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.

 

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Rockwall Conference Blog – Incentives for Funding Sustainability

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.

Green Track of the Texas Rural Challenge

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.

Comments and suggestions are welcome on the blog or you may e-mail me at colby.humphrey@teex.tamu.edu.

 

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Rockwall Conference Blog – Building a Green Workforce

Our sixth breakout session during the Texas Economic Development Council’s spring conference focuses on Texas’s efforts to develop a green workforce. Technological advancements make it possible for communities to make infrastructure investments critical to the creation of a more sustainable society, without limiting the quality of life or community services. However, for Texas to take advantage of these innovations, we need a trained workforce that can implement a variety of new technologies and building practices. This session will focus on educational programs underway throughout the state that are training the Texas workforce for the future.

Pam Groce, who has spent fourteen years with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) promoting energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability, will moderate this session. In addition, Growing Green Communities is proud to bring the following speakers together to address this topic:

Attendees at a previous Growing Green Communities conference

  • Jim Wylie is the Alternative Energy Project Manager at Northeast Texas Community College.  He has developed curriculum and taught courses in biofuels production-processing and alternative energy installation. Mr. Wylie also has extensive knowledge of food production, value-added and direct marketing, horticulture-businesses development, extended season production, solar greenhouse design-operation, and alcohol-biodiesel production and processing.
  • Pam Daniel is the Program Coordinator for the Institute of Sustainable Communities at Cedar Valley College. The institute houses a workforce training center for energy-efficient green building technologies. Additionally, The Sustainable Communities Institute offers a variety of educational programs and resources focused on energy efficiency, healthy buildings and sustainable communities.

We hope you will take advantage of these and our other great speakers 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.

Comments and suggestions are welcome on the blog or you may e-mail me at colby.humphrey@teex.tamu.edu.

 

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