“[Greenwashing is] inevitable because there’s a market advantage to having a product that’s differentiated by its green properties,” says Caleb Crow, the Energy Conservation Manager of the Office of Energy and Sustainability at Austin Community College. “If a green label is…raising the cost of whatever you’re talking about, that is a competitive disadvantage for that product, compared to a similar product that maybe didn’t go through a vetted process, but puts a similar-looking but rather meaningless label on the product to confuse a buyer, and then that product is, therefore cheaper, even if it’s in other ways similar. So greenwashing has a negative effect on the marketplace because people will be motivated by cost in many instances.”
We should be talking about climate change. Many of us are, and at times it can be frustrating experience because not everyone understands or necessarily wants to understand the science of climate change. How do we talk about climate change in a productive manner?
At the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge in coastal southeast Texas, a three-mile stretch of restored dunes and renourished beaches held up to the battering winds and torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey. Completed just a few months prior to Harvey’s wrath, this restoration project withstood the storm’s impacts and will continue benefiting wildlife and people!
It’s been one year since Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, lashing the coast and dumping record-breaking amounts of rain over Houston and surrounding communities. The resulting floodwaters damaged over 204,000 residences in Harris County and resulted in chemical spills that polluted the air, land, and water.