Saving Money & Creating Jobs for Rural Texas


Keeping Texans From Going Thirsty

Texas Water Report
New report recommends creating prize structures to spur water conservation, innovations

Building on a 2012 report examining the economic impact of the Texas drought, Comptroller Susan Combs today released a new report recommending solutions for quenching state water needs.

“Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution” (PDF) details water scarcity issues that threaten our economic health. It examines promising approaches for augmenting our water supply and proposes prizes that would encourage practical answers for Texas’ growing thirst.

When you visit the Texas Water Report site, we hope you will also take the opportunity to watch“Will Our Cup Run Empty? The State of Texas’ Water.” The video spotlights the critical need for additional conversation and policy addressing Texas water issues.


Texas Green Statewide Conference

The Conferences

The Growing Green Communities Rural Sustainability Conference is for anyone interested in saving money, making money or creating jobs through sustainable business practices and economic development. Green economic development can diversify your employment base and enhance the bottom line of businesses and communities.

At the Growing Green Communities Conference, you’ll meet speakers from Texas finance, business and government, along with representatives from the wind, solar and other sustainable industries. You’ll hear real-life examples from people that have saved money, made money and created jobs by adopting sustainable technologies and business practices.

  • Learn practical, real-world examples of sustainable business practices.
  • Meet representatives and programs from state and Federal agencies.
  • Learn about funding sources, incentives and other resources available for sustainable business development.
  • Network with peers and service providers.
  • Earn Continuing Education Units.

“Congratulations to you and all your team on a stellar job in Odessa. I came away with lots of new information and new contacts.”
Soll SussmanCoordinator
US-Mexico Border Energy Forum

Growing Green Awards

Growing Green Communities - Texas Green Awards
At November’s Growing Green Communities Conference, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration honored nine outstanding initiatives that have created economic value and opportunity through environmental stewardship, energy conservation and sustainable practices in Texas rural communities. The awards will showcase the best sustainable practices that save money, make money or create jobs.
The Growing Green Communities Awards will recognize individuals, businesses, communities and entities in five categories:
  • School Districts including Private Schools
  • Rural Communities
  • Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Electric Utilities
  • Businesses
  • Elected Officials
The criteria for evaluation for all categories include the degree to which the effort saved money, made money or created jobs as a result of an activity or initiative dedicated to energy efficiency, renewable energy solutions, creating sustainable communities or clean energy technologies. Projects or initiatives undertaken between January 2008 and December 2010 are eligible for nomination.

Please visit our Awards page for further information and the Growing Green Communities Blog to see our winners.

“The program and presenters were outstanding and the entire Conference was well planned and executed. This whole experience proves to me that this initiative can make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas.”
Bill Stansbury
Utilities Training Director

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