THE CHANGEMAKER'S CAFE & BOOKSTORE

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Your guide to getting involved in Austin's local government
The Austin EcoNetwork will lead Earth Day attendees in a full day of programming dedicated to getting involved in local government. They'll teach you everything you need to know about how our local government system works and even connect you with some of our city's top activists and changemakers, so you can learn from the very best!

The Changemaker's Cafe Schedule

All Day - Register to Vote
Texas Voter Registration Volunteer Society (TVRVS) is a volunteer public service organization chartered to provide voter registration and information services for nonpartisan venues. Volunteers are deputized by the County Voter Registrars in the counties served (for this Earth Day, Travis and Williamson Counties). The volunteers update registrations for county residents, register new voters, and provide mail-in applications for residents of other counties.
12-4:15 - Write Your City Council Member
Learn how to write the perfect letter to your City Council member and make your voice be heard. We will provide supplies for letter writing and examples of well-written letters to City Council.
3:15-4:00 - Coffee With Local Elected Officials
Join members of our local elected government in Travis County, Commissioners Brigid Shea and Jeff Travillion, to get to know our local elected leaders and to voice your opinion on current issues facing the county.
4:15-5:00 - Claim Your Power: Getting Involved In Local Activism
Always wanted to get more involved in Austin’s eco environmental organizing community, but don’t know where to start? Sign up for this activist meet-and-greet and have the opportunity meet Austin’s most experienced environmental and social justice activists, who will be teaching you more about their organizations, sharing their experiences, and giving you some advice.
5:00-5:30 - Civics 101: A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government
Take the first steps to getting involved in local government with this speedy, fun, and interactive crash course. AEN Editor-In-Chief Amy Stansbury will walk you through all the basics, from who the mayor is to which City Council district you live in.
5:30-6:30 - It’s Your Future: Getting Connected With Local Environmental Leaders
Are you a college student looking for a career in an environmental field? Sign up for Environmental Mentorship Speed Dating for the opportunity to meet Austin’s most influential business leaders, scientists, teachers, and nonprofit professionals.

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Your Vote Is Your Voice: Register to Vote!

Texas Voter Registration Volunteer Society is a volunteer public service organization chartered to provide voter registration and information services for nonpartisan venues. Volunteers are deputized by the County Voter Registrars in the counties served (for this Earth Day, Travis and Williamson Counties). The volunteers update registrations for county residents, register new voters, and provide mail-in applications for residents of other counties.
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Write Your City Council Member

Learn how to write the perfect letter to your City Council member and make your voice be heard.
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Speed Dating For Activists

Always wanted to get more involved in Austin’s eco environmental organizing community, but don’t know where to start? Sign up for this activist meet-and-greet and have the opportunity meet Austin’s most experienced environmental and social justice activists, who will be teaching you more about their organizations, sharing their experiences, and giving you some advice.
Brought to you by Amy Stansbury | Get your ticket here.
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Civics 101: A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government

Take the first steps to getting involved in local government with this speedy, fun, and interactive crash course. AEN Editor-In-Chief Amy Stansbury will walk you through all the basics, from who the mayor is to which City Council district you live in.
Brought to you by Amy Stansbury
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It’s Your Future: Getting Connected With Local Environmental Leaders

Are you a college student looking for a career in an environmental field? Sign up for our environmental mentorship fair for the opportunity to meet Austin’s most influential business leaders, scientists, teachers, and nonprofit professionals.
Brought to you by Amy Stansbury | Get your ticket here.

The Bookstore

Peruse an array of books offered by small, local stores and a couple of local authors to take in some of the knowledge and narratives informing research and action surrounding social and environmental issues: Resistencia Bookstore, Malvern Books, Monkeywrench Books, and authors Susan Meredith and Jeff Julia.

Resistencia Bookstore, Casa de Red Salmon Arts: a neighborhood center for aspiring writers, providing quality literature to Austin communities since 1983. Specializing in indigenous, Native American, Chican@-Mexican@, Latin@, African American, queer, feminist, and children’s bilingual literature. Malvern Books: an independent, locally-owned bookstore in Austin, Texas. We specialize in visionary literature and poetry from independent publishers, with a focus on lesser-known and emerging voices. Our booth will have a small sample the books we have at our store including responsibly-sourced journals, cards and tshirts and special offers only available here at Earth Day.

Malvern Books: an independent, locally-owned bookstore in Austin, Texas. We specialize in visionary literature and poetry from independent publishers, with a focus on lesser-known and emerging voices. Our booth will have a small sample the books we have at our store including responsibly-sourced journals, cards and tshirts and special offers only available here at Earth Day.

Monkeywrench Books: Our mission is to help create an enduring space for meeting, participating, and engaging in discussions and struggles that push toward something radically different. We strive to be sensitive to our collective and individual differences in experience, privilege, and oppression while forming connections across the lines that can separate and segregate us from one another.

Bookwoman is Austin's premiere feminist bookstore on North Lamar, soon to be celebrating 40 years of serving the Austin feminist and queer communities. BookWoman is proud to provide books that will change your life and the world. So shop local and support BookWoman - she supports you!

Beyond Light Bulbs: Lighting the Way to Smarter Energy Management offers a complete and comprehensive overview of energy in layman’s terms, with a focus on solutions rather than problems. It addresses how all aspects of the energy puzzle fit together, including green living, green building, alternative electricity sources, transportation solutions, energy storage and distribution, global energy grids, climate change and the economy. As an engineer, MBA, expert in organizational energy management and efficiency, and co-founder and previous CEO of Go Green Squads, author Susan Meredith focuses on how consumers and organizations can contribute to our bright energy future.

Navigating the Maze of Energy Efficiency Projects: WINNER of 2017 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal for Green Business This award-winning book unravels the massive industry operating behind little-known utility bill fees. An industry flooded with energy saving products, services and proposals - some worthy, some not. In this easy to read story of a local restaurant owner, the author provides a guide to energy efficiency for professionals and homeowners who wish to reduce their expenses, improve their comfort and make the most of their money. In an entertaining and accessible manner, this book establishes a framework for identifying the most lucrative opportunities, addresses common oversights and pitfalls, and supplies the reader with vital tools and resources. Author Jeff Julia is an entrepreneur, engineer and award-winning author committed to coaching business owners and consumers on energy efficiency. He is the founder Energy Project Advisors which offers tools and services to ensure clients achieve maximum results on energy saving investments. Jeff holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University’s acclaimed College of Engineering and lives in Austin, TX with his wife Abby.

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Austin Code Department's CodeVR

Join the Austin Code Department for CodeVR: the first virtual reality experience of what used to be boring code! Come see what small changes to the city's laws governing various specifications, like safety and fire standards can, in reality, make a big difference.
Brought to you by the Austin Code Department.