The Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference is a premiere educational conference and business exhibition connecting public and private decision makers and thought leaders. Its purpose is to provide a valuable forum to help communities improve decisions that determine the energy and water intensity of the built environment – and reduce related emissions. CATEE 2013 will be held December 16-18, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at the Hyatt Regency on the River Walk.
Texas took a leading role on air quality with legislation in 2001 (SB 5, 77th TX Leg.) creating building sector energy efficiency initiatives to reduce emissions. These included adopting energy codes, encouraging above code building performance, and requiring state agencies and political subdivisions to set cost-effective examples by reducing consumption each year. These initiatives have been continued and expanded by subsequent Legislatures, with additions and changes in almost every session.
The Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) at Texas A&M provides technical support for several of these initiatives and calculating emissions benefits. ESL was recognized in 2004 by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a National Center of Excellence for Displaced Emissions Reduction Calculations. 2004 was also the year an annual summit on air quality was created in San Antonio – which became the CATEE Conference.
ESL hosts this annual conference (rotating among Texas metropolitan regions) to share information on state and local energy efficiency and sustainability policies, raise awareness of their importance, develop and pragmatically move toward new policy goals, and to highlight and celebrate successful policies and practices being implemented to achieve emissions reductions and related environmental and economic benefits.
The CATEE Conference attracts an eclectic group of local and state leaders, government officials and staff, business owners, development professionals, facility managers, utility and energy services resources, industry experts, researchers, policy makers, and clean energy and air quality advocates. This is the most vibrant conversation available on pathways to a sustainable future for our cities. We want you to join us.
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