PACE Mentioned on Houston Matters 12/9/15

How Will Paris Climate Talks Affect Industry and the Environment in Houston? by Houston Matters | Free Listening on SoundCloud.

The world has been watching Paris in recent days as the city hosts the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP21. But, since we’re a show that focuses on Houston, we wondered how might climate change decisions made at the summit affect industry here?

We talk with several guests on this subject: First an eye-witness to the Paris summit, Rives Taylor, a principal architect with the Houston office of the architecture firm Gensler. Then we hear from our own energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling along with Kathleen Hartnett White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Save the Date: 2016 PACENation Summit

When: Feb 29, 2016 – Mar 2, 2016
Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO
Featuring: Inspiring speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities.

Are you interested to learn more about PACE financing? Do you want to meet with market leaders in person? The first annual PACENation Summit will offer you these opportunities and more! Places are limited, so register today:

The Summit will bring together legislators, program administrators, financiers, contractors, building owners, government and non-government organizations to help grow PACENation in a way that benefits everyone. Participants will explore how to unleash growth in the PACE market, including: bringing PACE to more places, strengthening legislative policy, improving program design, reducing costs, and implementing best practices.




Houston Sets the PACE


Today the Houston City Council adopted the first city PACE program in Texas – providing PACE economic development opportunity and environmental benefits to the nation’s fourth largest city and its entire extra-territorial jurisdiction.  After Mayor Annise Parker called for PACE earlier this year, Laura Spanjian, the Director of the City of Houston Office of Sustainability, launched a well run campaign to bring a PACE in a Box program to Houston.

Laura’s team of key city officials and stakeholders met bi-weekly with a tight schedule and clear goals.  It was a beautiful thing.  We’ve copied her model to create a “Starting a PACE Program Tasks and Timeline” outline of everything your community needs to start a PACE program in 14 weeks.  Laura’s PACE leadership started years before March 2012, when Laura spoke at our first PACE presentation at Thompson & Knight in Houston.  Then she labored with so many of us through the legislative process, the creation of PACE in a Box, and finally the establishment of Houston’s PACE program.

Those of you who have played roles large and small to create a strong, uniform, open-market program for all of Texas should take pride in helping to bring this Houston program to life.  Join me in congratulating Laura for her long standing effort to bring PACE home to Houston.  Be thinking of how to grow PACE projects in Houston and PACE programs for all of Texas.  Congratulations to all!

We did it, Laura; We did it!

CC Image courtesy of Kumar Appaiah on Flickr