Sustainable Infrastructure Committee

Mission Statement: Sustainable infrastructure enhances the long term economic, social, and environmental outcomes of development and infrastructure within the greater West Houston Association region. The committee’s mission is to advocate for the use of sustainable infrastructure concepts through the education of members and stakeholders and recognition of projects and practices.

Committee Chair:

Jim Russ—EHRA Engineering

Committee Vice Chair:

Mark Gehringer—Howard Hughes Corporation

Sustainable Infrastructure in 2060

We have just published our West Houston 2060 Plan and in it we tackle some of the challenges and opportunities the region may face when reaching the year 2060. Below is the committee’s event board which gives an overview of the plan section, but click the title above to view the entire committee section and for a complete version of the 2060 plan.

Sustainability Stars Program

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The West Houston Association advocates aggressively for  first class new and rebuilt drainage, water and wastewater systems that meets the needs of a growing Greater West Houston

GWH area flood control systems are becoming a model for addressing growing suburban locations. Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) has implemented the “Frontier Channel” flood control program on Langham Creek, with the best characteristics of quality growth meeting a critical public need in a cost-effective manner. South Mayde and Little Cypress Creek are the next watersheds to be addressed. The concept institutes “linear”, “on-line” detention as opposed to traditional “off-line” systems and will be financed through development impact fees. The system will include active open space and park land in addition to performing their drainage function.

City System Rebuilding: City of Houston drainage systems are recognized as old and in need of updating. A proposal for a City Charter Amendment has been advanced as a ballot measure in November, 2010 that would establish a dedicated fund for drainage and roadway improvements. If passed, this fund would include a drainage fee on existing residential and commercial properties in the City of Houston and an impact fee on new development in the City of Houston in addition to capturing a portion of the City’s ad valorem tax currently servicing debt on bonds for these improvements after existing bonds are paid off.

Sustainability Example Projects

  • Camellia Development, under final stages of construction in Fort Bend County. Project is located between FM 1464, Clodine Road, and north of Madden Road.

  • Kolbe Farms located at the northeast corner of Hollister Road and Kempwood Road in Houston, TX



  • Queenston Manor Apartments located at 6700 Queenston Boulevard Houston, TX 77084


For more information or to join this committee, please contact the Committee Chair. If you need assistance with this, please reach out to WHA Staff.