City of Houston Embracing Sustainability

The City of Houston's sustainability efforts have been all over the news in the last few months. Though it has a reputation as an ugly, polluted, oil and gas-focused city, Houston is transforming into one of the greenest cities in the nation. If you don't believe me, just keep reading.

  1. Houston leads the green power revolution!

  2. Just in case you want to verify it for yourself, check out Houston's place on the EPA's official list:
  3. To be exact, Houston is using 951,799,375 kWh of green power. That’s equivalent to the amount of kilowatt-hours needed to supply more than 87,000 homes!
  4. Mayor Annise Parker signed a deal with Hecate Energy, who will install a 30 MW solar project, to be sold to the City through its current retail electric provider, Reliant Energy Retail Services LLC.

  5. So what else is Houston doing to go green?

  6. Former Director of Sustainability, Laura Spanjian, is depicted in this illustration, as are many of the projects and challenges that lie ahead for Houston. Among these are expanding Houston's Bike Share program (B-Cycle), improving access to fresh and local food, increasing the amount of recycling and renewable energy, and more.
  7. 2016 marks Houston's 30th year as a Tree City USA. That means that the City has a board or department dedicated to tree management, has a community tree ordinance, spends $2 or more per capita on urban forestry, and of course, celebrates Arbor Day. Happy Belated Arbor Day!
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  9. Check out how Mayor Sylvestor Turner contributed to the effort:

  10. In case I haven't convinced you yet, here are two final stories to demonstrate that Houston is on a path toward a sustainable future.

  11. “Sustainable cities provide a healthy environment, support a strong economy, and continually improve the well-being of the community,” said Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director of STAR Communities. “The data and information that Houston gathered through the process should help them continue to make improvements that benefit the whole community.”
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