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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today announced the winners of the 23rd annual Texas Environmental Excellence Awards. These prestigious awards bring attention to the most innovative and effective projects that strive to protect the state’s natural resources. Among this...
Did you know that the number of Americans biking to work grew by about 60 percent between 2000 and 2012? There are many reasons people bike and there can be great personal and environmental benefits. However, biking also presents risks...
It's the holiday season in Texas—a time of generosity, festivity, family, and friends. We adorn our homes, celebrate with a special meal, and show our affection by giving to others. Also, during this season many people give thanks for their...
Dual-sided in English and Spanish, this new publication offers many tips for conserving energy around the house while also saving money. You can order FREE copies on the TCOT publications page:
Summer Heat and Utility Bills With summer comes higher temperatures and more demand on our air conditioners. Many people will begin to see an increase in their utility bills over the summer months, as a result of this increased demand....
Did you see November's e-newsletter, News You Can Use ? To celebrate Texas Recycles Day, which is November 15th, we announced a contest to find out how our readers recycle and reuse. The winner will be selected at random and...
Take Care of Texas encourages every Texan to get involved in community activities. The following links give you access to programs where Texans can volunteer or just learn more about local efforts to Take Care of Texas: Texas Parks and...
In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to bring the environment into the national dialogue. In its first year, 20 million Americans celebrated Earth Day. Nearly 50 years later, Americans have conquered many...
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...
That extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week. With a little fine-tuning, everything from gift-giving to decorating can benefit the environment, too. Here are some easy tips to help Take...

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