sustainability http://kut.org en On America Recycles Day, UT Students Go for the Record with Box Castle http://kut.org/post/america-recycles-day-ut-students-go-record-box-castle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sound of masking tape being stretched and torn, cardboard boxes being folded, and students laughing and chattering filled Gregory Plaza on Friday morning, as more than a hundred students gathered to build the first cardboard box castle at the University of Texas.</span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:09:32 +0000 Emily Mathis 9197 at http://kut.org On America Recycles Day, UT Students Go for the Record with Box Castle Coming Soon to Austin Parks: Brush-Clearing Goats? http://kut.org/post/coming-soon-austin-parks-brush-clearing-goats <p class="p1">The Sustainable Food Center's <a href="http://www.sfcfarmersmarket.org/markets/sfc-farmers-market-east">East Austin farmer's market </a>had a perennially irritating problem: Poison ivy was blocking a portion of the market's space. They couldn't use chemicals or herbicides <span class="s1">— it wouldn't exactly jive with their goal of sustainability.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p3">So they got creative, turning to a four-legged, environmentally (and people) friendly alternative: Goats.</p><p class="p3">Now, Austin parks may be looking to adopt the strategy to beautify green spaces across the city, as well.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:51:54 +0000 Andrew Weber 8993 at http://kut.org Coming Soon to Austin Parks: Brush-Clearing Goats? Texas Ranks Tenth in U.S. for Sustainable Building http://kut.org/post/texas-ranks-tenth-us-sustainable-building <p>Texas ranks tenth in the country in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. That's according to a report issued by the <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/home" target="_blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a>, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that issues LEED certification.</p><p>The LEED 100-point scale rates the design, construction, and operation of buildings, neighborhoods, and homes to promote sustainable infrastructure. It looks at factors such as sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials, indoor environmental quality, as well as design and innovation to issue one of four different levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:31:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 6308 at http://kut.org Texas Ranks Tenth in U.S. for Sustainable Building City Switch To Green Energy To Cost $6 Million Over 10 Years http://kut.org/post/city-switch-green-energy-cost-6-million-over-10-years <p>The City of Austin says it will become the largest local government in the United States to be powered entirely by renewable electricity when it flicks the switch on Saturday. The move is estimated to cost taxpayers $6 million over ten years.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a commitment you make to further the goal of reducing carbon emissions,&rdquo; Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell told KUT News. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a value to everybody that lives in the city.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:35:41 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2621 at http://kut.org City Switch To Green Energy To Cost $6 Million Over 10 Years The EPA Really Likes This Natural Water Filter In South Austin http://kut.org/post/epa-really-likes-natural-water-filter-south-austin <p><em>Updated for Correction</em></p><p>Austin is one of ten model cities for environmentally friendly infrastructure, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Specifically, the EPA says the Lundelius-McDaniels Water Quality Pond &ndash; a natural water filter in South Austin that removes pollutants from storm runoff draining back into the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:12:51 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1712 at http://kut.org The EPA Really Likes This Natural Water Filter In South Austin Buy Stuff, Help Earth http://kut.org/post/buy-stuff-help-earth <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&amp;hl=en&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=209547749940538070543.00049f4075c54ffb1b623&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=30.206311,-97.795909&amp;spn=0.64607,0.289686&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&amp;hl=en&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=209547749940538070543.00049f4075c54ffb1b623&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=30.206311,-97.795909&amp;spn=0.64607,0.289686"><small>View in a larger map</small></a></p><p>It&#39;s <a href="http://www.earthday.org/">Earth Day</a>, in case no one told you already, and all the businesses plotted on the map above (also listed <a href="http://austingive5.com/businesses/">here</a>) have vowed to contribute 5 percent of their gross receipts today to local non-profits devoted to ecological preservation and the environment. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:17:10 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1284 at http://kut.org City Council Approves New Energy Rules For Apartment Homes http://kut.org/post/city-council-approves-new-energy-rules-apartment-homes <p>Austin City Council approved new rules this morning that could have a big impact on the owners of apartment buildings and the people who live in them. The <a href="http://www.austinenergy.com/About%20Us/Environmental%20Initiatives/ordinance/index.htm">Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure</a> (ECAD) Ordinance will require multifamily property owners to conduct specialized audits that reveal the energy efficiency of apartments and townhomes. That information would be disclosed to tenants, and the most inefficient buildings would require upgrades.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:01:55 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1275 at http://kut.org City Council Approves New Energy Rules For Apartment Homes Plastic Bags Could Be Banned In Austin http://kut.org/post/plastic-bags-could-be-banned-austin <p>Austin city leaders have been&nbsp;talking about banning plastic bags at stores for a while, but signs for such an ordinance look strong this year.&nbsp;</p><p>“We have a report that we’ve been working on, on the cost impact of plastic bags. That study has been presented to City Hall, we hope to have that in the hands of city council within a couple of weeks,” said Bob Gedert, the City of Austin’s Solid Waste Services director.</p><p>That report has not been released to the public yet.</p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:01:24 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 565 at http://kut.org Plastic Bags Could Be Banned In Austin How Would Peak Oil Affect Your Life? http://kut.org/post/how-would-peak-oil-affect-your-life <p>Nationally, gas prices are hovering around $3 a gallon these days. It’s far off the record price of more than $4.10 in the summer of 2008. Remember those days? Well, what about $5 dollar, even $10 dollar a gallon for gas?</p><p>To understand the rest of this story, you need to get one concept: peak oil. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:31:19 +0000 Matt Largey 537 at http://kut.org How Would Peak Oil Affect Your Life? Eat Local Week Continues Until Saturday http://kut.org/post/eat-local-week-continues-until-saturday <p><object height="264" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FODdKK1AuCM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="264" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FODdKK1AuCM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></object></p><p>Watch this video by KUT's Peter Babb to get inspired for the remaining four days of <a href="http://www.edibleaustin.com/content/about-eat-local-week">Eat Local Week</a>. It's an event sponsored by <em>Edible Austin</em> magazine that encourages Austinites to learn about and indulge in locally produced food. Proceeds go to <a href="http://www.youthlaunch.org/programs/seeds.php">Urban Roots</a>, a non-profit that helps high needs kids learn about sustainable agriculture. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 20:53:11 +0000 Nathan Bernier 424 at http://kut.org Dell Is Greenest Large Company in America Says Newsweek http://kut.org/post/dell-greenest-large-company-america-says-newsweek <p><em>Newsweek </em>just released its <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/18/green-rankings-us-companies.html">second annual green ranking</a> of America&#39;s 500 largest companies. <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/photo/2010/10/18/the-top-10-greenest-companies.html">Topping the list</a> is Round Rock-based <a href="http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/dell-earth.aspx">Dell</a>, which employs about 16,000 people in Central Texas.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 21:08:58 +0000 Nathan Bernier 78 at http://kut.org Dell Is Greenest Large Company in America Says Newsweek