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Newsletter - May 2, 2017 - Save the Date
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Let's meet at Community First Village!
Community First graphicThe Village is a place that enables our homeless brothers and sisters to heal. It’s a place where they can rediscover hope, renew their purpose and restore their dignity. Most importantly, it’s a place they can call home. Come help us help them with projects to make their home better!

The Community Outreach Committee has scheduled the first workday for Wednesday May 17th. Registration is $10 to cover lunch. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Meagan Smith, Vice Chair at
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2017 CRE Power Lunch
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At the 17th Annual Power Lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 25th sponsored by Pape-Dawson Engineers, Matthew Dowd brought his unique message about leadership in this disruptive and crucial moment to a crowd of 530 real estate professionals from all across Central Texas. Those in attendance represented AAA, AAFAME, ABoR, ACRES, BOMA, CBA, CCIM, CREW, CTCAR, IFMA, IREM, RECA, SIOR, and ULI.


Matthew Dowd is widely viewed as one of the most independent and creative thought leaders in America today, and his clear direction at the luncheon is one that has become his drumbeat during the last few months: our leaders have to choose country over party.


At a time in our history when many have found reason to fear, Dowd has found reason for hope: the type renaissance on the horizon last seen at the end of WWII. He encouraged those in the room to be a part of this critical moment and participate in the great change that is taking place all over the globe. He touted the importance of engagement at the local level and connecting with people who disagree with you by getting to know them on a personal level. By the end of Dowd’s message, the energy in the room was palpable and the room was abuzz with conversations about next steps for getting involved locally in Austin.

New rules for the modern job seeker
hiring graphicToday's business environment requires a different set of rules for job seekers than the traditional tactics that have worked in the past. Developing your personal brand and taking a nuanced approach to networking are some of the ways to gain an advantage.
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Austin Energy logoOn June 8th, the Sustainability Committee will be bringing you another great Seminar: Austin Energy Budget Tool – Ask the Pros! A hands on seminar.
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The New Waller Creek - May Monthly Membership Luncheon

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As best said by Curbed: “What do you do about an oft-flooding creek that happens to cut a serpentine line through the middle of downtown? If you’re the City of Austin, you build a tunnel. If you’re a private-public partnership between the City of Austin and a nonprofit conservancy dedicated to revitalizing that creek, you launch the most ambitious parks project the city has ever seen.” The Waller Creek Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Austin, is developing a chain of parks around a restored Waller Creek in downtown Austin. Running from Waterloo Park at 15th Street to Lady Bird Lake, the new Waller Creek parks district will include more than 37-acres of newly designed and connected urban parks and public open space, and more than three miles of new hike and bike trails, along with engaging art and educational programming.

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Building for Health: Research and Applications to Drive Decisions for the Built Environment
Building and Environment graphicThis course covered the science and application of indoor air quality and its relationship to occupant health and productivity. The core research that anchored this course was the paper titled: "Associations of Cognitive Function Scores with Carbon Dioxide, Ventilation, and Volatile Organic Compound Exposures in Office Workers: A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments," written by Joseph G. Allen, Piers MacNaughton, Usha Satish, Suresh Santanam, Jose Vallarino, and John D. Spengler. Paper at link below.

This million-dollar study placed 24 managers in a carefully controlled test environment and tested their cognitive function while changing key elements of IAQ (ventilation, VOCs and CO2) The cognitive function study is a standardized test which has been used on 70,000 people and resembles a computer game, like Sim City. It has been validated to have no learning effect (you don’t get better the more you play it) and they discarded all Monday and Friday data, because you know how people are on Mondays and Fridays. They found cognitive function scores to double with improved IAQ, with especially pronounced positive effects on information use and strategy.

Increasing ventilation rates cost anywhere from $1 to $40 per person per year, depending on HVAC systems and climates, whereas an 8 percentile increase in decision-making performance brings gains of $6,500 per person per year.
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