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.

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!


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)

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

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

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.


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*****

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

Windsor Park Community Garden FENCE-A-THON

From: antoinette marie


Over the next three weeks, Windsor Park Community Garden will be collecting
recycled materials to fill in the frames of our fence. We are seeking
donations of materials (see list below).

Here is what the frames look like: They are about 5.5 feet wide by 3.5 feet
[image: aa]

Here is a frame that is partially filled in (with woven venetian blinds)
[image: aa]

And here is one that is completed but has not yet been installed

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Some ideas we have for “fill” are:

Help Johnson’s Backyard Garden Harvest Potatoes

Come help Johnson’s Backyard Garden harvest potatoes this Saturday, May
9th or next Wednesday May 13th from 8am to 1pm! We grow a wide
assortment of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers for our community
supported agriculture (CSA) and certified organic farm. 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.

In exchange for your help, you’ll receive a share of our farm’s freshly
harvested organic vegetables. This week, we are planning on including

Upcoming Workshops – Sustainable Food Center

Upcoming Workshops through Sustainable Food Center

Workshops are free unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required –
call 236-0074 x105 or email jess at To find out
about more events, go to

Learning the Medicine Wheel
Saturday, May 9, 10am-1pm
Alma de Mujer Center, 13621 FM 2769

Come out to Alma de Mujer and learn about the Nahui Ollin Medicine Wheel
garden, both its concept and its use. We will discuss traditional approaches