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Wildland volunteer opportunity may 24

To learn more about any of these events, go to

Wildland Conservation Volunteer Stewardship Days

Juniper removal (Savanna Grassland Maintenance) – Slaughter

Date and Time: Sunday May 24, 8:30m to 12pm.

Location: Slaughter Creek tract, near intersection of Slaughter Ln and
FM 1826 in SW Travis County. Directions will be sent upon registration.

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Action Alerts, updates, Save Our Trees– Post Widely

From: Susan Bright

Write to Mayor Elect Leffingwell and the City Council to ask them NOT
to weaken the proposed tree code amendment re. saving our heritage
trees (in closed session) – ask them to strengthen City Code to
protect the heritage trees at Barton Springs and in Zilker Park, and
throughout our city.

email for Council:

Action links and updates:
Post: Save Our Trees at Barton Springs

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Viva Verde! – Goodwill’s Summer Youth Program‏

This summer Goodwill Industries is expanding its youth opportunities as part of the Viva Verde Summer Youth Employment Program.

Goodwill is seeking to partner with green organizations who can provide employment and vocational experience for at-risk youth. Goodwill pays all wages throughout the program for youth participants. It’s a great program with a lot of benefits for local organizations and companies.The funding for this program comes from the Recovery Act of 2009. The program promises to be 5X bigger than the usual summer opportunities Goodwill offers.

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Reminder: Local Food Potluck and Permaculture/ Citizen Gardener Graduation tonight – Wed., May 13th – Barr Mansion – 6:30 pm –

Tonight we are celebrating local food production and our newest crop of Citizen Gardener and Permaculture graduates. If you are just finding out this event is happening and your schedule is open this evening RSVP to this link and get cooking/chopping!

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2009 City of Austin Municipal Elections are tomorrow, 7am-7pm Saturday May 9.
Your vote matters! Austin voters will be electing 5 of 7 city council members, including its next mayor.
If everyone on this list votes we will have a major say in who is elected.

I’ve compiled some info sites and the endorsements of enviro groups that endorse, for your review, should you still be making your choice.
Travis County Election info (including voting locations)

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Farewell Paul Domaruk

I loved this man. He was an angel among us. His contributions to life
(trees and people) were so many during the time he spent with us. I
will miss him. Brandi

From: “Scott Harris”

On Wednesday May 6 the Austin environmental community lost one of its
shining lights. Paul Istvan Domaruk left this world after a long
illness. Paul was a Forester and Certified Arborist and spent the
last five years working for TreeFolks, Inc. He was instrumental in
countless public tree planting projects and headed up our education

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Stewards of Casa de Luz, Garden Work Morning, Sunday, May 17, 8-11am

From: Jinji Willingham

[I’m contacting the Stewards group prior to a public release of the upcoming
workday on May 17th. Tomorrow night I’ll post this to Austin Eco Network
and a few other sources in town, so let me know if you wish to sign up. We
have 10, maybe 12 maximum spots available. (Keep in mind that it’s also
possible to sign up for a volunteer shift in the kitchen.]
The Stewards of Casa de Luz Garden will meet for their bi-monthly Garden
Work Morning this Sunday, May 17th. We’ll meet on the deck at 8:00 am and

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a job posting from the State Energy Conservation Office

LOCATION: 111 E. 17th Street

WORK HOURS: Grant Funded: Continued employment depends on the availability of federal funding and is otherwise “at-will.” 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 40 hours. Occasional weekend and/or late-evening work may be required. Actual work hours may change based on business need. Must be able to work flexible hours during legislative sessions; and, as needed.


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LEED AP NC 2.2 exam study groups hosted by USGBC chapter

From: Effie Brunson

The US Green Building Council Central Texas – Balcones chapter is hosting
LEED NC 2.2 AP exam study groups with DPR Construction. Each group will
meet 4 hours per day, for five consecutive weekdays. A local subject matter
expert will be present to lead the group through a presentation of each
credit, discussing intent and strategies, and to answer any questions
participants may have. All credits and the testing process will be


– *Monday, May 11, 2009 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM*****

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Business Development Manager–Carbon Clear job posting

Dear Friends,

Carbon Clear, a new green company in Austin, is looking to fill the
position of Business Development Manager. Note, the closing date is May 20,

Looking very forward to hearing from interested and qualified applicants!


The Carbon Clear Team

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