UT employees renew term for TX sustainable growth

Emily Sides

Two UT employees will serve another term as officers and board members on a five-county organization that manages sustainable growth in Texas.

Fritz Steiner, the dean of the School of Architecture, and director of sustainability Jim Walker have both been part of Envision Central Texas for at least eight years.

“Both [men] are mainstays of leadership,” said executive director Sally Campbell. “Fritz brings a broad perspective from his travels all over the world, and Jim is great at understanding stake holders and covering all perspectives.”

The board brings together citizens as well as environmental and business leaders to work toward achieving sustainable growth. The federal program Partnership for Sustainable Communities awarded the board a $3.7 million grant to address critical infrastructure needs with limited resources.

“We bring public and private sector to the table,” Campbell said. “Our strength is to bring an issue to the table, look at it long term, and have it grow in ways we’d love it to, including transportation, land use, environment, social equity and economic vitality. We want Central Texas to continue to be a high quality place to work, live and play.”