SIXTY DAYS A YEAR ABOVE 100° – San Antonio

Climate change debates aside, the raw numbers show San Antonio is becoming much hotter, much more often. What does this mean to our city, and to a state where nearly 40 percent of the labor force is working outside? Most … Continue reading

Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy

The country’s energy mix is under scrutiny. A report commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry acknowledges that low natural gas prices—not renewables—are behind the recent closure of coal energy plants, and that the grid has managed to withstand the increasing … Continue reading

A victory for Texas trees — and for local control

When Gov. Abbott issued his call for a special legislative session this summer, he only included one environmental issue: eliminating local tree protection ordinances in over 110 Texas cities. This gave Texas environmentalists a unique opportunity to organize an all-hands-on-deck … Continue reading

The Cult of Perma – Food and Farm Discussion Lab

Editor’s Note: I stumbled across this piece by Graham some time in 2013, not long after it was published, and it set off more than one lightbulb moment for me. Up to that time I’d considered permaculture an intriguing subculture. … Continue reading

The First Sustainable Urban Agrihood Brings Healthy, Fresh, Affordable Food to Residents and the Community

Could fresh, healthy, affordable food be the future of urban neighborhood development? In Detroit, Michigan, “the first sustainable urban agrihood” in the U.S. centers around an edible garden, with easily accessible, affordable produce offered to neighborhood residents and the community. … Continue reading

H-E-B donates $1M to help construct Confluence Park

The San Antonio River Foundation (SARF) received a generous $1 million gift from H-E-B to help construct Confluence Park. The donation will be received over the course of five years. "This generous gift from H-E-B caps a momentous year and … Continue reading

Agency wants to make SA no-kill honey bee city

The American Honey Bee Protection Agency has a goal to make San Antonio a no-kill honey bee city. In a response to its plea, District 2 Councilman Alan Warrick reached out to the agency for its services. More News Headlines … Continue reading

Agency wants to make SA no-kill honey bee city

The American Honey Bee Protection Agency has a goal to make San Antonio a no-kill honey bee city.In a response to its plea, District 2 Councilman Alan Warrick reached out to the agency for its services.More News Headlines Bees may … Continue reading

Working with nature rather than against it – Biomimicry Video – SustainableSA.com

Click here to learn more about biomimicry? Biomimicry's 12 surprising lessons from nature's engineers Janine Benyus Source: Biomimicry Video – SustainableSA.com … Continue reading

Straight outta Lubbock: Scientist and TV station aim at ‘myths’ with new videos

When the Canadian atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe moved to Lubbock 11 years ago to take a faculty position at Texas Tech University, she was well known and regarded in the field of climate-change research, but not too far beyond it. … Continue reading

Janine Benyus: What Can Today’s Designers Learn From Nature?

Science writer Janine Benyus believes innovators should look to nature when solving a design problem. She says the natural world is full of ideas for making things waterproof, solar-powered and more. Source: Janine Benyus: What Can Today's Designers Learn From … Continue reading

The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers are Starting an Economic Revolution — invironment — Medium

I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my … Continue reading

From Oregon to Johannesburg, micro-hydropower offers a solution for drought hit cities | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

How quickly will SAWS and CPS use micro-hydropower to be more profitable and increase their value to San Antonio residents? To see how closely water and energy are linked, you only have to look at the west coast of the … Continue reading

▶ The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans – YouTube

In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve. The foes bees face are truly … Continue reading

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which … Continue reading

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities | World news | The Guardian

French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste.The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass … Continue reading

Meet The Startup That Wants To Make Vertical Farming Mainstream | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Newark, New Jersey is about to get a giant vertical farm that produces millions of pounds of greens for local customers. A vacant steel factory in Newark is turning into the world's largest-producing vertical farm. After it begins running later … Continue reading

What if companies and their buildings actually enhanced ecosystems? | GreenBiz

What if building codes actually required new projects to enhance a certain number of ecosystem services — such as sequestering carbon, building topsoil, enhancing pollination, increasing biodiversity or purifying water and air? Is it possible that a city could be … Continue reading

Habitats for humanity: Why our cities need to be ecosystems, too | Grist

The whole better-greener-more-awesome-cities movement has a problem: We haven’t found a good name for it. Sustainable cities! The term brings to mind such mundanity as energy audits and transit routes. Resilient cities! The notion requires us to consider, first, what … Continue reading

Incredible new system can generate electricity from living plants | Minds

According to an article on Inhabitat.com, Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy – all that’s needed is a light source, carbon dioxide, water, and, of course, a field or … Continue reading