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.
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.
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.
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.