Here at the Austin EcoNetwork, we’re big fans of thorough, well-reported, and entertaining journalism. With our blogs, we slow down the news, dig down into the details, and really explain what is happening out there in the world. In this section we also feature guest posts from prominent members of the local community, exposing you to a well-rounded mix of voices from right here in Austin. We hope you enjoy reading our blogs as much as we enjoyed researching and writing them.

Greening Your Home, Frugally

Many people associate going green with expensive purchases scattered throughout their living space, but living a greener lifestyle is more often about what you don’t buy and don’t have in your home.

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Howdy from Chris

Hi everybody — this is my first post. I’m interested
in big picture eco issues, so will be relating those
to Austin as the AEN develops.

Thanks & love, Chris

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Small Steps, Big Change

Small Steps, Big Change

‘Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something’
You don’t have to completely change your life in one weekend to help change the world. But you have to do something. Then you have to do something else. You just have to.

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rom: Doc JODY

The Sunset Valley PermaCulture House (SVPH) is accepting applications
currently from interns seeking to reside in the City’s premier
sustainable-living environment. Interns may earn Certificates of
Achievement at 3-, 6- & 12-month stages for accomplishments in a variety of
green-living applications, e.g.: sustainable rainwater harvesting &
purification, urban utility usage conservation, greenhouse & straw-bale

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Center for Corporate Sustainability Summit

The Center for Corporate Sustainability Summit will be held in Austin
next week, May 28 & 29

Living in Austin you have a whole range of options for participating
from participating in person at the Hilton Austin to watching it
online, or attending as little as one Luncheon/Town Hall/Media Forum. (the items in bold are those most
likely to apply to you)

Premiere Summit On-Site Attendee ($995.00)

Premiere Summit On-Site Attendee w/ Carbon Emissions Reduction

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Our City, Our Lakefront and Our Views, here today, gone tomorrow?

From: “Jeff Jack”

Friends of

City Council to decide the fate of the shores of Lady Bird Lake this
coming Thursday, May 21, 2009

Each day when we travel around our great city, we know it is unique,
it is NOT anywhere USA. We can feel that it is apart of Texas and Not
any other state. But what gives us this sense of place? To many of us
it is the scenic expanse we unconsciously understand, the beauty of a
sky reaching to the horizon along the tree line that gives us a

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Texas Parks & Wildlife needs Volunteers to introduce kids to the outdoors

From: “Trey Hamlett”

Texas Parks & Wildlife needs Volunteers to introduce kids to the

Who: We need volunteers to work morning (9:30am to 1:30pm) or
afternoon (12:30pm to 3:30pm) shifts.

What: Texas Parks and Wildlife will be providing Backyard Bass Fishing
Activity and will feature the Take Me Fishing Trailer with hands-on
activities as well as rock climbing, archery, camping skills, and Sea
Life Mysteries activities. We are partnering with the Active
Lifestyle Tour to expose kids and families to healthy outdoor

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permaculture principles applied to industry

Hi Everyone,

Paul Hawken’s book The Ecology of Commerce has a description of an industrial park in Denmark where every company’s waste products become inputs for another company, resulting in a zero-waste closed-loop system. Although Hawken never uses the word “permaculture,” the following is an excellent example of how permaculture design principles can (and should) be applied to industry and commerce:

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Onion Harvest Help Needed

We grow a wide assortment of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers for
our community supported agricultural operation (CSA). The CSA concept is
based on the model that customers/shareholders invest in the farm and
share in the harvest over the course of the season. Currently, we have a
waiting list for new CSA members, but we do have Workshare memberships
available. A workshare member is someone who works from 8am to 1pm on a
Saturday or Wednesday in exchange for a week share of the farm’s produce
(typically 8 – 10 seasonal vegetable items, a $30.00 value).

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