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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Lead found in drinking water of 5 more Austin schools

New data obtained by Environment Texas from the Austin Independent School District (AISD) shows lead has been found in the drinking water of five more Austin schools. The new data follows the revelation last September of nine schools and facilities which tested positive for the toxic heavy metal. Environment Texas applauded the district's commitment to install filters or replace water fountains, but called for additional testing, greater transparency and full remediation.

News Release | Environment Texas

Whole Foods refuses to accept petitions over pollution by meat suppliers

AUSTIN, TX –Today thousands of Whole Foods shoppers joined with farmers and environmental leaders to deliver more than 90,000 petition signatures to the company’s headquarters in Austin. The petition urges Whole Foods to hold its corporate meat suppliers accountable for the widespread water contamination caused by their irresponsible farming and waste management practices. The attempted petition drop follows three letters sent to the company in the last several months - all of which have been ignored by the company.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Houston solar energy grew 19% in 2017

HOUSTON – The amount of power generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Houston continued to increase last year, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. The report, Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, found that Houston went from 8 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in 2016 to 9.5 MW in 2017, a 19% gain.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

San Antonio ranked 6th in nation for solar energy

SAN ANTONIO – Solar energy capacity in San Antonio grew an impressive 37% last year, earning the Alamo City a ranking of 6th highest in the United States, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. Standing in front of San Antonio Fire Station 1, Environment Texas joined with CPS Energy and local officials to celebrate the achievement. Fire Station 1 is a participant of CPS Energy’s Solar Host program.  It is one of four City of San Antonio facilities that participates in the program that provides a bill credit based on solar output.

News Release | Environment Texas

Austin solar energy grows 27% in 2017

AUSTIN – Solar energy capacity in Austin grew an impressive 27% last year, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. With 39.4 megawatts (MW) installed, Austin ranked 17th in the nation for total solar capacity within city limits, behind New Orleans but ahead of Riverside, California.   

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