Category Archives: Clean Air

Mathew Tejada

Mon Jul 6th 2009

Mathew Tejada, Executive Director for GHASP, Galveston Houston Association for Smog Prevention www.ghasp.org. What is happening in Houston Air Quality initiative? Is the solution to severe smog in Houston more time? Move over Los Angeles, the city of Houston, Texas is now also officially on the “severe smog problem” list. The reclassification was requested by Governor Rick Perry last year and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the change last Thursday. This move from “moderate” bypasses the level of “serious” and gives the state an additional nine years to meet federal health standards that were originally set in 1997. They were supposed to meet the goal by 2010. Although the 1997 levels are now no longer deemed safe, EPA spokesperson Catherine Milbourn said progress towards that original goal will help protect people and help the area move closer to today’s requirements. We not sure how making a classification change and a nine-year extension counts as progress but it seems that the regional business association, the “Greater Houston Partnership,” is down with the decision. Their spokesperson said, “The partnership believes that improvement in air quality is important in order to maintain a robust, viable economic climate and to improve public health in the region.” Huh? It sounds like a lot of talking and not much doing. The Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention (GHASP) agrees. Their executive director, Matthew Tejada, said of the decision, “We’ve just done a bureaucratic dance, and we’re not any closer to clean air.” Its not only Houston residents that are responsible for the problem. The area is home to many oil refineries that handle product bound for markets throughout the South of the country. While the region has taken some steps to improve the air quality, we all can help out by reducing our personal petroleum usage.

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Mark Illian

Mon Jun 1st 2009

Mark Illian and Nature Healing Nature “We believe that Nature offers solutions to human problems, after all, She has been successfully figuring things out for 4.5 billion years – we just need to learn how to listen and apply. Nature Healing Nature aims to help Global citizens take ownership for improving their health, living conditions and personal fulfillment using materials and lessons found in Nature.” Mark Illian and Monika Cikhart just returned from Togo, Africa. Visiting 9 villages to have a conversation about their concerns and problems. They offered the villagers no money, materials, or promises, “just a conversation about what other people are doing in the world to help themselves”. They gathered, they talked and then took action. They built latrines, purified their water, made rehydration solution, and began hand washing with a limited water supply. They are no longer waiting to have someone come and do it for them. Nature Healing Nature

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Terri Thomas

Apr 6th 2009

Terri Thomas, Mothers for Clean Air and Earth Day, Houston www.motherforcleanair.org Please join us in celebrating Our City and the effects of Our efforts. www.earthdayhouston.org Saturday April 11, 2009 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Discovery Green Free Admission Benefiting: Visit the GHASP web site Houston has a new reason to celebrate! As Discovery Green marks its first anniversary, Earth Day Houston, a green living festival, will debut onsite Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festivities kick off with the Mothers for Clean Air Earth Day 5K at 8 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration with family entertainment, environmental education, and much more. The free one-day celebration will focus on the merits of mindful, sustainable living while educating and encouraging Houstonians to preserve, conserve and enhance our city and the Earth. Developed by Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention and Mothers for Clean Air, Earth Day Houston is a collaboration with the City of Houston, Discovery Green and various green non-profit agencies. Event proceeds benefit Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention/Mothers for Clean Air, a non-profit whose mission is to improve HoustonÕs air quality and educate the public about the hazards of air pollution.

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Elena Marks, Director of Health and Environmental Policy

Nov 10th 2008

Join Pat, Cath, and Elena Marks, Director of Health and Environmental Policy. The Office of Health and Environmental Policy is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs that benefit the environment, with a special emphasis on air quality. We look forward to hearing more about what Our city is doing to provide a safe environment for us to live and play.

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