sustainability

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Cities around the country have been working to diversify their "energy mix" – the combination of natural resources and technologies used to fuel power grids.


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Local nonprofit SA2020 recently released its 2017 impact report, tracking the city's progress in various cause areas to improve conditions within San Antonio communities. 

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According to the United National Environment Program investment in green energy was nearly double that of hydrocarbon energy last year. 

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For years, San Antonio and its surrounding areas have been bordering on failure to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

A new report on local ozone levels weighs the potential economic costs if counties in the San Antonio area were to exceed these requirements, reaching what is called "nonattainment" status as decided by the Environment Protection Agency.

Sustainable, sustainable, sustainable.

Sustainable. Sustainable.

SUSTAINABLE!

Oh, excuse me. I was just counting the number of times the word "sustainable" (and its close cousin, sustainability) appear in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the U.N. will endorse this coming weekend.

I got 75. And I probably missed a few.

The SDGs, as they're called, aim to improve life on earth, especially in poor countries — no more extreme poverty, the eradication of "a wide range of diseases," education and equal rights for all, taking care of the planet.

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