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Mayor’s Community Cabinet features Austin EcoNetwork founder

Austin EcoNetwork subscribers and partners just gained a formal voice at the table with the inclusion of our very own Chief Inspiration Officer Brandi Clark being invited to serve on City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s Community Cabinet.

Yesterday’s Statesman’s blog ( and today’s print edition featured the announcement of this Cabinet. The blog cites Mark Nathan, Leffingwell’s chief of staff, as saying that the mayor will want to know what issues and projects the group members are working on.

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Leadership Council: Shaping Austin’s EcoMovement


Austin EcoNetwork has been around for over six years but we have only recently become a website. In case you aren’t familiar, here’s a very short history:

In 2003 I wrote a letter inviting dozens of environmental community leaders to a meeting to explore what we could do to collectively be more successful as sustainability advocates by communicating, cooperating, and collaborating more.

Approximately 45 of Austin’s leading nonprofit, government, business, and community leaders participated in that initial meeting held at Casa de Luz.

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Calling all Chicas

There’s a tradition in Austin that connects green minded women, creates a space for discussion of environmental issues, and highlights the work of EcoLeaders in our community. Chicas Verdes has been meeting the first Tuesday of the month for over a decade. Attendees report connections that have led to jobs and internships, built new friendships, and created a space to share and learn with a broad community of women.

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Eco-Change Exchange Reflections and Results

Beloved Community:

On June 25, 2009, over 40 Austin Environmental groups hosted an Eco-Change Exchange community forum to welcome our new Mayor and City Council members. During the opening reception participants enjoyed delicious, local, organic food provided by Barr Mansion as they milled among the closely packed table displays by environmental groups. Later council chambers buzzed with conversation about how to make Austin a leader among sustainable cities. The evening ended with a reading of a “Letter from the Future” written by the mayor of Austin in 2109. The letter thanked the visionary and dedicated participants of the Eco-Change Exchange for setting in motion changes that led to a beautiful, sustainable reality for people in 2109.

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40+ Environmental Groups Invite City Leaders & Public for an
Thursday, June 25, 2009
5:30-9pm at City Hall

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Contact CAMPO on Proposed SW45

From: “Craig Miller”

Prevent Gridlock on Mopac: Act Now to Stop the Aquifer Toll Road
Do we need more highway lanes over the Barton Springs Recharge Zone? Elected
officials who sit on the board of CAMPO, our local transportation planning
agency, are considering the proposed extension of State Highway 45
Southwest, a 4 to 6 lane toll road that would connect the southern end of
Mopac to FM 1626 and I-35. They will make a decision on Monday, June 8th.

This highway extension would be on top of the Barton Springs Recharge Zone,

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