Agenda

1:00-2:00 PM

OPENING PLENARY

Conservation as Part of Your Ethos

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This moderated discussion highlights the current efforts of Texan leaders to positively impact people, prosperity, and natural resources in Texas. Hear how they exhibit and lead by an ethos that focuses on conservation and long-term benefit for Texas and beyond. Speakers: Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States and Texan by Nature Founder and Carter Smith, Executive Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Location: Auditorium

2:15-3:00 PM

MAKING CONSERVATION PART OF YOUR CORPORATE MISSION

Case Studies and Best Practices

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Choose from four breakout sessions or a Bush Center grounds tour. Each session will consist of a 20-25 minute case study presentation followed by 20-25 minutes of attendee dialogue.

Conservation As a Mission: No matter your business, conservation can be good for your bottom line, help with employee satisfaction and retention, and sustain prosperity for years to come. Pioneer Natural Resources will share their sustainability journey, innovative advances, and best practices for achieving a conservation mindset throughout their organization and operations. Speaker: Mark Berg, EVP of Corporate & Vertically Integrated Operations, Pioneer Natural Resources

Location: Live Oak

Dark Skies and Bright Futures: Look up at night in Far West Texas and you’ll see some of the darkest, starry-night, milky-way filled skies in the U.S. At the heart of these magnificent views, atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains is The University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory. The Observatory’s Dark Skies Initiative aims to educate everyone, including oil and gas businesses in the Permian, on the environment, energy conservation, and health and safety benefits that come from keeping Texas’ skies dark. Speakers: Bill Wren, Special Assistant to the Superintendant, UT McDonald Observatory & Fay Fitzsimmons, Public Affairs and Communications, Apache Corporation

Location: Salon A

When Doing the Right Thing Comes Natural: Nestled between Big Bend National Park and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area lie the approximately 27,000 acres of El Carmen Land and Conservation Co., breaming with the incredibly diverse desert flora and fauna. While maintaining a wild landscape on this level might not seem like a normal corporate investment, CEMEX USA, owners of ECLCC, posit that is it not only the right thing to do but also great for the bottom line. Speakers: Bonnie McKinney, biologist, ECLCC, & Lance Griffin Director of Aggregate Operations- Texas, CEMEX USA

Location: Salon B

Conservation and the Bottom Line: Conservation isn’t just good for natural resources. It’s good for the bottom line. Learn how Dell Technologies has used its culture of innovation, engineering and supply chain expertise to become one of the biggest recyclers of plastic in the world. From recycled materials to internal practices, Dell has worked to measure the impact and benefit of its conservation practices to both bottom line and culture. Speaker: Michael K. Murphy, VP of Environmental Affairs, Dell Technologies

Location: Auditorium

3:15-4:00 PM

NATURE, HEALTH, & COMMUNITY

Productivity and Prosperity

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Choose from four breakout sessions or a Bush Center grounds tour. Each session will consist of a 20-25 minute case study presentation followed by 20-25 minutes of attendee dialogue.

Designing for Conservation: Designing for conservation can have significant impact not only for our natural resources, but also for employee health and efficient budgets. Top design firms in Texas work with businesses and individuals alike to create and build beautiful, sustainable facilities and grounds that integrate the natural world, minimize negative impact, and reduce long-term costs. Whether retrofitting or building new, design strategy should be an integral part of conservation, employee health, and budget efforts.Speaker: Dr. Shannon Van Zandt, Head, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Texas A&M University and Bob Harris,  Partner and Head of Eco-Conservation Studio, Lake l Flato Architects

Location: Auditorium

Keeping Schools and Cities Cool: Texas is heating up and so are Dallas ISD elementary schools. Presently, Dallas ISD elementary schools have an average of 7% tree canopy making for hotter play and learning areas resulting in children spending less time outside. To beat the heat and ensure that “no child is left inside,” Texas Trees Foundation’s Cool Schools program strives to plant 80-100 trees at every Dallas ISD elementary school to increase the tree canopy to at least 20%, creating cooler, greener, and healthier school campuses. Speakers: Matt Grubisich, Director of Operations & Urban Forestry, Texas Trees Foundation & Lisa Lovato, Principal, Dan D. Rogers Elementary, Dallas ISD

Location: Salon A

Healthy Oceans, Healthy Economies: From filtering water to controlling shore erosion, healthy oyster reefs create a plethora of benefits to marine ecosystems, and in turn, the human habitats that live, work and play on the shores nearby. Over decades, oyster habitats suffered damage through dredging, construction, and natural disasters along the Texas coast. Building Conservation Trust is working to reverse the damage by restoring these vital structures and educating local communities and businesses on the benefits of healthy reef systems. Speakers: Dr. Carey Gelpi, Sabine Lake Ecosystem Leader, TPWD & Shane Bonnot, Advocacy Director CCATX

Location: Salon B

Engaging Employees and the Community: Texas has unique individuals and communities. Learn how Sundt engages and empowers employees to select, fund, and perform community projects which positively impact community relationships and employee well being. Learn best practices that help build a resilient workforce, community, and balance sheet. Speaker: Jon McKlevain, Vice President of Pre-Construction, Sundt

Location: Live Oak

Bush Center Grounds Tour: The environmentally conscious design of the Bush Center building and grounds reflects President and Mrs. Bush’s long-standing commitment to conservation. The Bush Center was the first Presidential Center to earn LEED Platinum certification for new construction, the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. The Native Texas Park, open year round, reflects President and Mrs. Bush’s love of the native Texas landscape. Visitors can explore native Texas environments such as Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, and Cross Timbers Forest.

4:15-5:00 PM

YOUR LINK IN THE CHAIN

An Exploration of Your Impact

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Choose from four breakout sessions or a Bush Center grounds tour. Each session will consist of a 20-25 minute case study presentation followed by 20-25 minutes of attendee dialogue.

Your Link in the Chain-An Exploration of Your Impact: Whether we’re landowners, businesses, or simply Texans, we each play a role in taking care of our state. Learn how beloved grocer, HEB, views their role in the overall chain of people, prosperity, and natural resources. Hear about the processes and practices they employ to ensure long-term sustainability, profitability, and success. Speaker: Richard McDonald, Corporate Director of Environmental Affairs, HEB

Location: Auditorium

Playas Today, Water Tomorrow: Beneath the feet of millions of Texans, below the waving grasslands of the Panhandle, lie thousands of access points to the biggest aquifer in America. These shallow basins, called playas, are Texas’ recharge points for the Ogallala Aquifer, and they play a critical role in providing a plentiful amount of clean water for the entire region. However, the health and integrity of the playas, and therefore the assurance of a steady water supply, is declining. To counter this trend, the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative works with landowners and other stakeholders across the region to incentivize the restoration and rejuvenation of healthy playas. Speaker: Don Kahl, Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Location: Salon B

A Natural Solution to Growth and Development: The population in North Texas is expected to double by 2060—that’s an additional 3.8 million people that need access to clean and reliable water sources. To address population growth in a conservation-minded way Tarrant Regional Water District and the North Texas Municipal Water District created an innovative, efficient, and sustainable approach for the natural filtration of water through the development of 4,000 acres of constructed wetlands. In addition to providing 3.8 million people with water, these wetlands also provide critical habitat for wildlife, recreational opportunities, and educational opportunities. Speakers: Darrel Andrews, Assistant Environmental Director, Tarrant Regional Water District, Billy George, Assistant Deputy, North Texas Municipal Water District, John DeFillipo, Director, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Tim Noack, Principal, Alan Plummer Associates, Inc., and Matt Symmank, Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 

Location: Salon A

Beyond the Core Offering: Often, conservation is part of our mission and everyday operations unbeknownst to our customers and partners because it’s not our core offering or industry. Many people know TxDOT for highways, however, they work daily to restore habitats, preserve archaeological findings, and more. Learn how they address their conservation strategy both internally and externally. Hear about their journey to share their role in Texas beyond their core offering. Speaker: Carlos Swonke, Director of Environmental Affairs, TxDOT

Location: Live Oak

Bush Center Grounds Tour: The environmentally conscious design of the Bush Center building and grounds reflects President and Mrs. Bush’s long-standing commitment to conservation. The Bush Center was the first Presidential Center to earn LEED Platinum certification for new construction, the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. The Native Texas Park, open year round, reflects President and Mrs. Bush’s love of the native Texas landscape. Visitors can explore native Texas environments such as Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, and Cross Timbers Forest.

5:00-6:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

6:00-8:30 PM

DINNER AND CELEBRATION

Celebrating the Best of Texas Conservation

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The Texan by Nature Conservation Wrangler Program highlights the very best Texan-led conservation projects that demonstrate tangible returns for people, prosperity, and natural resources. Texan by Nature supports these select innovative and transformative projects with tailored aid, resources, and visibility. The 2018 Conservation Wranglers include:

George W. Shannon Wetlands Project (Tarrant Regional Water District, TPWD’s Richland Creek WMA) and East Fork Water Reuse Project (North Texas Municipal Water District, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center)

Cool Schools (Texas Trees Foundation)

El Carmen Land and Conservation Co. (CEMEX and J. Austin)

Dark Skies Initiative (McDonald Observatory)

Sabine Lake Restored Oyster Reef Expansion (Building Conservation Trust and Coastal Conservation Association)

Texas Playa Conservation Initiative (Texas Parks and Wildlife, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Ducks Unlimited, USFWS, and USDA)