A cross-industry Selection Committee of executive leaders came together to rate and rank the final 50 businesses leading innovation in conservation in order to name the inaugural Texan by Nature 20. The TxN 20 is an initiative of Texan by Nature to recognize innovation and leadership in conservation. For…
Austin-based American Campus Communities (ACC) is big on sustainable construction and operations. Founded in 1993, ACC is the largest student housing company in the nation, with 37 LEED® certified properties, more than any other company in the American student housing industry.
Apache Corporation, a Houston-based exploration and production company with assets around the world, works to demonstrate that oil and gas operations and environmental stewardship in West Texas are not mutually exclusive enterprises.
Over the past decade, the operators of the Austin Convention center have consistently managed to drop energy, water, and natural gas usage by 30 percent or more. In 2011, a retrofit of the building received Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® program: lights and fixtures were upgraded from incandescent bulbs to LED lighting, and the building now runs wholly on wind energy.
Cirrus Logic, a major player in the semiconductor industry, is driving down vehicle emissions with proactive commuting solutions for its employees. The Austin-based company operates a free-of-charge network of private shuttle services at its major locations in Austin and Edinburgh, Scotland, and also fully reimburses employees that take local trains and buses.
The Fort Davis-based “Conservation Real Estate Company” was founded by James King, who for twenty years served as Director of Land Protection for The Nature Conservancy, and Tammy King, a longtime real estate broker. Together, they’ve drawn on decades of relationships with landowners, buyers, sellers, and state and federal natural resource agencies to protect over 500,000 acres of land and water in Texas.
Cactus Feeders, an Amarillo beef and pork production company, is utilizing intensive rotational grazing of cattle to build soil, help pull carbon from the atmosphere, and increase the soil’s water retention capacity.
Comerica has racked up awards in sustainability, such as a Climate Registry recognition for excellence in greenhouse gas management. Comerica’s Shred Days are signature community events in Dallas and Houston, where the company partners with Iron Mountain to collect, shred, and recycle paper documents for free.
Darling Ingredients has grown from a small rendering company to a global organization with more than 200 locations on five continents. At the heart of that growth is Darling Ingredients’ commitment to providing sustainable ingredients to feed and fuel a growing a population.
CEMEX has cemented its role as an industry leader, supporting alternative fuels, energy-saving initiatives and landscape scale restoration initiatives via conservation areas and corridors in Texas.
As one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 145,000 people globally, Dell makes its mark through collaborative partnerships that help reduce electronic waste, promote recycling, repurpose electronic parts, and positively contribute to environmental efforts.
Farmer Brothers, the publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of coffee, tea, and foodservice items, is planting sustainable practices that are supported by its SEED (Social, Environmental, and Economic Development) strategic framework.
H-E-B demonstrates its commitment to conservation daily in nearly every aspect of its operations, from responsible seafood sourcing to store and warehouse solar installations that have made the company one of the largest private owners of solar power systems in the region.
Harvest Seasonal Kitchen offers locally-sourced, seasonal American fare and drinks, with a menu that changes based on what is seasonally available within a 250-mile radius. The kitchen uses every part of the animals and vegetables it receives, using techniques including preserving in jars, dehydrating into powders, and making its own sausage and stock.
Texas Health has invested millions in projects that lowered energy consumption by 2.56 percent over the last five years, saving $15 million in utility costs. Recycling efforts diverted more than 108,000 pounds of pulse oximeters and other medical devices from landfills in 2018 alone. The system also hosts community shredding and recycling drives, in addition to participating in a laundry cooperative that conserves millions of gallons of water annually.
Southwest’s Repurpose with Purpose program upcycles, downcycles, and recycles discarded items like seat covers, blankets, life jackets, and aircraft engines into useful products. The program is aided by several different partner organizations, like Arise Veteran Foundation that uses leather from Southwest seats in veterans' rehabilitation programs. Southwest has repurposed and kept more than one million pounds of discarded material out of landfills since 2016.
Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company, whose sustainability strategy is based on four pillars — operational excellence, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and financial performance. Sustainability extend throughout its operations, while the company also provides significant support for entities engaged in environmental protection, education, and restoration.
NRG Energy, a leading power generator and retailer, set a goal in 2015 to reduce its absolute emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050—targets more ambitious than those set in both the U.S. Clean Power Plan and Paris Climate Agreement.
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the nation, doesn’t seem a likely place to find eight acres of tranquil green spaces and a park-like wellness garden, but both are elements of the facility’s campus opened in 2015.