Breakout Session – Water: Planning for Today and Tomorrow

As the State of Texas continues to cope with one of the worst droughts on record, water conservation and reclamation have become more important than ever. Compounding the drought issues of the state, billions of dollars of new and upgraded infrastructure demands must be made in Texas to meet the growing population and economy of the Lone Star State. Growing Green Communities fifth session, “Water: Planning for Today and Tomorrow,” will address current water issues being faced by local communities. Additionally, this session will highlight initiatives being undertaken that are preparing Texas for water resource use in the future.

Growing Green Communities is proud to host the following speakers for our water session:

  • David Meesey serves as a Program Specialist and for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). He has been the project manager for the Lower Colorado regional water planning area since the beginning of the regional water supply planning program in 1998. Mr. Meesey also manages the regional water and wastewater facility planning grant program for TWDB. The goal of the program is to promote regional water and wastewater solutions throughout Texas.
  • Denise Hickey serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). She is responsible for the development and communication of NTMWD services to the general public, media outlets, and various government and civic entities. Ms. Hickey currently serves as an alternate on the Water Conservation Advisory Council. She is also a member of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and an active volunteer for the North Texas Chapter of Water for People.
  • Steve Beachy began his public service career in College Station in 1978, serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation and as the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator. Mr. Beach was instrumental in the creation of a nationally recognized system of parks and leisure programs in College Station. Steve was appointed as a board member of the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District, representing College Station and Brazos County, in 2009. In 2012, he was elected to be president of the board, leading the effort to fulfill the organization’s mission to “protect and conserve the groundwater resources of Robertson and Brazos Counties.”

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.

 

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.growinggreencommunities.com/2012/04/2101/

Breakout Session – Material Reclamation for Job Growth

Our fourth breakout session in Rockwall will discuss process optimization, and how cities across Texas can use it to develop sustainable businesses in their communities. A component of being a sustainable business or community is finding ways to reuse manufactured waste or scrap materials instead of discarding them. Growing Green Communities will explore how reclaiming these resources can lead to new businesses and job growth in Texas.

We are proud to bring three outstanding speakers together for our material reclamation and job growth session:

  • Frank Wright is responsible for all environmental and regulatory compliance issues at Kimberly Clark Corporation’s facilities in Paris, Texas. These initiatives typically go well beyond regulatory requirements, and include elimination of the use of priority toxic chemicals, process water use reduction, energy efficiency improvements, landfill avoidance of manufacturing wastes, and the development and implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).
  • Elizabeth Combs has been with IESI for close to six years, serving as the Public Relations and Recycling Coordinator. IESI has over 266 municipal contacts within Texas. Elizabeth is responsible for promoting recycling education with local community groups, businesses and school districts.
  • Jose De Leon, who is a Senior Sustainability Consultant for Waste Management (WM),  has been in the environmental industry for 15 years. His work has included working with water quality analysis and sampling methodology, conducting phase I and II environmental site assessments, enforcing state and federal waste regulatory compliance and monitoring and being a WM Project Manager for three Chemical Manufacturing customers. This work history has taught him to be customer focused, quality driven and results oriented, which he hopes to bring to sustainability development and implementation.

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.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.growinggreencommunities.com/2012/04/breakout-session-material-reclamation-for-job-growth/

Breakout Session – “How Lean Can Make Your Business More Sustainable”

Continuing in our series of breakout session discussions, Growing Green Communities third session will address how leaders can use lean practices to make their business more sustainable. Lean practices are those that seek to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Companies often turn to lean operations and practices to streamline processes and save money. This session will explore how going lean can lead to green outcomes and how process optimization can assist in development more sustainable businesses.

Growing Green Communities is proud to have two outstanding speakers from the public and private sector for our lean business session:

  • Mark Sessumes, Operations Manager, Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, has 30 years of progressive operations management experience in diverse manufacturing and production environments. He has trained over 5,000 people in lean enterprise techniques and has completed numerous lean projects resulting in millions of dollars of impact
  • Kristi Boyett, Manager for Organizational Development, City University, City of Tyler, is a Lean Sigma Black Belt who has been with the city of Tyler since 2005. She holds a certificate in training from the American Society for Professional Development, and manages the continuing education of city employees.

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@teexmail.tamu.edu.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.growinggreencommunities.com/2012/03/breakout-session-%e2%80%9chow-lean-can-make-your-business-more-sustainable%e2%80%9d/

Older posts «

» Newer posts