Citizens of San Antonio, Texas and its municipal electric utility CPS Energy are implementing some of the most innovative and forward thinking programs to make their City smart, green, and sustainable for future generations. Our guests spoke passionately about two major initiatives: Anita Ledbetter, Executive Director of Build San Antonio Green, and Jill Vassar, the Director of Development and Partnerships for the EPIcenter project.
Build San Antonio Green
The mission of Build San Antonio Green is to protect and enhance the quality of life of the citizens of the metropolitan San Antonio Area by developing standards by which to certify newly constructed and existing structures to green standards, and to provide leadership, expertise, and education for the wise, efficient, and sustainable use of energy and resources. Three nationally recognized programs are: the Green Building Program, Bring Solar Home program, and Community Outreach Events like Solar Fest. It provides valuable resources for the community in each of these areas. Build San Antonio Green is committed to a sustainable, progressive, and renewable San Antonio of tomorrow!
The EPIcenter Project
The EPIcenter project is an initiative to transform an historic power plant in San Antonio into a world class center that will serve as a cradle for invention and a catalyst for clean energy innovation and technological advancement. The project is similar to Austin’s Seaholm EcoDistrict. Founded in 2015, the EPIcenter is a new initiative, launched by CPS Energy and its New Energy Economy partners (NEE), to create a center for energy education and innovation development on the banks of the San Antonio River. The “EPI” stands for “Energy, Partnerships, and Innovation,” and the center will be unique in the country in terms of combining education, research and development, an innovation think tank and energy museum all in one spot.
Anita Ledbetter on the air with Shades of Green.
Jill Vassar on the air with Shades of Green.