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Published on Friday, April 20, 2018

SA Climate Ready Steering Committee Chair Selected

CONTACT: Ashley Alvarez, 210-207-2098

Ashley.alvarez@sanantonio.gov

SAN ANTONIO (April 20, 2018) –   After careful consideration, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval are pleased to announce that Anita Ledbetter, Executive Director of Build San Antonio Green (BSAG), has been selected to serve as the chair of the SA Climate Ready Steering Committee. SA Climate Ready is a project aiming to improve the quality of life of all residents of San Antonio and make the city and its people better prepared to face expected changes in climate. SA Climate Ready aims to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for the City of San Antonio.

“Anita Ledbetter’s sense of mission and dedication will serve the community well, and her experience makes her a perfect fit as steering committee chair,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “I am pleased that she has agreed to accept this important position.”

Ledbetter has been working for the community of San Antonio as the Executive Director of Build San Antonio Green for 14 years, where she has built San Antonio's nationally recognized affordable green building program. Ledbetter has served on several City planning committees and boards including the City of San Antonio’s Sustainable Building Code Task Force, the Mission Verde Alliance, SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, SAWS Citizens Advisory Committee, San Antonio Bike Share and the EPIcenter Advisory Committee.  

"It is a great honor to serve the citizens of San Antonio, and I am excited to work alongside some of the great minds within our community.  Born and raised in San Antonio, I know this is a great responsibility, one that will affect generations to come,” said Ledbetter. “We the people of San Antonio have an opportunity to shape our future towards a more climate resilient and prepared city, one that looks forward to a clean, accessible and equitable city for all."

Ledbetter’s passion for people and vision for the future are at the heart of Build San Antonio Green’s current focus on Smart Green Buildings and home automation as a tool for resiliency against climate change.

“It’s a real win for our community to select Ms. Ledbetter to serve as the Chair of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Steering Committee. Ms. Ledbetter brings strong leadership and energy, along with a wealth of expertise in the green building sector. She is skilled at successfully leading wide groups of stakeholders toward the common goals of energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Councilwoman Ana Sandoval. “I look forward to supporting her leadership throughout the development of the plan.”

In an effort to break down silos and ensure that the Steering Committee is coordinating with the Technical Working Groups who will assist with the identification, evaluation and prioritization of strategies, the following SA Climate Ready Steering Committee Members will serve as Technical Working Group Liaisons:

  • Jeffrey Arndt, President and CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit – Transportation and Land Use

  • Sara Beesley, Director, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – Water and Natural Resources

  • Dr. Carlos A. Garcia, Dean, School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, UIW – Waste and Consumption

  • Jessica O. Guerrero, Independent Contractor, Vecinos de Mission Trails – Climate Equity

  • Dr. Olufemi Osidele, Independent Consultant – Energy and Buildings

SA Climate Ready is a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which is a strategy document that outlines a collection of actions and policies that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based upon a reduction target, as well as evaluates climate-related community impacts and provides adaptation and resilience strategies. The SA Climate Ready Project will explore both mitigation strategies, aiming to reduce or prevent the emission of GHGs, and adaptation strategies aiming to prepare the community, municipal government operations, and other key sectors for the anticipated impacts of climate change. The Plan will also serve as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution on June 22, 2017.

SA Climate Ready is a partnership between the community, the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy and the University of Texas San Antonio. For more information on SA Climate Ready visit saclimateready.org.

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