Teach by Example
Heading back to school offers new opportunities to teach
young Texans about taking care of themselves and the Texas environment. Here
are suggestions to get kids interested and motivated to do their part:
Start with the basics. Pack them a waste-free
lunch. Put their food in durable, reusable containers using a reusable lunch
box and utensils. Walk or ride bikes to school or create a carpool with
neighbors. Teach them to take care of their school clothes and supplies so they
2. Install our FREE water conservation mirror clings in school restrooms reminding students and staff to “Turn off the faucet. Every drop counts.” They’re static cling and won’t leave any sticky residue. Order them here.
Spearhead the installation of a school garden
complete with composting. Gardens can be easily incorporated into curriculum to
teach not only about plants and nature, but history, poetry and math as well.
Visit Texas A&M AgriLife’s School
Gardens website for a step-by-step guide, curricula, and more. Watch our video
for tips on creating a healthy compost pile.
4. Help organize or improve their school’s recycling program. Download or order a free copy of our Texas School Recycling Guide.
Get active! Talk to their teacher about registering
Across Texas—a free eight-week program designed to help Texans establish
the habit of regular physical activity. It includes fitness and health-related
lesson plans and a school mileage log.
Dry Weather Brings Burn Bans
In Texas, when dry conditions exist, a burn ban can be put in place by a county judge or county commissioners court prohibiting or restricting outdoor burning for public safety. The Texas Forest Service (TFS) continually reviews current and predicted weather conditions, wildfire occurrence, and the presence and availability of fuels from vegetation to assess wildfire risk. Using this information, TFS develops daily and seasonal forecasts to help state and local governments prepare for and respond to periods of greater fire danger.
Once burn bans are put in place by local county government, TFS collects this information and provides a daily statewide map showing counties under a ban. There are currently 122 Texas counties with burn bans.
Another resource, the Texas Fire Danger Map, is a real-time map that displays current and forecasted fire danger levels. Weather information is provided by remote, automated weather stations and then used by the Weather Information Management System.
Input Sought for Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling
will conduct a study on the current and potential economic impacts of
recycling, including state and local revenue that may be considered lost
because recyclable materials are not recycled. TCEQ staff is seeking input on items
which need to be considered as instructed by House
Provide your input at a meeting in Austin, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. Comments may be limited
to five minutes per person.
You can offer written comments at any time before or after the meeting by contacting the TCEQ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional study and meeting information.
Beach Cleanup Set for Sept. 26
Twice a year, Texans arrive by the thousands to show their dedication to our Texas beaches. On average, volunteers remove 500 tons of trash each year from Texas beaches and estuaries during two large-scale cleanups. You can do your part by registering online for the cleanup being held Saturday, Sept. 26.
Looking for a Texas Coastal Destination? There’s an App for That.
From fishing and boat ramps to camping and barbecue, the Texas
General Land Office recently launched an app that allows you to search for the
perfect beach spot using filters to find a variety of amenities and activities.
It also has location-based mapping and turn-by-turn directions to more than 600
Texas coastal destinations. Try it out today: txcoasts.com.