Testimony on pollinators and pesticides

By | Luke Metzger
Director

Today I testified before the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee about pollinator protection. Here's my testimony: Hello, my name is Luke Metzger and I am the Director of Environment Texas, a non-profit advocate for clean air, clean water and open spaces. I’m here to talk about the important role that pollinators play in our ecosystems, our food supply and our economy and to talk about the risks facing them. 

Next Thursday, August 25, marks the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service. As we celebrate, we need to make sure our parks are even more vibrant and protected 100 years from now. What author Wallace Stegner called “America’s best idea,” was simple, but unprecedented anywhere in the world: treasured landscapes should be preserved and protected from private interests for all the public to enjoy, in the form of national parks.

Last month, the Austin City Council tentatively approved a $720 million mobility bond to invest in Austin’s transportation infrastructure. The bond includes $500 million for corridor improvement projects and $120 million for road, sidewalk, bike and transit infrastructure. Bike Austin has called the $20 million reserved for protected bike lanes and $55 million for sidewalks the biggest investment in bike and pedestrian projects in Austin’s history.

Community Solar Burns Bright in Texas Sun

By | Luke Metzger
Director

Though solar power is really beginning to take off in Texas, it can still be challenging for some residential homeowners and renters to obtain.  Some locations are not permitted to install solar panels, renters rarely have any say in the matter, many families and individuals cannot afford the up-front costs of going solar, and other sites are just not fit to harvest energy (e.g. there is a lot of tree shade on the property).  Community solar power is growing just in time to save the day.  In areas all across Texas, solar companies are investing in off-site locations to build solar farms for residents restricted from solar energy. 

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