.

    SATURDAY: Free rainwater harvesting seminar

    SATURDAY: Free hike and lecture in Barton Creek protected bird habitat

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    Austin Climate Protection Annual Report

    From: “Petersen, Sascha \”Alexander\””

    The Climate Protection Program just finished our Annual Report. It has been submitted to the City Manager and the City Council and can also be found under the “What’s New” section of our website.

    Alexander (Sascha) Petersen

    Austin Climate Protection Program
    (512) 482-5422

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    Reducing the cost of solar

    UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – Chemical engineering students are experimenting
    with technology that could reduce the cost of a solar array from more
    than $20,000 to less than $2,000
    . View Austin American Statesman article:

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    Ronda’s Organic Gardening School

    fun and tasty —

    My good friend Allison Supancic hipped me to
    Ronda’s amazing Montessori school earlier today
    and I wanted to share. There are quite a few
    choices for green parents in Austin, but Ronda’s
    is probably the only school certified organic since 1995.

    Summer camps are currently open for children
    ages 2 to 4, visit


    Also of note, The Green Parent (web resource). Events,
    education, tips, and activities for greening families.

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