Foods that are purchased locally have fewer "petroleum miles" than foods shipped across the country. Support your local farmers by purchasing foods from farmers’ markets and co-ops in your area. Visit Local Harvest or USDA to find one near you.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors announced that the City of Houstonâ€™s Mayor Annise Parker has received the 2011 U.S. Conference of Mayorsâ€™ Climate Protection Award. Mayor Parker is being recognized for her work in implementing the Houston Green Office Challenge. The voluntary campaign encourages commercial building managers and tenants to reduce energy consumption, water usage and waste production by 10 to 50 percent.
LOS ANGELES — Bees play an important role in agriculture, pollinating crops and providing us with the natural sweetener, honey. Environmental stresses are taking their tolls on the insects, however, and this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement has gone to researcher May Berenbaum, who is studying solutions to the bee crisis.
The Nature Conservancy today announced it has donated its 177-acre Gypsum Dunes Preserve in the famed Texas panhandle to the National Park Service. The preserve, which is part of the second largest dune field in the continental United States and possibly in all of North America, will be incorporated into the Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
A resident of Texas has won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Award for his work confronting refineries on pollution in the town of Port Arthur. The city has a population of 60,000 and one of the highest levels of air pollution in the United States. Hilton Kelley has spent a decade fighting to lower Port Arthur’s air pollution through protests and legal action against major oil and chemical companies.
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Because of increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources. The upcoming IEEE Green Technologies Conference in Baton Rouge aims to look at solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro and biomass technologies, among others, as well [...]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award to Port Arthur Steam Energy for using innovative techniques to generate power and thermal energy. These techniques have led to energy savings, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and decreased air pollution, which can reduce the impacts on the publicâ€™s health.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Development has created more opportunities for Houston, but it also costs land that wildlife used to call home. But, in southwest Houston, near South Post Oak, it’s coming back. As it turns out, all it needed was a little space courtesy of a flood control project. >> Read the full story
Earth Day Houston
Discovery Green 1500 McKinney Houston, TX 77010
April 11, 2009 , 9:00am to 6:00pm
Festival focuses on sustainable living with activities for the whole family. Featuring an Earth Zone, highlighting land, air, water, renewable energy; and an Environmental Education zone with recycled art activities and a display of six-foot Cool Globes.
Cynthia Brum 713-528-3779 www.mothersforcleanair.org www.earthdayhouston.org
HOUSTON — A popular Houston restaurant is making a comeback and going green at the same time. Ruggles is back with a new green idea that’s setting an example for other businesses.
Becoming a green certified restaurant goes way beyond selling a few organic entrees, and it’s not just for health nuts. From buying local produce to using biodegradable containers, some owners have found that in the high pressure, trendy world of restaurants, green could sustain them.
There’s a big push for Texans to go green. Area lawmakers want more people to do things to save energy, including installing solar panels on their homes. The problem is that a lot of homeowners associations don’t allow it.
Turning a home built in 1929 into a marvel of the 21st century is no easy task.
“I’m proud of the fact that I have collectors,” said U of H architecture professor Charles Tapley, who is adding solar panels to his Montrose area house.