About the Meetings
The Austin Regional Group typically 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: Consider taking Cap Metro to the meeting. Free street 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 Calendar.
January 13, 2015. Hiking the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain with Clara Serrano & Chris Howard.
Come hear all about this trek: the beautiful landscapes across northern Spain, the various cultures (Basque, Castilla y Leon, Galicia), the food!, and what drives thousands of 'pilgrims' from all around the world to walk village to village for ~5 weeks, a path that has been traveled by foot for over 1,000 years. Chris and Clara will present a slide show with many anecdotes and practical logistical advice for making this trip.
February 10, 2015. "Zero Net Water: A sustainable water development concept for the Texas Hill Country -- and beyond" with David Venhuizen, a professional engineer and licensed irrigator who has been practicing in the water resources field for over three decades. David has championed – and practiced – innovative strategies aimed at enhancing the sustainability of our water resources. These include rainwater harvesting as a broad scale, development-wide water supply strategy and the “decentralized concept” of wastewater management, aimed largely at managing these flows as a water resource to be husbanded, rather than as if they were a nuisance to be made to go “away,” along with low-impact development storm water management practices. David asserts that to approach sustainable water, a fundamental transformation of our water resources infrastructure model is required – designing water management into the form and function of development as if it were a central function, rather than merely appending it on as if an afterthought.
March 10, 2015. “Backyard Gardening for Wildlife Habitat” with Meredith Gray, Conservation Program Coordinator, Sustainable Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens & Wildlife Austin Program, Nature-Based Programs Division, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.
April 14, 2015. Sierra Club Outings, featuring our Outings Leaders and photos from our 2014 hikes.
May 12, 2015. Annual Sierra Club Picnic at Zilker Park
*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.