The Austin Environmental Directory is also available for free in print at many environmentally related businesses in Austin.
Hard to Swallow: The Expensive Cost of Austin Water

The 2013 Directory: WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

The 2013 Cover and Introduction

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

I. Texas: Where the Water Runs Uphill

  • Introduction: Taking It Personally
  • The Supply System
  • The Texas Water Plan
  • Struggles With People
  • Struggles With Nature and Resources
  • Struggles With Money
  • The Fortune Teller

II. Water Conservation

  • Efficient Appliances
  • Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Gray Water
  • Reducing Water for Lawns
  • Watering Trees
  • Documentation

III. The Edwards Aquifer (Save Barton Creek Assn.)

IV. Headwaters: An Early History of Austin's Water and Electric Utilities

AUSTIN'S CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAMS

  • Introduction
  • Commercial Conservation Programs
  • Residential Conservation Programs
  • Renewable Energy Programs
  • Multifamily Programs

GREEN BUILDING

  • Introduction
  • Green Building Classes & Tours
  • Toxic Chemicals Contained in Building Materials
  • Energy and Water Saving Tools
  • Myth-Busting
  • The Deep Energy Retrofit
  • A Path to Net Zero Homes
  • Beyond the Green Building Rating
  • Multifamily Green Building
  • Electric Vehicle Update
  • Electric Vehicle Programs Charge Ahead
  • Social Equity in Green Building

WATERSHED PROTECTION

LOCALLY-GROWN FOOD

RECYCLING AND REUSE

  • The Zero Waste Master Plan
  • Recycling Drop-off Centers

ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME LIGHTING

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

  • General
  • Building
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental Justice
  • Food
  • Fundraising
  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Health
  • Parks
  • Politics
  • Recycling
  • Special Purpose
  • Transportation
  • Trees & Plants
  • Water
  • Wildlife
Hard to Swallow: The Expensive Cost of Austin Water

From the 2010 Directory:

Read it and Leak: 2011 Report on Austin Water

From the 2006 Directory:

Energy and the Environment
Introduction
1. Petrolistan -
Oil & War
2. Fire on Ice -
Liquefied Natural Gas
3. Ten Things People Can
Do To Use Clean Energy
4. Out of the Wilderness -
Strategies Austin Can
Take for Clean Energy

From The 2003 Directory:

Environmental Business
1. Green Business and
Austin's Economy
2. A History of Austin's
Economic Development
3. Creating An Employment
Base From
Environmental Business
4. Strategies for Promoting
Environmental Business

Sponsors

Alarife (ah lah ree fay) – Old Spanish Moorish term used to describe a professional individual that specializes in both the design and building of architecture.

The architecture and building firm of ALARIFE pllc, led by Eugen Logan Wagner PhD AIA, and a team of artists and artisans, uses traditional trades, crafts and tools to restore existing historic buildings, designs and builds modern, sustainable hand crafted architecture. Many of the buildings use rammed earth, adobe, stone, and stucco instead of conventional-walled structures.

 

(515) 801-9819

We offer a full spectrum of Electric Scooters & Bikes, parts, service, accessories and training for the Electric Vehicle community. Feel secure that Alien Scooters' dedication and speciality in electric vehicles means we've researched, inspected and in some cases, custom designed our E-vehicles to ensure that the products we carry meet our high standards for safety and performance.

As incredibly durable and low maintenance as our products are, we think that services and maintenance are just as important as our sales. You don't have to get lost in outer space wondering where to go for parts, tune-ups, upgrades, repairs or accessories for any E-vehicle.

 

(512) 447-4220

Would you buy a sofa or chair without sitting on it? Of course not. It's the same with audio equipment.

Buying something after reading about it is like buying a piano without playing it. At Audio Systems, you can hear the difference between different components (speakers, amplifiers, sources) so you can get the system that pleases you the most. You can't do this at "big box" stores or on the internet.

If the system you might buy starts at about $1000, come see us. For the same amount of money, no "big box" store can equal our sound, and no "internet picked" system gives you the certainty that you have chosen what is best.

 

(512) 451-5736

At 80% reduction in carbon emissions and counting, Austin’s airport will spread renewable electric power beyond buildings. The terminal of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport began using the 100% renewable electric power of Austin Energy’s GreenChoice three years ago. This reduced carbon emissions from the airport by 80%.

Now that same green energy will spread to vehicles on the airfield. The airline tugs that pull luggage carts and load bags will convert from diesel to electric. These electric vehicles will charge by plugging into the terminal’s existing supply of GreenChoice electricity. This continues the Green history the airport from its start as a recycled Air Force base to a newly opened LEED Silver certified building.

Find more “Green Gems” of the airport at our Web site.

Austin Energy

Austin Energy is the nation’s 8th largest publicly-owned electric utility and a department of the City of Austin. Our mission is to deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service. Austin Energy is recognized for achieving some of the highest performance standards in the industry. These standards include aggressive renewable and reliability goals and demonstrated efforts to promote new clean energy technologies and a sustainable environment.

Austin Energy ranks first among Texas utilities for green power sales and offers some of the most comprehensive energy efficiency programs in America. We are also leading the effort to study the impact of electric vehicles on the electric system while promoting increased market share in the automotive industry.

In 1991, Austin Energy® Green Building® (AEGB) developed the first city-wide rating system in the U.S for evaluating the sustainability of buildings. The AEGB rating system served as a model for many other cities as well as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system. For more than 20 years, AEGB has lead the building industry to a sustainable future with green building ratings, consulting services, code advancement, professional development and public education. Austin Energy Green Building helps professionals in the building industry raise the standards for site development, energy efficiency, water quality and conservation, indoor environmental air quality, material resources, social equity and education.

 

Choose 100% wind for your home or business by subscribing to the GreenChoice® program. Greenchoice subscribers add clean energy to Austin’s grid every day when they choose to meet their electricity needs with 100% renewable Texas wind.

Subscribe to GreenChoice and Power Austin’s grid with more Texas wind, less fossil fuels.

• Create Texas jobs and new revenue for Texas schools

• Save millions of gallons of water wasted by oil and gas extraction

• Help lead Austin to its community goal of 35% renewable energy use by 2020.

(512) 494-9400

Austin Energy's PowerSaver™ Program can help reduce the cost of making energy efficiency improvements to your home, business, or multifamily property. Whether you are interested in a large-scale energy performance upgrade or just making a few improvements at a time, the PowerSaver Program has savings for you.

  • Residential Offerings: Refrigerator Recycling, Thermostats, Air Conditioning
  • Multifamily Offerings: Water and Energy Packaged Rebates, Custom Technologies, High Efficiency Lighting, Duct Diagnostics and Improvement
  • Commercial Offerings: New Construction Rebates, Small Business Lighting, High Efficiency Lighting

Solar PV systems are clean, quiet, and efficient ways of generating electricity. They harvest sunlight and turn it into electricity. Austin Energy offers rebates for customers who install solar PV systems for their homes or businesses. Find a list of participating companies on our website to get started.

The Austin Yoga Institute offers public and private yoga classes covering all aspects of yoga – asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting – on an ongoing basis. In addition, we are a registered training center for teachers and recognized as such by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. and the Yoga Alliance.

Austin Yoga Institute was founded in 1992 by Peggy Kelley and friends as a nonprofit educational institution. Its purpose is to educate and enlighten the central Texas community and beyond about the Classical Yoga Tradition. Austin Yoga Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender or age.

(512) 923-4643

Conveniently located 15 minutes from downtown Austin, Barr Mansion provides a beautiful, tranquil setting for corporate and community events. From holiday parties to corporate training events to community fundraisers to all-day think tank sessions, our beautiful Victorian mansion, meticulously maintained gardens and decadent Artisan Ballroom provide excellent and unique backdrops for your clients and guests. Enjoy a full service experience with our on-site organic catering kitchen, as well as additional options for food and beverage service.

We don't just say that we love the Earth, we show it! Barr Mansion is the first certified organic special events facility, as well as the first Zero Waste special events facility, in the nation.

(512) 926-6907

Bill Aleshire handles regulatory matters before agencies, legal representation at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), district court, the various courts of appeal and the Texas Supreme Court. His expertise lies in asserting our clients' interests before governmental bodies at the local (i.e. county, city, school district) and state or federal levels, as well as legislative and executive agencies.

Before getting his law degree in 2001, Bill served as Travis County Judge between 1987 and 1998. Bill served as Travis County Tax Collector from 1980 to 1985.

(512) 320-9155

We opened our first Austin location in 2000 to fill a need for aquaponic and hydroponic supplies for urban gardeners. We stock exactly what the customer needs and wants from beginner, to hobbyist, to Master Gardener, to commercial grower. Our goals:

• No high-pressure sales techniques;

• High-value products at a reasonable price;

• Well-trained, experienced and informed staff to help each customer make the right decisions for them and their goals;

• Educational support through classes and books;

• Aquaponics, hydroponics, and organics.

North (512) 459-4353 and South (512) 444-2100

The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, established in 1975, is a non-profit education, research, and demonstration organization specializing in life cycle planning and design. We undertake projects based on their potential contribution to site, regional and global sustainability and human health, and actively pursue collaborations with associate organizations, businesses and professional firms through protocols, prototypes, and policies.

Projects emphasize regional contexts as bases for responsible resource use relative to materials, energy, water, waste, food, and meaningful employment. Our expertise is accessible through green building, planning and design services, conference presentations, public lectures, and published papers.

(512) 928-4786

Our Office advances local sustainability strategies and climate action across the City government and within the Austin community. Some of our programs and projects include:

• Sustainability Action Agenda – a framework used to track and report on the tangible benefits achieved through City-wide sustainability initiatives.

• Climate Protection Program – working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at both the municipal and community-wide level, as well as support climate resilience strategies.

• Austin Green Business Leaders Program – giving local businesses tools and resources to save money, expand market share, protect the environment, and support the local community.

Purpose: Clean Water Action is a national organization of diverse people and groups working together for clean, safe, and affordable water, the prevention of health-threatening pollution at its source, creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work.

CWA also works to elect pro-environment candidates at all levels of government and pass ballot initiatives that promote a more sustainable future.

Projects/Activities: At the national level, CWA is working on behalf of the Clean Water Restoration Act and strong climate protection legislation. In Texas, CWA is working to strengthen and enforce environmental laws, promote water conservation, increase funding for state parks, curtail our dependence on coal plants, and increase investments in energy efficiency and wind and solar power.

Volunteer Opportunities: Work on elections, participate at public hearings, and assist with office projects. Paid and unpaid internships, with college credit, are available.

Newsletters: Clean Water Action News, national newsletter; Sustainer Bulletin, state newsletter.

Dues: $25/year with national newsletter; $60/year with state and national newsletters.

(512) 589-1084
600 West 28th Street, Suite 202

Since 1982, Ralph Smoot and his son Conrad have built 75 underground and concrete homes in 7 states. Some are designed so that they are partially or totally underground. Others are completely on the surface, but look almost indistinguishable from conventional homes. They resist the elements in ways most homes never can, and compare well in price.

These homes result in savings unheard of in any other type of building. These homes benefit your health and security like no other structure can or has. Some concrete homes are over 5,000 years old.

Concrete homes are: Termite Proof • Fire Resistant • Tornado Resistant • Hurricane Resistant

ConradsCastles.com

EarthShelteredHome.com • (512) 844-8820 / ConradsCastles.com • (512) 844-8727

We are advocates for the natural environment. We have deep and broad experience with the laws that can safeguard that environment. Over the years, we have done a lot of work related to solid waste, water and air pollution, and endangered species protection. We have fought incompatible land uses. We help clients protect their surroundings and wildlife and enjoy a healthy environment in the face of industrialization and urbanization.

Our loyalties are not divided. We do not argue one day for waivers/variances from protections and the next, for strict enforcement. We understand that all legal fights have a political aspect to them.

Partners: David Frederick, Marisa Perales, Eric Allmon, Brad Rockwell. Rick Lowerre, of counsel. Our principal office is in Austin, Texas.

 

512-469-6000
707 Rio Grande, Suite 200, Austin

• We love Texas - and we feel it’s our responsibility to take good care of the state we proudly call home. By being energy efficient and conserving natural resources, we’re helping our communities and creating savings that we pass on to you in the form of everyday low prices. It’s the neighborly and right thing to do.

• H-E-B at Mueller is certified LEED Gold and is H-E-B’s Sustainable Test Project. To learn more about technologies and efficiencies H-E-B is testing, visit the store and take a self-guided tour.

InStep is a locally owned comfort shoe store striving to be your favorite place to buy your favorite shoes!

We are an Austin original, specializing in comfort shoes that promote health and wellness. In addition to offering Birkenstock footwear and insoles we carry Dansko, Naot, Chaco, Vionic/Orthoheel, Olukai, Taos, Fit Flop and others. We also hand craft orthotics, repair Birkenstocks and fill prescriptions for footwear and insoles.

 

Central (512) 476-5110 and North (512) 346-4400

Jeanine Lehman is a licensed Texas Attorney located in Austin. She founded her firm in 1987 and has practiced law throughout Texas for over 30 years. Her practice concentrates on corporate and business law, including medical/dental/health, high tech, corporate, partnership, real estate, finance, and general business and contract law. She has a special interest in assisting dentists and physicians with legal needs, and attends licensure board meetings and studies, writes, and speaks concerning legal developments affecting them. She writes the Dental Legal Update and Medical Legal Update, available on her website.

Jeanine Lehman regularly speaks to professional and business groups, and welcomes speaking engagements.

(512) 918-3435

James M. Nias is a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Austin, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Amarillo, and Assistant County Attorney for Potter County, Texas.

Mr. Nias has extensive experience in land use and development, property rights, planning and zoning law, utilities and environmental matters, as well as real estate transactions, condominium creations and conversions, property owner association matters, and real estate related litigation.

(512) 236-2350

Lighthouse Solar has been bringing solar electric services to the Austin metro area since 2007, and has been a leader in the Texas solar industry. In the Austin metro area, Austin Energy offers rebates for solar electric systems making solar energy more affordable than ever for home and business owners. Lighthouse Solar offers affordable financing, design and installation services and an industry leading 25-year workmanship warranty.  Our NABCEP certified employees will make sure your system is installed to the highest industry standard.


(512) 476-5555

McCullough has been serving the home heating, cooling and energy conservation needs of central Texans for 40 years. As a 100% Austin-based and family-owned business, we know your neighborhood, local rebate programs and building codes. Our certified technicians are trained to effectively troubleshoot and repair all brands of HVAC systems and we offer a cost effective annual maintenance program to help you keep your central AC and heating system operating efficiently.

Our Services: AC and Furnace Repair & Installation • Free Energy Audit (*) • Precision Tune-ups • Duct Design, Sealing & Repair • 24/7 Emergency Service • Insulation & Weatherproofing • Ductless Mini Splits

(*) homes 10 years and older receiving Austin Energy electricity

(512) 280-0111

For over 25 years, Olden Lighting has served an array of customers, providing rental and sales of lighting and grip equipment. Olden has worked with a large volume of theaters, churches, educational facilities, televised productions, music and social events in design, installation, consultation and repair with emphasis on effective solutions while maintaining customer vision. Illuminating Central Texas with professional lighting, theatrical equipment and design since 1985, we have helped define the stage, film, and video production industry in the Central Texas area as it expands its national and international reputation.

 

(512) 416-8080

Austin Energy is making plug-in electric vehicle ownership even easier by offering convenient, green and affordable charging for your home, workplace or apartment complex. Rebates are available for a faster charging station at your home (240v) or apartment building.

Businesses can also qualify for charging station rebates at their locations to better serve their customers and employees who choose plug-in electric vehicles. We also offer over 200 public charging stations all over Austin for your driving convenience.

 

Sisters and Brothers, Inc. is a family-owned Austin business manufacturing the SASS line of salad dressings, marinades, sauces, dips, starters, and spreads. They are sold in about 65 stores in the Austin area.

Our ingredients are fresh, often local, and always of the highest quality. No cane sugar, corn syrup, gluten, MSG or trans fats. Nothing hydrolyzed, autolyzed, or irradiated. No artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors, stabilizers, thickeners or colors! We just put food in our food.

Most of our ingredients – including canola oil and tamari – are certified non-GMO. We are working to confirm that about ALL of our ingredients. We’re also committed to becoming certified as organic.

512-326-3304

Our experienced legal team is committed to providing quality legal services in a professional manner while keeping costs affordable to the client. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants by providing a broad range of legal advice and services in the areas involving: enforcement of environmental protection regulations, businesses and non-profits, litigation, criminal defense, agencies in suits alleging Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations, municipal and governmental entities, guardianship and probate, personal injury, residential and commercial real estate, wills and estate planning, and wrongful death claims.

Attorneys: Tom Buckle, Doug Young, David Sander, Willie Schmerler, Jeff Tippens. Eliot Naishtat, of counsel.

(512) 472-1772

W. Scott McCollough is a Central Texas attorney with a nationwide practice focused on public utility, Internet and communications law. Prior to entering private practice in 1995 he was one of the top lawyers at the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, where he led the section that represented consumers and government agencies in utility matters.

 

(512) 888-1112

Chris Strand founded Strand Brothers, which specialized in home energy conservation upgrades, in 1978. It became one of the largest companies in the nation of its kind. He sold the company to Service Experts, but stayed on to manage it for many years. He left in 2011, and purchased Stan’s Heating and Air the same year to continue to provide conservation services.

Stan’s Services: Air Conditioning and Furnace Replacement and Repair • HVAC Maintenance • Insulation and Weatherization • Duct Sealing and Repair • Air Balancing • Energy Analysis • Geothermal Air Conditioning • Ductless Mini Splits • 24/7 Emergency Service

 

(512) 929-9393

TXSES is a non-profit organization committed to educating Texans on the value of solar energy for their homes, businesses and in their communities, and encouraging the wise use of all energy resources. We are a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society and we in turn have chapters in HoustonSan Antonio, Austin and North Texas actively involved in promoting solar.

In June, TXSES partners with Austin Energy Green Building to produce the Cool House Tour. This nationally recognized event showcases homes designed and built for sustainability, energy efficiency and comfort. In October, TXSES partners with Pedernales Electric Cooperative to produce the Hill Country Solar Tour & Installer Fair and we recently hosted our first solar tour in Bastrop County. Our chapters also organize solar tours in their communities and all statewide tours are a part of the ASES National Solar Tour, the largest grassroots solar event in the world!

 

This is just a sample of our work, so please check out our website and like us on Facebook!

(512) 751-1873

With our years of experience, our firm is capable of representing you and yours in disputes relating to: birth/adoption, divorce/custody, civil lawsuits, defense for some criminal charges and traffic citations, power of attorney, and wills and estate, among other issues.

We are a part of the pre-paid legal insurance movement, and would urge you to participate in such programs for you and the protection of your family (see the pre-paid program that is sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, www.tlpp.org).

 

(512) 326.9944

Since 1982, we have proudly served the Austin community with complete energy conservation services. Our NATE-certified HVAC Technicians are available to service all of your HVAC installation and maintenance needs. We also offer Service Plans to ensure that your equipment runs smoothly all year long – helping you conserve energy, optimize efficiency, and save money. We Buy Local – member Austin Independent Business Alliance.

City Conservation, Jay’s Air Conditioning, and Eastland Service Company are all affiliated with us.

Our Services: Residential and Commercial AC and Furnace Replacement and Repair • HVAC Maintenance • Insulation and Weatherization • Construction Services • Geothermal Air Conditioning • 24/7 Emergency Service • Energy Conservation Audit Disclosure (ECAD) Ratings

(512) 467-2689

Located just north of UT, we have been providing quality bikes to the campus community since 1991.

Products: Mountain Bikes • Hybrid Bikes • Road Bikes • BMX Bikes • Cruisers • Used Bikes • Rental Bikes (as little as $10/day) • Clothing • Commuting Gear • Complete Repair Service

 

(512) 472-9253

Wheatsville Food Coop is a full service, natural foods cooperative grocery store, which has been serving the central Austin community since 1976. We stock over 1900 local items on our shelves and offer 100% organic coffee bar, made-to-order sandwiches, salad bar, pantry essentials and more. We are the only retail food cooperative in Texas and have over 15,000 invested owners. Located at 3101 Guadalupe and at 4001 South Lamar just north of Ben White. Open daily 7:30am to 11pm.

 

Central (512) 478-2667 and South (512) 814-2888

Long before green was red hot, Wildflower owners Cori and Gunnar Hedman had environmental responsibility at the heart. The store's signature style has evolved and expanded over the years to include healthy, quality, natural products for every room in the house.

Wildflower Organics offers one of the largest natural mattress collections in the country, and most certainly the largest in Texas. The natural baby room houses one of the state’s most comprehensive collections of beautiful, natural products for babies and children. Wildflower is also the exclusive Texas retail location for a new collection of organic upholstery – the Inside Green Collection. It also offers organic linens and clothing.

(512) 320-0449