June 8, 2012 - What if you started early?
What would the results be if you started teaching recycling and sustainability early in a child’s life? What if activities at the school focused on daily sustainable living? Things like recycling paper, plastics and food. Reducing consumption at every point of the school day. What if the students had their own community garden and spent time each day helping take care of that garden? What if food from the garden were a part of the daily school lunch ... Read more »
June 5, 2012 - Sometimes you need to learn from others
Tomorrow a group of the Fiesta family will be traveling to Portland, OR to attend the Portland Rose Festival, a citywide festival not quite as large as Fiesta San Antonio but similar in many ways. For me, it's both a chance to enjoy the great city of Portland and to learn how they do sustainability and recycling. You see, the Portland Rose Festival is one the greenest festivals in the nation. So when the opportunity arose this year, I jumped at it ... Read more »
October 10, 2011 - BexarMet, maybe it’s time to let SAWS take over
Sunday, when I was wading through my feeds, I found an interesting one from a fellow blogger, Charles Kuffner in Houston, highlighting an NPR story about SAWS water conservation and reclamation efforts. Charles didn’t say much in his piece but ended it with an interesting point about how San Antonio has taken an adverse situation and made the best of it. “The point here is that while San Antonio’s population has been growing, the amount of water ... Read more »
June 20, 2011 - Maybe all this heat is what we need to be a solar city
How fitting that on the three days prior to the big announcement about new energy we’ve had record-breaking heat and sun. Yes, today San Antonio seemed to be on the cusp of a new era in the city’s economy. As CPS CEO Doyle Beneby and Mayor Julian Castro took the stage opposite each other, they were flanked by executives from five new energy companies who not only announced new initiatives and investments for San Antonio’s energy economy but ... Read more »
June 17, 2011 - Small but green
Small businesses make up a large part of the business environment in America, representing over 99.7% of all employer firms and employing over half of all private sector jobs according to the Small Business Administration. Small businesses are just about everywhere you look, from consulting firms to taco stands. So, with such a substantial footprint in America, how green are these small businesses? In reality, probably not very green since small businesses ... Read more »
April 19, 2011 - Fiesta Verde 2011 was much better but we can improve
Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted to the blog but there’s good reason for the absence. I’ve been playing the Trash Man of Fiesta, heading up the Fiesta Verde effort in conjunction with Fiesta events and the city. It’s my second year in the position and we wanted to make a difference compared to our pilot year. The numbers are still coming in but it’s looking like we may hit our goal of doubling recycling tonnage collected ... Read more »
December 23, 2010 - Why wouldn't a city redevelop it's core?
I've been blogging lately about the focus of redevelopment in and around the downtown area of San Antonio. To start the conversation I focused on whether the development should be in or around downtown, feeling that developing around downtown might be a better choice. Following that I looked at the area around Madison Square Park as one of the neighborhoods that might make a good choice for redevelopment focus. In doing so, I started to realize that ... Read more »
September 6, 2010 - Solar in the parks
Today I took a walk around Woodlawn Lake Park after an early morning meeting. It was great to get back out on the walking trail at Woodlawn Lake since it gives me an opportunity to do some thinking while walking. Sure enough, the brain started working while I was hiking around the 1+ mile trail that surrounds the lake. What I noticed while walking along the trail was the large amounts of land that really go unused in obscure places around the park. ... Read more »
August 11, 2010 - Wearing green or plastic or ...
As I said yesterday, I'm going to try a new approach to my blog by writing on a different topic each day of the week. Wednesday I'm going to focus on sustainability and am toying with Wednesdays are for the World. I know it's corny but I couldn't find a good W word for Wednesday. Today I decided to look at a new trend in clothes regarding sustainability, especially on a concept of clothing made from recycled plastic. Yes, I'm talking about those recycled ... Read more »