• 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!

  • June Field Trip: Low Impact Shopping

    Needs a location

    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).

  • May Field Trip: Epically Geeky Expo

    Mayborn Science Theater

    Join us in exploring Epically Geeky Expo (EGX or CTC Geek), a "celebration of all things geek!" There will be a variety of STEAM and maker programs, as well as gaming, sci-fi/fantasy, costumes, special guests, vendors, and much more. EGX will be held on the campus of Central Texas College in the Mayborn Science Theater (bldg 152) and Anderson Campus Center (bldg 156) Friday from 6 -10 pm, Saturday from 10 am-midnight, and Sunday 12-6 pm. Since the event runs for such a long period and there's so much to do, we will not spend the entire event together. Feel free to come and go, but please stop by the Vendor Check-in table in building 156 to say hello (ask for Jennifer)! For more info about the event, including ticket prices: http://egx.ctcd.edu.

  • May Science & Sangria: Low-Waste Living

    Fuddruckers

    This month we'll hear from Linda van der Rijd, Founder of Screw Plastic, a local company that makes handmade eco-friendly alternatives for everyday items. Linda will talk about the importance of reducing plastic use and waste in general. She will also give some climate and plastic/waste facts, and ways everyone can help reduce their footprint. 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! *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 :)*

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  • April Field Trip: Spring Farmers Market at Barrow Brewing

    Barrow Brewing Company

    Join us in exploring the Spring Farmers Market at Barrow! Local producers will offer fresh veggies, handmade goods, and special treats (for your furry family too). They'll have food trucks on site and live music at 7 p.m. If you can't make it right at 5 stop by whenever you're able!

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  • April Science & Sangria: National Parks

    Fuddruckers

    This month we'll hear from Dallas Kelly-Kerr with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). The NPCA is the voice of America’s national parks, working to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. Dallas will be speaking about the 16 National Parks in Texas and discuss ways you can speak up for them! We will meet in the private room in the back right of the restaurant. Food and drink are available for purchase. Our monthly Science & Sangria meetings will feature speakers who talk about a scientific or environmental topic, followed by an informal discussion. The goal is to enable a greater understanding of different topics through exposure to a variety of viewpoints. You don't need to work in a science/environmental field to attend, just have an appreciation for it and be curious! See Less

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  • Centex Planeteers 2 Year Anniversary Celebration!

    912 Taylor Creek Rd

    Join us in celebrating two years of environmental and scientific programming in the Killeen area! One of our planeteers has graciously offered to host the celebration and we couldn't be more excited! We'll enjoy food (this is a potluck so please bring a sweet or savory dish in bite-size portions!), hang out by the campfire, watch an environmental-themed movie, and mingle. We'll also have a few planeteers sharing information about the work they're doing to help the planet: The Green Plant and Screw Plastic. Please bring chairs if you'd like to sit.

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  • March Science & Sangria: Water Quality

    Fuddruckers

    ***PLEASE NOTE DATE & LOCATION CHANGE DUE TO SCHEDULE CONFLICT ON THE 2ND THURSDAY*** This month we'll hear from Jennifer Bronson-Warren, Regional Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD). In her role with TPWD, she has worked on several research projects with her program looking at everything from seagrass to nutrients in smalls streams. Jennifer will be speaking about water quality and potential citizen science opportunities. We will meet in the private room in the back right of the restaurant. Food and drink are available for purchase. Our monthly Science & Sangria meetings will feature speakers who talk about a scientific or environmental topic, followed by an informal discussion. The goal is to enable a greater understanding of different topics through exposure to a variety of viewpoints. You don't need to work in a science/environmental field to attend, just have an appreciation for it and be curious! See Less

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  • February Science & Sangria: Understanding HIV

    Little Italy

    ***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE DUE TO HOLIDAY ON THE 2ND THURSDAY*** UPDATE: The topic has changed this month due to a schedule conflict with the original speaker. We will reschedule the Low-Waste Living talk for a future date. This month we'll hear from Dr. Linh Pham, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Dr. Pham will discuss HIV/AIDS, diseases that are often misunderstood by the general public. She will provide an explanation of the HIV lifecycle and explain why HIV/AIDS are diseases of inquality. Dr. Pham will also share information about the drug therapies for HIV, to include antiretroviral treament in the USA, reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequties, and gene therapy, which could be a new horizon for HIV cures. We will meet in the private room in the back of the restaurant. Food and drink are available for purchase. Our monthly Science & Sangria meetings will feature speakers who talk about a scientific or environmental topic, followed by an informal discussion. The goal is to enable a greater understanding of different topics through exposure to a variety of viewpoints. You don't need to work in a science/environmental field to attend, just have an appreciation for it and be curious!

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  • February Field Trip: Mother Earth News Fair

    Bell County Expo Center

    This month we'll check out the Mother Earth News Fair in Belton! This is a two-day event featuring tons of vendors, classes and activities for those interested in sustainable living, homesteading and the environment (more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/309123086570222/?active_tab=discussion). We'll meet on Saturday at 10 am near the entrance (check event for exact location as I won't know the best spot to meet until I see the setup). If you can't make it at 10 am Sat still try to check out the event-there are a ton of great resources! You can purchase $10 weekend passes here (a savings of $15): www.motherearthnews.com/store/Offer/19TXCSCP.

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