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Austin, TX - Resiliency A****sment

Austin, TX is quite an interesting city; it's also the capital of Texas. it does not surprise me that there are quite a few projects on urban resiliency, both government and independent.

City of Austin - Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Austin Sustainability
this site describes a city government initiative on sustainability that includes buildings, energy and water. it talks about improvements on water use and natural landscapes/habitats.

Sustainable Food Center
this is in three parts. 'Grow Local' is about providing people with education and resources about urban community organic gardening. 'Farm Direct' gives local farmers direct access to urban residents, as well as to hospitals, schools and other businesses. "The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre" provides lessons on cost-effective nutritious meals.

this organization promotes and teaches natural building, permaculture and other aspects of sustainable living. this includes cla****, workshops and live demonstrations.

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
this group researches, promotes and practices responsible resource use.

Save Our Springs Alliance
they focus on protecting the water sources of Austin, as well as promoting responsible water use.

Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network
a directory of useful community information links.

and for greater Texas:

Texas EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network)

Ready Or Not (Texas Department of State Health Services)
a visitor-friendly site with lots of useful information on emergency preparedness.

State of Texas - Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Information

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

my findings:

as can be expected, a good number of the long-time residents tend to be aware of a lot of the different non-profit organizations and the larger community initiatives. college students tended to be fairly aware as well. however, most people did not know about many of the city and state government resources on disaster preparedness, though they did demonstrate knowledge of disaster preparedness in general.

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Comment by Turil Cronburg on April 19, 2010 at 1:22pm
Does the bicycling soup guy still do his bicycling soup thing? I don't remember his name, but I gave my husband his book years ago, for inspiration, because my husband loves to cook and bicycle. :-) I always thought it was a wonderful idea, and seemed to be a great way to increase resiliency, as he seemed to bring people together around healthy food and transportation issues.
Comment by nomadHAR on April 19, 2010 at 8:12pm
i don't know, i haven't heard of him. i haven't lived here very long. what is his name?
Comment by Turil Cronburg on April 19, 2010 at 8:33pm
I just looked him up, and he's still going strong... The Soup Peddler!


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