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Green Spaces Hires New Executive Director

Julia Murphy has joined Green Spaces Alliance as the next Executive Director. As the creator of the San Antonio Bikes program at the City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability, Julia has managed a number of important initiatives as the city is changing its image from a fat city to a fit city and a stronger environmental conscience. Major award-winning projects have included spearheading the implementation of Texas’ first modern bike share system, serving as lead on the regional San Antonio Bike + Implementation Strategy comprehensive bicycle master plan, and managing the multi-year, multi-channel “Get Cyched” bicycle safety and awareness media campaign. As a result, San Antonio has been named a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

The position is a good fit for Julia who is trained as an urban planner and has a long history of involvement with parks, green space, and resource conservation in the San Antonio area. Julia founded the Hardberger Park Conservancy and serves on the boards of the San Antonio Parks Foundation and Texas Trails Network. She is a former member of the Linear Creekway Parks Advisory Board which has helped oversee the implementation of the Howard W. Peak Greenway System of hike and bike trails.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work on sustainability issues about which I care very deeply,” Julia said. “The staff and the Board of Directors are passionate about these initiatives, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the organization.” Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas has three core missions: to conserve land; to foster community gardens throughout San Antonio, with focus in low-income communities; and to educate the public about the importance of our environment.

Contribute to the Community Gardens 2014 Matching Gift Campaign

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Susan Hughes Retires as Executive Director
Green Spaces Alliance thanks Susan for being its Executive Director for the past four years. During that time GSA has helped protect our water supply through the City’s Aquifer Protection Program, expanded the Community Gardens Program, acquired two fee properties, continued its Picture Your World program for area youth, and extended collaborative efforts with other organizations in San Antonio and beyond. Susan’s conservation credentials are deep and broad. Learn more…

Her favorite quotation is from Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

She believes GSA’s mission is directed toward teaching, understanding, love for the earth, and developing individual commitment to its conservation. If you wish to show your appreciation for Susan’s dedication to our community, please help GSA meet the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation’s Community Gardens Matching Grant. $20,000 remains to be matched by August 2014, in order to receive the full $50,000 award. So, every dollar you donate to the Community Gardens program is instantly doubled! Be sure to designate your gift for this program.

June Kachtik, Board President

The Picture Your World Calendar

Purchase your Picture Your World Calendar, featuring nature images by local youth photographers. All proceeds benefit CPS Energy’s REAP Program and the Picture Your World Program.

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