The Spring issue of Houston History, “Protecting Our Green Heritage,” explores the ways in which we have protected our precious greenspaces and waterways in the Houston and Gulf Coast region.
Archive | Energy and Environment
Terry Hershey, Community, and Action
More than forty years ago, Terry Tarlton Hershey became the most visible representative of environmental action in Houston as she fought to preserve the natural beauty of Buffalo Bayou west of Shepherd Drive.
Galveston Bay is the most prominent geologic feature on the upper Texas coast. It is the state’s largest bay, covering about 600 square miles, situated in one of its most urbanized and industrialized areas.
The Spring Creek Greenway
This major green corridor, now close to 75% complete, will ultimately be thirty-three miles long and over 12,000 acres. Spring Creek comprises the liquid border between Montgomery and Harris Counties.
TEJAS: Environmental Justice
“We’re not against jobs. But, wouldn’t you rather have a company that comes in here and you get hired, but it doesn’t have an impact on you? It doesn’t pollute you, it doesn’t cause cancer in the community, no birth defects, tumors. That’s what we want. We want a clean environment.” – Juan Parras
Eat Fresh, Eat Local: A History of Urban Gardening and Food Education
There is a movement that places importance on knowing where food comes from for nutritious, environmental, and economic reasons. This trend has taken many forms, such as community gardening, schools gardens, farmers’ markets, and even restaurants that support local growers. The UH – Oral History of Houston has collected several interviews that document this endeavor. […]
Letter from the Editor: Oil and the Soul of Houston
Last fall the Jung Center sponsored a series of lectures called “Energy and the Soul of Houston.” My friend Beth Robertson persuaded me that I had something to say about energy, if not Houston’s soul. We agreed to share the stage.
Faces of Texas Oil
The history of the oil industry in Texas is comprised of many elements. The towering wooden derricks, both cable and rotary, of the early twentieth century would give way to the even bigger steel-framed derricks of the 1930s and on.
We’re Sticking by Our Union: The Battle for Baytown
Between June 1942, and November 1943, Baytown, Texas, became the backdrop to one of the most dramatic labor confrontations to rock the upper Texas Gulf Coast during World War II.
Witness to the Day of Reckoning: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
On March 24, 1989, the U.S. oil industry encountered a day of reckoning. Just after midnight, the Exxon Valdez supertanker carrying Alaskan crude to California ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling nearly eleven million gallons of oil into one of the nation’s most beautiful coastal habitats. At the time, this […]