Survey of advanced environmental protection programs in Texas

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Title: Survey of advanced environmental protection programs in Texas
Author: Cosner, Rebecca Jane
Abstract: Environmental policy is a focal point in the state of Texas . With the task of regulating over 1000 cities , the state is faced with the need to implement effective programs that allow local governments the flexibility and control that is essential to local government participation . One attempt that is currently in effect in Texas is what are known as Advanced Environmental Programs (AEP ) . Of the many local governments in Texas , only a handful have willingly become participants in these voluntary AEPs . One such AEP is a program called Clean Texas . In this project , we will attempt to uncover some of the underlying reasons that contribute to a local governments willingness to participate in a program such as Clean Texas . At the same time , we will also attempt to discover the reasons why the majority of Texas local governments choose not to participate in these programs . We will use data that was collected during the Fall 2003 semester in the Early Survey Lab at Texas Tech University . This data was collected with the aide of a computer based questionnaire . The survey instrument was devised under the direction of the Earl Survey Lab and a graduate public administration class , PUAD 5333 , Environmental Policy and Administration . Then survey was subsequently pre -tested , revised , and administered in the research lab . We worked collecting the data and recording responses in the Earl Survey Research Lab under the direction of Dr . Brian Gerber , Department of Political Science , Texas Tech University and Mr . Brian Cannon , Earl Survey Research Lab , Texas Tech University . We contacted all participating local governments and a random sample was collected from local governments that choose not to participate in AEPs . A census of cities that participate in AEPs was also collected . We will construct a complete statistical analysis , with the use of SAS , Minitab , and Microsoft Excel , of this data set in an attempt to answer key questions that arise pertaining to the issue of why local governments choose to participate in AEPs . We will look to see if there is any inherent differences between participating local governments and non participating local governments .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /1310
Date: 2005-05


Survey of advanced environmental protection programs in Texas. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /1310 .

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