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“By observing the ways in which deer behave, it is possible to see what amazing qualities – or powers – they possess. From the deer we can learn that the gift of gentleness and caring can help us overcome and put aside many testing situations. Only love, both for ourselves and for others, helps us understand the true meaning of wholeness.”
Holiday musings on my blog ….
EcoRise Youth Innovations
Imagine a classroom where 15 year old students develop solutions to the global water crisis, redesign the public transportation system and launch initiatives that address landfill diversion, nutrition and campus energy consumption.
EcoRise develops the next generation of creative problem solvers by enlivening conventional classrooms with academically-aligned K-12 curriculum that introduce students to sustainability, design innovation and social entrepreneurship. Green professionals serve as guest speakers and project mentors to help students solve real-world sustainability challenges concerning energy, water, waste, transportation, air quality, food and public spaces.
This brief video includes a compelling interview with Erin Gorley, who discusses why she supports EcoRise. As 2013 draws to a close, consider making a charitable donation. If you have questions or need additional information, don’t hesitate to contact me (email@example.com).
- EcoRise website and a list of the many ways you might contribute.
- AmazonSmile: You Shop Amazon Gives - log-in to AmazonSmile - just like you would to Amazon.com (same log-in codes) - shop just as you normally would, but via this special website you’ll have the option of selecting EcoRise Youth Innovations as your favorite charity. Thank you!
- More videos about EcoRise Youth Innovations may be found on Vimeo.
Please join me on Twitter, and find me on other platforms as noted below. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.
“EcoRise Youth Innovations hopes you will consider joining a circle of community-minded businesses participating in Austin’s Bright Green Giving Day this December.Local businesses are being asked to “green” their holiday season by selecting one day in the month of December to donate a percentage of sales to promoting healthy Green Schools, eco-literacy and youth innovation in Austin, Texas!WHAT DOES YOUR DONATION SUPPORT?EcoRise currently serves 17 public schools and 2,000 students in the greater Austin area. We are busy raising funds (and friends!) so we can triple the number of schools we serve in 2014! Help us serve 60 SCHOOLS in 2014! Your contributions will directly support our program which includes:
- GREEN CAMPUS PROJECTS: student-designed initiatives such as gardens, rain catchment & outdoor classrooms;
- FIELD TRIPS: classroom excursions to green buildings, farms, recycling centers, and university depts;
- GUEST SPEAKERS: exposure to green careers in architecture, engineering, design and technology;
- EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS & TEACHER TRAINING: engaging curriculum cultivating sustainability, innovation & youth leadership.
Benefits of participating include shout-outs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the EcoRise Blog; recognition in our newsletter (3,000 households); event materials; and awareness-building among our 17 Austin-area schools (33 teachers and 2,000 students).
To become a Bright Green Giving Day Partner, please contact Ruth Gardner-Loew (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
Best Holiday Wishes,
Carolyn M. Appleton, CFRE (email@example.com)
https://twitter.com/CAROLYNAPPLETON (I plan on sharing the good word on my own social channels, too!)
EcoRise IRS ID: 80-0812900
Follow the link to my new sunflower board on Pinterest … few are aware how amazing they are!
NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network
Austin Technology Champion Masterclass
November 14, 2013
What a great workshop! One document from which you might benefit can be accessed below (but also, search on the NTEN website for more about tech planning, including pre-recorded webinars):
For local Austin NTEN 501 Tech Club events, follow Dale Thompson on Twitter @dale_thompson.
Dogtoberfest is an Austin based, non-profit organization, created for the purpose of instilling awareness about dog rescue, as well as raising much needed funds for local dog rescue organizations.
Vizify - I’ve enjoyed using this platform. It is a convenient and attractive way to convey a lot of information …
Austin hosted a few thousand “eco” enthusiasts this week at the Austin Convention Center. Congratulations to the organizers and sponsors on a job very well done. Follow the link above for information.
As part of my participation, I helped staff a biomimicry display in the exhibit hall organized by Kathy Zarsky of HOLOS Collaborative. Two Instagrams above feature display boards from the exhibit. As several people asked me about HOLOS, I have provided a link to the website for follow-up.
In addition, you might enjoy this page, "What is Biomimicry?"
"Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The core idea is that Nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with: energy, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, packaging, and a whole lot more."
Kathy is a partner and friend of EcoRise Youth Innovations, a group with which I am working, and we thank her for her support.
The Instagram at the bottom comes from a new discovery downtown, a small but lovely cafe called Le Cafe Crepe, only a few blocks from the Austin Convention Center. Several SXSW Eco attendees like me enjoyed lunch there during the conference, and I wanted to put in a good word.
Thanks also to Synergy Organic Clothing for the unbelievably soft bamboo tunic I acquired - check them out on Facebook!
For more about the conference, you might enjoy Twitter and Instagram: #sxsweco.
Phillip Wade at St. Stephen’s
I’ve known Phillip for about 30 years. Time has flown! We met during graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin - Phillip securing his Master of Fine Arts, and me, a Master of Arts in Art History.
An earlier Tumblr of mine shares some of our early experiences, and illustrates one of Phillip’s paintings that I own.
Beautiful show! And what a gorgeous school campus in the Texas hill country. Shown above is Phillip laughing, standing in front of a whimsical self-portrait. The other Instagrams show Phillip giving his gallery talk (left); “Portrait of the Artist Shawn Camp” (center, and a favorite); and another view of the lovely gallery space at St. Stephen’s.
This Instagram was taken by me during a walk at lunch (September 2, 2013), near my new home in Austin. It sums Austin up to me - booming! Follow the link to read an article by Matthew Yglesias for Slate.
Random Austin …
I’ve only been back in Austin a month, but what fun. I lived here from the mid-1970s through 1992, and although I’ve visited fairly often in the interim, living here is different. I’ve been catching up with friends not seen in person for many years, and enjoying the simple pleasures of daily life. Posted are a few Instagram photos from my jaunts.
- An “indoor garage sale” find from Jerri Kunz and friends.
- Creative light fixtures at the Italian restaurant at The Domain, NoRTH.
- A delicious cup of coffee at Urban - An American Grill at The Westin.
- Cool group of modern light fixtures from Nest Modern, located next door to Whit Hanks (large image)
- One of the shops found within the Whit Hanks Antiques complex that features some amazing chandeliers (stunning, these are only a few of them, large image).
- Sunflowers at Whole Foods Market (which will soon move to a more modern and spacious location even closer to me, happily, by year’s end).
- Beverly Fondren introduced me to Stephen Clark and his amazing photography gallery.
EcoRise Teacher Training
I enjoyed attending my first teacher training for EcoRise Youth Innovations at The University of Texas at Austin (August 15, 2013). I was just an observer, but it was an energizing experience, one that will help prepare me to fundraise for EcoRise in the months ahead.
Nothing says it better than success:
- EcoRise has graduated 650+ green leaders in its first three years.
- EcoRise brought over 30 green professionals into the classroom and over 500 EcoRise supporters have collectively given more than 12,000 hours of volunteer labor.
- EcoRise students designed and implemented over 30 campus-improvement projects including rainwater catchment systems; outdoor classrooms using reclaimed materials; composting and recycling systems; organic garden beds; native and xeric landscape projects, and up-cycled product design.
- 97% of students have taken new actions to help protect the environment.
- 75% of students have adopted at least THREE new behaviors supporting sustainable living practices.
- 76% students feel significantly more empowered to lead change and make a difference in their school or community.
- 77% students report an increased awareness of green job opportunities.
With an emphasis on leadership, innovation and sustainability, EcoRise offers an environmental education program designed to cultivate a new generation of global citizens who are capable of solving tomorrow’s challenges. Check out the website to learn more.
From Instagram: 1) at top, one of our Austin teachers learns how to construct a “solar oven,” so that she can in turn teach her students; 2) Gina LaMotte, founder of EcoRise (lower left), welcomes teachers, and discusses the forthcoming Eco-Audit and the new online platform that will make their work much easier; 3) EcoRise board chair Craig Snook, ret. Dow Chemical, shares his thoughts on innovation.
See Twitter for more comments @CAROLYNAPPLETON. Thanks to The Blanton Museum at The University of Texas at Austin for allowing EcoRise to hold the workshop in its first-class meeting spaces!
Moving to Austin …
Just a week ago I moved from San Antonio to Austin. What an experience! It has taken me a week to get most everything settled, installed (or re-installed), and to feel like I am “home.”
You might enjoy the August 1, 2013 blog by the Austin Business Journal, "Austin dubbed the most aspirational city in the U.S."
"Call them aspirational cities, or magnets of opportunity, but the urban areas attracting today’s ambitious citizens are most likely Southern, culturally vibrant, modest sized, long on jobs, and short on traffic."
Well, I don’t know if you can say Austin is short on traffic, but generally speaking I think the article is on target.
I have to say, I enjoyed my two years and ten months in San Antonio. The city has come a long way since I last lived there some twenty years ago. There is more positive energy and a “can do” attitude that make it an energetic place to live; I expect it will continue growing in amazing and positive new ways in the years ahead.
I have a new nonprofit fundraising project on which I am now working in Austin, EcoRise.
"EcoRise Youth Innovations aims to empower a new generation of green leaders to propel their schools and communities towards an environmentally sustainable future for all. We believe that the youth of today are powerful agents of change and innovation, leading the movement towards a healthy, ecologically-balanced future."
EcoRise is poised for dramatic growth, and my goal is to help further that goal through my fundraising efforts. Stay tuned!
Photos above: 1) the brand-new complex in which I live at The Domain Austin boasts a top Energy Star rating, and it is beautifully xeriscaped; 2) behind the complex, more new residents are moving in every day!
Waiting for doomsday: Our apocalypse obsession likely to last long past 21/12/12
Since our first days, we’ve been waiting for our last one: What the Mayan calendar says about our enduring fascination with the apocalypse.
I enjoyed this article, but it also brings to mind that a new book about Albrecht Durer has been published by a friend from The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Jeffrey Chipps Smith.
Phaidon Press: http://www.phaidon.com/store/art/durer-9780714845609/
"Jeffrey Chipps Smith seeks to demystify Durer by considering his art and life in the context of his fascinating and tumultuous age, analysing the myths and explaining his artistic processes."
Durer was the greatest artist of the Northern European Renaissance.
Dr. Smith’s impressive background may be viewed online: http://www.utexas.edu/finearts/aah/about/people/dr-jeffrey-chipps-smith.
Most recently Jeff was the holder of the Anna-Maria Kellen Berlin Prize, a residential fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, from January to May 2010. He was the Distinguished International Visiting Fellow of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the Universities of Western Australia (Perth), Melbourne, and Queensland (Brisbane) in August, 2012.