Energy & Environment

Gulfton is one of Houston’s warmest neighborhoods. A new nature-based plan aims to change that

Posted on · Areas like Gulfton that have a lot of concrete and little greenspace can get significantly hotter than other neighborhoods across Harris County. A new plan aims to help change that by bringing more greenspace to the neighborhood.

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What’s Happening with Houston’s Parks?

Posted on · Houston Parks Board is a 40-year-old nonprofit whose mission is to create, improve, protect and advocate for parkland in the Greater Houston region. The organization is currently leading the $220 million Bayou Greenways 2020 project. It'll create a 150-mile network of connected parks and trails along Houston's major waterways. We talk with Beth White, the […]

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With More Public-Private Partnerships, Who Really Owns Houston Parks?

Posted on · When you look around Houston, especially on a sunny, cool day, you might notice a patchwork of nicely maintained green spaces and parks filled with people. In fact, the city's parks department says it has a goal of connecting every resident of Houston to a neighborhood park in the next 25 years. Amid budget tightening, […]

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Yale Street Homeowners, Businesses Unite For Yale Green Corridor Cause

Posted on · The Urban Forestry Committee of the Houston Heights Association wants to make sure the trees along Yale Street in the Heights will be here for many decades to come. They've teamed up with residents and businesses along Yale to petition the City of Houston to designate a two-mile stretch of the roadway, which bisects the […]

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The Man Responsible For The Greenest Parts of Houston

Posted on · When the Houston Parks and Recreation Department was created nearly 100 years ago, it oversaw two facilities; Sam Houston Park and Hermann Park. Today, the department’s system includes more than 350 developed parks and more than 37,000 acres of green space. Joe Turner has served as the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department since […]

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Preserving Green Space Is a Challenge in Ever-Growing Houston

Posted on · A study by the Trust for Public Land rates Houston first among the nation's 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland, and third only behind San Diego and Dallas in park acreage per capita. We explore what makes Houston's roughly 38,000 thousand acres of green space unique, the programs they offer and the […]

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The Role of Mentors, Houston Parks and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, April 21, 2014

Posted on · We’ve all had at least one person in our lives who has changed it for the better and been a positive influence. So who’s that one mentor you remember? On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we hear stories of mentors and those they’ve mentored. Then, a study by the Trust for Public Land rates Houston […]