About the Meetings
The Austin Regional Group now meets on the SECOND Tuesday of every month (except holidays) in North Dining Room of Scholz' Beer Garten, 1607 San Jacinto. All general meetings are open to members and non-members alike. Please join us for a social hour prior to the meeting.
- Socal hour starts at 6:00 PM - come early and order food and drinks from the Scholz' kitchen. Directions and menus at www.scholzgarten.net.
- Meeting starts at 7:00 PM
- Follow this link for a MAP of the location of Scholz'
- PARKING: Parking is usually limited on the streets surrounding Scholz' but free parking is available after 6 PM and at several of the state parking garages close by (check first - parking is sometimes restricted or fees are charged for special events).
These Meetings will also be posted on Austin Sierra Club Meetup Events Caledar.
January 13, 2015. Hiking the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain with Clara Serrano & Chris Howard.
*The nearest bus, #20, runs along Red River, two blocks away. A bike lane runs along Trinity. Free street parking is available after 5 and is usually free in the state parking garages after 6 pm - next to, behind and across from Scholz Garten. Directions and menus at www.scholzgarten.net
September 9, 2014. More Rain, Less Water: The Climate Change Enhanced Drought in Central Texas with Bruce Melton.
Join us for a new drought presentation about National Weather Service and Lower Colorado River Authority data that flies in the face of the logic of our old climate. This photographic tour of the Highland Lakes watershed in Central and West Texas describes how in the last five years we have had 30 to 60 percent more rain than the worst five years of the drought of record in the 1950s, but with only half the water flowing into our reservoirs. A little bit of warming creates a lot of evaporation. Scientists call this a non-linear relationship. It’s like a population explosion. It starts out slowly but builds rapidly as the population builds. The heaviest one percent of rainfall is also happening 16 times more frequently in our region. But still, because of drying, inflows into the Highland Lakes are only half of what they were during the worst five years of Texas' drought of record in the 1950s. In combination, these things are creating a climate change surprise where drought can be perpetuated even as an area sees increasing rainfall.
August 12, 2014. CodeNEXT with Advisory Group member Dave Sullivan.
CodeNEXT is the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built. The process is a collaboration between Austin’s residents, business community, and civic institutions to align our land use standards and regulations with what is important to the community. This initiative to revise the Land Development Code is a priority program out of Imagine Austin, our plan for the future adopted by City Council in 2012.