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40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Join Hill Country Conservancy and Austin Green Art to celebrate Earth Week this April – culminating in the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd.

Earth Day Austin

EARTH WEEK

Saturday, April 17 – Eat = Earth at Republic Square Park from 9am to 1pm
(Join Austin Green Art and local food advocates – both for- and non-profit groups to an event focusing on how our eating affects our ecosystem)
Download Event Info

Wednesday, April 21 – Earth Day Festival at The Triangle from 4 to 10pm
Join thousands of your neighbors, local green businesses and environmental groups and the cultural community in a manifestation of the Sustainability Revolution! Products, services, food, kids activities, music, art, a movie, and more celebrating life in balance and restoration.  Sponsored by Wheatsville Food Co-op.  Download Earth Day Exhibitor InfoDownload Earth Day Sponsor Info.

Wednesday, April 21 — Slow Money Austin Conference – 1 to 5pm — City Hall
This April, Slow Money Austin brings the Slow Money movement home, spotlighting the exciting evolution of the Central Texas regional food economy. A vital relationship between people and the land is being rediscovered, and in that rediscovery lie opportunities — opportunities to support fertile soil, healthy agricultural ecosystems and related cultural pursuits, all of which will encourage the regional economy to thrive.

Thursday, April 22 – 40th Earth Day!!
Slow Money Austin Fundraising Dinner at Barr Mansion

If your group is planning an Earth Day activity, please let us know so we can include it in EARTH WEEK promotions.

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January 24th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

AGA Completes Transformational Viva Verde Program

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Quentin and Patti help Councilmember, Chris Riley, and Enviro-queen, Brandi Clark, judge the Weirdest Commute Contest on National PARKing Day.

On June 14, 2009 Austin Green Art launched into a sixteen-week odyssey working with forty at-risk 14-24 year olds each workday.  While we’ve done projects with “kids from ages 1 to 92” on many occasions, we had never worked specifi cally with at-risk young people or structured activities to be “full-time” work. The program was structured to put two shifts of twenty participants “to work” in a morning and afternoon shift each day. On their off-shift they had classroom time for “job-readiness training.”  Our staff of three consisted of Robby, Dave and myself. The schedule I developed leading up to the start of the program balanced work at AGA Central (the warehouse and garden), job-site work at client locations and field trips, films and presentations about environmental issues and art-making. Viva Verde was a $2 million stimulus-funded program run by Goodwill, which placed 600 participants at job-sites around the city. The kids were paid $7.25/hr for the eight-hour day

Download the Program Report by Randy

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October 21st, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on AGA Completes Transformational Viva Verde Program

Weirdest Commute and PARKing Day

Daily Texan Coverage

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Weird Commute Champs

Friday's PARKing Day and Weirdest Commute Contest combination were a big hit.  Thanks to all the participants — Beth Ferguson, Sonja Rainey, TKO Advertising, CAMPO, Austin Bike Zoo, GSD&M and all the rest who made it a great time, AGA-style!

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Eric Cavanaugh's Photo Album

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September 20th, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Weirdest Commute and PARKing Day

Big Scoop

Big Scoop

AGA Creates Sculpture for City

Watershed Protection is encouraging Austinites to reduce water pollution by scooping their dog's poop.

Austin's 100,000 dogs create 60,000 pounds of bacteria-laden waste daily.

Thanks to Chas. Colburn and J Muzacz for their artistic assistance.

Daily Texan Article

Statesman Article

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September 20th, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Big Scoop

PARKing Day and Weirdest Commute

Austin Weirdest Commute Contest Art

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Join us at Wood Street and W. 6th (near Whole Foods Market) on Friday, September 18th from 10am to 2pm to celebrate the Weirdest Commute and National PARKing Day.  You can make a “park” and compete in the Weirdest Commute Contest to win ACL Tickets and more prizes.  Contact Randy for competition and park installation details. 

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September 11th, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on PARKing Day and Weirdest Commute

Campout Downtown — July 6 & 7

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“Polymorphic Plastic Parade” is a 5-week tour, traveling in a bus that operates on waste vegetable oil, created by IAN GAMBLE AND SARAH WITT. The tour will be stopping at 10 urban and rural outdoor locations around the United States to set up a temporary tipi village, which will be free and open to the public. The tipis are made with salvaged and renewable resources. The tipi covers are sewn from discarded plastic lumber tarps. The skeleton is constructed from locally harvested bamboo, an
invasive species.

In this exhibit, one of the waste byproducts from contemporary housing development, woven polyethylene, is recontextualized as useful material. The salvaging of these tarps, which are typically seen as waste, parallels the traditional Plains Indians’ approach to the buffalo. The cultural appropriation of tipis venerates the Native Americans’ respectful method of living, in which resources are efficiently employed. The juxtaposition of modern waste materials with the humble iconic structure of the tipi will encourage visitors to contemplate issues of excess and sustainability in present times.

Join us to camp out at the future Federal courthouse site at Republic Square Park, 5th and San Antonio on July 6 & 7.  There will be a community meal and additional programming.

http://www.plasticparade.org/basecamp1/

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Contact Randy to volunteer. 

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June 21st, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Campout Downtown — July 6 & 7

Earth Day(s)!!

Join AGA on Saturday, April 18 from 9am to 3pm at Republic Square Park (5th and Guadalupe) for a FREE community celebration.  <www.austinearthday.com>

and again —

Wednesday, April 22 from 4pm to 10pm at The Triangle (Lamar & Guadalupe) for a FREE movie screening.
King Corn is a fast-paced documentary about the health and economic impacts of industrial agriculture.
(movie starts at dark)

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April 13th, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Earth Day(s)!!

Resolution Gardens Launch

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Austin Green Art is pleased to announce the launch of Resolution Gardens, a “grow-food-anywhere-because-its-what-to-do” service!  We have installed gardens at the Coelho Residence and at Wheatsville Food Co-op.  For more information you can visit the Resolution Gardens website, and check out the awesome news coverage from Tuesday morning on local Fox 7 news.

Resolution Gardens on Fox 7

Services:

• full-service 4×8 raised bed garden with plants and maintenance — $99/month (one year agreement)
• Get-Growing (4×8 raised bed with plants) — $450 or $82/mo for six months
• Rent-a-Gardener (we'll help you with whatever you need) — $30/hr
• Custom Services (edible landscapes, yardfarms, outdoor sculpture, etc.)

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March 11th, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Resolution Gardens Launch

Save 20 Trees for 2 Cents/Day?!?

Our recent exhibition at Flatbed Press with Annette Lawrence reached far and wide! People are interested and concerned about junk mail’s impact on the environment and excited about “free paper” as a creative material. The reach of the show extended nationally to San Francisco and Boston and internationally to Dublin, Ireland. Hundreds signed ForestEthicsDo Not Mail Registry petition.

The show has created a partnership with 41pounds.org, a non-profit that takes the dozens of steps for you to stop junk mail to your home for five years. The added bonus is that your action also supports Austin Green Art!

$15 of the $41 to “un-mail” goes to AGA! Just select Austin Green Art from the pull-down menu when you Sign Up.

• By stopping your junk mail, you’ll conserve approximately 20 trees and 7,000 gallons of water, and prevent global warming emissions – and you’ll gain about 3,000 hours of free time!

Can you forward this info to your friends and encourage them to take action?

During the spring AGA will be shaping a longterm strategy to mobilize national action to un-mail as many people as we can through our creative, community-building and FUN brand of activism. If you’re interested to get involved as an Un-mailer, let me know.

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February 21st, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Save 20 Trees for 2 Cents/Day?!?

Fonda Garden Press

he 6,000 square foot garden that we created for Fonda San Miguel Restaurant has been featured in the Austin Business Journal and the winter issue of Edible Austin.  It's worth a trip by to see the potential for gardening at this scale and the speed which it can spring into production — even in December!  Might as well stop in for some of the best food in the world, too, while you're at it.  See the garden photos from last month and now

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December 12th, 2008 by randy Posted in News | Comments Off on Fonda Garden Press

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