There is much more to sustainable development than positive environmental impact. . Sustainable practices can also reduce operational costs and enhance the public’s perception of a community.
Participants from a previous Growing Green Conference in San Marcos
However, pursuing these practices can be financially burdensome. In our final Growing Green Communities session at the Texas Economic Development Council’s Spring Conference, these three great speakers will provide the resources and education necessary to pursue funding opportunities for sustainable development projects.
- Jarrett Simon, who joined CenterPoint Energy in 2007, is responsible for various corporate energy efficiency programs, including budget oversight, personnel development and program selection, as well as goal and bonus achievement. Simon has over 15 years of experience implementing energy efficiency practices.
- Carry Betts has over three decades of experience with Oncor, currently serving as a Senior Program Manager in Energy Efficiency. He manages programs focused on reducing electric usage for commercial and residential customers. Additionally, Betts served as a strategic investment analyst, supervising the operation and maintenance of several electric distribution systems and service centers for Oncor.
- Allen Lambright is the USDA Rural Development Area 3 Director out of McKinney, Texas. Serving an area approximately the size of Indiana, Lambright is responsible for the oversight of over 40 loan and grant programs that increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life of rural America. He is considered one of the state’s experts in the Guaranteed Rural Housing Program, as well as other outreach methods for rural communities.
At Growing Green Communities, we strive to equip leaders throughout Texas with the knowledge they need to grow and enhance their communities. This session will complete what we believe to be an important opportunity to provide Texas communities with tools in sustainable development, resource use, and business practices necessary for the state going forward. We hope to see you in Rockwall on April 19th!
For more information on how rural Texas can save money, make money and create jobs, visit GrowingGreenCommunities.com or call or email Ann Lauter at 979-458-6723 or Ann.Lauter@teexmail.tamu.edu.
Register for the the Green Track at the TEDC Spring Conference, April 19, 2012 at the Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel in Rockwall, TX.
Colby Humphrey is a graduate student the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and works for the Texas Engineering Extension Service as a graduate assistant.
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