Here in Texas, Thanksgiving is all about the Three Fs: family, food, and football. This year we’d like to propose a fourth F: forty-seven. That’s the ABV of Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, the key ingredient you’ll need to whip up this boozy Thanksgiving Dinner.
A cross-industry Selection Committee of executive leaders came together to rate and rank the final 50 businesses leading innovation in conservation in order to name the inaugural Texan by Nature 20. The TxN 20 is an initiative of Texan by Nature to recognize innovation and leadership in conservation. For…
Austin-based American Campus Communities (ACC) is big on sustainable construction and operations. Founded in 1993, ACC is the largest student housing company in the nation, with 37 LEED® certified properties, more than any other company in the American student housing industry.
Apache Corporation, a Houston-based exploration and production company with assets around the world, works to demonstrate that oil and gas operations and environmental stewardship in West Texas are not mutually exclusive enterprises.
Over the past decade, the operators of the Austin Convention center have consistently managed to drop energy, water, and natural gas usage by 30 percent or more. In 2011, a retrofit of the building received Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® program: lights and fixtures were upgraded from incandescent bulbs to LED lighting, and the building now runs wholly on wind energy.
Cirrus Logic, a major player in the semiconductor industry, is driving down vehicle emissions with proactive commuting solutions for its employees. The Austin-based company operates a free-of-charge network of private shuttle services at its major locations in Austin and Edinburgh, Scotland, and also fully reimburses employees that take local trains and buses.
In 2018, Union Pacific reduced its energy consumption by 3.1 million kilowatt-hours, with a large part of this reduction resulting from employee-driven solutions. Last year, Union Pacific kept 71 percent of its roughly 2.09 million tons of waste from going into landfills.
The Fort Davis-based “Conservation Real Estate Company” was founded by James King, who for twenty years served as Director of Land Protection for The Nature Conservancy, and Tammy King, a longtime real estate broker. Together, they’ve drawn on decades of relationships with landowners, buyers, sellers, and state and federal natural resource agencies to protect over 500,000 acres of land and water in Texas.
Cactus Feeders, an Amarillo beef and pork production company, is utilizing intensive rotational grazing of cattle to build soil, help pull carbon from the atmosphere, and increase the soil’s water retention capacity.
Comerica has racked up awards in sustainability, such as a Climate Registry recognition for excellence in greenhouse gas management. Comerica’s Shred Days are signature community events in Dallas and Houston, where the company partners with Iron Mountain to collect, shred, and recycle paper documents for free.
Darling Ingredients has grown from a small rendering company to a global organization with more than 200 locations on five continents. At the heart of that growth is Darling Ingredients’ commitment to providing sustainable ingredients to feed and fuel a growing a population.
CEMEX has cemented its role as an industry leader, supporting alternative fuels, energy-saving initiatives and landscape scale restoration initiatives via conservation areas and corridors in Texas.
As one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 145,000 people globally, Dell makes its mark through collaborative partnerships that help reduce electronic waste, promote recycling, repurpose electronic parts, and positively contribute to environmental efforts.
DFW purchases all its electricity from Texas wind farms, helping to reduce their emissions by eighty-three percent on a per passenger basis since 2010 and become the first airport in North America to achieve carbon neutral status.
Farmer Brothers, the publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of coffee, tea, and foodservice items, is planting sustainable practices that are supported by its SEED (Social, Environmental, and Economic Development) strategic framework.
H-E-B demonstrates its commitment to conservation daily in nearly every aspect of its operations, from responsible seafood sourcing to store and warehouse solar installations that have made the company one of the largest private owners of solar power systems in the region.
Harvest Seasonal Kitchen offers locally-sourced, seasonal American fare and drinks, with a menu that changes based on what is seasonally available within a 250-mile radius. The kitchen uses every part of the animals and vegetables it receives, using techniques including preserving in jars, dehydrating into powders, and making its own sausage and stock.
Texas Health has invested millions in projects that lowered energy consumption by 2.56 percent over the last five years, saving $15 million in utility costs. Recycling efforts diverted more than 108,000 pounds of pulse oximeters and other medical devices from landfills in 2018 alone. The system also hosts community shredding and recycling drives, in addition to participating in a laundry cooperative that conserves millions of gallons of water annually.
Southwest’s Repurpose with Purpose program upcycles, downcycles, and recycles discarded items like seat covers, blankets, life jackets, and aircraft engines into useful products. The program is aided by several different partner organizations, like Arise Veteran Foundation that uses leather from Southwest seats in veterans' rehabilitation programs. Southwest has repurposed and kept more than one million pounds of discarded material out of landfills since 2016.
Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company, whose sustainability strategy is based on four pillars — operational excellence, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and financial performance. Sustainability extend throughout its operations, while the company also provides significant support for entities engaged in environmental protection, education, and restoration.
NRG Energy, a leading power generator and retailer, set a goal in 2015 to reduce its absolute emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050—targets more ambitious than those set in both the U.S. Clean Power Plan and Paris Climate Agreement.
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the nation, doesn’t seem a likely place to find eight acres of tranquil green spaces and a park-like wellness garden, but both are elements of the facility’s campus opened in 2015.
Fun awaits for the entire family at Southwest Colorado’s premier four-season destination.
How a client-first mindset required a structural change in the business.
Q: To put it plainly, I have a strained relationship with my mom. I used to believe the tension would release if I put up healthy boundaries. However, it seems no matter how I approach her or what I do she’s constantly upset or offended, and I end up more…
In episode 19 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen finds hope along the path to ending homelessness, Andrew shows us a wildlife bridge where animals can wave at cars in safety, and Arely tells us of a local news network that inspired statewide action to aid students experiencing mental crisis.
Uncover something different in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Texas Optimism project interviews Alejandro Rose-Garcia, musician under the name Shakey Graves, on the magic of an existential crisis.
Last year, almost 100,000 students, teachers, and chaperones from 111 counties in Texas connected with the Bullock Museum, and we look forward to welcoming even more through our doors this year.
Fun is what you’ll experience in Conroe, Texas. Visit today to splash, swing, sample, and strut your way through all of it!
Meet us in the melting pot—liveliness and leisure await in equal measure.
The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank are proud to share episode 18 of Good Newscast, a podcast about good news in the world. Optimism can change lives, but it doesn’t always come easy. Join hosts Owen Egerton, Arely Silva and Andrew Roush as they dive headfirst into exploring the…
The special evening kicked off at Hannah Stallings and John Little’s grand Pemberton Heights estate in Austin. To reveal the 2019 festival author lineup, the splendid home was transformed into a temporary bookshop, with each room (as well as the property’s belvedere overlooking a koi pond) highlighting a separate category…
On your next weekend trip, get to know McAllen, one of Texas's hidden gems.
Q: I hear a lot about “manifesting” and how some people just believe, focus and think about something they want in their lives and then they use positive thinking to help them get it. It seems like wishful thinking, or a passive way to reach goals. Is there any science…
The USS Lexington arrived in Corpus Christi in 1992, opened that October, and has since served as a naval aviation museum and educational facility that explores the deep and rich history the ship holds. Nicknamed “The Blue Ghost” during World War II, the ship’s flight deck aboard the USS Lexington…
Corpus Christi’s craft beer scene is booming as new breweries and brewpubs open throughout the city. There are restaurants that have begun their own brewing operations, as well as local brews on tap in almost every Corpus Christi restaurant. Escape the beach and the Texas heat for a little while,…
With seafood, sushi, and burgers galore, there is no a shortage of dining options in Corpus Christi. Because new restaurants are opening frequently all over the city, Corpus Christi is becoming quite the foodie destination. When envisioning a true Corpus Christi lunch experience, sitting on an open-air pier over the…
Corpus Christi is a diverse, ever-growing, Texas beach town is filled with endless scenic opportunities to explore the outdoors, eat your weight in delicious seafood, learn about the history and culture of the city, and relax on the beach with a local beer in hand. With so many intriguing places…
Straddling borders but not bound by state lines, Beaumont is big Texas fun with Cajun flair. Embodying the best of the Lone Star State and Louisiana with Southern charm to boot, it’s so unique that we made up an adjective to describe our culture – Texiana.
The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank are proud to share episode 17 of Good Newscast, a podcast about good news in the world. Optimism can change lives, but it doesn’t always come easy. Join hosts Owen Egerton, Arely Silva and Andrew Roush as they dive headfirst into exploring the…
This summer, Ana Cruz, author of the lifestyle blog Rollos De Mujeres, paid her first visit to South Padre Island. From dolphin watching to family waterparks, Cruz’s trip to the Texas Coast was one for the books.
Join meat expert and Hardcore Carnivore Boss Jess Pryles alongside Lone Star Outdoor Show Host Cable Smith as they teach you how to master the art of field to fork cooking.
Field to fork cooking just got a whole lot easier. With the help of Hardcore Carnivore Boss Jess Pryles and Lone Star Outdoor Show Host Cable Smith, it’s time to transform your traditional game meats into uniquely delicious creations.
This road trip serves up rain forests, waterfalls, beaches, a national park, and craft cuisine.
Sometimes one has to get away in order to get back to one’s true self. Whether you’re looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway or a far-flung all-encompassing retreat, here are five sanctuaries worth savoring.
From January to February, the people of Shreveport-Bossier yell, “Throw me something mister!” to Mardi Gras parade floats rolling through downtown Shreveport. In early October, on some of the same streets they cheer, “¡Viva La Film Prize!” Prize Fest, like Mardi Gras, is engrained in the culture of northwest Louisiana.
In episode 16 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen praises the equalizing power of the see-saw, Arely shows us how easy it can be to help alleviate grim conditions at the border, and Andrew finds a Korean precedent for protest in Hong Kong.
Rambler captures the taste of Texas in each can. Though the outcome might be simple, getting there is incredibly complex.