News and Essays

Sustainable Agriculture – A Critical Assessment

by Whitney Reid With the human population rising, and available land on Earth dwindling, there has been a growing need in recent decades to utilize more efficient agricultural technologies to meet the growing demand for food and resources. This has led to a surge in the concept of sustainable agricultural, practices which satisfy the agricultural … Continue reading Sustainable Agriculture – A Critical Assessment

More Texas Cities Seeing Solar As Smart Investment

By Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club Republished from the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter's Blog If you’ve heard about the rise of solar power in Texas, chances are you’ve heard about it in the context of big cities like Austin and San Antonio announcing big projects. These two … Continue reading More Texas Cities Seeing Solar As Smart Investment

Gender Equality Is Necessary For Environmental Action

by Katie Aplis, Communications Intern for the Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter and CEC Education and Outreach Team Leader Originally published on the Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter's blog “Neither the land nor women are territories of conquest." Photo Credit: Andrea Barboza.  As we approach the end of Women’s History Month, I wanted to … Continue reading Gender Equality Is Necessary For Environmental Action

How to Grow Your Own Food with No Space and No Money

By Katherine Strain, student director of UT Green Corps It’s tough to grow food without a yard. However, a resourceful mind is the key to growing food sustainably without busting your wallet. It’s likely you already have the items in your own home to build your own urban food garden! This post overviews sustainable and … Continue reading How to Grow Your Own Food with No Space and No Money

Ignorance is Not Bliss: The Disastrous Consequences of Dwindling US Support for Climate Agreements

by Christian Soenen The Trump administration has taken up an ardent opposition to any regulation of the energy industry in its current form – that is, the unrelenting reliance on fossil fuel extraction and consumption. Such allegiance to resources that are quickly becoming more exhausted requires an unyielding denial of the effect of underregulated industry: … Continue reading Ignorance is Not Bliss: The Disastrous Consequences of Dwindling US Support for Climate Agreements

The Hidden Cost of Customer Service

by Caroline Garnett For many teenagers just entering the work force, including myself, a restaurant job is both a rite of passage and an eye-opening experience to the working side of the service industry and its golden rule: the customer above all, a manifesto that results in huge quantities of waste in the name of … Continue reading The Hidden Cost of Customer Service

The EPA is Re-Evaluating Asbestos: What You Need to Know

If you’ve spent any time in an older home that hasn’t been renovated in a while, chances are good you’ve been in close proximity to building materials and other products likely to contain asbestos. Not all that long ago, the mineral could be found in thousands of products, ranging from crock pots and ironing board covers, to fireproof clothing, vinyl floor tiles, roofing tar, cements and even siding.