Environmental Groups – Grassroots Organizing
Clean Water Action
600 West 28th Street, Suite 202
Austin, TX 78705
David Foster (512) 474-2046
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.
We also work 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, Clean Water Action is working to restore full protections to waterways under the Clean Water Act and enact strong climate protection legislation. In Texas, we are working to strengthen and enforce environmental laws, promote water conservation, curtail our dependence on polluting fossil fuels, and increase investments in energy efficiency and wind and solar power.
Clean Water Fund, a 501(c)3 whose programs complement those of Clean Water Action, holds an annual “Spring for Water” celebration with silent auction each April or May.
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 Currents newsletter, state and national versions.
Dues: Various membership levels.
815 Brazos, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78701
Luke Metzger (512) 479-0388
Purpose: We all want clean air, clean water, and open spaces. But it takes independent research and tough-minded advocacy to win concrete results, especially when powerful interests stand in the way of progress. That’s the idea behind Environment Texas. We focus exclusively on protecting Texas’ air, water, and open spaces. We take action at the local, state, and national levels.
Projects/Activities: Environment Texas is working to protect Texas natural areas from development, to improve enforcement of our clean air laws, and to bring more wind and solar energy to Texas.
Volunteer Opportunities: Students can receive credit and small stipends as interns.
Newsletters/Publications: Environment Texas Report, sent to members 3 times a year.
Dues: $25/year ($15 for first-time members).
Meetings: Meets irregularly; announced via newsletter.
Texas Campaign for the Environment
105 W. Riverside Dr., #120
Austin, TX 78704
Andrew Dobbs (512) 326-5655
Purpose: TCE works to empower Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy. Our grassroots organizers speak to hundreds of thousands of Texans every year and help us move closer to our ultimate vision: a Texas Free From Pollution.
Projects/Activities: TCE has a full-time, year-round, door-to-door canvass that is always hiring, and they help us organize our campaigns. Our main focus in recent years has been Zero Waste, including Austin’s curbside composting program. We also work on extended producer responsibility and dealing with toxic household products.
Each September we host a fashion show fundraiser called the “Trash Makeover Challenge” featuring original looks made from recycled materials.
Volunteer Opportunities: We welcome student interns and are always eager for skilled volunteers that can help us in creative ways as we pressure policy-makers into doing right by our environment.
Newsletters/Publications: Annual newsletter; articles on our Web site; regularly updated Facebook.
Dues: $15+ annually.
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