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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.
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.


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.

Texas Campaign for the Environment is on a Mission

Texas Campaign for the Environment is an environmental powerhouse group on a mission to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy. We recently interviewed our friend, Zac Trahan, over at Texas Campaign for the Environment about how Give 5 has helped them in the past and why it is so important to care about their cause.


How has Give 5 helped Texas Campaign for the Environment in the past? 
In the four years we’ve been participating in Austin’s Give 5 event, local businesses 
have helped raise thousands of dollars for Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund 
and other terrific non-profit organizations. This has provided us with vital resources to 
fight pollution and work for clean water, air and land in Central Texas and throughout 
the state. 
Why should people care about your cause? 
If you care about sustainability, environmental protection, social justice and public 
health, you should support the organizations that work all day, every day to prevent 
pollution and leave the world a better place for future generations. We believe that 
since all social progress begins locally, supporting local groups ensures that your 
support will make a lasting impact. 
Do you see any negative effects from the constant construction and expansion of 
Austin’s urban areas? 
Austin and its surrounding communities were literally made possible by the unique, 
diverse ecosystem we live in—it’s what has sustained human societies here for 
thousands of years. Development can support our urban population growth, but if it 
comes at the expense of our natural habitat, healthy air and clean water, it will 
ultimately endanger and undermine the very source of our sustenance.  
What can Austinites do today that will contribute to the preservation of the Austin 
There are innumerable ways to help protect and preserve our environment every day. 
Just to name the first few: 
Support organizations that are fighting for local policies and programs that will 
reduce our collective waste of natural resources—water conservation, 
renewable energy, recycling and composting, sustainable development, 
habitat preservation and so much more. Austin is home to many amazing 
non-profit groups, so find the ones that you are most passionate about and 
help them succeed. 
Support the local businesses that make Austin such a great place to 
live—they are typically more invested in the long-term sustainability of our 
region than larger, national chains. Events such as Give 5 highlight this 
Reduce your own impact by finding ways to eliminate waste before it 
starts—avoid disposable products and wasteful packaging, reuse as much as 
possible and then recycle or compost what’s left, make sure your home is
energy and water efficient, find transportation solutions that don’t leave you 
sitting in traffic. 
Get out and enjoy the actual environment so you’ll be more invested in its 
long-term protection! Hike your favorite trails, swim your favorite waters, build 
an appreciation for the sheer natural beauty of Central Texas—and then use 
that appreciation to help fight for its survival. 
Are there any exciting projects being worked on now, or that are planned for this coming 
Our biggest current project has been expanding Austin’s curbside composting 
program to cover all households over the next few years. This will be the biggest leap 
forward for waste reduction since curbside recycling started decades ago—for the first 
time, Austin residents will be sending more resources to recycling and composting 
facilities than to local landfills. That’s a huge step toward our goal to become a Zero 
Waste city by 2040! 
In addition, our next project will be gear toward getting recycling and composting bins 
at all city parks, bus stops and other public places, so that all of us will be able to 
reduce waste wherever we go. 
Any closing comments or thoughts? 
Give 5 is a unique event that adds yet another great perk to living in Austin. You can 
put your own ideals and values into action, support the local businesses you love, and 
provide resources for the non-profits you know are making a difference—all at once. 
Go for it. 

Austin Businesses – Sign Up Today for Give 5 Day 2017!

Spring is springing here in Austin, and we are just 2 months away from Give 5 to Mother Earth Day on Friday, April 21st!

Environmental protection is facing a lot of uncertainty in these times, and we are calling on all local business owners in Austin to join us in supporting 9 community nonprofits working to keep our city clean, green, and healthy.

As a Give 5 Day business partner, you’ll be able to help organizations like Hill Country Conservancy, Shoal Creek Conservancy, TreeFolks, Park Pease Conservancy, Austin Parks Foundation, Waller Creek Conservancy, Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund, Sustainable Food Center, & Friends of Barton Springs Pool in a single day.

Please join us in preserving our Central Texas environment, sign up today, and spread the word! https://austingive5.org/for-businesses/#signup