The Texas Tribune, in partnership with Texas State University, is presenting a daylong symposium on water. The symposium will take place March 10th, from 8a.m. till 2:45p.m. at Texas State University. Topics of discussion will include life after Proposition 6, the battle over groundwater, strategies for conservation and the poor quality of water along the Texas-Mexico border. One of the featured panelists will be Ken Kramer, former director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. The symposium is free and open to the public.
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Last November, Denton residents voted in a ballot initiative to ban fracking within city limits after years of being ignored by the oil and gas industry, and the state. Legislators are now trying to take away communities’ right to govern themselves. This would restrict the rights of local governments across Texas in a variety of ways, not just limited to fracking.
The Lone Star Chapter's own Jennifer Walker, Water Resources Coordinator, will be a part of the 2015 Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium, March 4, 2015 in Houston.
The recommendations set a path forward to increase energy efficiency in Texas and were developed by a diverse group of 23 individuals, including former regulators and elected officials, and representatives of electric companies, non-profits, manufacturers, academic institutions, among others. The Texas Energy Report featured the recommendations in an article published this week.
[Original Post: Jason Hill, Austin Water, Feb. 5, 2015]
The enduring drought in Central Texas serves as a reminder of the importance of successful water conservation programs to area communities. The drought also serves as an ideal backdrop for the focus of the 5th Annual Central Texas Water Efficiency Network Symposium: Dive Deep into Water Conservation. The one-day event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Seton Administrative Office-St. Vincent de Paul Auditorium 1345 Philomena Street, Austin, Texas.
Co-founders of the BlueGreen Alliance, United Steelworkers, went on strike in nine locations across the United States, citing dangerous working conditions and chronic understaffing. Five of them are in Texas.
An innovative and thought provoking play that shows the effects of climate change on distinct environments around the globe. Before your eyes, puppeteers transform miniature landscapes to demonstrate the effects of drought, flood and melting ice caps on the earth’s human and animal inhabitants. The tiny characters are driven to find solutions to these challenges — as population centers shift, they must rebuild, rethink and re-imagine cultural mindsets about how we live on Earth. The production is created by Caroline Reck for Glass Half Full Theatre and presented by ZACH.
[The following is attributable to Texas Forward] Today the new Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar issued a revenue estimate of $113 billion in general revenue for the 2016-2017 biennium. Lawmakers will have enough available General Revenue to fund a "current services" budget that takes into account cost growth and make overdue increases in education and other areas, but only by placing the needs of Texans first in the coming budget and tax debate. The Steering Committee of the Texas Forward coalition issued the following statement.
[Press Release from Sierra Club Lower Rio Grande Valley Group]
Brownsville, Texas – The Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club issued a report today laying out the environmental impacts of the five proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminals planned for the Port of Brownsville. While many local elected officials are touting the economic benefits of the projects, the environmental group notes that the proposed facilities will bring industrial pollution, the risk of disaster, and habitat destruction to the Rio Grande Valley.