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A Conversation about Conservation: Texan by Nature’s CEO, Joni Carswell

High Plains Public Radio - January 9, 2019

During my internship at HPPR, I had the opportunity to speak with Joni Carswell, the CEO and President of the Texas-based conservation organization, Texan By Nature. Founded by former First Lady Laura Bush in 2011, Texan By Nature aims to unite business and conservation leaders who believe the well-being of Texas is dependent on theRead More

Social Innovation: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

Dallas Innovates - January 8, 2019

In an annual tradition, we look back on Dallas Innovates’ most-read stories in each of our buckets of innovation: Startup, Invention, Education, Social, Creative, and Enterprise. Here’s a roundup of the “Top 12” in Social Innovation for 2018. As we move into 2019, we’re reflecting on the social stories behind the people and places thatRead More

Oil vs. astronomy: The race to protect the night sky in West Texas

The Dallas Morning News - January 6, 2019

West Texas is famed worldwide for its vast crude oil reserves. But for over 75 years, a small patch of the Permian Basin has also been valued for its pitch-black night sky. Those two prized natural resources have clashed in recent years as oil drilling has brightened the sky near McDonald Observatory. A collaboration betweenRead More

Texan of the Year 2018: Laura W. Bush

The Dallas Morning News - December 30, 2018

If you think change is hard, what is truly difficult in this world is driving positive social change without revving the engines of controversy, filling the holes in individual lives without sowing collective division. Looking across the Lone Star State and surveying the world at large, there is one person who stands out for herRead More

CEMEX USA Honored by Texan by Nature for Conservation Efforts - December 20, 2018

CEMEX USA announced it has been honored by Texan by Nature, a Texas-led conservation non-profit founded by Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush. CEMEX USA today it has been honored by Texan by Nature, a Texas-led conservation non-profit founded by Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush, for its ongoing commitment to sustainability and land preservationRead More

Sundt Joins the Discussion at Texas Conference on Business and Conservation

Sundt - November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018 Sundt Construction’s Jon McKelvain presented at Texan by Nature‘s (TxN’s) first annual Conservation Wrangler Summit and Celebration last month in Dallas, Texas at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The summit brought together more than 200 Texas leaders to discuss the beneficial connections between business and conservation, and to highlight the best Texan-ledRead More

Sen. Zaffirini, six other prominent leaders, to be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

Titans of Texas Legislature - November 23, 2018

By Legislative Media | Nov 23, 2018 | Politics | By Sarah Pollock Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced that Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, whose Senate District 21 includes all of Starr County, will be inducted into the 2018 Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, along with former First Lady Laura Bush and five other groundbreaking honorees. Under the oversight of the governor’sRead More

Former First Lady Laura Bush Takes Us on a Tour of Her Prairie Chapel Flower Garden

Texas Highways - November 1, 2018

Post-White House life includes family, nature, and letters Written by Michael Hoinski. On a warm summer morning, former First Lady Laura Bush walked among the butterflies in the garden behind her dogtrot-style vacation house on Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford. The likes of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and U2 singer Bono have venturedRead More

Monarch Butterfly Populations Experience Dramatic Decline

ParkCitiesPeople - November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018 | Jordan Kiefer Monarch butterflies play their part in the ecosystem, pollinating flowers and providing a food source for wasps, lizards, birds, spiders, and other predators. The Texas state insect also serves as what scientists call an “indicator species.” “By their abundance or by their absence, they tell us how Mother Nature is feeling,”Read More

Simone Biles, Laura Bush among inductees into Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

KHOU 11 - October 23, 2018

“Each of the honorees is recognized as a trailblazer, an inspiration for the next generation of leaders who will follow in their footsteps.” Author: Michelle Homer HOUSTON — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and former First Lady Barbara Bush are among the 2018 Texas Women’s Hall of Fame honorees. Governor Greg Abbott and the Governor’sRead More