Green Living 2012
An Earth Day Special

Electric love: Houston & Annise Parker touted in national documentary on green energy

Electric love: Houston & Annise Parker touted in national documentary on green energy

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Mayor Annise Parker has increased focus on green initiatives throughout her tenure in office.  Photo by Adolfo Chavez III
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Earth: The Operators' Manual will be aired as part of the PBS Earth Day programming. Earth: The Operators' Manual/Facebook
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In EARTH: The Operators' Manual, a national PBS documentary, host Richard Alley travels the globe to tell of the human relationship to fossil fuels and the developments in energy alternatives. 

And, as proof that our eco-clout stretches beyond city limits, Houston is featured prominently among the innovators.

 "If you’re going to tackle energy efficiency, you might as well do it in a place that is a profligate user of energy," Mayor Annise Parker says. 

"Well, if you’re going to tackle energy efficiency, you might as well do it in a place that is a profligate user of energy," Mayor Annise Parker says in the documentary.

"And when you make a difference there, you can make a difference that's significant."

Alley touts recent Houston initiatives, like the installation of smart meters and LED traffic lights, the implementation of infrastructure for electric cars and the growth, by leaps and bounds, of LEED-certified buildings, as ways that the city has met the demand for awareness and action. 

"We're going to do it because it's the smart thing, because it makes business sense and it's the right thing," Parker says of the ongoing green initiatives. 

PBS will air the documentary, as well as the rest of the miniseries, as part of its Earth Day Programming on Sunday, or you can watch it online here