Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference to Explore “Sustainability Leadership"

October 5, 2012
| By: Aubrey Bloom

What can a state concerned with resource adequacy learn from an army general with a plan for energy security? It turns out, plenty. The Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference offers community leaders from around the state a forum for discussing new, changing standards and exploring solutions for a healthy built environment serving a growing, urbanizing population. The Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) at Texas A&M University will host CATEE 2012 in Galveston, Texas October 9-11, 2012.

CATEE is a premiere educational conference and energy-related business expo aimed at government, development and civic leaders. Its purpose is to heighten awareness and facilitate implementation of successful policies and investments that reduce energy and water intensity and reduce emissions. An outstanding array of speakers will include: Major General Dana J.H. Pittard, Commanding General of Fort Bliss, on sustainability leadership, and legislative insights from state representatives Jim Pitts, Wayne Smith and Lyle Larson. A complete program and registration information are available on conference website http://catee.tamu.edu.

All conference events will be held at the historic Hotel Galvez in Galveston. Events include several free pre-conference workshops on October 9 and two full days of conference and exhibits October 10 and 11, 2012.

Rotating annually among Texas metropolitan air quality non-attainment and near-non-attainment areas, the conference includes both local/regional emphasis and broad state/national relevance. The core participants of CATEE include: community leaders, development and design professionals, government and school district officials and staff, business owners and executives, facility managers, utility and energy services representatives, researchers, and energy and air quality advocates and thought leaders. This group is defining the pathways to a healthy future for our cities.

The Energy Systems Laboratory is a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). ESL began hosting an annual conference in 2004 as a mechanism for sharing information on how to implement related policies, raise awareness of their impacts, and highlight the range of successful local policies and practices being implemented to achieve emissions reductions through energy efficiency in the built environment. The conference has become a premiere venue for gathering air quality and energy efficiency stakeholders to discover and advocate sustainable community strategies and energy efficiency improvement opportunities.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, pre-conference workshops (times vary)

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Conference & Exhibits; 5:00-7:00 pm Reception

Thursday, Oct. 11, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Conference & Exhibits; Noon Awards Luncheon

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