Houston boasts that going green gives it more green

  • Bigolbear

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    Jul 20, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    City Hall is extolling both the jobs created by and recognition garnered from Houston’s efforts to create a green economy in the Petro Metro.

    My colleagues at Fuel Fix recently noted Houston’s high standing in rankings of clean economy jobs (e.g. greenhouse gas reduction, recycling) and its middle-of-the-pack ranking as a green city as rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    The city has also received a series of recent recognitions for its environmental efforts, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability informs subscribers to the city’s email alert service today.

    •For three years in a row, it has appeared on the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual top 10 list of U.S. cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings.

    •It is also the country’s largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy, with 33 percent of the City of Houston’s energy load provided by wind energy.

    •Mayor Annise Parker was chosen as the nation’s top winner for large cities in the 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

    •Houston has been selected as the site for Total Energy USA, an annual trade event that will assemble renewable energy, clean energy and energy-efficiency sectors in one place to provide a comprehensive look at the overarching, integrated energy solutions taking shape today.

    http://blog.chron.com/houstonpolitics/2011/07/houston-boasts-that-going-green-is-gets-it-green/
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 20, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    Despite its somewhat negative reputation as too auto dependant and too sprawled out, Houston is a spectacular, modern city and it is great to see it embrace the "green economy".
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    Jul 20, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Bullshit, houston is so trashy. I went to a concert there, and there was SO much trash EVERYWHERE. People in austin don't litter like that, it sickens me.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 20, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    Bullshit, Houston is a great city with a lot to see and do. You can keep Austin, that rinky dink, overrated, arrogant burg on I-35.
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    Jul 20, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidBullshit, Houston is a great city with a lot to see and do. You can keep Austin, that rinky dink, overrated, arrogant burg on I-35.


    I think you mean lots of pollution to see and trash to pick up... and crime. When I was there for 2 days, we caught a black guy stealing bricks from my friends yard so he could jack car tires in an upper class neighborhood. Seeing hundreds of cans and bottles rolling down the hills at FPSF still makes me grimace thinking about it.
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    Jul 20, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    It only makes sense that the Petro Metro is gonna keep up with the latest and greatest energy stuff.
    Once green energy takes over petrol, you can bet your ass that the oil companies will be the first ones with their hands in the cockie jar.

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    Jul 20, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    Rick Perry for prez!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 20, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    Like Austin doesn't have its crime problems like the rest of the world. Yeah right.
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    Jul 20, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    What a great façade. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 20, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    SexyN3rd said
    roadbikeRob saidBullshit, Houston is a great city with a lot to see and do. You can keep Austin, that rinky dink, overrated, arrogant burg on I-35.


    I think you mean lots of pollution to see and trash to pick up... and crime. When I was there for 2 days, we caught a black guy stealing bricks from my friends yard so he could jack car tires in an upper class neighborhood. Seeing hundreds of cans and bottles rolling down the hills at FPSF still makes me grimace thinking about it.
    why he gotta be black?...

    just kiddin...but yeah Houston is ghetto....*sigh*...
  • gym0711

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    Jul 20, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    I believe in saving money but many of these "green economy" initiatives actually cost more than doing nothing. But hey.... it's your money Houston.
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    Jul 20, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    i_VAN said
    SexyN3rd said
    roadbikeRob saidBullshit, Houston is a great city with a lot to see and do. You can keep Austin, that rinky dink, overrated, arrogant burg on I-35.


    I think you mean lots of pollution to see and trash to pick up... and crime. When I was there for 2 days, we caught a black guy stealing bricks from my friends yard so he could jack car tires in an upper class neighborhood. Seeing hundreds of cans and bottles rolling down the hills at FPSF still makes me grimace thinking about it.
    why he gotta be black?...

    just kiddin...but yeah Houston is ghetto....*sigh*...


    Because he WAS black. I saw him. And the cops we reported it to, told us for like 20 minutes about how BAD crime is in houston and how much worse its been getting recently.
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    Jul 21, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    SexyN3rd said
    i_VAN said
    SexyN3rd said
    roadbikeRob saidBullshit, Houston is a great city with a lot to see and do. You can keep Austin, that rinky dink, overrated, arrogant burg on I-35.


    I think you mean lots of pollution to see and trash to pick up... and crime. When I was there for 2 days, we caught a black guy stealing bricks from my friends yard so he could jack car tires in an upper class neighborhood. Seeing hundreds of cans and bottles rolling down the hills at FPSF still makes me grimace thinking about it.
    why he gotta be black?...

    just kiddin...but yeah Houston is ghetto....*sigh*...


    Because he WAS black. I saw him. And the cops we reported it to, told us for like 20 minutes about how BAD crime is in houston and how much worse its been getting recently.


    I think his question was WHY does race matter in the context of your story? Or rather he was telling you that race was irrelevant in the context of your story unless you were trying to make a point of it, which I'm hoping you weren't.
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    Jul 21, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    Houston's crime is not that bad, people need to calm down. Also if one thinks Houston is ghetto, they really don't know many cities in America. And as per "Rick Perry" for Pres...bullshit, Houston is leading green energy because it hasn't had a republican mayor since 1982!
  • Bigolbear

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    Jul 21, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    SexyN3rd saidBullshit, houston is so trashy. I went to a concert there, and there was SO much trash EVERYWHERE. People in austin don't litter like that, it sickens me.



    Um, I live here... and like all other cities it has trashy areas and crime. It also has it's nice areas as well. I live in the Montrose/Midtown area and it's gorgeous. If you have so much hate for Houston then feel free to avoid the city.

    I love Austin too despite all of it's flaws. Dallas, well, it's Dallas. (J/K)
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 23, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    Despite its problems, Houston is a very awesome city with beautiful modern architecture, a great cultural scene, great professional sports, and tremendous ethnic diversity. Plus it has a large and diverse gay and lesbian community. People in Houston are friendly and I was treated very well when visiting that city many times. Houston also has a great system of public parks and an added bonus, the beaches of Galveston are only a short ride away. You can keep Austin, I lived in that horribly overrated, overpriced, arrogant town for almost ten years and hated it. I had to flee to Houston or to San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Dallas on long holiday weekends just to experience the exciting life of a "real city".
  • Bigolbear

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    Jul 23, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidDespite its problems, Houston is a very awesome city with beautiful modern architecture, a great cultural scene, great professional sports, and tremendous ethnic diversity. Plus it has a large and diverse gay and lesbian community. People in Houston are friendly and I was treated very well when visiting that city many times. Houston also has a great system of public parks and an added bonus, the beaches of Galveston are only a short ride away. You can keep Austin, I lived in that horribly overrated, overpriced, arrogant town for almost ten years and hated it. I had to flee to Houston or to San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Dallas on long holiday weekends just to experience the exciting life of a "real city".


    Plus, it's got TONS of bike trails. So I guess that would be a big plus for you. I trained for and rode the BP MS150 a few years back and biking the area between Houston and Austin was FABULOUS.