CONSERVE wants to help you recycle, reuse, divert and reduce.

Every day, we use an incredible amount of resources in all areas of our lives as we eat, drink, bathe, shop, commute, read, write, cook, live! We not only pay for these items new, we pay for the disposal of those items after use. And every day more practices and programs become available to help us be better stewards of our material resources, home and planet … and maybe even help us think about all things we use before we use them.

This site is always “under construction” as new services and programs become available in Central Texas; please check us out often and please let us know (Need Form) if you find a great idea, innovation or service we can share!

Attend a Lunch & Learn

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Date: Thursday, June 15
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Venue: Multi-function Room B - 700 Lavaca St. (Map)

Description: The Texas Flood Response Study will produce geospatial map services and data analytics, derived from the National Water Model forecasts, of where flood impacts are projected in rivers and streams before actual rainfall has occurred and also show in “near real time” current flood conditions as part of a common operating picture. The objective is to put timely, actionable intelligence in the hands of emergency managers during flood events in our state for the purpose of making high consequence/high impact decisions.

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Speaker Bio: Harry Evans joined the Austin Fire Department in 1985. With over 29 years in the fire service, Chief Evans served in every rank and worked in nearly every division of the department and was certified in a diverse range of special operations disciplines. He was a member of Texas Task Force 1-Urban Search and Rescue Team and the Capital Area Incident Management Team.

In 2009 Chief Evans was appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief and was named Chief of Staff, responsible for the day to day operations of the entire department. He served in that capacity until his retirement in January of 2015.

Harry is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Water Resources for the University of Texas at Austin.

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Other Helpful County and City Sites


And Reuse, Repair and Recycle can be FUN

  • Check out instructables.com, a great DIY website to help you repurpose items into great stuff.
  • Ifixit.com empowers you to fix things yourself with help troubleshooting, access to repair guides, parts and tools and an online community of people helping each other fix things.
  • Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities and offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Check out their great website iwanttoberecycled.org

  • Austin Creative Reuse's mission is to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. They collect, distribute and sell reusable materials donated from industry and individuals.

Community Involvement

7 Days, 7 Programs, 365 Attendees, Travis County partnered with Leave No Trace to promote enjoying our spaces naturally

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Keep Austin Beautiful

Keep Austin Beautiful provides resources and education to inspire individuals and the Greater Austin communities toward greater environmental stewardship.

The Lake Travis Underwater & Shoreline Cleanup is the largest scuba diving and shoreline cleanup in Texas and helps to raise public awareness of the importance of Lake Travis and the Highland Lakes and helps keeps the Lake healthy and clean. This year's date and details on how participate coming soon! Checkout the stats from last year's event.


Create a Garden

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Sustainable Food Center

From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relation-ships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment …

  • Travis County Texas AgriLife Extension Service
    • The Texas AgriLife Extension Service conducts educational programs in the areas of family and consumer sciences, agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, 4-H, and youth programs.
  • Texas Master Gardener Program
    • When the term “Master Gardener” was first coined in the early 1970s to describe a new Extension program in Washington State, few could have predicted it would spread into Texas and blossom into one of the most effective volunteer organizations in the State. The annual reports, history, and management guide chronicles the development, activities and impact of the Texas Master Gardener program, now known to be the largest in the nation.
    • Created by the TAMU Master Gardener Program, this helpful planting guide shows when is the best time to plant in Central Texas.
    • The recommended Planting Schedule for the Austin area organized vegetable-by-vegetable or month-by-month.
  • Grow Green Austin helps you create a beautiful Central Texas garden that is good for your budget and the environment! Learn how to select the right plant for the right place so you can use fewer resources in your garden.
  • The City of Austin's Resource Recovery Center on Todd Lane offers residents free mulch! Times are limited, please call them at 512-243-3325 for information.