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San Antonio Environmental Challenges: Opportunities in Resiliency

A conference organized by Solar San Antonio and imagineSanAntonio is scheduled to take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. on two Fridays in February (14th and 21st) with each day ending with a luncheon speaker. The conference is hosted by Rackspace with participation by prominent community institutions including USAA, H-E-B, Toyota, CPS Energy, and San Antonio Water Systems.

The conference is intended to help develop environmental resiliency and adaptability in our community infrastructure. It will feature presentations by local and national experts who will cover topics, such as water supplies and droughts, extreme weather events, wildfires, urban heat islands, public health, electric power supplies, alternative fuels, air quality, carbon emissions, how to determine an organization’s carbon footprint, and strategies to achieve resilience.

The cost for each day individually is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The cost for purchasing a two-day ticket is $50 in advance and $65 at the door. There is also a student discount available. Visit Eventbrite to sign up for this important conference.

Conservation Design Workshop with Randall Arendt

Two of last century’s most compelling design innovations are “new urbanism” and conservation design, both of which built upon earlier traditions of land use planning.  Renowned author and speaker, Randall Arendt, will present recent research and examples of conservation design conducted for the upcoming revision of Rural by Design.  This program shows how conservation design techniques can be readily combined with traditional neighborhood design principles to create walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, utilizing time-tested principles of community greenway design.  Join local planners, land developers, landscape architects, and land conservationists to further explore Conservation Design in Central Texas.

The morning session will include a presentation and workshop with Randall Arendt.  In the afternoon, registrants have the option of attending one of two tracks: (1) a hands-on design exercise with Mr. Arendt (limited space) or (2) a panel discussion of opportunities and challenges of implementing Conservation Design in Central Texas.


Program Guide


Regular and on-site registration –

$65 (cash and checks available on-site) Must register by January 22nd to reserve a lunch.



5 AICP CM credits pending

5 ASLA CEUs pending



American Planning Association, Central Texas Section

American Society of Landscape Architects, Austin Chapter

Hill Country Alliance

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

American Planning Association, Southwest Section