2021 TxN 20 Recap

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  1. 2021 TxN 20 Recap

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    The Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation from Texas-based businesses. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries. 

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20. Read the official press release and check out Q&A write-ups with each honoree here.

    In 2021, 20 TxN 20 honorees were selected and unveiled at Texan by Nature’s annual Conservation Summit on November 3, 2021. Below is a recap of blogs highlighting the honorees that include best practices coming from the various industries.

    “They [The TxN 20] are innovators, collaborators, and changemakers,” said Texan by Nature Founder, former First Lady and Laura Bush. “I encourage other companies to follow their example. Together, we can secure a future where our economy, natural resources, and communities thrive”

    – read more in this article from Dallas Innovates.

    Data submissions are NOW OPEN for the 2022 TxN 20 – learn more here!

    Agriculture Industry Honorees: Alamo Group and Sanderson Farms

    Texas leads the nation in number of farms and ranches, with 248,416 farms and ranches that cover 127 million acres, making up 73 percent of land ownership in a state that’s 95 percent privately owned. Not only do these lands provide food and fiber for the world, they also provide critical wildlife habitat and ecosystem services to the 29.1 million Texans that call the Lone Star State home. From 1997 – 2017 there was a net loss of 2.2 million acres of working lands to non-agricultural use. Texas ingenuity within the agriculture industry is helping produce more with less and increase environmental stewardship along the way.

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Agriculture Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.


     

    Architecture, Design, & Development Industry Honorees: HDR and The Beck Group

    Valued at a 3.3 billion dollar industry in 2021, with over 5,000 architecture companies operating in the state, architects plan, design, and develop residential, institutional, recreational, commercial, and industrial buildings. At 29.1 million Texas residents, innovative, mindful, reliable, resilient, and environmentally friendly infrastructure is needed to reduce and mitigate the pressure being put on our natural resources by Texas’ growing population. Sustainable infrastructure positively impacts communities, integrates natural resources, and benefits the bottom line through cost savings. 

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Architecture, Design, & Development Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.

    Construction Industry Honorees: CEMEX

    Texas is America’s fifth fastest growing state, with a population of over 29 million, making construction an essential economic activity. From new and expanded roads and bridges to more airport runways, housing developments, electric power grids, pipelines, and wastewater treatment systems — construction is a part of Texans’ everyday lives. From water and energy conservation focused designs to using reclaimed and sustainably harvested materials to landscape-scale restoration projects, construction industry leaders are taking great strides to incorporate conservation into their growth.

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Construction and Manufacturing Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.

    Energy Industry Honorees: Shell Oil Company and Vistra Corp

    Texas knows how to harness energy, providing more than one-fifth of U.S.’s domestically produced energy. In 2020, Texas accounted for 43% of the nation’s crude oil production, 26% of its marketed natural gas production, and produced about 28% of all U.S. wind-powered electricity. While maintaining production leadership, energy leaders are actively developing innovative new technologies that protect and conserve natural resources. From recycling and water conservation to renewable energy usage to carbon sequestration to incorporating conservation recommendations as standard practice, the energy industry is working to reduce impact while powering the world.

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Energy Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.


     

    Financial Services Industry Honoree: Bank of America 

    If Texas were an independent nation, it would have the 10th largest GDP on earth. Within this booming economy, the financial services industry takes many forms including banking, insurance, credit, lending, and real estate. An estimated 36 financial services companies from 13 countries either established or expanded operations in Texas between 2009 and 2014. Financial service leaders are dealing with more than just capital; they are actively involved in conservation, from issuing corporate green bonds to supporting the communities they operate in through volunteer efforts to sourcing renewable energy, the financial industry is banking on the environment.

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Financial Services Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.

    Food, Beverage, & Grocery Industry Honorees: Desert Door Texas Sotol, Farmer Brothers, H-E-B, and Sysco

    The regional diversity of Texas produces a large variety of food and beverage products which are featured on grocery store shelves and restaurant tables across the nation. It takes effort at all points of the supply chain for environmental conservation. How do food and beverages get to your home? What are the products packaged in? Many food industry leaders are answering these questions placing priority on the environment. From reducing waste by recycling and composting to building and developing efficient infrastructure and supply chains to participating in on-the-ground conservation efforts, Texas’ food and beverage providers are working with Texans, for Texans to ensure our natural resources thrive for generations to come.

    Healthcare Industry Honoree: Texas Health Resources

    Nationally, the healthcare industry drives 18 percent of the total economy, and it’s that big in Texas. The population of Texas is the second largest in the U.S. at over 29 million and is expected to double by 2050. In response to a growing population, existing healthcare is expanding rapidly. The life sciences sector has a significant economic impact in Texas, with an estimated $ 32.1 billion, 135,000 jobs, and $ 3.1 billion in payroll. In North Texas alone, there are 90 hospital members in the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council that have a $14 billion impact on the economy and add 265,000 jobs statewide. Many healthcare providers are leading the way to create healthy communities by incorporating sustainability and green space within their facilities and using nature to provide both healing opportunities to patients and vital habitat for Texas’ flora and fauna.

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Healthcare Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.

     

    Municipal Services Industry Honorees: City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability and Waste Management

    Our city’s sustainability offices and waste, water, and energy providers support over 29 million Texans with the resources they need to call Texas home. Cities and municipal service providers across Texas in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston among many others have sustainability and conservation a part of their decision making processes. From establishing climate action plans to making Lights Out Texas proclamations, to protecting and enhancing our water resources and making our cities great places to live, the municipal services industry has Texas’ natural resources top of mind while serving Texans where they live, work, worship, and play.

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Municipal Services Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.

    Retail Industry Honoree: Walmart

    The retail industry is a huge driver in Texas’ economy and creates jobs in communities across the state with 28M people directly employed through retailers and 5.3M additional jobs supported by retail. With 371,000 retail establishments in the state contributing $400B in direct GDP impact, this industry supports and serves Texans from all walks of life. This industry is also serving up sustainability within their own four-walls and to their customers! From closed-loop recycling to LEED Certified buildings to renewable energy sourcing to sustainable packaging, retail leaders are creating a conservation-minded path to positively impact our future.

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Retail Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.

    Technology Industry Honorees: Dell Technologies and Texas Instruments 

    Texas is no stranger to technology. Before Silicon Valley, the semiconductor was invented in 1958 at Texas Instruments, and one of the largest computer companies in the world, Dell Technologies originated in Austin. Texas ranks #4 in the nation for the number of tech jobs, with many tech firms providing conservation minded solutions for their employees and customers. As of November 2021, 35 tech companies had relocated to or opened new facilities in the Austin area in 2020 alone. From repurposing and recycling old computers to promoting conservation practices such as native habitat creation on corporate campuses to investing in sustainable infrastructure and sourcing renewable energy, the technology sector is using their innovation to reduce their environmental impact. 

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Technology Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.

     

    Transportation Industry Honorees: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and BNSF

    Texas is BIG: the Lonestar State boasts the most roadway in the US at 314,000 miles of road, the largest share of rail lines at 10,400 miles of track, and 400 airports including 2 of the top 15 busiest airports in the nation. In 2020 alone, DFW Airport served 7.7 million passengers! Leaders in transportation are reducing emissions, becoming carbon-neutral, and recycling tens of thousands of tons annually. In an industry not typically synonymous with conservation, Texas transportation companies are driving sustainability advances for others to follow. 

    READ THIS BLOG to learn more about the Transportation Industry Honorees and best practices coming from the industry.

    Learn more about the Texan by Nature 20 at www.TxN20.org 

  2. 2021 TxN 20 Honoree: CEMEX + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20.

    Texas is America’s fifth fastest growing state, with a population of over 29 million, and with population growth comes the need for more construction. From new and expanded roads and bridges to more airport runways, housing developments, electric power grids, pipelines, and wastewater treatment systems — construction is a part of Texans’ everyday lives. Employing operating efficiencies, developing sustainable features, technologies, and prodcuts, and good resource management is more important than ever. From water and energy conservation focused designs to using reclaimed and sustainably harvested materials to doing landscape scale restoration projects, construction industry leaders are taking great strides to incorporate conservation as part of their growth.

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honorees from the construction and manufacturing industry and see a list of industry highlights. 

    2021 Honoree: CEMEX

    For the third consecutive year, CEMEX is a TxN 20 Honoree. CEMEX is at the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain, including pioneering ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels with the use of new technologies. They are working toward delivering net-zero CO2 concrete globally by 2050. Outside of their products and supply chain, CEMEX’s conservation and sustainability mission are in action at the El Carmen Nature Reserve – CEMEX’s 346,000 acres biodiversity reserve located on the U.S.-Mexico border, stores around 11 million tons of biologically sequestered CO2, equivalent to 30% of their annual worldwide CO2 emissions.

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the construction and manufacturing industry.

    • Since 2016, Vulcan Materials Company has focused their sustainability efforts on waste diversion through their continuous reducing and reusing efforts. This has resulted in the recycling of 8.5MM tons of aggregate base product, 1.85+MM gallons of used oil, and 85,000+ light bulbs!
    • RES is the nation’s largest ecological restoration company, and in 2019, they became net zero in their operations. They have planted over 3.8 million trees to avoid 19 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent and have constructed over 10% of all the wind capacity in the US. Their 17 gigawatt project portfolio is enough to power every mobile phone in the world! In Texas they are working with The North Texas Municipal Water District to mitigate the effects of constructing a 16,000 acre reservoir by restoring, enhancing and preserving over 14,500 acres of wetland and upland habitats and 70 miles of streams within the same watershed.
    • Sundt is a leader in sustainable construction with more than 100 of their employees LEED certified. Additionally Sundt consistently ranks among Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s Top 100 Green Builders. In 2020, Sundt received the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) 2020 Environmental Excellence Award.
    • KBR prioritizes sustainability within their company. In 2020, KBR launched a sustainability education program called One Ocean dedicated to building a talented pipeline of future leaders working towards sustainable, creative, and innovative development solutions. This program has schools in Saudi Arabia, India, Singapore, Poland, and Australia. 
    • In 2021, American Campus Communities made a commitment to Texan by Nature’s collaboratively led a statewide effort called Lights Out Texas. This initiative encouraged all Texans to turn off all lights at night in the Spring and Fall to protect migratory birds. American Campus Communities was a 2019 and 2020 TxN 20 Honoree.
  3. 2021 TxN 20 Honorees: BNSF & DFW Airport + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20.

    Texas is BIG: 268,597 square miles featuring the most roadway in the United States at 314,000 miles, the largest share of rail lines at 10,400 miles, and 400 airports including 2 of the top 15 busiest airports in the nation. In 2020 alone, DFW Airport served 7.7 million passengers! Texas’ transportation industry touches all parts of the state and it is doing more than just taking Texans to their next destination. Leaders in transportation are reducing emissions, becoming carbon-neutral, and recycling tens of thousands of tons annually. In an industry not typically synonymous with conservation, Texas transportation companies are driving sustainability advances for others to follow. 

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honorees from the transportation industry and see a list of industry highlights. 

    2021 Honoree: BNSF

    BNSF is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies, operating approximately 32,500 route miles of track and almost 8,000 locomotives. In addition to rail being a sustainable way to transport goods and cargo, BNSF is reducing their waste through recycling efforts, investing in multiple National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants, and investing in their infrastructure to make their technologies more efficient. In 2020 BNSF recycled 2.9 M rail ties, 60,000 of which have made their way into an artificial reef to create complex habitats for more than 250,000 fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

    2021 Honoree: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

    DFW Airport  is one of the most frequently visited super hub airports in the world and a returning TxN 20 Honoree for the third consecutive year. They have continued to prioritize environmental responsibility through reducing emissions, lowering operating costs, driving economic value, and reducing social inequalities. In fiscal year 2020, DFW achieved 99% diversion of waste from landfills for all construction projects, resulting in more than $25 million in savings. Over 1.1 million tons of construction waste has already been diverted from landfills in fiscal year 2021 to date (July 2021).  Beyond waste, DFW airport is committed to net zero operations by 2030 and is currently certified carbon neutral. The airport has reduced emissions 79% since 2010!

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the transportation industry.

    • Over the past four years, Toyota Motor Corporation has connected over 160,000 people with nature through their programs. Their Toyota Green Wave Project trains employees that conduct Plant in Harmony with Nature initiatives that include reforestation programs and wildlife habitat maintenance at many of their plants in Japan. In Texas, their Plano headquarters is LEED certified and includes what was the largest commercial rainwater collection system at the time of installation.
    • American Airlines’ campus there is designed to meet the LEED Gold standard, and their car-free campus policy there encourages their employers and team members to walk and bike between buildings, decreasing CO2 emissions and promoting time in the outdoors. American Airlines also planted 3,500 trees across 300 acres, including 90 acres of woodlands and 8+ miles of trails for their team.
    • Since 2002, Southwest Airlines has invested $620 million in fuel efficiency projects, and in 2019, these projects have helped them save 11.5 million gallons of fuel. Through their Green Team program, they engage their employees in conservation efforts by leading educational, hands-on efforts to make their facilities greener. Southwest Airlines was a 2019 TxN 20 Honoree.
    • In 2020, Union Pacific invested $2.8 billion into a capital program. Through this program, Union Pacific invested more than $2 million in flood mitigation work by cleaning culverts and upgrading drainage systems. Additionally, through thorough analyses, research, and repairs, Union Pacific reported a 910 million gallon reduction in water usage from 2019. Union Pacific was a 2019 TxN 20 Honoree.
    • Capital Metro promotes air quality as an active member of the Clean Air Coalition and through Ozone Advance, which is the regional air quality plan. CapMetro’s efforts in sustainability include working on a sustainability route map, as well as an environmental and sustainability management system to conserve natural resources. 
  4. 2021 TxN 20 Honoree: Walmart + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20.

    The retail industry is a huge driver in Texas’ economy and creates jobs in communities across the state with 28M people directly employed and 5.3M additional jobs supported by retail. With 371,000 retail establishments in the state contributing $400B in direct GDP impact, this industry supports and serves Texans from all walks of life. This industry is also serving up sustainability within their own four-walls and to their customers! From closed-loop recycling to LEED Certified buildings to renewable energy sourcing to sustainable packaging, retail leaders are creating a conservation-minded path to positively impact our future.

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honoree from the retail industry and see a list of industry highlights. 

    2021 Honoree: Walmart

    Walmart’s markets are familiar to shoppers nationwide, each week, approximately 220 million customers and members visit approximately 10,500 stores and clubs under 48 banners in 24 countries and eCommerce websites. Walmart’s efforts to source responsibly, eliminate waste and emissions, sell sustainable products, and protect and restore nature earned them a 2021 TxN 20 Honoree title. Walmart launched Project Gigaton™ that aims to avoid one billion metric tons (a gigaton) of greenhouse gases in Walmart’s global value chain by 2030 – more than 3,100 suppliers have formally signed on – having avoided more than 186 MMT of CO2e in 2020. Another part of Walmart’s climate strategy is investing in energy efficiency, fleet efficiency, and renewables. For example, the installation of more than 1.5 million LED Lights across their facilities saved more than $100 million over 10 years and their efforts to double fleet efficiency saved over $1 billion.

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the retail industry.

    • Since 2013, CVS has provided medication recycling programs that ensure medical waste diversion by offering safe medication disposal options at all of their pharmacy locations. This protects drinking water supplies. To date, they have collected almost 2 million pounds of unwanted medication!
    • In 2020, Dollar General partnered with Rubicon to prevent 12,000+ tons of dairy waste from entering landfills. Their efforts diverted 8,174 tons of this waste to use as animal feed, avoiding 1,152 tons of CO2 emissions. Additionally, 4,174 tons of this waste was processed through an anaerobic digester to produce natural gas, which was later sold to a local electric company.
    • Over the past decade General Motors (GM) have increased their renewable energy use by 95 percent. In 2020, GM contracted their largest solar power project, which allowed them to meet 21 percent of their global energy demand with renewable energy. They hope to source 100 percent of their energy globally through renewable resources by 2035, and have committed to making their entire vehicle fleet electric by 2035.
    • Target continues to lead in sustainable efforts. By 2020, more than 1,500 of their buildings earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s certification of energy efficiency, the ENERGY STAR status. Additionally, Target partners with programs like the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), through which they helped farmers save an estimated 12 billion gallons of water. Target was a 2020 TxN 20 honoree
    • As part of their $100 million Right Now Climate Fund, Amazon announced a $10 million commitment in April 2020 to conserve, restore, and support sustainable forestry, wildlife, and nature-based solutions around the world. Amazon plans to collaborate with The Nature Conservancy to support family forest owners in the Appalachian Mountains, bringing economic prosperity while restoring and conserving the environment. 
  5. TxN20 Honorees: Waste Management and City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20.

    Our city’s sustainability offices and waste, water, and energy providers support over 29 million Texans with the resources they need to call Texas home. Cities and municipal service providers across Texas in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston among many others have sustainability and conservation a part of their decision making processes. From establishing climate action plans to making Lights Out Texas proclamations, to protecting and enhancing our water resources and making our cities great places to live, the municipal services industry has Texas’ natural resources top of mind while serving Texans where they live, work, worship, and play.

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honorees from the municipal services industry and see a list of industry highlights. 

    2021 Honoree: City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability

    The City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability has earned the TxN 20 Honoree title for the second year. The Office of Sustainability is working to make San Antonio a great place to live, work, and play while enhancing the environment, quality-of-life, and economic vitality. In 2018, they established Electric Vehicles San Antonio (EVSA), a comprehensive program to accelerate transportation electrification in San Antonio. The program includes research, policy, planning, public engagement, infrastructure and encouragement. The City of San Antonio’s EV charging public-private partnership, launched in 2021, is providing publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure on city property to encourage and support emission-free transportation.

    2021 Honoree: Waste Management

    Headquartered in Houston, Waste Management provides comprehensive waste solutions to a varied customer base and operates the largest network of landfills in the industry, managing the disposal of almost 100 million tons of waste every year. In addition to creating renewable natural gas by converting landfill gas, WM’s organic recycling program, CORe® converts food waste into an organic slurry that generates green energy at four locations in North America. CORe® allows WM to collect leftover food and organics from restaurants, schools, food processing plants, and grocery stores and then filter out contaminants such as plastic, packaging materials, and bones. 

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the municipal services industry.

    • Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s (PEC) conservation programs work to protect monarchs, pollinators, and native habitats. These efforts include building a certified monarch butterfly way station at their headquarters in Johnson City. PEC also started reseeding easements that benefit the environment and increase pollinator habitat. 
    • Tarrant Regional Water District’s conservation efforts help save an average of 100 million gallons per day. In addition to their water conservation efforts, the district works to preserve wildlife and pollinator habitats through projects such as Eagle Mountain Park, Airfield Falls Trailhead & Conservation Park, and the George W. Shannon Wetlands.
    • Texas Disposal System’ Eco Academy educates K-12 students about the importance of waste diversion through recycling and composting at schools. TDS Eco Academy provides educational materials to staff and administrators in an effort to create tomorrow’s sustainability leaders while minimizing waste in central Texas schools.
    • North Texas Municipal Water District’s programs divert and retreat more than 14 billion gallons of wastewater every year through their operation of the largest indirect wastewater effluent recovery program in Texas. More than 40 million gallons of effluent are pumped from the Wilson Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to Lavon Lake, to provide additional water for the region.
    • El Paso Water supplies 97 percent of all municipal water in El Paso County, and they promote water conservation by utilizing high-efficiency infrastructure that contributes to saving 2.6 billion gallons of water annually.
    • San Antonio Water System (SAWS) participates in a water recycling program composed of a 130 mile pipeline that saves 35,000 acre-feet per year, or about 29 million gallons per day. Beyond water conservation, SAWS also utilizes biogas to reduce carbon emissions. In 2020, SAWS reduced carbon emissions by 19,739 tons, which is the equivalent of removing 31,261 cars from the road or planting 38,736 trees.
    • In 2021, Texan by Nature collaboratively led a statewide effort called Lights Out Texas, that encouraged all Texans to turn off all lights at night in the Spring and Fall to protect migratory birds. The following are cities and counties that made commitments towards this initiative in Spring 2021:
      • City of Arlington
      • City of Austin
      • City of Cedar Hill
      • City of Dallas
      • City of Dripping Springs
      • City of Fort Worth
      • City of Galveston
      • City of Houston
      • Travis County
  6. 2021 TxN 20 Honoree: Texas Health Resources + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20,

    Nationally, the healthcare industry drives 18 percent of the total economy, and it’s that big in Texas. The population of Texas is the second largest in the U.S. at over 29 million and is expected to double by 2050. In response to a growing population, existing healthcare is expanding rapidly. The life sciences sector has generated a significant economic impact in Texas, with an estimated $ 32.1 billion, 135,000 jobs, and $ 3.1 billion in payroll. The Texas Medical Center in Houston is the largest medical center in the world, with 106,000 employees housed in a complex of more than 525 hectares. In North Texas alone, there are 90 hospital members in the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council that have a $14 billion impact on the economy and add 265,000 jobs statewide. Many healthcare providers are leading the way to create healthy communities by incorporating sustainability and green space within their facilities and using nature to provide both healing opportunities to patients and vital habitat for Texas’ flora and fauna.

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honoree from the healthcare industry and see a list of industry highlights. 

    2021 Honoree: Texas Health Resources

    TxN 20 Honoree, Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. They use efficient processes to conserve energy and water in order to contribute to environmental health and promote financial stability. Texas Health participates in the North Texas Healthcare Laundry Cooperative, which allows them to wash linens using 50% less water, chemicals, and energy than traditional laundry services. Through additional water conservation measures like low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and water-efficient irrigation and operational systems, 80.55 million gallons of water have been conserved during the last five years, enough to fill 131.6 Olympic-sized pools.

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the healthcare industry.

    • Cardinal Health recently converted a 400,000-plus square foot building and surrounding campus to LED lighting, resulting in an annual reduction of 880+ MT of CO2 emissions. In 2019, their projects saved a total of 3,900 MT of CO2 emissions and 5.7 million kWh.
    • In 2019, AmerisourceBergen Company constructed a rooftop solar photovoltaic system at their Phoenix Distribution Center that will generate approximately 2 million kWH of electricity every year. They expect the solar system to supply the center with 50% of its electricity needs. 
    • In 2019, Alcon implemented twelve water conservation projects including collecting rainwater, upgrading water infrastructure, and recycling processed water. Together, these projects saved approximately 75 megaliters of water savings across the company. 
    • As part of the TxN Certified Central Texas Pollinator Project, Baylor Scott & White promoted pollinator-friendly landscaping at multiple Texas campuses. As of 2020, this project was able to seed several additional green spaces, and they continue to seed more wildflowers and pollinator friendly plants. 
  7. 2021 TxN 20 Honorees: Shell Oil Company & Vistra Corp. + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20.

    Texas knows how to harness energy, providing more than one-fifth of U.S. domestically produced energy. In 2020, Texas accounted for 43% of the nation’s crude oil production, 26% of its marketed natural gas production, and produced about 28% of all U.S. wind-powered electricity. While maintaining production leadership, energy leaders are actively developing innovative new technologies that protect and conserve natural resources. From recycling and conserving water to renewable energy usage to carbon sequestration to incorporating conservation recommendations as standard practice, the energy industry is working to reduce impact while powering the world.

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honorees from the energy industry and see a list of industry highlights. 

    2021 Honoree: Shell Oil Company

    Shell is a multinational energy and petrochemical company that views conservation and sustainability as not an ‘either / or’ option when it comes to conducting business. They have invested approximately $90 million in nature-based projects to benefit ecosystems by increasing biodiversity, water quality, and reducing emissions. Their efforts in Texas and Louisiana include funding the The Gulf Coast Initiative, a project with Ducks Unlimited, where funding from Shell has directly conserved 20,720 acres.

    2021 Honoree: Vistra Corp.

    For the second consecutive year, Vistra Corp., a Texas-based power generation company, is a TxN 20 Honoree. Vistra expects to invest, on average, $500 million of equity per year on renewable generating assets and retail businesses as they continue to transition away from carbon-heavy generating resources. In addition to investing in renewable energy, Vistra has reclaimed 86,000+ acres, planted 42+ million native trees, and created or enhanced 7,000+ acres of wetlands, ponds, and stream channels on their restored land.

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the energy industry.

    • NRG Energy partnered with Texan by Nature in 2021 to build a community garden for communities around Jewett, Texas. This 10-acre garden will function to alleviate food insecurity in this area. NRG broke ground on a one-acre plot to start in May of 2021, which is expected to yield approximately 10,000 pounds of fresh produce for the community every year.
    • Lightsource bp focuses on developing energy solutions through solar power. They are leaders in their industry, focusing on reducing emissions, prioritizing biodiversity, and minimizing waste through their renewable energy efforts. Lightsource bp’s solar farms, Elm Ranch and Briar Creek function to provide clean energy, offset over 400,000 metric tonnes of carbon annually, and recently, their ranches will support solar grazing. These ranches will sustain sheep grazing, which will contribute to increasing the overall biodiversity of the land. 
    • Apache Corporation invested over $250,000 in the McDonald Observatory to support the Dark Skies Initiative. Their support helped develop industry and community educational tools and increased staffing to provide education and assessment of local industry performance on dark skies lighting. Additionally, these funds were put towards creating a permanent exhibit on dark sky preservation. Apache Corporation is TxN Certified for their implementation of dark skies friendly lighting across their operations.
    • Invenergy works with residents and farmers to promote solar projects that regenerate soils, diversify farm operations, and promote overall environmental health. For example, the presence of sheep on their La Jacinta Energy Center project improves soil nutrition and arability, which helps regenerate pollinator species and maintain vegetation.
    • Enbridge prioritizes sustainability as they commit to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Additionally, Enbridge is a leader in energy transition, as they constructed a 10.5 acre solar generation facility in Alberta named Alberta Solar One. This renewable energy facility will offset approximately 13,300 tonnes of carbon annually.
    • NextEra Energy Resources prioritizes investments in renewable energies which now account for more than one-third of their generating capacity. To make renewable energy even greener, NextEra Energy avoided 16 billion gallons of water usage in 2020 through water-free wind and PV solar energy. Additionally, in 2020, NextEra Energy sourced 75% of the water in their generating facilities through saltwater sources, which are not subject to drought. 
    • EOG Resources partnered with Texan by Nature on a pollinator project that restored 350+ acres of pollinator habitat within privately-owned pipeline ROW and pad sites operated by EOG Resources in the Eagle Ford Shale. This project creates food plots for monarchs, birds, and other wildlife as well.
    • Marathon Petroleum’s San Antonio office participated in the Lights Out Texas initiative in order to protect migratory birds by decreasing light emissions at night. Additionally, Marathon Petroleum finds great importance in engaging their employees in sustainable efforts through their Habitat Enhancement, Awareness and Recycle Team (HEART). This group transformed unused company property at their Galveston Bay Refinery into viable wildlife habitats, benefitting local wildlife while creating environmental education opportunities for employees and the community.
  8. TxN 20 Honorees: Dell Technologies & Texas Instruments + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20.

    Texas is no stranger to technology. Before silicon valley, the semiconductor was invented in 1958 at Texas Instruments, and one of the largest computer companies in the world, Dell Technologies originated in Austin. Texas ranks #4 in the nation for the number of tech jobs, with many tech firms providing conservation minded solutions for their employees and customers. As of November 2021, 35 tech companies had relocated to or opened new facilities in the Austin area in 2020 alone. From repurposing and recycling old computers to promoting conservation practices such as native habitat creation on corporate campuses to investing in sustainable infrastructure and sourcing renewable energy, the technology sector is using their innovation to reduce their environmental impact. 

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honorees from the technology industry and see a list of industry highlights. 

    2021 Honoree: Dell Technologies

    For the third consecutive year, Dell is a TxN 20 Honoree. They produce a range of computer and technology products with a priority on sustainability. To date, they have used 100 million pounds of sustainable materials in their products, this includes 636,000 pounds of reclaimed carbon fiber across Dell Latitude and Precision products. Dell Technologies has closed the recycling loop by turning plastics from used electronics into new Dell Technologies products. 

    2021 Honoree: Texas Instruments

    TxN 20 Honoree, Texas Instruments (TI) designs and manufactures semiconductors and integrated circuits for a variety of electronics. TI implements more than 200 energy efficiency projects each year to reduce GHG emissions and energy costs. Over the last five years, Texas Instruments conserved 1.3 million MMBtu of energy – the equivalent of powering more than 35,000 homes for a year. In addition, TI saved $31.6 million in energy costs over this same period. TI implements water-efficiency projects each year that reduce water consumption. Since 2016, they have conserved nearly 1.4 billion gallons. In addition, TI saved $8.9 million in water utility costs over this period.

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the technology industry.

    • As part of Cisco’s sustainability efforts, they provide a number of employee engagement opportunities. Cisco organizes a two-month employee campaign called Earth Aware every year, and in 2020, they conducted virtual presentations on zero waste lifestyles, environmental justice, and cleaning local watersheds. In addition to Earth Aware, they also provide a sustainability web platform called Cisco GreenHouse to help employees get connected with others that want to follow more sustainable lifestyles.
    • Google is the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy annually, and by the end of 2019, they purchased more than 40 million MWh of renewable energy. They also have other programs to increase energy efficiency. Their shuttles in the Bay Area saved more than 43,000 tCO2e emissions in 2019, equivalent to 9,342 cars off the road every workday. 
    • Headquartered in Austin, Oracle is a computer technology company that promotes sustainable solutions through their practices. In 2020, Oracle reused or recycled 99.6% of their retired hardware assets. Additionally, they have seen a 50% reduction in emissions by doubling the amount of units shipped on a pallet.
    • Applied Materials is also working towards a more sustainable future with goals in place to operate with 100% renewable energy in the US, and as of 2020, 60 percent of their energy in the US is renewable. In Austin, Texas, Applied Materials operates an Industrial Waste Neutralization program that functions to treat industrial wastewater, and this system has reduced their need and usage of potable water by approximately 104 megaliters.
  9. 2021 TxN20 Honorees: Desert Door, Farmer Brothers, HEB, Sysco + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20.

    The regional diversity of Texas produces a large variety of food and beverage products which are featured on grocery store shelves and restaurant tables across the nation. It takes effort at all points of the supply chain for environmental conservation. How do food and beverages get to your home? What are the products packaged in? Many food industry leaders are answering these questions placing priority on the environment. From reducing waste by recycling and composting to building and developing efficient infrastructure and supply chains to participating in on-the-ground conservation efforts, Texas’ food and beverage providers are working with Texans, for Texans to ensure our natural resources thrive for generations to come.

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honorees from the food, beverage, and grocery industry and see a list of industry highlights. 

    2021 Honoree: Desert Door Texas Sotol

    Desert Door creates artisanal spirits from the native Texas sotol plant. They also provide opportunities for their employees to connect with nature, support conservation efforts, and become educated on land conservation. Desert Door employees supported a prescribed burn in order to promote new plant growth, increase wildlife populations, and improve the overall health of the ecosystem at 7-Oaks Ranch.

    2021 Honoree: Farmer Brothers

    For the third consecutive year, Farmers Brothers Coffee has been selected as a TxN 20 Honoree. Buyers of Farmers Brothers coffee participate in a Direct Trade Program called Project DirectTM through which they directly work with growers to ensure best sustainable practices and support farmers’ cost of goods and investments by reasonably pricing their coffee. Farmers Brothers also holds the Fair Trade USA, Rainforest Alliance, USDA Organic, and LEED certifications, all of which recognize their commitment to sustainability, wildlife protection, and conservation.

    2021 Honoree: H-E-B

    For the third consecutive year, HEB has been selected as a TxN 20 Honoree. They run over 340 supermarkets nationwide and their sustainable practices continue to set them apart from other companies in the grocery industry. HEB invests in renewable energy systems, particularly solar energy, to power their operations in all facilities. In 2021, they will complete installation of their largest rooftop solar system in San Antonio. As of 2020, nine of their stores are LEED certified.

    2021 Honoree: Sysco

    For the second consecutive year, Sysco has been selected as a TxN 20 Honoree. Sysco markets and distributes food to restaurants and institutions worldwide. One of their priorities has been waste diversion, and in 2020 diverted 69% of their waste from landfills and water treatment plants. Some of their reusing and recycling approaches included composting waste, utilizing it for animal feed, returning it to fields, or leaving the materials on the fields.

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the food, beverage, and grocery industry.

    • Kroger works to divert waste and practice recycling efforts across their company. In 2020, they diverted 76 percent, or 2 million tons, of their waste from landfills. Additionally, Kroger recycled 1.5 billion pounds of corrugated cardboard, 52 million pounds of plastics, and 26 percent more food waste. Additionally, in 2020, Kroger shipped fresh produce in 160 million reusable plastic containers to prevent the use of single-use plastics. 
    • Tito’s Vodka is committed to helping fill the food gap in Texas. Through their Block to Block program, they are working to create community gardens and farms one block at a time. In conjunction, their Restorative Farms project functions to distribute fresh food boxes and build gardens throughout the city of Dallas. This program serves underserved communities by making healthy food, education, and resources more accessible. 
    • Whole Foods sells sustainably sourced and Responsibly Farmed seafood in order to address the environmental problems created by seafood farming. Their sustainable seafood improves water quality, mitigates antibiotic usage, and ensures supply for future generations. Whole Foods requires all of their seafood sources to catch tuna one fish at a time, preventing harassment to other sea life.
    • PepsiCo is a corporate member of the Texas Water Action Collaborative (TxWAC), and they prioritize conserving and protecting the world’s freshwater sources. Recently, through a partnership with Ducks Unlimited, PepsiCo is supporting their work to construct 206 acres of wetland habitat on Texas’ Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area. This project will increase biodiversity and water resources provided by the Trinity River Basin.
    • Another corporate member of TxWAC, Molson Coors promotes water conservation, and since 2014, they have restored more than 1.6 billion gallons of water at their at-risk brewery watersheds. Molson Coors is also 1 of 377 companies recognized by the Science Based Targets initiative for having emission reduction targets that are in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. 
  10. 2021 TxN 20 Honorees: Bank of America + Industry Highlights

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    We are excited to bring you the Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) for its third year! The TxN 20 is an effort to recognize the best work in conservation coming from businesses operating and based in Texas. It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment, and best practices from a variety of industries.

    To select the 2021 TxN 20, the TxN Team evaluated submissions as well as conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies within 12 industry sectors. All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system to narrow down the list of the top 60 companies in Texas. A selection committee of top industry leaders was formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final honorees for the TxN 20.

    If Texas were an independent nation, it would have the 10th largest GDP on earth. Within this booming economy, the financial services industry takes many forms including banking, insurance, credit, lending, and real estate. An estimated 36 financial services companies from 13 countries either established or expanded operations in Texas between 2009 and 2014. Financial service leaders are dealing with more than just capital; they are actively involved in conservation, from issuing corporate green bonds to supporting the communities they operate in through volunteer efforts to sourcing renewable energy, the financial industry is banking on the environment.

    Learn more about the 2021 TxN 20 honoree from the financial services industry and see a list of industry highlights.

    2021 Honoree: Bank of America

    TxN Honoree, Bank of America is a multinational investment bank and financial services firm. They prioritize energy conservation and promote renewable energy through investments and their projects. Bank of America’s Environmental Business Initiative will deploy and mobilize $1 trillion by 2030 to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy, as part of a broader $1.5 trillion sustainable finance goal aligned to addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. They are also making their operations more sustainable — including achieving carbon neutrality and procuring 100% renewable electricity in 2019, a year ahead of schedule. In 2020, Bank of America announced their first 10-year structured renewable energy agreement for solar power in Texas.

    Read the full honoree Q&A write-ups and read the 2021 press release

    Industry Highlights

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, learn more about best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the financial services industry.

    • Citi, prioritizes water conservation by creating their own in-facility water recapture systems in areas where there is a lack of recycled water sources. Citi also provided bonds used to provide clean water to Illinois residents by financing wastewater treatment and sanitary sewage facilities in Illinois. The water reuse systems in their São Paulo facility save approximately 5,700 cubic meters of water every year. Citi was a 2020 TxN 20 honoree.
    • Frost Bank has multiple initiatives that prioritize conservation. In 2020, they recycled more than 550,000 pounds of paper, saving over 4,500 trees. Additionally, Frost Bank participated in Lights Out Texas,  by turning off their lights during peak bird migration season. Frost Tower in downtown Fort Worth is situated near the center of the flyway for many birds’ migration patterns, so their participation in this state-wide campaign was critical for the protection of migratory birds.
    • In 2019 American Express donated over $2.8 million to invest in environmental causes through grants, gift-matching, and Serve2Gether grant programs. Part of this included financial support for the Ocean Conservancy and National Geographic Society through grants to mitigate marine plastic pollution. Their support allowed 1.5+ million people to volunteer in clean ups, increasing engagement and promoting the importance of marine health to local communities. 
    • Wells Fargo invests in sustainable energy with the goal of meeting 100 percent of their global electricity needs with renewable energy. In order to meet this goal, they provided $1.15 million for new wind, solar, and fuel cell projects which created 2,600+ megawatts of renewable energy. Wells Fargo also supported the Minnesota Community Solar Garden program representing 18,000 megawatt hours (MWh) annually of net new capacity to the grid.
    • Edward Jones promotes green buildings by incorporating designs that save energy, divert waste, and using durable, natural, and recyclable materials such as zinc, stone, terra cotta and others. Additionally, they make conscious efforts to conserve energy throughout their buildings by using motion-sensor lighting, fine-tuning HVAC systems, minimizing overnight and decorative lighting, and more.
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