The Interfaith Environmental Network of Austin
Invites You to Attend our Monthly Symposium
7:00 pm Tuesday Sept. 6th 2011
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive
This month’s featured presenters, topic and Q&A–
Bill Bunch, executive director, Save Our Springs Alliance, and
George Cofer, executive director, Hill Country Conservancy.
“Austin’s Water Future.”
What are the critical strategies we need to implement now, as individuals and as members of organizations, to provide ample water for Austin’s future? Come join Austin’s two foremost environmentalists in a discussion about water stewardship and sustainability. Learn about the benefits of conservation, the Save Our Springs view on Water Treatment Plant 4, and the Hill Country Conservancy view on what’s needed to better balance water use in Central Texas.
About Our Speakers
Bill Bunch will address the current struggle in Austin between investing in water conservation and efficiency measures versus investing in expanding water treatment capacity. He will place the struggle in the larger context of past, present and likely future water use and availability in the Colorado River Basin and our Central Texas region. Mr. Bunch will also address "what you can do" to conserve water, both individually and as part of the Austin community.
Bill Bunch has served as Executive Director or General Counsel for the Save Our Springs Alliance for fifteen years. Mr. Bunch has a bachelor's degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. SOS Alliance is a nonprofit, charitable advocacy organization founded in 1992 and dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the central Texas, Edwards Aquifer region.
George Cofer will talk about the impacts of drought on the lands, waters and “critters” of Texas as well as societal impacts – now, and during the drought of record of 1950 - 57. He will explain what Hill Country Conservancy and other non-profit land trusts are doing to conserve our precious water, land and wildlife resources through executing conservation easement agreements with landowners.
George will have 50 copies of “The Time it Never Rained” by Elmer Kelton – acknowledged to be one of the ten greatest Americana books ever written, on hand to give away to attendees.
George Cofer is Executive Director of the Hill Country Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust that marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country for people to enjoy and cherish for generations to come. George was founding Chair of Earth Share of Texas in 1992 and has received numerous environmental awards over his 20+ year career.
We welcome those in faith communities in Central Texas who are interested in linking religious values and spirituality with environmental stewardship concerns. Join us in sharing resources for inspiring our faith communities to live out the common call to environmental stewardship and caring for the creation.
Learn more about George’s leadership at Hill Country Conservancy here.