What is biological integrity? It is a way of evaluating the health of an eco-system. In this program, Chris Searles, founder of a nonprofit organization called BioIntegrity, explains why it is important to preserve the biological integrity of rainforests, and the ways in which these areas of the world can contribute to holding back the damaging effects of climate change.
Artists, creatives and educators alike can find repurposed materials at very low cost for projects of all kinds. Founder and Board President Rebecca Stuch takes us on a tour of this amazing resource center that helps keep valuable materials out of the land fill and available to the public.
Rain is free water falling from the sky that you can capture and use for watering your garden, and for cooking, bathing and drinking. That’s called rainwater harvesting and in this conversation with Kathi Thomas, coordinator of the Rainwater Revival educational festival, you’ll learn what you need to get started.
Keeping the San Marcos river clean, clear and flowing is no easy task, as Dianne Wassenich can tell you. Dianne has been an essential part of the San Marcos River Foundation for more than 30 years and in this program, she tells us what it takes to carry out this important mission.
There are things we can do, on the land we live on, to alleviate the severe effects of a lot of rain in a short period of time. In this conversation with land management consultant Jamie Kinscherff, we hear about simple land management practices that help minimize the effects of flooding.
The clothes we wear have an impact on our environment in many ways. There’s the environmental impact when the materials used for the fabric is grown, or harvested, or manufactured, the impact at the clothing factory, the impact on the people who make the clothes, the environmental effect when you wash and dry the items and finally the impact when you dispose of them. That environmental circle is what we talk about with Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt at Texas State University.
Central Texas and many other areas around the country experience periods of drought followed by flooding. There are best practices we can all follow that help mitigate the effects of flooding and in this program, Christine Middleton of the Hays County Master Naturalists shares ideas of what helps, and what doesn’t.
In the second part of our interview with Andrew Dobbs, we talk about convincing companies to use minimal packaging and about what happens with electronic waste from computers, cell phones and the like. Learn how you can make a difference!
Getting to “zero waste” may seem like an impossible goal, but Andrew Dobbs of the Texas Campaign for the Environment says each of us can play a role in reducing the amount of stuff going into landfills and the environment. He has some eye-opening information that can’t be ignored and some ready solutions.
Bill Neiman of Native American Seed in Junction, Texas talks about how and why we should care about the land we live on, and what we can do to make it whole and keep it that way. This is Part 1 of the interview.
Interview with Andrea Delong Amaya, director of horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center. We talk about native plants, designing a garden, dealing with heat-stress for plants and pollinators.
Part two of an interview with Michelle Bright and Jonathan Garner from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center centering on projects where water was a major concern and about the benefits of green roofs.
The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX is an outstanding source of information about plants. It has another vital mission, which is to research and implement real-world projects that are practical demonstrations of sustainable landscapes and ecosystems. In this program, you’ll learn practices that you can use in your own backyard, as well as how sustainable sites are being created in urban areas.
Climate Buddies is a growing organization in Austin, Texas, with a mission to educate us about how to reduce our carbon footprint. Their Carbon Diet and FEAT programs are racking up successes because their approach is collaborative and easy. In this conversation with Salwa Khan, Greg Choban and Patty Stephens of Climate Buddies provide the details. The rest is up to you and me.to reduce carbon footprint.