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  • Douglas Melnick Email Douglas Melnick
    Chief Sustainability Officer

Communications and Public Affairs: 207-7234
Published on Monday, August 28, 2017


As part of the Breathe Today SA Tomorrow campaign, the San Antonio Business Journal and City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability (COSA) is hosting a forum on current air quality standards. The October 6 forum will address the potential impact of nonattainment on businesses and the community, and leaders of small to mid-size companies will learn what they can do to help improve San Antonio's air quality.

Air quality and a healthy environment are important issues impacting local businesses, and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg will share his thoughts regarding these topics at the Air Quality Luncheon Summit. COSA has a vested interested in sustainability, and is dedicated to enhancing the environment, sustaining our quality of life and increasing the city's economic vitality. The mayor will share the city's vision regarding air quality and the role the business community has in attaining a safe environment for its patrons, employees and vendors.

COSA has numerous programs in place to promote sustainability; however, with a population nearly 1.5 million, meeting government standards is challenging. Representatives from the Alamo Area Council of Governments will present case studies about the potential of nonattainment.

Promote Sustainability


Educating the business community is standard operating procedure for the San Antonio Business Journal, and Jimmy Holmes, market president and publisher, understands the implications if residents leave attainment solely to COSA. Having lived and worked in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, Holmes has seen how a business community can make a significant difference. Knowing that sustainability is essential to growth in many sectors of the economy, including tourism, he's confident attendees will learn the positive implications and negative consequences about air quality, and pledge to actively participate in maintaining an acceptable standard for San Antonio.

Rohit Sharma, an expert in environmental health and safety (EHS), will also be present to relay how San Antonio can have a thriving economy and healthy air quality simultaneously. As an advocate, Sharma has worked with state and federal regulatory agencies and industry trade groups, handling permitting, enforcement and ozone nonattainment issues, as well as participating in rule litigation and issuing regulatory summaries.

Summit Sponsors


Numerous business leaders have already made a stand for air quality, knowing the livelihood of their companies depends on their employees. More harm than good is done for a community that stands idle, so COSA and the San Antonio Business Journal are inviting business leaders to join them in this charge for a healthy environment for the benefit of all involved. Please join them, along with event sponsor, the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization at this important event.


Friday, October 6, 2017
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Norris Conference Center
618 NW Loop 410, #207
San Antonio, Texas 78216

Purchase Tickets

Corporate   $1,900
Table for 10, includes priority seating, logo on table signage, company name listed in event program and event PowerPoint and recognition from the podium.

Standard   $800
Table for 10

Individual   $75


There is still time to enter! Simply post pictures revealing how you’re contributing to San Antonio's air quality. Use #CleanAirSA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by September 29 for a chance to win a bicycle from Academy Sports + Outdoors or tickets to Splashtown San Antonio, Flip'z Trampoline Park or Battle for Texas: The Experience.




Be sure to listen to a candid conversation with Colleen Bridger, MPH, PhD, health director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, on BlogTalkRadio revealing why the quality of the air matters to the health of Bexar County residents. Dr. Bridger is responsible for managing more than two dozen programs and 400 health professionals. She is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and innovation expert, and she has more than 20 years of experience in community development and improvement.

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