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Austin's Environmental Year

10 major Austin environmental actions of 2013

By Melissa Gaskill

Austin is known for loving its natural environment, and sometimes we take action to protect and enhance it. Here, in no particular order, are 10 things that happened in 2013 that will have a positi ...

From The Capitol

Environmental advocates head to Capitol to protest Shopping Bag Freedom Act

By Jessica Vess / KVUE

KVUE -- A group of protesters showed up to the State Capitol Wednesday to fight a new bill that would have a direct impact on Austin. The group visited the office of State Representat ...

Bye bye bags

A tech-savvy, zero-waste city: The time has come for Austin to kiss paper and plastic goodbye

By Ryan Lakich

For almost a year, the clock has been slowly ticking away towards the impending demise of single-use plastic and paper bags in Austin. Shoppers and retailers have been prepping themselves for the n ...

Hot Clicks

Top 5 stories this week: Football suspensions, 2013 predictions & prepping for a zero waste Austin

By Arden Ward

As you prepare to usher in the new year, we bring you the top five stories that will close out 2012. What could have been a relatively calm holiday week in Austin news got a big bump yesterday, ...

Get ready now

Austin's going zero waste: Prepare for the plastic bag ban with these tips

By Melissa Gaskill

Starting March 1, 2013, Austin businesses can no longer hand out single-use shopping bags. Instead, they must provide reusable bags, either plastic at least 4 mil thick with handles, paper made of ...

bag ban

Plastic in the environment: One argument for banning plastic bags

By Melissa Gaskill

You likely have an opinion on the City of Austin’s proposed ban on some single-use plastic bags. Opponents say the ban will reduce consumer choice, make shopping less convenient and cut the s ...

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