Our vision come to life
Circle Acres is located on roughly 9.7 acres in the Montopolis neighborhood of South East Austin. as a former landfill and brownfield, the site has suffered through a pattern of destructive uses but nonetheless bears a striking range of forest, wetland, and grassland environments within an overwhelmingly urban context.
Ecology Action continues to steward this natural urban amenity, cultivating a haven for wildlife and human visitors alike and re-envisioning this underutilized resource as an educational and recreational destination. in september of 2013, ecology action partnered with the center for maximum potential building systems to develop a comprehensive master plan for the site. this document outlines the vision for circle acres' future and serves as a model for how to conceptualize the reuse of wasted spaces.
The Ecology Action Center for Sustainable Futures is the programming framework that acts as an umbrella for Ecology Action’s educational, advocacy, and research activities on the site. It includes classrooms, demonstration areas, operations & maintenance support, art, and social spaces.
With this endeavor, Ecology Action seeks a broadened definition of “waste” which addresses all the cycles of life. With a particular emphasis on the life cycles of materials, food, water, and energy, this concept of “waste” permeates the thinking behind trash, food waste and compost, building construction, resource use, and myriad other cycles that exemplify Ecology Action’s mission.
The Center for Sustainable Futures provides a venue for education and practice of these life cycles under a single “roof” and addresses Ecology Action maxims and scales of practices ranging from preservation and remediation to public art and site-sourced furniture and building design. Is is also an education resource for visiting school groups, environmental organizations, and neighborhood residents as it showcases waste reduction, reuse, and diversion techniques in material, food, water, and energy cycles.