AM Update
8:24 am
Fri April 27, 2012

AM Update: Army Bases Go Green, Food & Wine Fest, and Austin Toros Force Game Three

Army Bases in Texas Going Green

Fort Hood and other Texas Army bases are working to become more energy efficient, according to an article in the Texas Tribune.

By 2020 the Central Texas base aims to reduce its waste to “net zero.” Brian Dosa, Fort Hood’s director of public works, believes it won’t be an easy task.  

“It’s really as much about behavior change as it is about technology,” said Dosa. Recycling rates at soldiers’ housing complexes, for example, are low, he said.

In West Texas, Fort Bliss has pushed towards an eco-friendly facility as well. Throughout the base, solar panels have been installed to reduce the base’s energy and water usage. Earlier this year, the solar-panel system began producing power.

Austin Food and Wine Festival Begins

Foodies have reason to celebrate this weekend. The Austin Food and Wine Festival will begin today and run through the weekend.

According to the event’s website, the event will host a variety of attractions.

“You'll experience up-close and personal access to culinary, wine and spirit talent at over 35 cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars. Between sessions, drop by the VIP or Weekender Lounge for complimentary beer, wine and cocktails. ”

Another sign of Austin's rising culinary starpower, the festival will showcase both global and local culinary talent, including Iron Chef  Morimoto and local BBQ seller Aaron Franklin.

The event takes place at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park. You can purchase your tickets here.

Austin Toros Battle for Championship

The Austin Toros cruised by the Los Angeles D-Fenders last night in game two of the NBA Development League Finals. The Toros – Texas’ D-League NBA team – triumphed in a 113 to 94 win. The two teams will now meet in a tie-breaker game Saturday in Los Angeles.

This is the first time the Toros have advanced to the league finals since the 2007-2008 season. If they win Saturday, it would be the first D-League championship in franchise history. The final game will begin at 9:30 p.m. You can stream the game online here.

In other Texas sports news, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, winner of the Heisman Trophy, was taken second overall in the NFL draft by the Washington Redskins.