April 17, 2019
The Real Estate Council of Austin and its members believe that healthy, responsible development is a key to environmental stewardship. RECA provided seed funding for the Hill Country Conservancy in 1999 and since then has worked closely with the organization on policy issues of mutual concern while contributing more than $500,000 through regular donations and fundraisers such as our annual Charity Golf Classic.
Since 1970, April 22 has marked Earth Day. On that day, people and organizations around the globe hold events that celebrate the environment and demonstrate support for environmental protection. While some do commemorate the whole month of April as “Earth Month,” Hill Country Conservancy believes Austin is ready to live out the ideas and principles of Earth Day all year long.
To be honest, this should be an easy shift for Austin to make! Our city is proud of being green. There’s nothing weird about Austin’s standing as a national leader in its commitment to the environment. We have multiple conservancy projects in motion at all times, including:
And that just scratches the surface! We haven’t even started to address the various measures to extend and expand green spaces across the city, including increased bike trails that can help lower our city’s reliance upon private vehicles.
At Hill Country Conservancy, we believe the crucial step in helping people move from a simple Earth Day celebration to an Earth Year lifestyle is to provide them a meaningful experience in nature. Why? Because actually getting outside in nature in a significant way is key to developing a conservation ethic that then helps you become a good steward of natural resources.
Not only must we protect the resources we have now, but we must also implement intentional plans and processes for developing more abundant natural resources. Such preparation is essential for improving the quality of life and economic growth in Austin for present and future generations.
It’s easier than ever for your business to get involved in a year-long appreciation of the environment. In fact, more and more companies are engaging in corporate social responsibility. Not only does the company earn goodwill from its customers and community for such actions, it helps them attract millennials and Gen-Z employees who place value in working for a socially conscious.
At Hill Country Conservancy alone, your company can showcase its commitment to the environment through activities such as:
To be clear, there are plenty of actions you can take inside to conserve our resources and protect our environment:
But no matter how you choose to celebrate Earth Day in your personal life or around your office, make sure those plans get you outside. To develop a true “conservation ethic” that effects actual change in your behavior, you need to be in the middle of nature experiencing the world around you. As in, you need to be in the environment to be a real environmentalist, especially if you want to cultivate increased awareness of environmental concerns throughout Austin.
Join Hill Country Conservancy in transforming Earth Day into a year-round movement!
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