Nov
29
4:30 PM16:30

End-of-2018 Happy Hour

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Join us at Hops & Grain to celebrate another year of successful waste diversion! Come on out Thursday, November 29th to toast our impact in 2018, network with other Austin Materials Marketplace participants, and learn about our new platform and program updates in the pipeline for next year.

Where: Hops & Grain - 507 Calles St #101, Austin, TX 78702

When: Thursday, November 29th, 4:30pm - 7:00pm

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Aug
30
4:00 PM16:00

Still Austin Tour & Networking Event

Join STAR Central Texas for a tour of Still Austin—a local whiskey distillery and tasting room that has embraced zero waste and sustainability. You’ll learn about how the company is diverting their by-products from the landfill, investing in local grains and biodiversity, and reducing their water and energy use.

After the tour, stick around to meet fellow recycling and zero waste professionals and enthusiasts in Central Texas. If small talk with a room of people you don’t know sounds intimidating, don’t fret! We’ll be facilitating networking exercise designed to help you meet people and quickly find ways you can help each other out or work together.

Register here

Agenda:

4:00 PM- Arrival, Welcome & Introductions

4:15 PM- Tour

5:10 PM- Networking Exercise

5:40 PM- Freeform Networking

6:00 PM- Event Ends

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Jul
17
1:00 PM13:00

Reuse Council Webinar - Borrowing Beyond Books: Unconventional Libraries

Libraries have been bringing reuse to communities big and small since the time of Ben Franklin by allowing neighbors to share books, media, and knowledge. But libraries can help us share much more than that! Join the Reuse Council for a webinar featuring creative libraries that are enabling the reuse of unconventional items like tools, seeds, and clothing. Speaker details coming soon.

Register to listen in here!

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Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Clean Energy Beers

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Clean Energy Beers is held on the first Monday of every month after work at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que. Clean Energy Beers started off in April 2009 as an informal extension of Dr. Michael Webber’s office hours at U.T., and has evolved into a regular gathering of those interested and involved in cleantech. Five years later, the monthly tradition is still going strong.

“Clean Energy Beers has no formal agenda – it’s laid-back fun, with only one requirement – you have to like at least one of the following: beer, bar-b-que, or clean energy,” said Dr. Webber.

The event brings together a wide variety of people from Austin’s growing clean energy community. Most months, about 75 people show up for Clean Energy Beers: job hunters looking for work, employers looking for employees, investors looking for inventors, inventors looking for investors, business partners seeking deals, “and people who just like hanging around other people who like energy.”

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Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

[Re]verse Pitch Final Competition

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At the final event, the [Re]Verse Pitch finalists compete to see which repurposing business ideas will receive an Innovation Prize to start the new venture.

This event is free and open to the public, but your RSVP is requested.

Parking will be available at the City Hall garage. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn more about the competition at http://reversepitch.org

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Feb
21
9:30 AM09:30

S.P.A.R.K Forum

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Join us for a day of information sharing and partnership building to help support the growth and expansion of recycling/composting opportunities around the Central Texas area.

Who: Anyone with questions, concerns, or interest in improving composting in Central Texas including representatives of governmental agencies, non-profit, community organizations, and commercial businesses

Cost: $25 including Eventbrite fees. There are sponsorship opportunities availible, if you would like to sponsor contact STAR to support this event.

Meals: Lunch will be provided

Parking: FREE

What: This year’s forum focuses on the concept of improving composting in Texas. This is an opportunity to learn about city curbside composting programs, commercial composting systems and businesses that are working to close the food waste loop.

After a networking lunch, attendees will have the chance to participate in active learning workshops and hear panel presentations.

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Jan
23
1:00 PM13:00

Materials Exchange Webinar

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Join the Reuse Council for a webinar on materials exchanges: how they work, what challenges they face, and the successes they've achieved. You'll hear from small-scale to state-wide exchange operators working across a variety of material and resource types. Speakers will join us from the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (that's us!), the City of Houston's Reuse Warehouse, and Sourcewater.

Interested in educational, professional development, networking and advocacy opportunities to promote reuse? Join forces with the Reuse Council for our bi-weekly calls and quarterly events. Email reusecouncilstar@gmail.com to receive more information. 

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Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

[Re]verse Pitch Competition: 2018 Opening Pitch Event

Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables will turn. The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the raw materials for new or expanding social enterprises. Competitors work with mentors & advisors to develop repurposing business ideas and compete for Innovation Prizes to help start this new venture.

During the opening pitch event, you will hear from businesses and institutions consistently generating or collecting by-product, surplus or otherwise underutilized materials streams in Austin, Texas that could be put to higher and better use. Come to learn more about these products, meet the material generators, and network with other [Re]verse Pitch participants. This event is free and open to the public, but your RSVP is requested. Attendance is mandatory to compete for an Innovation Prize. 

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Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

Universal Recycling Ordinance Open House

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The Universal Recycling Ordinance now affects all commercial and multi-family properties. This means that all businesses must have recycling services - a huge leap for getting Austin businesses to send their wastes to a higher and better use than the landfill. Learn about how the URO affects your business at one of these free trainings. The ARR team will even help you complete your required annual diversion report! 

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Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

[Re]verse Pitch Presents: Circular Economy Night

Get inspired, connected, and ready for the third annual [Re]Verse Pitch Competition at our fall kick-off event. What do a husband and wife entrepreneur team building houses in Huntsville, TX and a Fortune 500 company have in common? A dedication to the circular economy.

This event will feature a joint keynote address from two ends of the business spectrum: a small home builder and a multinational technology company.

  • Dan Phillips, CEO, The Phoenix Commotion
  • Stephen M. Roberts, Global Sustainability Marketing Manager, Dell

Before and after listening to these world-class speakers, you will have time to network with [Re]Verse Pitch mentors, past participants, and staff. We will also provide an overview of the [Re]Verse Pitch Competition and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

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Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

Build - Create - Learn

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A hands-on community building and service event focused on reframing waste as a resource. We'll be doing some creative landscaping projects at Green Gate Farms using materials from the Austin Materials Marketplace and hearing from local businesses using and diverting materials in innovative ways. Snacks & sips included! RSVP here

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Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

Universal Recycling Ordinance Open House

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The Universal Recycling Ordinance now affects all commercial and multi-family properties. This means that all businesses must have recycling services - a huge leap for getting Austin businesses to send their wastes to a higher and better use than the landfill. Learn about how the URO affects your business at one of these free trainings. The ARR team will even help you complete your required annual diversion report! 

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Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

August 10, 2017: Online Event – Introducing the New Materials Marketplace Platform

The new Materials Marketplace platform for the Austin Materials Marketplace program was launched in July 2017 and incorporates a wide range of new features. In this webinar on August 10th at noon we will present a demo of the platform, and review its user interface and new elements to help you gain a better understanding of how it all works. At the end of the webinar, we’ll answer any questions in a Q&A session.

Time: August 10, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00pm
Location: YouTube Live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivA-SIwHUJU

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Aug
8
1:00 PM13:00

August 8, 2017: Webinar – Innovative Reuse Business Models

The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)’s Reuse Council is hosting a webinar on August 8th on reuse business models. Information and registration links below:

We know that Reuse is one of the R’s and has a place above Recycling on the waste hierarchy, but what does the business of reuse look like? What are the successful reuse business models beyond the traditional thrift or resale operation? Speakers will share leading national models for making reuse work for the bottom line through creative repurposing, repair, resale, and remanufacturing. Register to hear how these organizations bring in revenue, control costs, create partnerships, and compete in the marketplace to make reuse financially sustainable. Click here to register.

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