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Climate Action Advisory Committee members appointed by City Council

Published on Thursday, October 8, 2020

Climate Action Advisory Committee members appointed by City Council

Members to begin meeting in November 2020 to advance implementation of SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

CONTACT: Ashley Alvarez, 210-207-2098


SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 8, 2020) – Today, the San Antonio City Council appointed the inaugural members of the Technical and Community Advisory Committee and the Climate Equity Advisory Committee in accordance with the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP).  Members appointed by the Mayor and City Council were recommended by the Community Health and Equity Committee, the City Manager’s Office, the Office of Equity and the Office of Sustainability. 
“With the establishment of the CAAP Advisory Committees today, we are further committing to addressing climate change head-on for the equitable future of San Antonio,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “I’m energized by the collective brainpower we are harnessing towards mitigating and adapting to the most critical issue of our lifetimes.”    
Appointees to both committees were selected based on technical expertise in elements related to climate mitigation and adaptation, and other important areas related to plan implementation, representation of important perspectives and a willingness to collaboratively work toward the Climate Plan goals.
“The inaugural committee members are leaders in their fields and communities. Their work will create a critical launch pad for the strategies outlined in the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan,” said Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, Chair of the Community Health and Equity Committee. “Now that the committees are in place, it’s time that we get to work reducing carbon emissions and building a resilient San Antonio.”

The Technical and Community Advisory Committee is made up of 24 representatives: 17 at-large plus five organizational members, a research collaborator from Southwest Research Institute and the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Climate Equity Committee. Organizational members include CPS Energy, San Antonio Water System, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio River Authority, and Joint Base San Antonio.

Members of the Technical and Community Advisory Committee include:

  • DeeDee Belmares | At-large
  • Ashley Bird | At-large
  • James E. Cooper | At-large
  • Estella Cota-Trevino | At-large
  • Matt Cox | At-large
  • Dr. Neil Debbage | At-large
  • Ashley Harris | At-large
  • Stephen Lucke | At-large
  • Dr. Kelly Lyons | At-large
  • Francisco Manon | At-large
  • Richard McDonald | At-large
  • Dr. Jimmy Perkins | At-large
  • John Plescia | At-large
  • Rosalinda Sanquiche | At-large
  • Ryan Webber | At-large
  • Rick Cavender | At-large, Automotive Industry
  • Stephanie Moreno | At-large, Energy Industry
  • Melissa Bryant, San Antonio River Authority | Organizational Member
  • Karen Guz, San Antonio Water System | Organizational Member
  • Kammy Horne, VIA Metropolitan Transit | Organizational Member
  • Marvin Pair, Joint Base San Antonio | Organizational Member
  • Angela Rodriguez, CPS Energy | Organizational Member
  • Miriam Juckett, Southwest Research Institute | Research Collaborator
  • The Chair or Vice-Chair of the Climate Equity Committee

The Climate Equity Advisory Committee is made up of 11 representatives: 10 from community-based organizations and other key stakeholders representing the interests of low-income populations, communities of color and other marginalized populations, as well as the Chair or Vice-Chair of the SA Climate Ready Technical and Community Advisory Committee. The ethical framework grounding the CAAP is climate equity, prioritizing the communities burdened the most by climate change, those that contribute the least to climate change and those most socially vulnerable to it. Climate equity ensures that these communities play a central role in the just transformation of the systems that have established, and continue to perpetuate, the unequal burden of climate impacts.
Members of the Climate Equity Advisory Committee include:

  • Aaron Arguello | At-large
  • Dr. Adelita Cantu | At-large
  • Anacua Garcia | At-large
  • Jesus Garcia-Gonzalez | At-large
  • Harjot Kaur | At-large
  • Diana Lopez-Perez | At-large
  • Eloisa Portillo-Morales | At-large
  • Joshua Scott | At-large
  • Dr. Joe Simpson | At-large
  • Tristan Tovar | At-large
  • The Chair or Vice-Chair of the Technical and Community Advisory Committee

Committee members will attend orientation webinars to familiarize them with the CAAP, as well as racial equity training prior to beginning quarterly meetings, which are anticipated to begin in November 2020. 
For more information on the City’s CAAP, visit

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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

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