Austin Under 40 Community Service Award – Speaking at Austin Green Living Expo

I am pleased to share with you that Friday evening I was honored with the Austin Under 40 Community Service Award

Previous winners of this category include my friends Randi Shade, Kerri Qunell, Walter Moreau, David Shaw and Jim Walker (who handed over the title of \”Austinite of the Year\” on Friday to the fabulous Carolyn Schwarz from HAAM).

The recognition was sweet, as so much of my upbringing was about generosity and service. And don\’t think I\’m going to stop, or rest on my laurels.  I am so blessed to have so much, and have so many allies who support me in having a life I love and serving with me on behalf of causes we believe in – wow! It is my honor and privilege to share my most precious commodity with you all, and that is time. ALL of you give your precious time and energy to make the world a better place. I honor each of you for even taking the time to read these posts, and for passing the messages along, and using the info to plan your social and activist calendars. You care. Thank you, for all you do.


Later this morning I\’m giving a talk, at 11:30 am on the Sustainability Stage in the Austin Green Living and Home Products Expo at the Austin Convention Center (NW entrance)

Here\’s the brief outline of my talk:  Living Your Life in Alignment with Your (Green) Values

1)   What you value, care about
2)   Things we have some control over, or choices
3)   Priorities and decision-making processes
4)   Making GREEN choices
5)   Responsibility
6)   Trusted sources of information for making informed decisions
7)   Living in alignment doesn’t feel like deprivation, it’s empowering. When you know your WHY, and it is compelling to you, then you feel good about your choices.

MANY of the speakers on all the different stages are Austin EcoNetwork list members and contributors (and will be featured Green Leaders on the upcoming website).

Gardening Stage
Green Building Stage
Sustainability & Renewables Stage

Kids Activity Area
Cooking Stage

Come check them out and check out the ever-growing collection of greener vendors that Curah Beard has so ably assembled.

Admission: Adults 17+ – $7.50;  Children 16 and under: Free

Peace, Brandi


  1. Chad on March 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Congrats on the award, Brandi! It was well earned!!

    We’ll try and swing by tomorrow at the Expo.

  2. Mareilyn McCray on March 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Congratulations Brandi!
    It is wonderful to see our community recognizing you for your efforts that have created an even larger sustainable community.

  3. Oliver Markley on March 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Way to go Brandi! You continue to raise the bar for collaborative eco-integrity in Austin.

  4. Green living on March 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Another thing to remember is to recycle old items. This way you can help reduce the use of valuable natural resources. But if you don’t have time to recycle just support recycled products or buy eco-friendly furniture.

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