In her 2013 book, Big, Hot Cheap and Right, journalist Erica Greider observes that Texas is an idiosyncratic place that regularly surprises.

The state is famous as the capital of the U.S. oil industry and for a pugnacious hostility to regulation and environmental protection. However, Texas is also the nation’s largest wind power producer—in fact, its wind generation capacity more than triples second place Iowa. Over 10 percent of the state’s electricity comes from wind—the highest percentage of any state. And the state government runs perhaps the most successful anti-littering campaign in history.

Here’s another way that Texas may surprise: it is a progressive leader in water conservation… Read more from the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation