In 2007, the YardWise program for environmentally responsible yard care and integrated pest management was funded by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency and put together by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), with help from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and other partners across the state. The program was then given to the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) to take over, along with the Master Composter training program. Recently, STAR worked alongside its affiliated Texas Compost Council (TCC) to review the content of the YardWise program and website to re-launch it as a STAR program. For more information about STAR, a 501c3 nonprofit recycling organization, click here.
The focus of the YardWise effort is to reduce urban runoff and improve water quality in six major urban areas of the state of Texas: the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. But the benefits of YardWise practices go far beyond water quality in these areas - to every Texan with a yard to tend.
Learn more about STAR and the TCC by clicking on the logos below.
Efficient, environmentally responsible yard care goes by many different names throughout Texas: "Grow Green," "SmartScape," "EarthKind," "WaterSmart," and many more. A huge thank you to these organizations and programs, who have generously shared information, contacts, energy and resources for YardWise.
This website is meant to be used as a resource for Texans, with information sourced from the following organizations and/or programs: