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  1. Galveston Bay Foundation Rain Barrel Workshop

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    Galveston Bay Foundation’s Rain Barrel Program works in partnership with Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages to conserve water and reduce stormwater runoff, pollution, and bacteria entering Galveston Bay. This workshop will consist of a supply pickup, hands-on presentation, and Q&A session with Galveston Bay Foundation staff. The presentation will discuss water conservation tools, the environmental benefits of reducing freshwater usage and collecting rainwater, as well as proper rain barrel preparation, installation instructions and tips. Show up early or stick around after the event to enjoy walking through the beautiful botanic gardens and trails.

  2. 7 Questions for a Sustainability Professional: Sarah Ziomek, DFW Airport

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    Have you ever thought of an airport as an ecosystem? Sustainability professionals at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport look at operations with an ecosystem perspective to better understand how systems impact one another and maximize resource efficiency. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy is a priority at DFW; from becoming the first carbon-neutral airport in the Americas to training employees to spot and stop human trafficking, the airport makes the most of its position as a travel hub to achieve ESG goals. DFW Airport’s status as a global leader in sustainable transportation and ESG impact is thanks to the behind-the-scenes work of strategists like Sarah Ziomek, Enterprise Sustainability Programs Manager at DFW Airport.

    How would you explain the importance of ESG strategy to someone who wasn’t familiar with it?

    “In simple terms, an ESG strategy is a way for a company to proactively manage the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its activities as well as the impacts of environmental, social, and economic factors on business performance. In other words, it includes both an internal and an external focus on the environment, people, and economics – the ‘triple bottom line’ of sustainability. 

    Developing and implementing an ESG strategy enables a company to identify and manage risks, enhance its reputation, engage stakeholders, and drive business value.”

    Impact by the numbers: DFW Airport covers more than 17,000 acres, uses 100% renewable energy from Texas wind farms, and recycled, reused, or salvaged more than 57,000 tons of construction waste in 2022.

    When planning environmental sustainability targets, what do you use as a guide to set these goals and commitments? (i.e. successful industry models, stakeholder concern, natural resource use?)

    When updating our sustainability management plan and corresponding commitments, we looked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), a set of 17 global goals designed to address the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. Then, we mapped these global goals to our specific business objectives. As a result, we ultimately settled on six key focus areas for our strategy, effectively illustrating the connectivity between sustainability goals and business performance.

    One underlying theme across our strategy is to drive a net positive impact. In Net Positive, Paul Polman and Andrew Winston define a net positive business as one “that improves well-being for everyone it impacts and at all scales…and even future generations and the planet itself.”  This concept is echoed by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in Cradle to Cradle as doing “more good” instead of “less bad.”

    DFW’s six “Sustainability North Stars”: Climate Action; Energy Performance; Circular Economy; Water & Biodiversity; Equity; and Health, Safety, and Wellness. These priorities align with elements of all 17 UN SDGs.

    What is the first step for implementing ESG strategy for a company looking to engage in environmental sustainability for the first time? 

    A good first step is to start with an analysis of macro trends – global issues that may impact your business today or in the future. Since sustainability involves future-proofing, it’s important to develop your strategy with a forward-looking mindset. This review will position you to conduct a materiality assessment – a process to identify the issues that are most relevant to your company’s operations and its stakeholders.

    Once you have prioritized key issues to address and determined your company’s baseline performance in these areas, you can develop an ESG strategy with specific, measurable, and time-bound targets. It’s critical to establish a system for monitoring and reporting on your progress toward these targets early on. This will help ensure that commitments are backed by action.

    In 2022, what was your most interesting lesson learned in your work as a sustainability professional?

    One lesson that I have learned is the importance of systems thinking. The challenges we face are complex and interconnected, and sustainability professionals must be able to analyze the interconnections and interdependencies between different systems (or disciplines within an organizational structure) to identify the root causes of issues and implement effective solutions.

    What component of working in environmental sustainability is your favorite and why? (ie. Water, wildlife, biodiversity, operational innovation, waste diversion, land, energy etc.)

    It’s hard to pick! I was drawn to the field of sustainability because of the interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving that it encourages. I’m an environmental scientist by training, and my background is in ecology, so I really enjoy working on biodiversity-related projects. More recently though, I’ve grown to love working on waste diversion initiatives. Waste is a problem that every individual has a personal connection to as well as an ability to positively influence

    From the eyes of an environmental sustainability professional, what makes a conservation project stand out? What can conservation projects do to make it easier to partner with them? 

    The landmark 1987 Brundtland Report, published by the World Commission on Environment and Development, defined sustainability as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The report emphasized that the concept of sustainability recognizes the limits imposed by finite natural resources and the planet’s ecological means. Conservation and environmental protection are inherent in the concept of sustainable development. 

    “We found everywhere deep public concern for the environment, concern that has led not just to protests but often to changed behavior. The challenge is to ensure that these new values are more adequately reflected in the principles and operations of political and economic structures.” – Our Common Future (aka the Brundtland Report)

    A project that stands out is one that generates not only environmental benefits but also social and economic benefits. This is known as the triple bottom line approach, and projects that apply this mindset make great partners. Such a holistic approach ensures that a project is not just good for the environment, but also good for people and businesses in the long run. 

    What sustainability goal are you most looking forward to working on in 2023? 

    I’m looking forward to making progress on our goal to improve our landfill diversion rate. At DFW, we’re implementing a circular economy approach to waste management, which aims to keep materials in use and design out waste and pollution. In 2023, we will expand our composting program, improve recycling collection processes, and increase education around waste management practices. 

    Fast-paced and dependent on resource-intensive infrastructure, an airport is emblematic of the challenges — and the opportunities — for industry to engage in sustainability. DFW Airport’s principled approach to ESG strategy provides an example to airports around the world of how to achieve environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. 

    Texan by Nature’s vision is for every business and every Texan to participate in conservation, and for Texas to be a model of collaborative conservation for the world. 

    We’re grateful to Sarah, DFW Airport, and the many sustainability professionals and companies who are future-proofing their businesses and our state with operational innovations and conservation investments that advance environmental sustainability in their sectors and provide successful models for the globe to follow. 

    Learn more about the annual TxN 20 program, which recognizes leadership in environmental sustainability in industry, by visiting the TxN 20 website, and keep an eye out for more insight from other sustainability professionals to come.

    More about Sarah Ziomek

    Sarah Ziomek is the Enterprise Sustainability Programs Manager at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW Airport) and is responsible for developing and advancing DFW’s sustainability strategy, implementing the Airport’s roadmap to achieve net zero by 2030, overseeing the environmental grants program, and managing the zero waste program. She supports the Airport’s strategic partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as the DFW lead on projects related to energy optimization and renewables integration for buildings and fleets. 

    Sarah received her B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University. She is a Certified Ecologist and has served in the capacity of environmental scientist and wetland specialist. Her previous experience includes environmental consulting for multiple industries as well as work for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the National Park Service.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors playing tennis, cycling, and backpacking.

  3. TxN 20 Highlights — Transportation

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Transportation.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries that keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery, Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20  Honorees leading sustainability in transportation: Cap Metro and DFW Airport.

    12 electric buses purchased in 2021— 2022 Honoree Cap Metro

    Who is Cap Metro?

    Cap Metro is Austin’s regional public transportation provider. CapMetro connects people, jobs and communities by providing quality transportation choices to Central Texas. Created in accordance with Chapter 451 of the Texas Transportation Code, CapMetro was established by a voter referendum on Jan. 19, 1985. The agency is funded in part by a 1 percent sales tax levied by members of its service area.

    How are they setting the standard?

    In the social sector, Cap Metro partnered with H-E-B, Central Texas Food Bank to deploy Help-at-Home kits to elderly and disabled citizens across Austin, dedicating 300-400 service hours a week to the Help-at-Home Kits program. 

    CapMetro used its resources to help provide meals to the hungry in our regions, providing access to basic food necessities without the risks of COVID.

    CapMetro uses 97% renewable energy purchased from Texas wind farms totaling around 8.7 million kilowatt hours of energy. With 12 new electric buses purchased in 2021, CapMetro will increase to 200 electric buses by 2026 to reduce its overall fleet greenhouse gas emissions. 100% of CapMetro’s electricity from Austin Energy is renewable (wind and solar) Green Choice electricity. 

    Powered by 100% renewable electricity from Texas wind farms — 2022 Honoree DFW Airport

    Who is DFW Airport?

    Today, Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport warmly welcomes more than 73 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited super-hub airports in the world. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel.

    How are they setting the standard?

    2,000 DFW employees work to advance ESG initiatives, forming strategic partnerships with several prominent external entities, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Coca-Cola, Nestle, the University of North Texas, Avfuel Corporation, and the Dallas Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition, to advance innovative approaches to sustainability. Additionally, DFW is powered by 100% renewable electricity from Texas wind farms, directly benefiting local economies. As a result, since 2010, the Texas electric grid (ERCOT) has increased from 8% renewables to over 20%. Waste collected from DFW’s food waste program is transported to local farms and compost facilities, resulting in 9 tons of food waste diverted from landfills since 2021.

    15 concessionaires from two terminals have been onboarded to the composting program, and the Airport anticipates expanding the program to additional concessions locations in the coming months. 

    Why Forward Thinking Leaders in Transportation Matter

    According to the EPA, the Transportation sector contributes more to overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector, producing 27% of global emissions in 2020. Since bringing down emissions and getting from point A to point B are musts in the modern world, innovation in transportation is critical to keep a prosperous economy and protect the environment. Sustainability leaders like CapMetro and DFW Airport are keeping the world connected and protected.   

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors. 

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: Kirby Corporation

    The Houston-based Kirby Corporation operates as the premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout all three U.S. Coasts and more. In 2020, they transported 423.4 million barrels of cargo without a spill in the water. Additionally, by 2024, they estimate a 25% reduction of marine CO2 emissions per barrel of capacity. 

    Industry Innovator: Union Pacific

    The Omaha-based Union Pacific delivers integral goods to families and businesses every day with efficiency and reliability. In 2021, they introduced Genset and Green Goat locomotives for service in California, Texas and Chicago, with fuel-savings of more than 20% compared to other diesel locomotives in similar use. Additionally, PSR efforts allowed them to reduce the size of their locomotive fleet, effectively retiring their least-efficient units.

    Industry Innovator: XPO Logistics

    The Greenwich-based XPO Logistics is a top ten global provider of transportation and logistic services. In 2021, they launched a new rail freight service in partnership with Irish Rail to provide a greener, more efficient path to transport goods between Western and Southeast Ireland. Additionally, in European locations, they have installed intelligent LED lighting in 14 more locations, in total covering 55% of their square footage. 

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).
  4. TxN 20 Highlights — Construction and Manufacturing

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Construction and Manufacturing.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery,Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20  Honorees leading sustainability in Construction and Manufacturing: CEMEX and HOLT CAT.

    $13 billion invested in environmental impact abatement — 2022 Honoree CEMEX

    Who is CEMEX?

    Four-time TxN20 honoree CEMEX creates sustainable value by providing industry-leading products and solutions to satisfy the construction needs of customers around the world. CEMEX strives to make the future better for customers, shareholders, and communities by becoming the world’s most efficient and innovative building materials company.

    How are they setting the standard?

    CEMEX employees logged more than 200 hours volunteering at over 30 external community events, and safely hosted two large in-person events at the facility. The company has given $90,000+ in community donations and sponsorships. CEMEX has also invested $13 billion in high-quality abatement techniques, including projects to measure air emission reduction. CEMEX reduced the use of local water sources by 90% compared to water consumption before implementing CEMEX’s water recycling system, resulting in 1 billion gallons of water recycled annually. The state-of-the-art water recycling system was designed to recycle 12,000 gallons of water per minute

    Saved over 5 million gallons of water by updating equipment – 2022 Honoree HOLT CAT

    Who is HOLT CAT?

    HOLT CAT is the authorized Caterpillar® heavy equipment and engine dealer for 118 counties in South, Central, North and East Texas. Established in 1933, HOLT sells, services and rents Cat equipment, engines, generators and trucks for construction, mining, industrial, petroleum and agricultural applications.

    How are they setting the standard?

    Holt Cat invests in environmental sustainability through its employees: 1 Environmental Specialist, 2 full time Land Managers & a Facility Management team of 19. Peter Holt, CEO of HOLT CAT, is committed to wildlife conservation efforts through his role on the Executive Committee of the Texas Wildlife Association. Corrina Holt Richter, President, serves on the Board for the Brackenridge Park Conservancy. Holt Cat has also installed solar arrays at 11 locations, totaling 1515 kW of energy. These systems collectively produce approximately 2+ million kWh of electricity annually.  This production equates to an offset of 1417 metric tons of CO2, 305 gasoline-powered vehicles in a year, 3,518,191 miles driven, 159,487 gallons of gasoline, 276 homes’ electricity consumed, and 3281 barrels of oil consumed. 

     

    In terms of natural resources, Holt Cat manages 55,000 acres of open wildlife preserve including a 0.5 acre butterfly garden in San Antonio headquarters campus. In all, Holt manages over 55,000 acres of open wildlife preserve areas. HOLT constructed new equipment wash racks in Pflugerville, Weslaco and Fort Worth to complement existing updated wash racks in San Antonio and Edinburg. These wash racks recycle water to eliminate the need to utilize fresh water each time they are used. These reduce the water utilized at these locations by approximately 5,038,848 gallons annually

    Why Forward Thinking Leaders in Construction and Manufacturing Matter

    According to the EPA, 30% of all US carbon emissions come from the upkeep of buildings. Considering the impact of the spaces and places we live, as we build a world to accommodate our growing population it’s important to choose sustainable solutions at every step.  Green construction, construction and manufacturing that incorporates high energy-efficiency, minimizes waste, and mitigates its environmental impact, creates billions of dollars worth of jobs in the US while protecting natural resources. With this year’s honorees building the future,  it looks brighter than ever.

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors. 

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability


    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: KBR 

    Zero Harm is KBR’s Environmental, Social, and Governance philosophy. It is based on ten pillars, five of which are directly related to environmental sustainability. The spirit of Zero Harm is ingrained into the culture of KBR and highlights their commitment to sustainability. With Zero Harm in mind, KBR implemented their Global Environmental Policy in October 2021 to act as a guide for all KBR operations. The policy clearly states their focuses for the future and plans regarding sustainability moving forward including altering their travel to reduce emissions and prioritizing partnerships with other environmentally conscious companies.

    Industry Innovator: Quanta Services

    Quanta Services focuses on the planet by implementing various environmental initiatives. Currently, Quanta Services is building infrastructure that facilitates 5g and electric vehicles to move towards a carbon neutral future. The company also provides various case studies on their sustainable projects making them a leader in the construction and manufacturing industry.

    Industry Innovator: Vulcan Materials

    Vulcan Materials Company has prioritized sustainability by focusing on their energy intake and amplifying their commitment to conservation. They partnered with Live Oak Wind Facility in San Angelo, TX in June 2021 and have been receiving wind energy for over one year now. Additionally, Vulcan has been recognized by The Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC’s) Corporate Wildlife Habitat Certification and International Accreditation Program 44 times for their restoration and wildlife enhancement of quarries. Most recently, Vulcan partnered with the City of Atlanta to transform a quarry into a reservoir for emergency water use. This reservoir holds more than 2 billion gallons of water, ten times more than the city’s previous backup water reserve!

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).
  5. TxN 20 Highlights — Municipal Services

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Municipal Services.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery,Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20  Honorees leading sustainability in Municipal Services: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD).

    $1.2 million invested in expanding recycling to parks citywide2022 Honoree City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

    Who is the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department?

    The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has been the steward of the City of Austin’s public lands since 1928.  As such, they protect and maintain parkland and urban forest. Austin PARD preserve trails, and offer a variety of sports, recreation, educational enrichment, arts programs, cultural opportunities, nature and aquatic activities.

    How the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department sets the standard

    Austin PARD demonstrates that individual efforts can make a big impact: two staff members of the Austin Nature and Science Center sheltered at the center during Winter Storm Uri to care for the wildlife. Because of their dedication, 100 animals were protected during Winter Storm Uri and suffered no significant impacts due to the storm or stress. From wildlife to waste disposal, Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s  Recycling Implementation Plan has invested $1.2 million in expanding recycling to parks citywide by installing landfill and recycling receptacles as paired units on concrete pads with two-way dome lids and clear labels in English and Spanish. PARD Forestry recycles all debris from its tree maintenance program. Once a month, Austin residents can take home free logs from trees that have been removed from the parkland for safety reasons resulting in 980 tons of brush and 80 tons of wood recycled annually.

    Why Forward Thinking Leaders in Municipal Services Matter

    Leadership in environmental sustainability from Municipal Services makes it possible to take care of the places we call home. With a state recycling rate of 22%, below the national average, the efforts of the City of Austin PARD to expand recycling are essential to close the gap in responsible waste disposal in Texas. Austin PARD’s innovative stewardship of urban forests, which provide ecosystem services like erosion control and improved air quality, engages the community with circularity by offering free firewood from landscape management.

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors. 

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 Honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: Waste Connections

    Waste Connections is a waste disposal company that offers recycling and trash pickup as well as special and hazardous waste disposal. The company has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by outlining a 15 year sustainability target plan and allocating $500 million to achieve the plan’s goals. Waste Connections has also installed 50 gas recovery systems to capture methane gas from landfills, reducing air pollution, and 28 of those gas recovery systems power homes and businesses in the surrounding areas.  

    Industry Innovator: City of San Marcos

    The City of San Marcos is known for its natural beauty and resources, which are stewarded by city management. The City of San Marcos offers its citizens incentives to be more sustainable, including rebates for solar energy and rainwater harvesting. San Marcos also manages the Community Forestry Program, which maintains and restores urban forest ecosystems on over 2004 acres.  

    Industry Innovator: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

    Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio sets a statewide example by incorporating sustainability into all their event operations. Trash bags at the convention center are 100% biodegradable and recycling bags are 100% recyclable. The center also uses only Green Seal Certified cleaning products and has invested in energy efficiency by installing solar thermal film on all windows.

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).
  6. TxN 20 Highlights — Retail

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Retail.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery,Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. Meet the 2022 TxN 20 Honoree leading sustainability in Retail: Yeti.

    6,000 pounds of debris from the Colorado River – 2022 Honoree Yeti

    Who is Yeti?

    In 2006, we founded YETI Coolers with a simple mission: build the cooler we’d use every day if it existed. One that was built for the serious outdoor enthusiast rather than for the mass-discount retailers. One that could take the abuse we knew we’d put it through out in the field and on the water. One that simply wouldn’t break.

    How Yeti sets the standard

    YETIzens, Yeti employees, joined Austin FC and the Colorado River Alliance to volunteer 100+ hours to remove 6,000 pounds of debris from the Colorado River and the surrounding parks in Austin. This makes the river a more enjoyable spot for paddle boarding and kayaking and helps reduce the impact of plastic pollution in this important aquatic ecosystem. YETI’s partnership with Ducks Unlimited aids in the protection of a critical wintering habitat for a massive percentage of North America’s migrating waterfowl species from the pressure of environmental degradation and climate change. A portion of YETI’s annual sponsorship is designated for Ducks Unlimited’s Gulf Coast Initiative, aimed at protecting waterfowl habitats in YETI’s own backyard, contributing $1 million + to community organizations and foundations working on conservation and representation in the WILD. 

    Additionally, since launching hats with NetPlus® materials, YETI has helped divert 17,700 pounds of fishing net waste and achieved an estimated 50% reduction in the carbon footprint of their hat brim plastic compared to using virgin plastic. In 2020, YETI diverted 298,000 pounds of material from landfill and another 157,000 pounds of material through July 2021.

    Why Forward Thinking Leaders in Retail Matter

    Worldwide, the Retail industry contributes 25% of total greenhouse emissions. Scope 3 emissions, the ones companies are indirectly responsible for (i.e.  product disposal by the consumer) make up a large portion of most retailers’ carbon footprints. By making sturdy products designed to last far beyond single use, Yeti is doing their part to reduce product waste and bring down Scope 3 emissions in retail. 

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors. 

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: Walmart

    The Bentonville-based Walmart helps people around the world save money and live better anywhere, from in their retail stores to through their mobile devices. In 2021, they diverted 81% of waste from landfills and incinerators globally. Additionally, they have committed to help protect, manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land and 1 million square miles of ocean by 2030

    Industry Innovator: Neiman Marcus

    The Dallas-based Neiman Marcus is a luxury retailer offering merchandise and service that cater to the needs of the affluent customer. In 2021, they extended the useful life of over 350,000 luxury items through circular services. Additionally, they reduced Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 23%

    Industry Innovator: Home Depot

    The Atlanta-based Home Depot revolutionizes the definition of “hardware store” by providing retail and home improvement services. In 2020, they helped reduce customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million metric tons. Additionally, they helped reduce their consumers’ water use by 250 billion gallons

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).
  7. TxN 20 Highlights — Energy Industry

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Energy.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery,Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees leading sustainability in Energy: NRG Energy and Vistra Corp.

    Solar and energy storage projects in Texas totaling ~850MW — 2022 Honoree Vistra Corp

    Who is Vistra Corp?

    Vistra is a leading Fortune 500 integrated retail electricity and power generation company based in Irving, Texas, providing essential resources for customers, commerce, and communities. Vistra combines an innovative, customer-centric approach to retail with safe, reliable, diverse, and efficient power generation.

    How does Vistra Corp set the standard?

    Since 2002, Vistra Corp’s Trees for Growth has provided 300K trees through their Trees for Growth program and helped generate environmental savings and health benefits for municipalities and residents valued at ~$37 million annually during the life of the trees. Vistra’s largest financial investment in sustainability is the transformation of its generation portfolio toward low-to-no carbon-emitting resources by responsibly retiring coal assets and investing in transformational growth investments such as solar and energy storage. On. Sept. 29, Vistra announced Phase 1 of its solar and energy storage projects in Texas, a total of ~850MW, which represent a capital investment of approximately $850 million

    Vistra also saved 4 billion gallons of water this year — since 2010, Vistra has reduced the total water withdrawn by 42%. 98% of water withdrawn is discharged. While the use of water is imperative to producing electricity from thermal generation, Vistra understands that water is a limited, expensive, and shared resource that is essential to life. In addition to strong stewardship, conservation is a primary focus at each of Vistra’s generation facilities.

    Fresh produce for ≈ 3,000 people annually through NRG Dewey Prairie Garden — 2022 Honoree NRG Energy

    Who is NRG Energy?

    NRG Energy is a Fortune 200 energy company that provides stable energy through traditional and renewable sources. NRG is paving the way to a brighter, sustainable future and more options for getting there with data, technology, and convenience.

    How does NRG Energy set the standard?

    The NRG Dewey Prairie Garden is a reclamation project of 10 acres of lignite mine near Jewett, Texas; the service garden was created by NRG Energy in partnership with Texan by Nature. The reclaimed land, which was formerly a lignite mine, includes a wetland area, pollinator habitat, and future orchard that will provide 10,000 lbs of fresh produce annually and fresh produce for ≈ 3,000 people annually to alleviate food insecurity in Leon, Freestone, and Limestone Counties. 

    Reliantgives, NRG retail brand Reliant’s charitable program, contributed over $5.5 million dollars and 4,000 volunteer hours to 150 local causes. Reliantgives partners with sustainability and conservation-focused non-profits, including EarthShare, Dallas Zoo, Central and West Texas Zoo, Texas State Aquarium, Galveston Bay Foundation, and the Dallas Arboretum. Additionally, as one of Dallas Zoo’s corporate partners, Reliant has contributed $650K+ to Dallas Zoo over 4 years and provides critical general operating support and support of conservation efforts in 32 countries and 4 continents around the world. The largest part of their conservation spending is on Texas Wildlife conservation efforts.

    Why Forward Thinking Leaders in Energy Matter

    Energy is a key industry in facing the climate crisis. As a national energy leader, models of environmental sustainability by Texas companies set the standard for other states and the globe. Last year, Texas produced more net energy than any other state in the country, and produced 26% of the nation’s wind power. The leadership of Energy companies like NRG and Vistra are driving the positive change needed to ensure Texas can sustainably meet energy needs in the future.

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors. 

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: Pioneer Natural Resources

    Pioneer Natural Resources, an oil and gas exploration and production company, taps into the pioneer spirit of West Texas to bring innovation to the oil and gas sector. Pioneer has invested $134 million in The City of Midland’s wastewater treatment facility with the goal of using the reclaimed water that will be generated by the facility for operations in place of scarce groundwater in the Permian Basin. Pioneer is also contributing to efforts to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken through a Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CAA) with US Fish and Wildlife Services to mitigate the impact of operations on Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat.  

    Industry Innovator: NextEra Energy

    NextEra Energy is an energy and infrastructure company that invests in making infrastructure and energy production more efficient and mitigating the impact of energy production on wildlife. Since 2012, NextEra has invested nearly $40 billion in renewable energy generation and battery storage advancement and is the world’s largest generator of sun and wind energy. To advance wind energy while protecting birds like eagles, NextEra is piloting an emerging technology called IdentiFlight to track and protect eagles in real time. 

    Industry Innovator: Shell

    Shell is one of the world’s leading energy companies, and they are using their leadership position in the global market to promote innovation in energy. The Shell Eco-Marathon is a competition in which students engineer energy efficient, low emissions vehicles to drive progress in transportation. Shell also administers the Accelerate to Zero program, which offers support to companies decarbonizing their business fleet. 

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).
  8. TxN 20 Industry Highlights — Technology

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Technology.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery, Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20  Honorees leading sustainability in Technology: Cirrus Logic and IBM.

    100% of Austin and London facilities transitioned to renewable electricity contracts – 2022 Honoree Cirrus Logic

    Who is Cirrus Logic?

    Cirrus Logic is a leading supplier of audio semiconductors, specializing in developing low-power, mixed-signal processing solutions for mobile technology. 

    How does Cirrus Logic set the standard?

    Cirrus Logic has implemented a waste reduction strategy plan that emphasizes diverting e-waste from landfills. In addition to reselling and recycling electronics, Cirrus Logic donated approximately 380 computers to two organizations: Latinitas and Edinburgh Remakery. The company made significant progress in transitioning to renewable energy, increasing from 15% of renewable-energy-powered global operations to 79% in the 2022 fiscal year. Finally, Cirrus Logic thoroughly evaluated their greenhouse gas emissions to better understand their footprint and has set a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to reduce their Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 90% by 2030.

    Over 26,500 cubic meters of water recycled in 2021 – 2022 Honoree IBM

    Who is IBM?

    IBM is a world leader in technology, best known for producing computer hardware and software. IBM Cloud allows businesses to organize data and engage with customers in new, seamless ways.

    How does IBM set the standard?

    In 2021, IBM continued to cement their commitment to sustainability by joining the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact and becoming a founding member of the European Green Digital Coalition. In alignment with like-minded companies, IBM pledged to make important changes to protect the planet, from conserving water and purchasing renewable energy to developing energy-efficient products. In that same year, IBM avoided 90,000 MWh of energy consumption and 26,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions. In addition to conserving energy in their facilities, IBM products are designed to be increasingly efficient, getting four Power9-based server models and four storage products certified under the US EPA ENERGY STAR program.

     

    Why Forward-Thinking Leaders in Technology Matter

    The technology industry is built on innovation and constantly strives to find scalable solutions for problems big and small. According to calculations from the UN, digital technology could reduce the world’s carbon emissions by 17% through improved efficiency. This means tech companies are in a unique position to move not only themselves in a more sustainable direction, but drive innovation in other industries as well. Cirrus Logic and IBM have shown that tech companies can both mitigate their own environmental impact and give consumers sustainable options, creating positive change from the inside out.

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors. 

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability 
    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: HP Inc.

    • Initially launched in 2019, the HP Sustainable Forests Collaborative strives to counteract deforestation through restoration. In late 2021, the HP Sustainable Forests Collaborative took a big step toward achieving their goals when they became the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) largest corporate partner. They pledged $80 million to aid in addressing the impacts on forests from paper used in printing with HP printers and protect ever-important forest ecosystems.
    • In 2021, 134,000 tons of recycled plastic were used in manufacturing 5.4 million Original HP and Samsung cartridges, including plastic from recycled HP cartridges.

    Industry Innovator: Cisco Systems Inc.

    • Cisco has various platforms and forums for their employees to promote and educate on sustainability. SustainX is Cisco’s annual sustainability speaker series. SustainX has brought experts to give presentations on topics from reducing carbon emissions to environmental justice. Additionally, Cisco encourages employee-led groups and initiatives like GreenHouse, a platform where employees that are passionate about sustainability are encouraged to share and connect with like-minded colleagues, and the Green Team Network, a collection of chapters that raise awareness and sponsor discussions about ways to live more sustainably.
    • Connected Conservation, a wildlife conservation organization based in Zimbabwe, uses Cisco’s surveillance, data, and analytic technology to support their mission of protecting endangered species.

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).
  9. TxN 20 Industry Highlights — Food, Beverage, and Grocery

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Food, Beverage, and Grocery.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries that keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery, Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees leading sustainability in the Food, Beverage, and Grocery industry: Sysco and Farmer Brothers.

    $2.5 million to Sustainable Grazing and Wildlife Habitat  – 2022 Honoree Sysco

    Who is Sysco?

    Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing, and distributing food and non-food products to restaurants, healthcare, and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers around the world.

    potato field irrigated by a pivot sprinkler system

    How does Sysco set the standard?

    Sysco launched a Volunteer Hours Tool for associates to enter their volunteer hours. Associates are tracking volunteer hours to achieve the Global Good Goal of providing $500 Million for Global Good by 2025. Sysco teamed up with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Cargill to award $2.5 million to 10 projects to invest in community-led sustainable grazing practices and wildlife habitat to ranchers in support of implementing the largest sustainable grazing effort in the Southern Great Plains, one of America’s most important beef-producing regions. Sysco identified and implemented water-saving opportunities such as recycling water from vehicle washing stations and using rainwater for landscaping at their offices, resulting in over 2.5 billion gallons of water conserved in agriculture.

    77% of waste diverted from landfill in 2021 — 2022 Honoree Farmer Brothers
    Who is Farmer Brothers?

    For over a century, the Farmer Brothers company has built their business on providing extraordinary products at incomparable value to coffee-minded food service operators all across the country. From helping growers use sustainable farming methods at origin, through their supply chain, and eliminating waste in facilities; Farmer Brothers ensures sustainability is at the core of every decision they make.

    How does Farmer Brothers set the standard?

    Farmer Brothers donated over 42K worth of coffee and culinary products to local food banks and community organizations across the country in partnership with Feeding America. Farmer Brothers has also achieved a near 23% reduction in fuel use through reducing truck transportation with a new distribution center. These and other fleet innovations lead to savings of approximately 50,000 gallons of fuel per year, which is equivalent to 96 vehicles, 1,075 oil barrels and 69 homes. By performing waste audits at production facilities, working with local organizations to donate food, and up-cycling goods like coffee burlap and more, 77% of Farmer Brothers’ waste was diverted from landfills in 2021.

    Why Forward Thinking Leaders in Food, Beverage, and Grocery Matters: 

    Food and beverages like coffee are essential to our daily lives, but they can also be resource-intensive. Reducing energy and water intensity to make the same delicious products that fuel us is vital to maintaining quality of life in the future. With 45% of Texas’ water supply expected to be supplied by conservation and water reuse, it is good business  to follow the environmentally sustainable models  exemplified by Sysco and Farmer Brothers in the production of Food, Beverages, and Groceries. 

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors. 

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability
    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: Aldi

    Aldi is a leader in  sustainable practices in the food industry. Aldi purchases green electricity that covers 100% of its energy consumption. Additionally, Aldi prioritizes reducing plastics, packaging, and waste throughout their stores. Aldi reduced more than 62% of AlDI-exclusive packaging, shifted 19k tons of packaging to recyclable materials, and diverted 74% of operational waste.

    Industry Innovator: Tetrapak

    Tetrapak promotes sustainability throughout their company. Their notable efforts include their circular recycling design through which they recycle and reuse their cartons into new raw material and products. Additionally, Tetrapack’s “Tetra Rex Plant-based” packaging is their carbon-neutral label to reduce carbon emissions in their company.

    Industry Innovator: General Mills

    General Mills is a leader in sustainability as they align their business practices with the UN SDG goals. General Mills’ unique practices include prioritizing regenerative agriculture on 115k acres of land. The company has also shown water stewardship by working to diffuse risks in priority watersheds across their global supply chain. General Mills has 3 active plans in place with the goal of 10 priority watersheds by 2025.

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).

     

     

  10. TxN 20 Industry Highlights — Financial Services

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Financial Services.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries that keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery, Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees leading sustainability in Financial Services: Comerica Bank and North American Development Bank.

    The Company Investing in Environmental Progress with $1.7 Billion Loaned to Green Projects – 2022 Honoree: Comerica Bank

    Who is Comerica Bank?

    Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, that understands the valuable return in supporting our environment. Their $1.7 billion in loans and commitments goes toward 14 green loan categories, including green building (new and retro-fit), bio-fuels, recycling, biogas, energy efficiency, vehicle electrification, brownfield redevelopment, smart grid technologies, wind energy, pollution control, solar energy, green engineering, geothermal, wave or tidal energy, other green services, and products.

    Comerica’s innovative Master of Sustainability Awareness (MSA) program is a colleague education and engagement program dedicated to sustainability. Developed in-house, this program seeks to move employees from learning about sustainability to sharing what they’ve learned and then putting it into action, both at work and at home. The effects are evident, as the organization recycled or repurposed 96 tons of electronic equipment in 2021 and diverted  57% of its total waste from landfills.

    Covering Carbon Offsets for Employee Flights — 2022 Honoree: North American Development Bank

    Who is North American Development Bank?

    North American development bank is a San Antonio-based financial services company dedicated to helping fund the environment and people of both Mexico and Texas. With nearly a 1,255-mile shared border with Mexico, Texas is an optimal location and has benefitted from the Bank’s financing programs. Of the 140 projects located in the U.S., 76 are in Texas, and of the US $1.5 billion in funding provided to projects in the U.S., just over half has gone to support projects in Texas.

    Their commitment beyond our shared region extends to their purchase of carbon offsets for each flight NADBank staff takes on work-related travel. Carbon offsets are voluntary schemes whereby people pay to offset or make up for the emissions their flights produce. This means that even on the go, NADBank employees can give back to the environment. 

    North American Development Bank recognizes the value of conserving our natural resources. NADBank has contributed a significant impact in up to 4.2 million gallons per year by installing more than 20 miles of drinking water distribution lines, more than 5000 new or improved water connections, and installing 3.43 million gallons per day of new or improved wastewater treatment systems capacity. In addition, NADB eliminated 20.5 million gallons per day of untreated or inadequately treated wastewater discharges. 

    Why Forward-Thinking Leaders in Financial Services Matter

    It is no secret that Texas is a national leader in industry and economy, with a GDP of 1.83 trillion dollars in 2021, rising over 3.5 percent from the previous year and taking the claim for second highest GDP in the country. To future-proof this growth, the financial service industry has the opportunity to innovate and invest in environmental sustainability. By investing in green services, and weaving conservation efforts into business strategy, we can secure a prosperous economy and rich natural resources for future generations of Texans.

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors.

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: Allegiance Bank

    • Allegiance Bank is a financial services company that prioritizes sustainable practices throughout its company. In 2021, the bank launched its Allegiance Goes Green initiative in 2021 on Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, forming a “Green Team” of 15 bankers who are passionate about environmental issues such as recycling, and reducing their carbon footprint.
    • Additionally, the bank recycled over 221,000 lbs of paper, saving more than 1,885 trees.

    Industry Innovator: JP Morgan Chase Bank

    • JP Morgan Chase introduced a beekeeping program and installed 20 beehives at six of their corporate offices. These hives brought 750,000 bees into the communities that helped pollinate 450 different plant species over 300 square miles of land. The success of these hives will only increase as they plan to introduce more hives to more offices across the country.
    • In 2021, the organization diverted 490 metric tons of solid waste from landfills.

    Industry Innovator: Prosperity Bank

    • Prosperity Bank is a financial services company working towards a more sustainable world by tracking sustainable efforts and their return on investment. Through all of their methods of sustainability and conservation, Prosperity Bank saved $4,276,564.03 in 2021.
    • By tracking financial savings, Prosperity Bank promotes the economic benefits of incorporating sustainable practices in their industry. By investing in efficient energy, the company saved 3,190 kw of energy, equating to $255,268.88.

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).
  11. TxN 20 Industry Highlights — Agriculture

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Agriculture.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries that keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery, Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees leading sustainability in agriculture, Darling Ingredients, and Sanderson Farms.

    Nearly $10 million invested in energy and water efficiency improvements last year — 2022 TxN 20 Honoree Darling Ingredients

    Who is Darling Ingredients?

    Darling Ingredients is the largest publicly traded company turning edible by-products and food waste into sustainable products and is a leading producer of renewable energy.

    How does Darling Ingredients set the standard?

    Darling Ingredients invested nearly $10 million in water and energy efficiency in 2021. Their most substantial sustainable energy investment has been with Diamond Green Diesel, a renewable diesel that reduces emissions up to 85% compared to traditional diesel. Diamond Green Diesel is produced in partnership with Valero Energy Corporation, also headquartered in Texas. All of Darling Ingredients’ plants engage in primary water reduction practices limiting the demand for freshwater supplies across Darling operations resulting in 11 billion gallons of water returned to the environment per year. Darling Ingredients’ employees organized a recycling drive, collecting over 6,000 units of solid waste. In November of 2020, that same team planted 234 trees in the Mosquito River Basin region where their facility is located. 

    226,466 kWh of electricity saved in the calendar year 2021- 2022 — 2022 TxN 20 Honoree: Sanderson Farms

    Who is Sanderson Farms?

    Sanderson Farms is a Fortune 1000 company engaged in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Through efforts in conservation, recyclability, renewable energy, and fuel efficiency, Sanderson Farms demonstrates they are dedicated to producing quality, affordable chicken that is not only good for our customers but also good for the environment.

    How does Sanderson Farms set the standard?

    The company has 58 full-time employees company-wide dedicated to environmental and conservation efforts. The environmental services department consists of three managers of environmental services and an environmental coordinator, who are all responsible for monitoring the company’s usage of natural resources such as natural gas and electricity. Sanderson Farms utilizes energy-efficient LED lighting in select processing facilities resulting in 226,466 kWh of electricity saved in the calendar year 2021. Sanderson Farms generated 309,561 MMBTUs of renewable energy or biogas, which reduced the volume of natural gas purchased in their facilities. Sanderson Farms has reduced its water use intensity by 44% since 2008 and saves 1.3+ billion gallons of water annually.

    8,400 acres of land restored naturally — 2022 TxN 20 Honoree: Vital Farms

    Who is Vital Farms?

    Vital Farms’ purpose is rooted in a commitment to Conscious Capitalism, which prioritizes the long-term benefits to each of their stakeholders – farmers and suppliers, customers and consumers, communities and the environment, crew members, and stockholders. Today Vital Farms partners with over 275 small family farms. Every hen is humanely treated, every egg is pasture-raised, and they continue to elevate their own, and the industry’s, standards.

    How does Vital Farms set the standard?

    Approximately 200 family farms commit to Vital Farms exacting standards and the pasture-raised practices they believe are best for hens, cows, and land, resulting in 8,400 acres of natural land restoration. 

    Through Vital Farms’ conservation-minded pasture rotation practice, the land is naturally restored, and herbicides and pesticides are avoided in 300 farms. ZERO waste facilities: all excess egg product is used for other purposes, such as pet food. In addition, Vital Farms utilizes bio-retention features that clean and cool rainwater, provide for the recharge of local aquifers rather than runoff into storm sewers, and conserve over 700,000 gallons of water per year. 

    Why forward-thinking leaders in Agriculture matter

    80% of groundwater in Texas is used for irrigating crops, and according to the State Water Development Board’s 2022 Water Plan, Texas’ population is expected to grow by 70% by 2070. This increase in population means natural resources, including water and the agricultural products that put food on the table, will need to stretch further. To meet these needs while protecting the environment, it’s critical that the agriculture industry in Texas weaves environmental sustainability into its business model. Texas ingenuity in agriculture is helping produce more with less and increase environmental stewardship along the way.

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year
    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors.
    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: DOW Inc

    DOW Inc. is a leader in sustainability with its various initiatives to preserve natural resources. Notable efforts include executing optimization projects that have saved approximately 400,000 mT CO2 annually. Additionally, their efforts in renewable power surpassed their 2025 goals by obtaining 740 MV from renewable sources.

    Industry Innovator: Bayer & Bayer Crop Science

    Bayer & Bayer Crop Science incorporates sustainable practices into their business. Their unique efforts include using plant biotechnology to create herbicide-tolerant plants that reduce the release of GHG from the soil. The company also participates in purchasing electricity from renewable energies. In 2021, 24.7% of their electricity was sourced renewably as they are working towards 100% by 2029.

    Industry Innovator: Dairy Farmers of America

    Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) prioritizes sustainable efforts by aligning with UN SDG goals. DFA has approximately 200 on-farm renewable energy projects with plans to utilize more than 50 anaerobic digesters to convert dairy waste products into green energy. Additionally, DFA focuses greatly on soil health and regenerative agriculture to increase the longevity of soil life and health.

    Get Involved:
    Is your company at the forefront of conservation and environmental sustainability in Texas? Do you want to be recognized for your efforts? Contact Texan by Nature at programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).

     

     

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