Archive for January 4th, 2008

Walking the Conservation Talk

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife takes energy conservation as seriously as it does conservation of habitat and wildlife.

Well, it’s something that we felt very strongly about in terms of how closely related to our mission energy conservation is.

Steve Shroeter oversees support services at Texas Parks and Wildlife.

About four years ago, we developed the green team, and it’s just some grassroots volunteers and myself who try to come up with some projects and ideas to reduce energy consumption and resource consumption across the state.

One project simply involved getting employees to “turn off” their offices.

We decided to take a look at the impact of this thought; so we surveyed the building one time after duty hours and it was staggering how much non-necessary equipment was left on in the building. Because it generates heat, then has to be cooled, besides the energy that it draws.

Employees took the Green Team’s energy conservation message to heart. The result: the Austin headquarters used seventy thousand fewer kilowatt-hours this past summer than it did the previous summer, thus, keeping more than 140 thousand pounds of carbon from the atmosphere.

Now that’s walking the talk.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.