“Life is what you make it” is a popular expression which holds some truth. Indeed, certain factors contribute to how a place can enable overall happiness with its residents.

What are the common ingredients to making a happier city? One obvious answer to many is access to greater financial gain. Indeed, more individual spending power leads to experiences that may not otherwise be enjoyed, but the economy is only one part of what goes into making a happy city.

To find out what makes happier cities, governments have begun to refer to questionnaires originally developed for mental health purposes, adapting them to anticipate the everyday person’s wants and needs. Upon examination of longitudinal studies and the results of surveys, city governments have become wise to the idea that well-being combined with resident satisfaction make up the recipe to making their city a...

You may have heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child” in regard to child rearing, but the same principal can be applied to bringing about positive change to preserve and heal our natural environment. It takes communities becoming involved with creating a sustainable way of living locally, which will in turn impact the entire globe.

And it isn’t just something we observe once a year as we do Earth Day every April; It’s an on-going effort in our conscientious daily life habits. Changes in global weather are brought on chiefly by human activity, as has been evident over the past century in drought patterns, general meteorology and the effects of warming on glaciers. Therefore, it is our responsibility to constantly improve and advance methods we use to maintain modern lifestyles.

Scientific evidence of how industrialization has negatively impacted the planet...

Civil engineers certainly have their work cut out for them in terms of the scope of their responsibilities. In a broad sense they design, build, and maintain the many systems that power our modern way of life, which encompasses the need for electricity, potable drinking water, airports and highways, including roadways and bridges within cities.

Since the days of the first civilized societies, civil engineering, even if it wasn’t referred to as such, has been highly instrumental in paving the way for life as we know it today. Special structures such as aqueducts had to be designed to direct water for public use in the days of the Roman Empire. Civil engineering also enabled more inner-city trade, which in turn enabled advancements in transportation. As we gradually phased from foot traffic and horses to wheeled vehicles city infrastructures had to be designed to support...

We’re excited to be back at the Austin Earth Day Festival celebration this Saturday, April 23rd and invite you to join us! Starting at 12pm at Mueller Lake Park, swing by the Metropia booth for some games, prizes, doggie treats and more!

How to find us? We’ll be located just a couple booths away from the Food Area. If you see a prize wheel, there's a pretty good chance it's us.

Also, tell us or show us this Top Secret hashtag (below):
when you swing by the booth!

In the spirit of Earth Day, we also want to THANK YOU, the growing number of Metropia app users, who are helping drive a #betterATX on a daily basis by:

  1. Planting trees! Thanks to our partnership with American Forests, Metropia app...

When was the last time you bit into what you would swear was the juiciest, sweetest melon you ever sunk your teeth into? Or had that perfect apple with just the right balance of sweet and tart? Was the last salad you ate dressed with greens grown in someone’s backyard? Fresh, tree-ripe peaches that drip juice down your arms and face with the first bite are a coveted but hard to find commodity.

Farmer’s markets are catching on around the country. According to the USDA AMS Marketing Services Division, the number of farmer’s markets in the U.S. grew 3.9% from 2012 to 2013, raising the number of markets in their national directory to more than 8,000. Figures like these certainly give hope that America’s agricultural roots are not dissolving as some had feared.

No doubt about it, eating locally grown food is a great way to meet your nutritional needs for a number of reasons...

Metropia’s Pioneer Program keeps more than a ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere

Have you signed up for Metropia’s Pioneer Program yet? More than 500 drivers in the El Paso region are already have. They’re having a huge impact and helping Drive a Better El Paso.

How huge? It’s an impact we can measure in tons!

In fact, Metropia drivers have already kept more than a ton of CO2 from being released into our atmosphere. They’ve logged 21,130 miles using Metropia since the next-generation transportation app was launched less than a month ago. Drivers have saved a total of 60 hours which would have otherwise been wasted in traffic. By participating in the Pioneer Program they’re also helping improve the app’s functionality meaning the travel time prediction and routing will be enhanced as more people use it.

The reward of not sitting in traffic is pretty exciting. But, Metropia offers plenty of other rewards for you — and the planet.


Thinking about getting around on your bike more often? Of course, most drivers will still climb in their cars rather than show up to a destination drenched from a downpour of rain, but these days biking is a common choice for alternative transportation under great conditions.

One plus side is that if you choose biking frequently you can reduce your car insurance policy to pay-as-you-go, and your fuel savings will astound you, as will your eventual bad-to-the-bone quads and calf muscles.

But if you choose two wheels to get around, there may be some details to bicycle upkeep that many everyday riders may not be aware of. Like a car, even the best quality bicycle will not endure hundreds of miles without checkups, tune ups and other maintenance. Check out these tips for keeping your bicycle road-worthy when you make trips around town:

Keep the moving parts...

For 22 years, Tucson has hosted the Earth Day festival, a gesture to represent an environmentally conscious community. The festival is chock full of fun for all ages and provides a connecting experience that brings families, friends and community closer as a united front to responsibly care for our planet.

But the hope is that environmental consciousness goes beyond one day of the year. The effort to make Tucson a green city is a collective effort that is achieved by educating residents of their options and everyday ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. That’s where Tucson’s Earth Day festival can play a big role.

Leading by example is an effective way to get any message out to your audience. Therefore, festival vendors will only carry environmentally-friendly products and everyone involved can learn about ideas such as how to properly dispose of household wastes,...

There’s still time to join Metropia’s Pioneer Program

After a successful launch of Metropia’s Pioneer Program on February 25, hundreds of drivers from across the El Paso region have signed-up and are already helping Drive a Better El Paso.

If you’ve not signed up, we’ve got good news! You can still sign-up for the Pioneer Program by clicking here.

So, what makes Metropia different? It’s a question we get asked a lot!

Unlike other travel transportation apps, Metropia suggests the best routes and the best times to leave so you can avoid congestion. But Metropia goes further — connecting to our community in a way that no other transportation app can. By signing up, you can cut your CO2 emissions, save time and fuel, earn rewards from cool local businesses and even contribute to reforestation efforts.

Metropia’s launch in El Paso is a joint project of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Camino...

Today’s kids are exposed to the concept of environmentally friendly living more than previous generations. Connecting with others in just seconds over the Internet and the idea of being united with the entire globe plays a part in reinforcing the realization that existence and the condition of our planet spans much further than America, a state, county, or neighborhood. For much of Gen X and before, the science of ecology was reserved for the experts, but today the facts have been translated mercifully for lay populations.

We often focus on paving the way to a better future for our children, but we are also responsible for passing on our knowledge like a legacy. You can establish eco-friendly habits in your children from the beginning, letting them know that their small part makes a big difference to the whole and that living green can be fun! If you are unfamiliar with some...