Are Texas cities setting themselves up to lead a new energy economy?  Urban leaders, building owners, and development professionals are invited to learn about how cleaner air and smarter buildings not only produce more sustainable cities but attract the healthy, talented workforce that makes them more competitive innovators at a conference co-hosted by Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Energy Systems Laboratory and the Texas chapters of the US Green Building Council.


Dr. Arun Gupta speaks at this year’s Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) conference in San Antonio December 16-18, a premiere educational conference and business exhibition connecting public and private decision-makers and thought leaders. Its purpose is to help communities improve decisions that determine the energy and water intensity of the built environment and reduce related emissions. Attendees get big-picture insights, policy updates, and practical implementation ideas.

“Solar cogeneration, or combined solar electricity and heating, is the next frontier in solar energy.  With the potential to increase solar efficiency from 15% to 70%, the big question in cogen is how to achieve high reliability and cost-effectiveness.”

Dr. Gupta joins an outstanding array of speakers that includes former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. delivering the conference keynote on The New Energy Economy; Greg Aliff, vice chairman and senior partner, Energy & Resources, Deloitte LLP, on impending change in the electric utility industry; Dr. Gerald North, regents professor of atmospheric science at Texas A&M University on the state of science on climate change; John Pflueger, Dell principal environmental strategist on a plan for sustainability collaboration; and Suzanne Shelton, CEO of Shelton Group on motivating energy efficiency and sustainability messages.

“This annual conference has established a reputation for creating a collaborative tone and conversation focused on effective problem solving of current issues,” said Pam Losefsky, executive director of the USGBC Central Texas – Balcones Chapter. “We look forward to engaging a robust audience of individuals and organizations involved in state and local policy-making, energy and environmental problem-solving, and sustainable design and development.”

The Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas December 16-18, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio River Walk, 123 Losoya.

To register for the pre-conference workshops, conference sessions and exhibits visit