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    • Tuesday, July 30, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online meeting
    • Thursday, August 01, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston & San Antonio

    Join USGBC Texas for a statewide Women in Green (WIG) luncheon on Thursday, August 1, featuring Keynote Speaker Lucia Athens, author of The Sustainability Revolutionists.

    This year our Women in Green (WIG) event will be held simultaneously in all five USGBC Texas Regions, connected via webcast to create one big Texas event. In-person gatherings will be held in the following Regions:

    • Central Region - Indeed Tower Conference Center
    • Gulf Coast Region - Gensler Houston
    • North Region - Beck Imaginarium
    • South Region - Lake|Flato Architects
    • West Region - Center for Civic Empowerment (SOLD OUT) 

    Any person who supports and promotes the leadership of women in the field of sustainability is welcome to attend the Women in Green luncheon.

    Keynote Speaker:

    Lucia Athens, a native Texan, helped to create Austin’s Green Building rating system, which laid the groundwork for the creation of LEED.® She continued her sustainability journey in Seattle, leading the first LEED-based sustainable building policy. As the first Director of Sustainability for the city of Austin, she continued to lead the green revolution, cutting carbon emissions (despite being one of the country’s fastest growing cities) and promoting sustainable development, including the construction of the LEED Platinum certified Austin Central Library. Lucia has been on the board of directors for USGBC, GBCI, and EcoDistricts.

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    Sponsorships still available for each location!  Please let us know if you want to support this great event. Sponsorship Opportunities

    • Friday, August 02, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Join the USGBC Texas Central Region Council during its Monthly Meetings. The meetings occur on the first Friday of the month at 10:00 AM CT via ZoomDuring these meetings, members will be encouraged to engage with the Regional Council and State leadership, learn about current and upcoming (local, state, and national) events, provide input, and ask questions. 

    For more information on the regional council go here. To view upcoming events go here, and to learn how to get involved go here.

    For any questions, email Central Region Chair Ashley Besic at or Chapter Executive Director Jonathan Kraatz at

    • Friday, August 02, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Resilience in the Face of Climate Challenges: Wildfires, Air Quality, and Water

    Friday, August 2, 2024

    Virtual Session
    12:00 - 1:00 PM 

    About the Presentation:  

    Join us for an informative webinar where three local experts will delve into the critical issues of climate change facing Central Texas today. Justice Jones, City of Austin Wildfire Mitigation Officer, will kick off with an in-depth look at the current wildfire situation, prevention strategies, and lessons from recent events. Ramon Zarate, Air Quality Program Specialist at CAPCOG, will address the pressing air quality issues, their health impacts, and mitigation techniques. Finally, Jennifer Walker, Director of the Texas Coast and Water Program, will explore sustainable water management and conservation strategies. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts and engage in a dynamic discussion on building resilience in the face of climate challenges.


    Ramon Zarate is an Air Quality Program Specialist at the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). Through CAPCOG’s air quality outreach campaign, Air Central Texas, he provides air quality information to the Central Texas public via social media and in-person engagement, collaborating with government entities, non-profits, healthcare providers, and universities. Ramon earned his BA in Resource and Environmental Studies at Texas State University.

    Justice Jones is an experienced Community Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, Nonprofit Organizations, Government, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Management. Strong military and protective services professional with a Environmental Resources Management and Cultural Anthropology focused in Environmental Resource Management from The University of Texas at Austin.

    Jennifer Walker is the Director of the Texas Coast and Water Program at the National Wildlife Federation. She focuses on statewide water policy issues with an emphasis on water planning, infrastructure funding, urban water management, and bay and estuary protection. Jennifer is a water resources expert with twenty years of experience helping cities, utilities, and state agencies achieve ambitious water supply management and conservation goals. She has helped develop and inform strategic action by utilizing scientific and technical expertise, engaging stakeholders, and approaching resource management challenges with a solutions-oriented perspective.

    Jennifer is Chair of Austin’s Water Forward Task Force, a team working to implement Austin’s groundbreaking 100-year water plan that is focused on deploying One Water solutions to meet future water needs. In 2021, she was appointed by the Texas Water Development Board to represent Environmental Interests on the Texas Water Conservation Advisory Council. Jennifer has a BS in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

    • Thursday, August 08, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Pinthouse Brewing, 2201 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741


    Thursday, August 8th at 4:00-7:00 PM

    Pinthouse Brewing

    2201 E Ben White Blvd

    Austin, Texas 78741

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