Defining Green: Texas!

Hey all! On today’s trip, we will be heading further south to the Lone Star State, Texas! Even though Texas isn’t well known for its “greenness,” it still has many qualities that are illustrious in the eyes of sustainability advocates! For example, the countless solar panels that Texas has, specifically in San Antonio, contribute to the state’s vast supply of renewable energy. If you are ever in Texas, go check out Big Bend National Park! It is a great place to flourish yourself into nature as well as take enjoyable hikes!

Statistics: (Derived from CNN)

  • Mass Transit: 44imgres
  • Renewables: 7
  • Recycling: 39
  • Water Quality: 15
  • Air Quality: 51
  • Gas Consumption: 36
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 51
  • Overall: 51

Definitions via CNN:

Mass Transit: “Residents per method of mass transit”

Renewable Energy: “Renewable Energy in billions of BTUs”

Recycling: “Percentage of waste recycled”

Water Quality: “Percentage of surface waters with impaired or threatened uses”

Air Quality: “Pounds of carcinogens released to air”

Gasoline Consumption: “Per capita gasoline use in gallons” (Note: Lower number means less gasoline used, higher number means more gas consumed)

Carbon Dioxide Emissions: “Annual Carbon Dioxide Emissions in metric tons” (Note: Lower number means less carbon dioxide emissions, higher number means more carbon dioxide emissions)

Exploring Texas would take a while, but definitely venture around if you’re there! Maybe even try to implement some sustainable ideas of your own!

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References:

http://www.environmenttexas.org/home

http://www.hipstercrite.com/

How green is your state?

http://novationlandscapes.com/

http://www.texastribune.org/2010/03/18/former-justices-come-out-against-rick-green/

Stay Environmentally Friendly,

~Jacob

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