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Texas is a big and beautiful state and it's important we protect and conserve its natural resources for future generations. Across the state, Texans are finding fun, creative ways to do their part, and they're garnering impressive results. The following are excerpts of the most innovative, successful ideas submitted.

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Sherry W. from Bay City

We are putting solar panels on our roof to generate most of the electricity we use at our office. I am a firm believer in replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.

Texas Lostaq from San Antonio

Hello my name is Kelly, I'm 24 years old, I grew up in Uvalde, Texas with the beautiful scenic hill country. My mom was a single mother who raised 5 kids alone, growing up we were always outdoors at the river, the beach, camping and fishing which is why my love and admiration for nature is beyond words. When I am hiking at Garner State Park or any park I do my part by picking up trash I see, same when I am kayaking on the water in land or coastal. Ways I try to be more resourceful is I use reusable stainless steel straws, I try my best to stay away from disposable plastics, rather than going out to eat or picking up fast food I cook at home a lot, if I need to buy groceries or go out shopping I have reusable bags I use. With the group I am creating I want to form a permanent or on going group of kayakers and hikers who feel passionately about preserving and conserving our state as I do. I want to start a domino impact on others. I want to have tshirts made, reusable water bottles, decals and bracelets. Not only will my members get this free but for those who want to share the awareness can purchase my merchandise and a percentage of the total cost will be donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Lisa A from Edinburg

I recycle and I buy recycled, but I know that there are limitations on how much and how often material can be recycled. And a lot of recycling itself has negative environmental consequences, especially when it is off-loaded to other countries. So I try to buy fewer unneeded things to begin with, so less goes into the waste stream from the "get-go." Also, this year--happiness!--I put in a huge pollinator- and bird-friendly garden that uses native plants with low-water requirements.

Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge from Arlington Texas

8.45 TONS of trash were removed from Fish Creek and Fish Creek Linear Trail in Arlington and Grand Prairie Texas by about 800 volunteers during the 2nd Annual Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge. It was an Operation Legacy Project with the Travis Manion Foundation and an MLK Jr Day of Service project with The Mission Continues. We had a Girl Scout working to earn her Gold Award and took responsibility for one of the trail entrances. Also taking the lead on a trail entrance was council representative Marvin Sutton and his wife Raquel. Joining them was Arlington Downtown Rotary, council representative Dr Victoria Farrar Myers and Time Cravens. And Webb Masonic Lodge was at yet another entrance in Arlington.

We had MAD Radio from Fish Bowl Radio Network, Arlington Highlands Rotary, Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, New Day Arlington, Arlington Citizen Media, Iron Riders Dallas Cycling Club, Bike Friendly Grand Prairie-Cedar Hill, USAA, T-Mobile, Starbucks, Mansfield Youth Baseball League, MISD’s Raul Gonzalez, Attitudes and Attire, Fab 5 women veterans, veterans from all branches and some active duty too, families and neighbors from all over DFW plus one guy from Florida. #LegacyOfService #OperationLegacy #CleanupChallenge

The 3rd Annual Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge will be Saturday January 30, 2021. We will post details at
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Emily H from Forney, Texas

We make it a goal to leave every place cleaner than we found it. We pick up trash and for NJHS, we take out the school recycling for the teachers. The recycling piles have gotten so much bigger, we can tell it's really helping.

EDEN WELL SPRINGS from AZLE

I Love my job. Everyday I get to bring people clean water by giving them a whole house water filtration system. By cleaning everything out of the water we use makes a huge difference in the environment. Feel free to get a free water testing evaluation by contacting Eden Well Springs.
Eden Well Springs consistently works with well water problems, something that not many companies have mastered. Most companies have a softener/filter system that works in almost any “municipal” water supply system, but quickly fails in the demanding water chemistry encountered in Texas wells. We effectively deal with calcium, sand, iron, acid, sulfur, hydrogen sulfide, water flow issues and many more. Water problems interact with one another, creating situations that require expertise and specialization.

Paula R. from Jersey Village, Texas

At my home I have three rain barrels and two composters. Today in the paper I read that discarded food is the largest constituent of municipal solid waste landfills. Unused fruits and vegetables are the main type of food waste. ~ Marilyn Voss Savant. These items can easily be composted along with grass clippings and other yard waste to make a beautiful soil additive. It also saves water wasted down the sink garbage disposal and will help not to overburden our landfills. Win-win.

SeaGreen from Rosharon

I have committed myself to reducing how much waste we create in our home and to educating those around me on ways that making small changes can have a large impact in their own waste production.

Gone are the days of taking our trash once or twice a week. In our home the trash can only makes it to the curb once every 3 weeks, even the amount of recycling I send to the curb has reduced to once every 2 weeks.

Jeffrey M. Hill from Brenham

I have 2000 feet of frontage along FM 50. I pick up trash every Saturday morning, usually filling a 33 gallon trash bag. Not littering is what every person can do to help the environment.

Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge from Arlington

After picking up trash for months and reporting litter on the AskArlington app in frustration I posted a live video on Facebook. Someone suggested I do something. Thus was the beginning of what I thought was a 5 week project to clean up a local creek. About 300 people showed up for the 1st Annual Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge on Saturday the 9th of February 2019. We filled 3 large dumpsters before being rained out at noon. A small contingent came back later in the day and on Sunday, on their own to challenge themselves.

The challenge continues! On Saturday the 25th of January 2020 from 9am to 3pm we are not only challenging friends and neighbors, Arlington challenged Grand Prairie and they accepted! We had 300 with 5 weeks of planning and just one city. Now we will be two cities strong in the middle of the DFW metroplex. Aiming to eventually break the Guinness World Record for people gathered to pick up litter. China currently holds the record. But we are Texas!!

Cleanup Challenge is led by a passionate and motivated Marine Corps veteran. Angel Carter (who served with VMFA-212 during Desert Shield / Desert Storm) is joined not only by a multitude of neighbors, family and friends but great organizations such as Webb Masonic Club 1454, St. Andrews United Methodist Church, MAD Radio, The Mission Continues, Arlington Highlands Rotary Club. They are all joined by the Travis Manion Foundation as an Operation Legacy Project to honor fallen officers Jillian Smith (APD) and (GPD) Sgt Greg Hunter.

Our mission is to not only clean up Fish Creek and other creeks in Arlington but to raise awareness to the problem of litter and how it is killing our ocean life. Let’s make picking up litter the new cool thing to do. Start conversations about 8 million tons of plastic being discarded into our oceans every year. I want everyone to think  “If not me then who” when it comes to being responsible about trash.

Jean M. from Buda

I have an electric wok and skillet. I use them outside to save energy.

Catherine H. from Longview

Do a burpee for litter bugs! Don’t litter! I Will do a burpee for every piece of trash I pick up!

Sylvia M. from Ledbetter

I try my best to pick up trash,plastic bags,aluminum cans plastic bottles,etc. I collected the large Macys bag hanging from a tree on our county road not long after the Christmas holiday, that people throw out on our County road but it sometimes gets to be too much. I just wish people would dispose of their trash properly. We also recycle all of our cans, cardboard, paper and plastic.

Hayden H from Bowie

I clean up Texas by picking up trash.

Ashley B from Baytown

I'm in the process of starting my new green company. Kind of working out kinks and getting research lined out. As an environmental entrepreneur I'm eager to inform society on the sustainable solutions that green on green have created.

Robert B from DeSoto

We owe honor to the City of DeSoto,TX for giving my wife and I, including our two boys, the opportunity to recycle in our city for the past 24 yrs. We have recycled here every week at least two bins per week. We are glad to contribute to the cause for our environment.

Sharon W from Bastrop

Protecting our part of the Lost Pines of Texas, and local bees.

Cliff S from Garland TX

Unfortunately living in a community that has no recycle based economy, we are receiving batteries to take them to the recycled community that can accept. God Bless Texas..... It's the only one we've got.

Amparo P from San Antonio

I am 76yrs old. We recycle here at home and teach my children and grandchildren to recycle also while they're here. I think recycle bins for bottled water should be in every business in Texas.

Kelly U from Pflugerville

I am an avid cook and foodie, so I prepare 99 percent of the meals in my household. Therefore I recycle plastic, cardboard, glass jars, cartons, cans, containers, and general food packaging. And of course, the daily newspaper goes in (which a neighbor "recycles" to us.) Our garbage bin is nearly empty from week to week, but our recycling is always overflowing!

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