Environment

As part of Texas Public Radio's on-going focus on the environment, we are proud to bring the public and our members special events, stories and initiatives to help improve and draw attention to the city's health and environment.

While climate change hasn’t been a major issue in this year’s presidential election, one could say it's on the ballot in the Texas 21st Congressional District race. 

There’s a trend in San Antonio that seems to be on the rise and it isn’t good for people or the environment.

Austin, Texas, is looking to cut back on energy use during the hottest times of year by requiring smart thermostats in new homes. Austin Energy, the city’s public utility company, is also offering rebates to customers who allow the company to access their thermostats and adjust them to save energy during peak use times.

Deborah Kimberly, vice president of customer energy solutions at Austin Energy, talks about the benefits of smart thermostats with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

Kyle Craig Photography

A full house at the Pearl Stable was on hand to reflect on the legacy of the Edwards Aquifer Authority on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, and look to the future, at the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum’s seventh annual Water Forum and luncheon.

Flickr: Shannon https://flic.kr/p/duo8ut / CC

They may be small, but micro flora and fauna play a significant role in the ecosystem of Texas waterways. At the Texas Water Symposium on Thursday, September 1 in Kerrville, a panel of educators, researchers and ecologists shared their insights on the impact of human development on these small creatures, and explained their role in keeping our rivers and streams healthy.

In the audio, you’ll learn in detail:

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