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Two Opportunities to Testify for Clean Air

In the coming days, Texans have two important opportunities to testify in support of clean air and the environment. First, the State Department is holding public hearings in Port Arthur and Austin on the Tar Sands Pipeline. This proposed pipeline would run from near Hardisty, Alberta,to existing Texas terminals near Port Arthur and Houston.  The pipeline would have a capacity of 900,000 barrels a day.  Environmental organizations have sounded the alarm on the Tar Sands project as the extraction and processing of tar sands generates between 5 to 10 times more carbon dioxide emissions than conventional oil, and its production requires the destruction of pristine forest and wildlife habitat. Second, the Environmental Protection agency is holding a public hearing in Arlington on proposed new standards for the drilling, processing, and transmission of oil and natural gas.  The standards seek to limit air emissions of benzene and other toxic chemicals as well as volatile organic compounds(VOCs) – smog-forming pollutants which affect public health. We hope you’ll join TLCV at both of these important hearings:

Tar Sands Public Hearings
Port Arthur, Texas – 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sept. 26, 2011 – Bob Bower Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Dr.
Austin, Texas – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sept. 28, 2011 – LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River St., The University of Texas at Austin
For more information on the Tar Sands project please visit:

Oil & Gas Air Pollution Standards Hearing
Arlington, Texas – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sept. 29, 2011 – Municipal Building in the City Council Chambers located a t 101 W.
Abram Street
For more information on the Oil & Gas Air Pollution Standards please visit:

Pecan Street Project to Receive $350,000 from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
October, 25, 2010 – AUSTIN

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) today announced the results of a competition to fund replicable approaches for increasing the number and depth of energy efficiency retrofits in existing buildings in the U.S. Nine projects selected to receive… READ MORE .

The Ecology Action of Texas makes it easy to go green
October, 23, 2010 – AUSTIN
The downtown recycling center will take most recyclable items. The center is available for use 24-hours a day, seven days a week… WATCH VIDEO .

CPS struggling to fill board vacancy – San Antonio
Web Posted: 10/18/2010 12:00 AM CDT
When Stephen S. Hennigan steps down from the CPS Energy board of trustees, he will… READ MORE .

In Big Oil Texas, Democrat looks to sun and wind
Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:01am EDT

As a former oil entrepreneur, Bill White is by no means a foe of Big Oil, the engine at the heart of the Texas economy.  But if the Democrat wins the state governor’s race next month, he will… READ MORE.

DART Rail Saves Energy and Protects the Environment
Environment Texas released On the Right Track: The DART Rail System, a new report that examining the oil savings benefits of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART) rail system. The analysis finds that the DART rail saves area travelers about 8.8 million gallons of… READ MORE.

Corn Board Manufacturing to begin in Texas
The University of Illinois has licensed its patented process to Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. (based in McKinney, TX).  The first production facility will be located in the Texas Panhandle and will create a wood… READ MORE.

The Texas Drought Project
The closer it comes, the worse it looks. The best outcome anyone now expects from December’s climate summit in Mexico is that some delegates might… READ MORE.

Solar Now Cheaper Than Nuclear
A new Duke University study shows solar energy has crossed over nuclear energy as the cheaper energy source. Even more telling is that solar continues to drop in price while nuclear continues to rise. That, and nuclear has this byproduct that solar does not…READ MORE.

Texas Announced as Launch Market for Chevy Volt
The head honchos at Chevrolet were in Austin to announce that Austin would be among the initial launch markets in for the highly anticipated 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car. That market will then expand to the state of Texas early in the 2011 calendar year. The Volt then took off on a 1776-mile road trip…READ MORE.

Clean Energy Venture Summit Calling Entrepreneurs
CEVS is inviting entrepreneurs from across the country to present their businesses for funding. The summit (to be held September 29-30 in Austin, TX) is among the most prolific resources of its kind, generating millions of dollars in start-up revenue…READ MORE.

Four Texas Companies Win USDA Grants Totaling $662,500
Microbial Earth (Austin, TX), J. Berry Nursery (Grand Saline, TX), Green Gate Farms (Austin, TX), and Minze Agriculture Partnership (Katy, TX), were awarded…READ MORE.

Poll Shows U.S. Support for Climate Action is Growing
A new survey released by Yale and George Mason universities shows public belief in global warming and that something needs to be done is on the rise. Included in the results, public belief that the government should make developing sources of clean energy a high priority increased 11 points, to 71%…READ MORE.

Breaking Ground on new Wind Turbine Nacelle Plant in Amarillo
A new assembly facility is under construction in Amarillo that will build the nacelles—the generator, gearbox, and control systems—for wind turbines. The 115,00 square foot Alstom plant will…

Google Taps Into Wind
Google has invested $38.8 million into two wind farms in North Dakota. Yep, North Dakota. While it’s not Texas, since Texas creates more wind energy than any other state, this can still be seen as a big plus locally…

CMPBS presents Planning in Complex Contexts, Serious Commotion in Brazilian Watersheds
When:  Sat, November 6, 1pm – 3pm
Where:  Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, 8604 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724
As part of CMPBS’s lecture series 10 in 10, Carlos Eduardo Curi Gallego and Rodolpho Ramina of Curitiba, Brazil, will share their compelling work on complex water/hydrology planning projects that link environmental issues, economic development and… READ MORE .

Green Vote Election Party
Date:  Wednesday, October 13, from 7-9
Location:  Frank (Downtown Austin at 4th and Colorado)

Join the Texas League of Conservation Voters and speaker, State Representative Mark Strama for snacks, drinks and a good time as we gear up for the 2010 Election…(Suggested $10 donation)… READ MORE.

Energy Efficiency Expo
October 18-20 / Grapevine, TX

This tradeshow will showcase products and services to help organizations reduce their energy consumption and become more energy efficient. The exhibit (free with pre-registration) will be co-located with fiver other industry events all sharing a combined venue… READ MORE.

Texas Renewables 2010 Conference
November 7 – 10, 2010  /  Marriott Rivercenter – San Antonio, Texas

Annual TREIA conference with 70 exhibitions and over 500 attendees anticipated this year… READ MORE.

Rainwater Revival – Dripping Springs
Date:  Saturday, October 9;  10am – 5pm

Location:  Roger Hanks Park – 1 mile west of 290 & RR12

A festive outdoor event featuring live music, expert presentations on rainwater harvesting, kids’ crafts, shopping, rain barrel art auction, food, and more…Admission is free…READ MORE

Solar Tour – San Antonio
Date:   Saturday, October 2nd 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Solar San Antonio is bringing together over 25 homes and businesses to help educate people about the benefits of solar energy. Meet local solar installers, get answers to your questions… READ MORE.

USGBC CT-B Third Annual Green School Symposium
Date:       Friday, October 1, 2010
Time:       8:30am – 5:00pm
Location:  AMD Austin Lone Star Campus, 7171 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX 78735

The USGBC Central Texas – Balcones Chapter, in partnership with AIA Austin’s Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), are proud to present the Third Annual Green School Symposium… READ MORE.

Clean Energy Venture Summit
September 29-30 / Austin, TX

The fourth annual Clean Energy Venture Summit is inviting entrepreneurs from across the country to present their businesses for funding. The summit is among the most prolific resources of its kind, generating millions of dollars in start-up revenue… READ MORE.

Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair
Sept. 24-26 / Fredericksburg, TX

Being an exhibitor at the 11th annual Green Living Fair puts you face-to-face with consumers of environmentally friendly products and services. …READ MORE.

Biomass in Texas: Can Feedstock From Our Forests and Fields Illuminate Our Future?
August 26 / College Station, TX

This biomass conference hosted by the Rural Alliance for Renewable Energy (RARE) will dive deeply into Texas’ opportunities for biomass electric power. The discussion will cover what resources Texas has and what infrastructure Texas needs…READ MORE.

Biodiesel and Algae Biofuel Feasibility Analysis
August 25 / Webinar / $35

This informative online webinar will provide in-depth analysis that will help you determine if biodiesel is a feasible fuel for your vehicles. The budding industries raise the interest of many businesses that operate large fleets. This presentation will cover…READ MORE.

GovEnergy 2010
August 15-18 / Dallas, TX

Join federal employees and energy industry professionals on the frontier of federal energy management! GovEnergy continues to foster education and encourage the best application of practices, products, and services as they relate to energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, and. …READ MORE.

International Symposium on Renewable Feedstock for Biofuel and Bio-based Products
August 11-13 / Austin, TX

The Symposium is the third in a series to bring together researchers, producers, end users, business developers, investors, and policy makers from around the world to explore the values of non-food fiber crops in contributing a better environment and the bioeconomy…READ MORE.

Clean Energy Patents Up 20% in 2009 (3/12/10)

Record-setting Wind Energy Production in Texas (3/5/10)

Austin Seeking Chief Sustainability Officer (3/3/10)

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