Gulf Coast Green 2019
Crossroads: Inclusive Exchange

SESSION TWO

Making the Texas Case for Green Infrastructure 

Abstract

Promoting Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Low Impact Development must rely on different rationales in Texas than in the rest of the U.S., since the regulatory concerns that have led to its use elsewhere aren’t present here. As one of the state’s leading advocates for GSI/LID, Environment Texas is well-positioned to explain the challenges in using GSI/LID in this state, having produced multiple reports on the subject. This presentation will focus on the most compelling reasons to use GSI/LID in the Gulf Coast region, and make recommendations on how to increase its use.


Speaker

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Luke Metzger

As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at three Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.


Time and Location

PERFORMANCE (LARGE MOD 201)

10:50am - 11:40am


CE Credit

1.0 AIA HSW