As you might imagine in a University town, the government and citizens of Austin are very interested in sustainability.
Austin Energy has recently installed over 100 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles throughout the city. During the pilot program, 6 months of unlimited charging is available for only $25.
Additionally, Austin Energy has several other environmental initiatives in place. Customers can choose to sign up for GreenChoice batch purchases of wind and biogas energy. Also offered are solar incentives and rebates, as well as solar loans.
Austin Energy is celebrating the 20th year of its Green Building Program, the nation's first.
Since 1989, the City of Austin has been producing "Dillo™ Dirt," a compost marketed locally that is made totally from recycled materials collected by the City. Austin also has a home composting rebate program.
Curbside recycling is easy in Austin, with single stream recycling containers provided by the City.
Freecycle.org, a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills, has over 21,000 members in Austin. There is something for everyone here!
Whole Foods Markets, arguably the largest organic grocer in the country, was founded and is headquartered in Austin. Be sure to visit the flagship store at 6th and Lamar downtown.
A smaller local competitor, Central Market, also has wonderful organic selections and several stores in the city.
Austin is also home to four Farmer's Markets, located throughout the city. See the locations on MetroSeeker.com's Austin section front page.