Peer Learning

Collaborating for Sustainability in the Houston Region

Houston, TX | October 30, 2013

Peer Learning Recap

Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) partnered with the City of Houston Office of Sustainability to host this unique, “metro-scale” workshop. We invited teams from 37 Houston-based organizations who were interested in advancing their sustainable operations practices and supporting Houston-wide sustainability initiatives.

Over the course of the day, workshop participants explored strategies to increase environmental performance, reduce waste, and save money through better collaboration, team learning and systems thinking. The workshop concluded with “innovation clinics” on the Houston Green Office Challenge, solid waste and recycling, building energy use, transportation and land use, and “making the case” and culture change. Policy and program recommendations from the clinics were submitted to the City of Houston and circulated among program participants.

Presenters, Advisors, and Staff:

Mike Crowley, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Climate & Environment Team, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Laura Spanjian, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Houston
Jeff Taebel, Director, Community and Environmental Planning, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Jim Archer, Manager, Service Evaluation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Margo Evans, Marketing Manager, Smith & Associates
Laura Scott, Environmental Manager, NRG
Stephanie Swanson, Senior Property Manager, Transwestern
Claudette Manning, Division Manager, Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Lubie Martin, Regional Property Operations Manager, Columbia Properties Trust
Robert Tyle, Assistant Property Manager, Brookfield
Faith Galvan, Property Manager, Lincoln Properties Trust
Mike Patrick, Sales Manager, Siemens
Linda Gilliam, Office Administrator, Upper Kirby Management District
Courtney Blackburn, Associate, Midway
Jay Crossley, Program Development and Research, Houston Tomorrow
Sarah Mason, Senior Environmental Analyst, Solid Waste Department, City of Houston
Clive Hess, President, Compucycle
Candice Seger, Corporate Waste Solutions, LLC
Steve Stelzer, Program Director, Green Building Resource Center, City of Houston
Keith Reihl, Commercial Regional Sales Manager, Mitshubishi
Brian Yeoman, Houston City Director, C40
Chad Nobles, City Account Executive, Siemens
Tammy Fulop, National Sales Director, Schneider Electric
Pete Parsons, Director of External Affairs, ICLEI
Lisa Lin, Sustainability Manager, City of Houston
Dustin Gellman, CEO Greenpoint Partners
Will Rub, Director, Houston Bike Share
Jack Cannata, Director of Marketing, eVgo
Karen Marshall, Director, Community Outreach, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist, Clean Energy Policy, HARC
Art Figueroa, Vice President, Global Operations, Smith & Associates
Ari Kobb, Director, Green Building and Sustainability Solutions, Siemens
Laurie Peterson, Sustainability Champion, Johnson Space Center


An international nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has 26 years of practical experience working with local leaders to accelerate climate change and sustainability solutions. ISC’s programs are designed to facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. ISC has led more than 110 projects in 30 countries, and currently works in Asia and the United States. Learn more at:


This workshop welcomed teams from 37 Houston-based organizations interested in advancing their sustainable operations practices and supporting Houston-wide sustainability initiatives.

  • Architects for Life
  • Brookfield
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • City of Houston
  • City of Sugar Land
  • Columbia Property Trust
  • Compucycle
  • Corporate Waste Solutions, LLC
  • Forester’s Pond Condominiums
  • Green Point Partners
  • Houston Advanced Research Center
  • Houston Department of Health and Human Services
  • Houston-Galveston Area Council
  • Houston ISD
  • Houston Tomorrow
  • Hunton Trane
  • Jakie Lambert Consulting
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Midway
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Montrose Center
  • Morris Architects
  • Johnson Space Center (NASA)
  • NRG Energy
  • Port of Houston Authority
  • Republic Waste Services
  • Rice University
  • Schneider Electric
  • Siemens
  • Smith & Associates
  • Transwestern
  • Upper Kirby Management District
  • Wells Fargo
  • WHR Architects
  • Xerox



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