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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

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Testimony to EPA on Clean Air Standards for Oil and Gas Drilling | Luke Metzger

On Thursday, September 29, Environment Texas' Luke Metzger testified at an EPA hearing in Arlington about proposed new clean air standards for oil and gas drilling operations. Here is his testimony:

Good morning, my name is Luke Metzger and I am the Director of Environment Texas, a statewide, citizen-funded advocate for clean air, clean water and open spaces.

Today’s hearing is especially timely. The DFW is suffering from another orange ozone health warning, where electronic billboards on the highways advise us to limit our outdoor activities.

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Wildfires at Bastrop State Park | Luke Metzger

An update on the status of Bastrop State Park from Park Superintendent Todd McClanahan:

I have finally had a moment to sit down and gather my thoughts and provide a brief assessment of what has occurred over the past 9 days.  First let me send out my sincerest condolences to those who have lost their homes during this tragic event.  This certainly has been one of the worst disasters in Texas’s history and is by far the worst wildfire event.  Nine state park employees (several more TPWD employees) have been affected by this fire with 7 who lost everything along with so many others in Bastrop.

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Back to School Tips for Protecting Your Child's Health | Luke Metzger

With my five year old son Gus starting Kindergarten this week, I went through a mental checklist to make sure he has everything he needs (school supplies - check. lunchbox filled with healthy food - check. afterschool program confirmed to pick him up - check. his hair combed in the morning - oops, well, maybe tomorrow). With the critical stuff out of the way, I started to think about other things he needs to learn in a safe, healthy environment. Here are a few tips I came up with.

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Austin to Ban Plastic Bags | Luke Metzger

Today in Austin, Mayor Leffingwell along with City Council members Martinez and Riley proposed a ban on plastic bags at major grocery stores and retailers in the city. Every year in Austin, more than 263 million plastic bags are used, costing the city $850,000 a year for clean-up and disposal.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas Releases 2011 Legislative Scorecard

Twenty-six representatives and two senators voted to protect the environment 100% of the time in the 82nd Legislature, according to Environment Texas’ biennial legislative scorecard. Meanwhile, three Representatives and one Senator failed to cast a single pro-environment vote. The scorecard tracks votes on a range of votes affecting the state’s air, water, natural areas, and quality of life.

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