11 thoughts on “The Greening of San Antonio

  1. for 2 years I hosted the USGBC workshops for our local Balcones chapter. folks from across America would arrive including Mexico & Finland. it amazed me that our local attendees with construction companies would arrive only because their boss made them come. some locals GC’s were all 100% on board others were going thru the motions and did not care for green /substainable design.

  2. It is exciting to hear that San Antonio continues to be a leader in many areas for sustainable practices. In my two years in the northwest, I have frequently encountered a self-righteous view of this region as the only sustainable leader of consequence. The truth is we need leaders everywhere, and we need to keep looking outside of our regions to be inspired, learn, and work together for a global good.

  3. Environmental education is still needed in SA. We all see the dark brown garbage bins filled with cardboard that should have been placed in the blue recycling bins instead. And don’t get me started on SA citizens who put their grass clippings and other plant matter in the landfill-destined garbage bins. The city needs to explain to its citizens what throwing stuff “away” REALLY means. It doesn’t go “away” — it ends up “somewhere.”

  4. San Antonio’s ICRIP policy also serves to underpin the City’s efforts by encouraging higher density development in the urban core by providing financial incentives to developers based on WHERE they build. Let’s encourage the missing piece: incentivizing builders and developers based on HOW they build! That will drive more low carbon, low energy, low water use development approaches.

  5. I agree and we are leading! I believe that knowledge is power and more training is necessary for our city. For example, if we are “building green” it is necessary to provide training to inspectors so that municipalities are prepared when they encounter new and improved building methodologies. It is simple & complex… everyone is busy so, we do not have time to sit in training classes or read the newest construction & green practice literature.- work expectations and criteria must be met however, we can not improve and continue to lead in sustainability efforts unless we learn. SHORT Youtube tutorials, lunch and learns and webinars are avenues to gain knowledge and growth. After an overview course you may then decide to dedicate additional time and resources to the subject, or not.

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