Environmental (environment)

LEED in college sports: One-of-a-kind stories of history, resiliency & adaptive reuse

Fri, Mar 20, 2015 - 11:03am

With over 240,000 buildings spread across 4,100 higher education institutions, colleges and universities have an enormous opportunity to integrate green building as a key component in sustainability planning. The benefits these buildings offer are vast—green building at the collegiate level impacts student health, school operational costs and the environment. In addition, high-performing green schools produce high-performing, eco-conscious students who are capable of driving global market transformation.

Colleges and universities across the world are turning towards LEED certification as a framework for their sustainable...

Nasi: EPA plan will lead to fewer jobs and higher electricity rates

Thu, Feb 26, 2015 - 9:56am

Texas' balanced energy portfolio is what drives our state's economic growth and provides job security to millions of Texans.

Texas energy jobs aren't just in oil fields, mines, and power plants. The affordable electricity rates provided by our diverse energy supply ensure that other employers, such as those in our vast manufacturing and technology industries, maintain and grow their operations in Texas. Our diverse energy mix also keeps residential electricity bills low, ensuring that more money stays in the pockets of hardworking Texans.

This growth and prosperity is being put at risk by the Environmental...

Outdoor adventures class popular

Mon, Feb 16, 2015 - 12:12pm

Camping, hunting and fishing are popular leisure time activities in Northeast Texas. 

Mount Pleasant Junior High School has tapped in to that interest with a new seventh and eighth grade elective called outdoor adventures.

The class is designed to teach skills needed to safely undertake outdoor activities. It also teaches the importance of wildlife conservation.

The course uses curriculum provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, according to Van Bowen, who teaches the course. “Students had to apply for the course and the response has been great,”...

Proposal could impact region

Thu, Feb 12, 2015 - 11:24am

Federal regulators have proposed a new classification for North Texas air quality, a move that hints at trouble in meeting a stricter deadline in 2017 and could ultimately trigger new requirements for businesses.

Under a court-ordered deadline Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency again proposed to reclassify the North Texas region for failing to meet the 1997 ozone standard. Under the old 1997 standard, the region had been classified as “serious,” but the final proposed classification puts North Texas’ air quality problem as “severe.”

In other words, instead of being six to nine years away from reducing...

Winter offers outdoor opportunities LLELA

Tue, Feb 10, 2015 - 10:41am

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the city of Lewisville and Lewisville ISD. Throughout winter it will host a variety of events and activities.

  • Stars on the Prairie will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Join LLELA for an evening as officials visit a dark spot in LLELA’s prairie restoration area to explore the wonders of the night sky. Ages 5 and up. The fee is $10 per person. Registration is required at 972-219-...