What we're about

Our mission is to promote scientific literacy and environmental awareness through enriching conversations and informal educational programs.

Our hope is to connect with others who love science and the environment as much as we do. We are not experts, just citizens who recognize the value of scientific pursuits and environmental sustainability, and want to share our passion with our community. We hope to share and exchange valuable resources and information with others interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle.

We will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6-8 pm for our Science & Sangria socials. Each meeting will begin with a short networking period, followed by a speaker on a scientific or environmental topic, and then a group discussion. These meetings are open to the public and there are no membership fees, but donations are appreciated to help fund group promotion.

Upcoming events (3)

June Field Trip: Low Impact Shopping

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Join us for a day of Low Impact shopping in the Austin area! We'll meet at 9 am and leave no later than 9:15 am for Sprouts Farmers Market in Round Rock. At 10:15 am, Sprouts staff will give us a quick lesson in bulk shopping using our own containers by showing us how to tare and label. After, we'll stop by Austin Creative Reuse to discover what they have to offer and drop off donations. They are a "craft thrift store" and accept a variety of leftover craft & office supplies and other household items that can be upcycled (wine corks, stationary, stamps, bottle caps, etc). We'll grab lunch or picnic after and return to the Killeen area between 1-2 pm, depending on how long it takes us to shop. To reduce our carbon footprint, I'd like to carpool so let me know if you're willing to drive. If you're not driving, please pitch in $5 to help with cost of fuel. WE NEED A FIRM COUNT FOR THIS EVENT since it is out of town. Carpool location will be shared with those who RSVP that they wish to carpool, otherwise we'll meet you at Sprouts (but let us know you plan to attend either way).

June Science & Sangria: One Planet Leadership Program

*We are now asking for an optional $5 per person donation at our monthly meetings to help pay for speaker meals and group expenses. This is not required, but any donation is appreciated :)* This month we'll hear from Dr. Jody Fry, professor at Texas A&M University-Central Texas and Director of their MS One Planet Leadership (OPL) Program. It is estimated that the planet’s population will increase from 6-9 billion in the next thirty years and that we are currently depleting the world’s resources 1.5-2 times faster than they can be replenished by nature. It should be clear that current business models based on unbridled growth and consumerism in the pursuit of maximizing profits to the detriment of employees, society, and the environment are failing us and the planet. This calls for a new leadership paradigm for building the kind of sustainable world that we want to live in and that we want our children and grandchildren to inherit. MS OPL Program’s emphasis is on awareness and action; that today’s leaders should actively seek to change the world for the better. The result is a “One Planet”-focused leadership program that equips students to become self-aware, sustainability-conscious leaders prepared to address the critical economic, social, and environmental issues facing today's organizations – i.e., the Triple Bottom Line or People, Planet, and Profit. We will meet in the private room in the back right of the restaurant. Food and drink are available for purchase. Don't forget to bring your hard-to-recycle items (white styrofoam, #3-7 plastic, toothpaste & other oral care items, hygiene product containers, contact lenses/cases/foils) to the meeting. They'll be recycled through Fort Hood Recycle and TerraCycle!

July Science & Sangria: Early American Environmental History

*We are now asking for an optional $5 per person donation at our monthly meetings to help pay for speaker meals and group expenses. This is not required, but any donation is appreciated :)* This month we'll hear from Dr. Timothy Hemmis, Assistant Professor of History with a specialization in Early American History at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Dr. Hemmis will speak about Selling the American Wilderness: Thomas Hutchins and his Environmental Writings and Maps While most people are familiar with Early American naturalists John James Audubon and William Bartram for their writings and paintings, few people have heard of Thomas Hutchins. At the early age of sixteen, Hutchins joined the British Army and eventually became an engineer and geographer. He had a valuable skill of accurately drawing maps. During peace time, the British Army sent him on missions to explore and map the American frontier. On these journeys he wrote extensively about the environment and the climate. He surveyed the lower Great Lakes, the Ohio River, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf South. In his notes he wrote about the positive qualities of the environment along with the possible hostiles in the area. However, as he was working for the army, he was also moonlighted as a land speculator. He used his notes and findings to publish pamphlets and maps to sell the American wilderness. We will meet in the private room in the back right of the restaurant. Food and drink are available for purchase. Don't forget to bring your hard-to-recycle items (white styrofoam, #3-7 plastic, toothpaste & other oral care items, hygiene product containers, contact lenses/cases/foils) to the meeting. They'll be recycled through Fort Hood Recycle and TerraCycle!

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