Little by little schools are implementing environmentally friendly features on their campuses. From recycling to maintaining a garden, the schools in our community have stepped up to teach students to appreciate nature and the different ways to best take care of it. The benefit of schools going green impacts the environment outside, as well as the one inside. When schools move toward eco-friendly practices the greenhouse gas emissions and energy cost drop. The air that circulates indoors can be up to a hundred times worse than the air outside. Going green can improve the air quality and in turn improve teacher and student health. Students spend about two-thirds of their day inside a schoolroom. Purer air, healthy lighting, outdoor spaces, and quality food in the cafeteria are a few … [Read more...] about Local schools lead eco-friendly practices
From the initial lawsuit to impending bankruptcy, the saga of the Garden Oaks Management Organization has been winding. And there have been new developments in recent days. In the March 31 edition, The Leader detailed how a lawsuit that challenged the validity of the Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization kicked off the struggle. In November 2017, the 14th District Court of Appeals confirmed that GOMO could not enforce its deed restrictions against Peter and Katherine Chang, homeowners who challenged GOMO’s legal standing. After being denied that rehearing before the 14th Court of Appeals, GOMO hired a law firm to handle bankruptcy proceedings that would allow the homeowners’ association to effectively reorganize. A source later told The Leader a bankruptcy filing could come as … [Read more...] about GOMO officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
The Houston Heights Association announced earlier this week its plan to hire an executive director who, in large part, will run one of Houston’s most-prized neighborhoods. Bill Baldwin, who has served concurrent terms as president and has been on the HHA board for 12 years, announced the decision after the job description was approved by the board Monday night. The executive director position, new to the HHA and unique to this area of the city, will manage nearly every issue important to a neighborhood the size of the Heights. From finances and operations, directing fundraisers and special events, to communicating with neighbors and serving as a liaison between homeowners and government agencies, this job will look a lot like a city manager. According to the job posting, the … [Read more...] about Heights to hire new director
The application for a local company to operate a concrete batch plant in the neighborhood has been struck down following public feedback and a ruling by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Per a TCEQ spokesperson, the organization has voided the requested permitting of Soto Ready Mix, who had applied for an operating permit at a previously vacant site just off T.C. Jester Boulevard, at 3411 Desoto St. Operations such as the one Soto Ready Mix applied for are given license by the state to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and, by the city, to locate in residential areas. The multimillion dollar industry, fueled by Houston’s growth is used for everything from homes and churches to the roads we drive – but residents were still uneasy, and made their voices … [Read more...] about Permit voided for local concrete batch plant
According to recent statistics by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the number of Green homes are growing. The USGBC says that 84 percent of all residential construction has some sustainable features. A 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study found that the residential green construction market in the US is expected to grow from $55 million in 2015 to $100.4 million in 2018. While more than 370,105 residential units have earned LEED certification as of July 2017 around the world, it’s not every homeowner who has time to pursue the certification, even if they are striving to make their home as green as they can. One such homeowner is interior designer Dianne Murata, who along with petroleum geologist husband Robb Bunge, built a new, environmentally friendly home in Garden … [Read more...] about What does it mean to go Green?