2019 Legislative Agenda

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Our agenda for the 86th Texas legislative session. 

Environment Texas joins Texas Coalition for State Parks

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Environment Texas today joined the Texas Coalition for State Parks, a group of conservation organizations and former commissioners of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, whose sole purpose is to advocate in the coming legislative session for a constitutional dedication of the Sporting Goods Sales Tax to State Parks funding. 

(By Jennifer Walker and Sharlene Leurig) Austin's new 100-year water plan uses an innovative strategy called integrated water resource management (also known as One Water), which looks at all sources of water — including nontraditional sources like rainwater, storm water, and wastewater — as possible resources to meet community needs. Water Forward is also the first water supply plan in Texas to incorporate climate change into its future projections.

53,000 people ask Whataburger to hold the foam

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

On Nov. 19, Environment Texas joined with Care2.com and the Surfrider Foundation to deliver 53,000 petitions and a letter from conservation leaders to Whataburger's HQ in San Antonio and restaurants in Austin and Corpus Christi. The petitions and letter asked Whataburger to stop its use of polystyrene cups and containers. Polystyrene, commonly known as styrofoam, is one of the worst and most common types of plastic. 70 million plastic foam cups are estimated to be disposed by Americans every day. Most of the waste will spend hundreds and thousands of years sitting in landfills. About one third ends up in the environment, especially our rivers, lakes, and oceans.

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