A Call For An Equitable Climate Action Plan in San Antonio | Sierra Club

Last week, I walked into the San Antonio City Council Chambers to present the Council members with nearly 700 petition signatures urging them to press forward with their pledged commitment to develop a Climate Action Plan for the city. While … Continue reading

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 two-decade lobbying crusade by tax-exempt conservative charities fueled Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Accord

It's time to discredit the false choice between environmental protection and economic growth, that climate change is simply an ideological choice and giving government more authority to address it would stimulate a “regulatory onslaught,” damaging the U.S. economy and subvert … 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

Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid

The program offers just one example of the continuing efforts at the local level to rethink a largely carbon-based power system. The initiatives are driven by financial advantages as well as environmental ones. Green Mountain’s chief executive, Mary Powell, sees … Continue reading

CPS Energy Grants UTSA $500,000 for Local Climate Research

A $500,000 grant from CPS Energy will allow researchers at University of Texas in San Antonio to dive into San Antonio’s climate inventory and, for the first time, develop the framework for a local climate action plan to improve air quality and reduce … Continue reading

San Antonio’s Potential Use of Cement Manufacturing Biomimicry Tech

With four major cement manufacturers in the area, is San Antonio ripe for using and developing carbon capture biomimicry tech to ward-off more than $1 billion in EPA non-attainment air quality and health costs? At least until these cement-making bacteria can … Continue reading

Draining the Swamp? Key EPA Appointee Was an Energy Lobbyist This Year, Senators Say

Even without conflicts of interest, is this Appointee really what we need in an already prone group of group thinkers? Two senators are challenging a Trump EPA appointee, saying her lobbying record appears to prevent her, under Trump’s own ethics … Continue reading

San Antonio Outshines Other Texas Cities In Solar Energy Capacity

San Antonio is the state's leader in solar energy capacity, according to a recent report assessing local "smart" policies across America. Within the last decade, growth in the solar energy industry has brought numerous businesses and new initiatives to San … 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

eLab Accelerator Projects Sustain Hope for Clean Energy Innovation

Starting yesterday, the 2017 eLab Accelerator teams has convened at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah to accelerate their initiatives with the support of nationally renowned expert faculty and eLab’s specially trained facilitators. At Accelerator and beyond, projects from across … 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

Led by Congressman Lamar Smith, GOP coalition seeks to slow down push to new energy technology – San Antonio Express-News

WASHINGTON — Over the past decade, the U.S. government has spent tens of billions of dollars to speed onto the market the energy technology that many believe is the future — from solar panels to industrial-size batteries to modernized nuclear … Continue reading

What is the Social Responsibility of Business?

What is the Social Responsibility of Business?Ever since Milton Friedman famously proclaimed “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits” (NYTimes 1970), pundits have pondered whether his purist interpretation was really the only way.Profit is certainly a lot … Continue reading

Solar Embrace

More than a year ago, RMI announced it would focus on community-scale solar. Now, as we enable power purchase agreements (PPAs) at prices 40 percent below median bids, we are seeing increasing interest in community-scale solar, and we are expanding … Continue reading

3 Trump Targets: Here’s What’s at Stake

President Trump signed another executive order on Friday aimed at eliminating regulations. The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration may announce a number of executive orders in the coming days. The rumored targets—the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule and the federal coal … 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