2018 Building Forward: Sustainable Growth


The event featured the panelists listed below talking about how they view sustainability, resilience, the future of growth in the Greater West Houston region.

Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and a lecturer on the Practice in Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University. At Rice, Blackburn is a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, co-director of the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center.

Lisa Clark is the Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Ryko Development, Inc. A decorated trailblazer in her field Lisa is the first female president of the Greater Houston Builder’s Association, the first female Bay Area Builder Association President and Developer of the Year and the first female recipient of GHBA Developer of the Year.

Bill Fulton is Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. He is a best-selling writer, former Mayor of Ventura, California, and Director of Planning & Economic Development for the City of San Diego. In his career, Mr. Fulton has also served as Vice President for Policy at Smart Growth America.

Tory Gattis is a Founding Senior Fellow with the Center for Opportunity Urbanism studies.  He is former McKinsey consultant and writes about creating a city philosophy focused on upward social mobility for all citizens. Tory writes the popular Houston Strategies blog and its twin blog at the Houston Chronicle, Opportunity Urbanist, where he discusses strategies for making Houston a better city.

Heath Melton is Vice President of Master Planned Communities, Residential Development for Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for residential development in the award-winning master planned communities of The Woodlands, Bridgeland and the future development north of The Woodlands. Heath holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Moderated by Michael Bloom, R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc.

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