Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter announced its annual environmental award recipients at a special banquet in Addison, Texas, on Saturday. The awards recognize and reward efforts of volunteers, organizations, staff, and others that reflect Sierra Club’s mission. This year’s banquet honored awardees from both 2013 and 2014.
[Original Post: Jeff St. John, Greentech Media, June 5, 2015]
Texas, despite being one of the country’s largest and sunniest energy markets, has not seen a lot of growth of distributed solar power. Beyond low energy prices, one big reason is that the Texas deregulated energy market, which covers about three-fourths of the state, doesn’t allow for net metering rules like those in place in California, Hawaii and 41 other states, which dramatically improve the economics for owners and aggregators of rooftop PV.
Today, the EPA released a study that confirms that fracking poses a risk to drinking water sources. Fracking is inherently dirty and dangerous. In a review of its records, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found that 234 private drinking water wells had been contaminated by drilling and fracking. In Colorado, more than 340 leaks or spills that contaminated groundwater have been reported. In New Mexico, state records document 743 such instances. These examples offer just a glimpse of the dangers posed by dirty fracking.
Houston Chronicle Editorial Cartoonist Nick Anderson won the Art in Service to the Environment Award for 2014 at the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter Environmental Awards this past Saturday. Wait a minute. A cartoonist won an environmental award? You bet!
In 2016, the U.S. Forest Service (FS) will begin a four-year process to revise the existing National Forests and Grasslands in Texas (NFGT) forest plan. Usually, forest plans are revised every 10-15 years. However, our existing forest plan is already 19 years old! To say we are overdue for a change, is an vast understatement. Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Angelina, and Sabine National Forests and LBJ and Caddo Grasslands all deserve a revised plan with better and more protective environmental measures.
Join Sierra Club members, staff, volunteers, and supporters for a terrific night of celebration at the Blue Mesa Grill in Addison to honor 2014 Chapter Award winners! Each year, we take a moment to look back at the previous year and recognize the great work of our volunteers, staff, and other individuals with special awards to show our appreciation. Learn more about the awards here! (Awardees will have their admission for the banquet comped as they are guests at this event.)
If you are a professional looking to learn more about zero waste business practices, you may be happy to hear that the U.S. Zero Waste Council is partnering with Austin Resource Recovery to hold a three-day workshop series right here in our capital city. The theme for the three days will be “Creating Value through Zero Waste”.