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[ Air Pollution Becomes Art ]

carpollution 591x218I never knew this could be a Thing, but it’s definitely a #1Thing. Thanks to friends from the MIT Media Lab in Boston, Anirudh Sharma and Nikhil Kaushik invented Air-Ink, a professional art supply made directly from car exhaust and soot.

  • cars release about 20% of the world’s carbon dioxcide
  • people breathe in an average of 2 gallons of polluted air a minute

Sharma, Kaushik, and the rest of their team at Graviky Labs have cleaned 1.6 trillion liters of air since officially capturing pollution last June. This is impressive and what they do w/ the exhaust and soot turn it into a work of art literally. Environmental Art... “The more Air-Ink we use, the less pollution we breathe—simple,”  Click here to see some of the Amazing art and how it’s done! #1Thing that is helping Mama Earth and getting lots cool points too!


[ Summertime Tips to Recycle in ATX ]

ATXTakenUMF780x520 Keep ATX Beautiful 591x218Happy Summer! Here are some Summertime Recyclng Tips! #KeepAustinBeautiful  It’s a#1Thing we can all do.

Many will be packing a bag to head out to the beach, pool, hiking, camping… getting out to enjoy the Summertime heat. Recycling and waste reduction is an important part of Summertime fun. Keep Mama Earth as clean as you can while having fun outside. It’s #1Thing we can all do.

Here are some tips for a successful 1Thing way to #KeepAustinBeautiful :

*Bring reusable bags to pack Thingies in. If you get plastic bags, bring them home and recycle them at a local drop-off location.
When I go to Omaha, NE w/ honey Ted to visit family, we use our reusable bags for shopping and just carting our stuff around. It’s starting to catch on up there. They aren’t as #1Thing cool as the ATX area!

#Pack meals, snacks and drinks in reusable containers. Cut down on plastics, styrofoam and paper, especially when road tripping. Pack it with you. If you run across some trouble, it could also come in handy.
My honey Ted was coming from Omaha, to Austin a couple of winters ago, and ice/ snow packed up on IH-35, which brought traffic to a standstil outside of Dallas. A semi was stuck in it, and blocking traffic. He had to sit on the road for about 18 hours. He was thankful he brought his reusable bag/ cooler which had sandwich makings and drinks in there. He was set for the emergency as far as nurishment. A #1Thing that really can be a lifesaver for everyone including Mama Earth.

Keep 2 bags w/ you to separate trash and recyclables. Something you might not think about, but extremely helpful while road tripping, camping and long event activities. it’s done and you won’t have to worry about doing it later.

Click here for more tips / ideas how to #KeepAustinBeautiful! Keep Rockin’ the #1Things y’all!



[ Asking Celebrities What’s Your 1Thing ]

LiamPayne1DUSAToday 775x515It’s #1Thing Liam Payne & friends do for Mama Earth that help keep her waters clean…. What’s your #1Thing? Click here!







[ Ocean Conservation is very Important for a Healthy Earth! ]

ThingDentalTips.psdOceana, is an Entercom Featured 1Thing for July! Find out what you can do to help Mama Earth’s Ocean w/  Oceana! 

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. 


Unfortunately, our oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago.

Fortunately, Oceana knows how to fix things.  Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world’s marine life.

The good news is that we can restore the oceans to their former glory. Oceana is…


They channel their resources towards strategic, directed campaigns to achieve MEASURABLE OUTCOMES that will protect and restore our oceans to former levels of abundance.


Oceana believes in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions for the oceans.

Multi-disciplinary and expert

Their scientists work closely with teams of economists, lawyers, communicators, and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

Learn more at http://oceana.org/.


[ Thursday Dump the Pump ATX! ]

gaspumpdumpingoutgas with X 591x218Thursday (6/15) is  National Dump The Pump Day. A day to give the car / vehicle a break and try using public transportation. This can help several areas in your life

4 Great reasons why Dumping the Pump is a good thing for you, others and Mama Earth!

1.) Riding public transportation can save you money.  A study showed a 2 person household that went from 2 cars to using 1 saved more than $9,700 a year

2.) Using public transportation also helps ATX grow and prosper. Every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns.

3.) It’s a Big #1Thing too. You cut your carbon footprint by not driving and also helps air quality. Lots of #1Thing goodness for Mama Earth, cutting down the amount of vehicles on the road.

4.) It can help your health too especially when it comes to Stress. Not having to bother w/ driving in traffic yourself, you aren’t as rung up. You can chill and leave the driving to the city. Less Stress is does the Body & Mind good

Click here for more! Try it out on Thursday‘Dump the Pump ATX!’ If no on public transportation,  maybe carpooling….



[ Family Fun with the Great American Campout ]

GreatCAmpout 591zx218The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a fun way for familie and friends to connect w/ nature, wildlife and each other. Get unplugged and enjoy camping the way nature intended it.  In your backyard, neighborhood, local parks… wherever you feel comfortable and it’s okay to camp there. Make plans to do it Saturday, June 24th.

Many of us are guilty of hunkering down inside playing video games, working on computers, socializing via social media, binge watching shows… Take a  weekend and enjoy Nature. Your body, mind and spirit will benefit greatly having outdoor fun.

The Great American Campout is a part of the ‘Great Outdoors Month’ in June. A month to highlight the many kinds of outdoor activities you can do to strengthen your bonds w/ nature and each other. Click here for more 411.  Take the pledge to camp.. if you can’t do it Saturday, June 24th, then do it at least once this Summer. You may find once isn’t enough!  Here are some more tips on how to Go Green Camping! #1Thing that is fun while helping out Mama Earth.



[ Bike to Work Day in ATX ]

BIKE TO WORK DAY MAY 19 2017 591X218Friday, May 19th is Bike to Work Day! There is a big community of biking enthusiasts in ATX. If you have thought about doing this, but just didn’t know how to go about it. Didn’t want to do it by yourself? Needed to know Routes?

Bike Austin can take care of your worries and answer questions you may have.

*The Mission of Bike To Work Day
-Attract new bicyclists
-Reward those who do it already
Cycling Commuters help by decreasing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution. They tend to be more healthy & fit plus more alert at work.

Bike To Work Day

on Friday (5/19) you don’t have to drive alone. You can commute w/ others who are having fun cycling around ATX. This year BIKE AUSTIN will have over 40 fueling stations w/ free coffee, snacks and goodies. There will also be an after-party at Google Fiber.  Pick up a ‘Bicycle Passport’ at any morning fueling station, and collect stamps at each station you visit. The passport wil get you a free beer at the after-party, and each stamp you get enters you into a door prize drawing w/ great prizes from sponsors.

  • Don’t know your way around ATX? It’s all good. Join a group ride.
  • Don’t have a Bike? Austin B-Cycle can help you for the day  Use code 519 at any B-Cycle kiosk on 5/19 for a 24 hour membership at no cost! Download the Bcycle app for real-time station b-cycle counts and bicycle routing recommendations.
  • Live far from work? Use Cap Metro and their bike racks to help shorten the distance!

Get the Austin Bike Map & more here!


[ Conservation International a May 1Thing ]

Entercom Radio/ all markets showcase a different organization each month for #1Thing.

May is the month of Conservation International.  Entercom Radio’s gift, in honor of their employees for Earth Day 2017,  was 150 acres of the Rainforest being taken care of. Here’s more about them, which could be a #1Thing you can get into.

Conservation International Flipperhttp://www.conservation.org/what/pages/forests.aspxAn acre of rainforest contains up to 86 different species of tree, with the amphibians, birds, insects and mammals that depend on them. 

Forests are our respite. Our places of peace. Our natural air filters. Our water factories. Our medicine cabinets. We literally can’t live without them.  Despite their immense value, nearly half of the world’s forests have been lost. What’s worse, we’re cutting them down at greater rates each year to plant crops, graze cattle and generate income from timber and other forest products.

No matter where you live, forests make your life possible. When a forest is lost anywhere, people feel it everywhere.

Conservation International’s Mission:

Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International(CI) empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

CI’s solutions:

For nearly three decades, CI has worked to ensure the world’s most important forests are protected for future generations. That work has helped to place nearly 40 million hectares (nearly 99 million acres) of forests under protection.

CI has been working to make the sustainable use of forests the foundation of healthy societies around the world. They’re carrying out science that’s helping to better understand forests’ value, and they’re working with local communities to test new ways of conservation that provide more benefits to people.

Find out more about Conservation International and how you can help create a healthier, more prosperous, more productive planet at http://www.conservation.org/what/pages/forests.aspx



[ Entercom’s 2017 Earth Day Gift ]

ETM_EarthDay_1Thingus_Flipper_v1The company I work for, Entercom Radio / Entercom ATX is Awesome!  For Earth Day 2017, they gave to Conservation International to help save the Rainforests by taking care of 150 acres in honor of their employees! That’s a HUGE  #1THING.  Check out what it’s all about. The Rainforest (video) is Kevin Spacey.  It Rocks! Click here.


[ 1Thing for Furbabies ]

1THING DONATE VEHILCE AHS 591X218I got word from Ericka & the crew at the Austin Humane Society about a Donate a Vehicle Program to help Furbabies is happening during the month of April.  If you have a ride that you want to get rid of, and have no idea how… This is how! Easy pick up, and no worries. You help raise funds for the Furbabies, and also helping out Mama Earth! #1Thing!  It’s a Win Win all around! Click here for the 411!

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AHS Furbabies are waiting for you and your friends to take them home! #SpreadtheWord