The State of Texas has unveiled online resource for Deepwater Horizon recovery efforts.
RestoreTheTexasCoast.org features links and background information on the three funding sources available, RESTORE (Resources & Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States), NFWF/GEBP (Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund) and NRDA (Natural Resource Damage Assessment). The site also includes details associated with the state’s efforts to implement the RESTORE Act in Texas. Use of these funds will facilitate efforts to sustain a coordinated and integrated approach to appropriately respond to various coastal needs, both environmentally and economically.
With passage of the federal RESTORE Act, funds will be made available to the five Gulf States, including Texas, from civil and administrative penalties assessed against responsible parties associated with the one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history... Continued in the TCEQ news release.
It doesn't matter whether starting school makes you excited or want to cringe, you have to get your books, paper, and pens ready. Shopping for brand new supplies can be fun, but many alternatives are better for the environment. As with any shopping, focus on how it’s made and what you do with it when you’re done.
- Buy durable products like rechargeable batteries, reusable lunch bags, and thermoses
- Choose items wrapped in minimal packaging or multi-packs
- Reuse your own folders or back-sides of paper
- Buy recycled notebooks and pens
- Share or exchange books and games with friends
Fact: 42 notebooks made with 100 percent recycled paper save one tree.
Save files electronically and use projectors/blackboards to minimize paper. Create a school-supply exchange to encourage sharing and reusing. For more ideas, see the Texas School Recycling Guide and be sure to visit the kids’ section of the TCOT website for animated games and more resources. TCOT also offers FREE classroom resources such as activity books, posters, and bookmarks. Order these materials and the recycling guide here.
With spring graduations recently passed and back to school imminent for students across the state, many Texans may wonder what they can do with their older laptops and computers as they prepare to upgrade or replace older computers. Fortunately, the Texas Recycles Computers website provides options for recycling of your home computer at no charge. The easiest way to find out what you can do with your older used electronics is to search the website by brand. Have an old HP? Hewlett-Packard’s recycling program includes partnerships with Staples and FedEx Office for consumer computers to be dropped off at those store locations. Ready to upgrade your MacBook? You may be eligible for an Apple Store Gift Card if it is still in good working condition, or recycled otherwise.
The options do not stop at laptops and desktop computers – many tablet manufacturers are also listed on TexasRecyclesComputers.org if you are looking to recycle your tablet computer.
Manufacturers have many options to provide consumers with resources: mail or email pre-paid shipping labels, provide drop-off locations at their stores or through partnerships with non-profits and other businesses. Check TexasRecyclesComputers.org for their details.
Environmentally safe. Eco friendly. Claims like these sound great, but let’s face it: they’re too vague to be meaningful. Here are definitions to help you compare products.
Recycled products are made with content that has been diverted from the trash either during the manufacturing process or after initial use. If a product says it’s made from recycled materials, look for specifics. Are the claims about the product, the packaging, or both? How much of the product or package is recycled?
A company can use the universal recycling symbol, or say a product is recyclable, if most people who buy it have the option to recycle it. However, you may not have those resources, so check your local government website for more information.
Something that’s biodegradable, like food or leaves, breaks down and decomposes into elements found in nature when it’s exposed to light, air, moisture, or other organisms. To claim a product is “biodegradable,” a company should have proof the product will completely break down and return to nature within a year. Because landfills shut out sunlight and moisture, paper and food can take decades to decompose, and most plastics won’t biodegrade even outside of a landfill.
Compost forms when you mix together things such as grass clippings, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and used tea bags. The mixture eventually breaks down and can be used to enrich soil and protect plants. If a product is labeled “compostable," all the materials in it should safely turn into usable compost in a home compost pile. If the product can be composted only at certain places, like a commercial facility, the advertising should say so.
Visit the Take Care of Texas website to order posters, activity books, and stickers for your classroom or neighborhood night out.