2014 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference
Austin, TX, May 6-7, 2014
The Environmental Trade Fair and Conference (ETFC) is Texas’ premier environmental educational forum featuring topics such as the drought crisis, oil & gas, air quality, waste management, and many more.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.
To accomplish their mission, they will base decisions on the law, common sense, sound science, and fiscal responsibility; they will ensure that regulations are necessary, effective, and current; they will apply regulations clearly and consistently; they will ensure consistent, just, and timely enforcement when environmental laws are violated; they will ensure meaningful public participation in the decision-making process; promote and foster voluntary compliance with environmental laws and provide flexibility in achieving environmental goals; and hire, develop, and retain a high-quality, diverse workforce.
Jorge R. Piñon, Director of the Jackson School of Geosciences’ Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program (LACP) and Interim-Director for the Center of International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP) addressed the panelists and audience on the need for good governance, transparency, and environmental stewardship in the development of Mexico’s recent energy reform. Mr. Piñon also emphasized the challenges and opportunities that will affect Texas’s economy and border with Mexico.
View Mr. Piñon’s presentation: