Houston Area Sustainability Network, September meeting

Houston Area Sustainability Network meeting on September 9th focused on "Advocating for Sustainability". Attendees heard presentations from Marina Badoian-Kriticos and Lisa Lin from City of Houston's Office of Sustainability and also Julie Hendricks, Director of EcoServices for Kirksey, giving perspectives on the importance of advocacy, especially in our roles within the sustainability profession. Subsequent to the presentation, attendees moved to smaller groups to discuss a particular topic, such as Energy, Jobs Creation, Resiliency/Low Impact Development, and Transportation. Groups met for approximately 20 minutes to talk about the advocacy priorities for each. Following the meeting conclusion, some attendees took a tour of the Kirksey LEED Certified for Existing Building office building.


Background of HASN:
The Houston Area Sustainability Network is coordinated and facilitated by EarthShare of Texas and the City of Houston's Green Office Challenge as a means of providing a forum for sustainability directors across industries and around Houston to share best practices and get to know one another. Executive Directors from EarthShare of Texas'(ESTX) member organizations, Sustainability Directors from current or future ESTX campaign partners, as well as City of Houston Sustainability Leaders convene quarterly to meet, learn and share knowledge with one another. Participants are asked to participate in an ESTX workplace giving campaign, whereby employees give to the environmental nonprofits of their choice, or participate in the Houston Green Office Challenge.