Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Exploring Sustainability Efforts at the Green Communities Conference

    The second annual Green Communities Conference took place at the Waco Convention Center, providing Wacoans with an opportunity to discuss sustainability efforts both locally and statewide. The event was organized by Keep Waco Beautiful, in collaboration with the city of Waco. Mayor Dillon Meek started the conference with opening remarks, followed by a keynote speech from Sascha Usenko, an associate professor of environmental science at Baylor University.

    Usenko emphasized the importance of addressing various needs for a sustainable future. These needs include access to clean water and sanitation, clean food, clean air, adequate clothing and shelter, and clean energy and transportation. With the population of Texas and the world continuing to grow, it is crucial to consider the challenges that arise from accommodating these increasing numbers.

    As Usenko explained, “When I think about these new residents, of course that’s my kids or my kids’ kids. We will see the state of Texas top 40 million, or 45 million, or maybe even 50 million. How are we going to handle those challenges? What are the needs of those people? That’s a conversation I think we’re going to be having today.”

    The conference aimed to foster discussion and generate ideas on how to best address these challenges. By bringing together experts, professionals, and community members, the event provided a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences, and innovative solutions.

    Sustainability is a broad concept that encompasses efforts to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It involves adopting practices and systems that promote environmental, social, and economic well-being.

    The Green Communities Conference serves as an important forum for individuals interested in sustainability to come together, exchange ideas, and collaborate on initiatives that can lead to a more sustainable future. It highlights the commitment of organizations like Keep Waco Beautiful and the city of Waco to prioritize environmental stewardship and encourage community engagement.

    – “Baylor atmospheric scientist Sascha Usenko, left, joined Keep Waco Beautiful board member John Kinnaird in opening the conference Monday.” (Image)