Save the Date for the 2018 Give 5 to Mother Earth Campaign!

Hello Friends!

We are excited to announce the date for the 2018 9th Annual Give 5 to Mother Earth Day campaign.

Please join us on Friday, April 20, 2018 as we unite once again to raise funds and awareness for 9 local nonprofit organizations working to protect and preserve our Central Texas environment.

On Friday, April 20, 2018, in honor of Earth Day, we’ll be working with businesses across Central Texas who pledge to donate 5% of sales on Give 5 Day to our nonprofit partners, and we encourage all Austinites to get out that day and patronize our business partners to help us raise money.

Sign your business up to participate today!

Give 5 to Mother Earth Day in the News!

Check out Give 5 to Mother Earth Day in the local Austin media!

Fox 7’s Good Day Austin featured our Executive Director Sarah Andrews and Founder George Cofer of the Hill Country Conservancy on Tuesday, April 11th. Sarah and George talked about Give 5 Day, as well as the environmental challenges facing our community today.

You can also read more about Give 5 to Mother Earth in the Austin American-Statesman! 

Stay tuned for more coverage coming this week!

Hill Country Conservancy: Preserving the Texas Hill Country

We recently interviewed one of our founders and Executive Director of the Hill Country Conservancy– George Cofer. George explains why the preservation of the Texas Hill Country is important, and also discusses many other topics from being involved in the civic process to finding ways to adapt to the rapid growth of urban areas. Hill Country Conservancy is doing everything it can to preserve Mother Earth. 

How has Give 5 helped Hill Country Conservancy in the past?

The revenues and support provided by Give 5 have helped the Hill Country Conservancy expand its programs and have provided us the opportunity to grow our audience through the exposure Give 5 creates. Through Give 5, we have been able to get the Hill Country Conservancy name and mission in front of more people in Austin’s business community and the community at-large. 

Why should people care about your cause?

Most people in Austin care about the Texas Hill Country. Many people have had memorable experiences in the Hill Country, whether they spent time there camping, fishing, hiking, or just driving through to admire its beauty. At Hill Country Conservancy, the way that we preserve land in the Hill Country is through private stewardship. Ninety-seven percent of land in Texas is privately owned, and part of our mission is to work with private landowners to help keep families on their land and allow them to keep their farms. These farms provide food and give us a greater respect for ranching traditions. The other part of our mission is to get people out into nature, which is why we have started working on the Violet Crown Trail. Give 5 has made it possible for us to raise awareness for the Violet Crown Trail.

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Do you see any negative effects from the constant construction and expansion of Austin’s urban areas?

Our core mission is to conserve the Texas Hill Country and to get landowners to preserve those special places. We try to be a resource to city councils by informing them about water resources and keeping them up-to-date on environmental concerns. We feel it is increasingly important to work both smarter and faster. We do not want to compete with urban growth, but rather we want to learn to adapt with the growth. We understand the built environment can add to the value of life, and what we want to do is continue to add to the value of life in Austin by encouraging a balance between green buildings and green spaces.

What can Austinites do today that you feel will contribute to the preservation of the Austin environment? 

It is crucial to become informed about the issues, and everyone can help contribute to the preservation of the Austin environment. Volunteering in clean-up days throughout the year can be the start of becoming more involved with the environment. Observing Give 5 Day and pledging to “eat, shop and play” at participating businesses is a great way for individuals to support many nonprofits focused on maintaining the health of our local environment. And participating in the civic process on issues that pertain to the environment is a way to get involved— one that may often be overlooked.

Are there any cool projects being worked on now, or that are planned for this coming year?

The Violet Crown Trail is a regional trail system in Central Texas with the goal of creating a 30-mile-long trail that will provide a unique recreational experience in urban wild lands in Central Texas.

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In May or June, we will begin constructing five more miles of the Violet Crown Trail. We are actively working with several land owners to help them preserve their lands as open space. We are also planning on being very active throughout the Give 5 campaign this year.

Any closing comments or thoughts?

The thing I like most about Give 5 Day is that all citizens can participate. Regardless of whether you have time to be involved with these issues every day, Give 5 Day is a way for every citizen to do their part and give back to Austin.

City Council & Mayor Steve Adler Proclaim April 21st as Give 5 to Mother Earth Day in Austin

The Austin City Council and Mayor Steve Adler has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, April 21, 2017 as “Give 5 to Mother Earth Day” in Austin.

In the proclamation, Mayor Adler applauds the commitment of the local businesses and nonprofits coming together on Give 5 Day in order to protect and preserve our Central Texas environment.

“In order to successfully protect our natural resources and our Earth as a whole, our entire community – including local political leaders, community leaders, and business owners – must work together,” Adler wrote. “I call on all Austinites to join me in thanking the participating businesses for generously donating a portion of their sales [in honor of] Earth Day, and I urge citizens to celebrate Earth Day by patronizing these businesses.”

Give 5 to Mother Earth Day sends a huge thank you to Mayor Adler for his support of our campaign, and we join him in urging all Austinites to get out on April 21st and “eat, shop, & play” at participating businesses!

Join us for a special Give 5 kickoff celebration the morning of Friday, April 21st at 10 a.m. at the JuiceLand location at 29th & Guadalupe! RSVP on Facebook for the latest updates.

 

Mayor Steve Adler Proclaims April 21st Give 5 Day in Austin

Mayor Steve Adler has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, April 21, 2017 as “Give 5 to Mother Earth Day” in Austin.

In the proclamation, Mayor Adler applauds the commitment of the local businesses and nonprofits coming together on Give 5 Day in order to protect and preserve our Central Texas environment.

“In order to successfully protect our natural resources and our Earth as a whole, our entire community – including local political leaders, community leaders, and business owners – must work together,” Adler wrote. “I call on all Austinites to join me in thanking the participating businesses for generously donating a portion of their sales [in honor of] Earth Day, and I urge citizens to celebrate Earth Day by patronizing these businesses.”

Give 5 to Mother Earth Day sends a huge thank you to Mayor Adler for his support of our campaign, and we join him in urging all Austinites to get out on April 21st and “eat, shop, & play” at participating businesses!

Join us for a special Give 5 kickoff celebration the morning of Friday, April 21st at 10 a.m. at the JuiceLand location at 29th & Guadalupe! RSVP on Facebook for the latest updates.

Give 5 Day City Map is Here!

You can celebrate Give 5 Day no matter where you live or work, and our handy new map will help you do it!

All of our business locations are pinned and listed by neighborhood on this interactive map. You can have lunch near your office and drinks near your home, all while giving back to the environment in Central Texas.

We make it easy for you to identify the best and most fun way to make a difference with our generous business partners. Grab your friends and start plotting out your day!

CHECK OUT THE MAP

VIEW OUR 2017 BUSINESS LIST

Give 5 Manifesto

As consumers and citizens, we make choices every day.

We choose where to eat, where to drink, where to shop, where to be entertained, where to take leisure, who to vote for, whether or not to recycle, whether or not to ride our bikes or drive a car. Moment to moment, these may seem like small choices. But over time the effects of these choices add up and have big impacts on our world.

At Give 5 to Mother Earth, our mission is to support nonprofit organizations who are working to preserve and protect the health and longevity of our community – both its natural environment and its inhabitants.

Each year around Earth Day, we gather together around this purpose, working alongside socially conscious business owners in Austin to raise funds for our nonprofit beneficiaries in an effort to keep Austin clean, green, and healthy.

On Give 5 Day, Friday, April 21st, we ask Austinites to rally and “Eat, Shop & Play” by patronizing the businesses who are standing beside our nonprofit partners, generously choosing to pay it forward by dedicating a portion of their profits from Give 5 Day toward making our city a better place.

We recognize that each and every Austinite has a choice about where to eat, where to drink, where to shop, and we hope that all of our fellow citizens will make those choices wisely on Give 5 Day and on every day.

We ask both businesses and citizens to join us on Friday, April 21, 2017 in our mission to keep Austin clean, green, and healthy by becoming part of the Give 5 initiative.

Here are a few easy ways you can get involved:

We look forward to seeing you on Give 5 Day!

TreeFolks: Saving the Environment One Tree at a Time

2 million. That is how many trees TreeFolks has planted in Central Texas since being founded in 1989. TreeFolks mission is to empower Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees. In our interview with TreeFolks Executive Director, Thais Perkins, we learn how TreeFolks is making this mission possible through community building, education, reforestation, and urban forest building. 

 How has Give 5 helped TreeFolks in the past?
Give 5 raises awareness of our environmental nonprofit community in audiences that may not usually interact with us, and has provided an easy way for the Austin community to give back to the environment. The funds raised from Give 5 last year enabled 1,000 trees to be planted along Blanco River in Hays County.
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Why should people care about your cause?

Trees in urban settings like Austin clean the air, filter pollution, slow flooding, and provide shade. Trees give us a sense of place – people who move here tend to cite Austin’s green landscape as one of the main reason’s they’re drawn here. The urban forest is under increasing pressure from drought and ongoing development, so the attraction of Austin may be a victim of its own success. It’s up to us to preserve existing trees and plant new ones where we can.

Do you see any effects from the constant construction and expansion of Austin’s urban areas?

Austin is notable, as is much of the rest of Texas, because of successful economic development. As the city evolves, our green spaces must be protected and need to evolve as well cope with the growing urban areas. As building expands, resulting in more ground that cannot soak up water or support plants, the urban heat island expands and we experience more stormwater runoff. Trees are an important and inexpensive way to mitigate many impacts from development. In addition, many of the trees that are removed for new development are hundreds of years old, and trees grow very slowly in Texas’ climate. It is critical to preserve them.

What can Austinites do today that will contribute to the preservation of the Austin environment? 

Plant trees and protect the ones we already have. TreeFolks distributes over 4,200 trees a year to Austin homeowners through a partnership with the City of Austin. So if anyone is interested in planting their own tree give us a call and we can help you with figuring out what kind of tree would best fit within your home’s environment, and we’ll give you tips on how to keep your tree healthy.

Are there any cool projects being worked on now, or that are planned for this coming year?

We are currently implementing a plan to help the homeowners along the Blanco River in Hays County who were impacted by the floods in 2015, in a program meant to plant hundreds of thousands of trees along 61 miles of the Blanco.

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In Austin, we are also working on expanding educational activities for kids, such as our free, fun, family Tree ID Walks. We are looking to make them more accessible for different skill levels, and to increase our bilingual offerings. TreeFolks is also looking to help build an outdoor toolshed and learning center, which will provide a place for people to learn how to care for trees.

Any closing comments or thoughts?

Give 5 is a fantastic opportunity to support Central Texas’ environment through a fun night out with friends. I hope folks also use the opportunity to learn a little more about all of the organizations here in Austin that work to make our environment sustainable for future generations.

One Month Away from Give 5 Day!

Austin – SXSW and Spring Break are now behind us. It’s been a busy month, but we are just getting started over here at Give 5 Day!

As of today, we are just one month out from the event.

Don’t worry though – there is still plenty of time to get involved and sign up for the campaign!

We hope all of our local business owners in the community  will consider joining us (and other local businesses like Alamo Drafthouse, Guero’s, Homeslice Pizza, and Juiceland) this year in our mission to keep Austin clean, green, and healthy by supporting 9 environmental nonprofits working to preserve our local environment.

Here are the details:
  • Give 5 to Mother Earth Day will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017, the day before Earth Day;
  • Business partners pledge to donate 5% of gross sales from that one day (or a set amount of at least $200) to the Give 5 Fund, which is equally distributed to our 9 nonprofit partners;
  • Austinites are encouraged to get out to “eat, shop & play” on Give 5 Day to patronize our business partners and raise funds for our beneficiaries. 

We will be promoting the campaign heavily through the media and online in this final month leading up to the event, and we look forward to highlighting the generosity of our business partners!

If you are interested in signing up, you can do so at this link OR send us an email if you have any questions. 
Many thanks to you all, and we look forward to seeing with you on Give 5 Day!

Waller Creek Conservancy: Connecting People to Green Space in the Heart of Austin

Waller Creek Conservancy’s mission is to create and maintain a chain of extraordinary urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, in partnership with the City of Austin, for the benefit of all. We sat down with Waller Creek Conservancy’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Dana Efthim, to talk about how they’re working to achieve their goals. 

How has Give 5 helped Waller Creek Conservancy in the past?

We were thrilled to be invited to participate in the Give 5 program last year––we connected with many brand-new supporters and our organization raised dollars for free programs on Waller Creek. The Give 5 initiative is bringing new interest and awareness to these nine incredible non-profits focused on improving the environment in Central Texas; we couldn’t be more excited to be a beneficiary again this year!

Why should people care about your cause?

Our mission is to create and maintain a chain of extraordinary urban parks around a restored Waller Creek in downtown Austin. The Waller Creek Park district is a place for everyone. Our new parks, along with a restored Waller Creek, will encourage play, renew the natural environment, promote health and wellness, and connect people to green space. The first park, Waterloo Park, and the Moody Amphitheater will open to the public in 2019––inviting all of Austin to experience a new parks district.

Do you see any negative effects from the constant construction and expansion of Austin’s urban areas?

Development and growth in Austin in not necessarily a negative, but we have to grow smart. That means putting people at the core of our city’s expansion and listening to the needs of our community. Reconnecting south and east Austin to the urban core, creating pedestrian and bicycle-friendly mobility options, along with places for kids and families to connect with nature are at the heart of the Conservancy’s revitalization of Waller Creek. Together, we can find solutions that impact everyone in a positive way.

What can Austinites do today that will contribute to the preservation of the Austin environment?

Start small. Joining our young leaders’ group, GenWaller, presents many opportunities for advocacy, leadership, and volunteerism. Consider volunteering at a clean-up or through our new Waller Creek Park Stewards program––launching later this year––designed to give a hands-on approach in the restoration of the creek’s natural environment.

Are there any cool projects being worked on now, or that are planned for this coming year?

Construction on Waller Creek Park’s northern-most section at Waterloo Park begins later this year! This 11-acre park will include the world-class Moody Amphitheater for performing arts events and concerts, along with a variety of green spaces for play and interaction.

Thousands of locals and visitors enjoyed Orly Genger’s interactive art installation, Hurlyburly, at the Waller Delta this past year. Be on the lookout for a new collaborative art exhibit with The Contemporary Austin this summer!

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The annual Creek Show event returns for the fourth year this November. Austinites are invited to experience five new light-based art installations along Waller Creek for ten nights. The event also includes live music, kids’ activities, and opens imaginations to the possibility of the future of Waller Creek Park.

Any closing comments or thoughts?

Big thanks to the entire Austin community and Give 5 for their continued support of Waller Creek Conservancy. We have a big mission and we couldn’t do it without you! If you haven’t heard of us, we invite you to come see what we’re all about. Join us at a free event or check us out on social media. #wallercreek