501 East Hopkins Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
With the theme, “Water Matters” set for the 5th Home & Living Show, event organizers have booked LaVerne Williams, AIA, LEED AP, who is one of the nation’s top green building professionals and a Texas pioneer of energy-efficient green home design that strives for sustainability to keynote the show on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the San Marcos Activity Center at 11 a.m.
Williams dared to open an ecologically oriented architectural practice in 1975, when few people cared about buildings that attempted to work in harmony with the environment and micro-climates. Starting a green building industry design practice that focused holistically on quality of life issues was a lonely, gutsy business move in a time when President Jimmy Carter was laughed at for wearing a sweater in the White House and the price for a barrel of oil was only twelve bucks. Call him a visionary or a motivated risk taker, as a young architect Williams knew his moral character would not allow him to continue to work in the architecture profession unless buildings holistically address overall quality of life issues. Even back in the ’70s, he understood that current building practices were unsustainable. So he put his philosophy to work – literally – and created a niche company, an architectural practice called Environment Associates, Architects & Consultants that has become a national leader. Williams became an outspoken,positive educator about the need for sustainable, energy-saving, healthful buildings and lifestyles. Through his willingness to teach and mentor others, his practice and his influence grew. In Texas, he is regarded as the “Grandfather of Green Building.”
Also at the 2014 Texas Green Show, J. David Bamberger will talk about his book, “Water From Stone” and will also be holding a book signing event at the show. Mr. Bamberger, 85, is the founder of the Bamberger Ranch Preserve. Not wanting to see over 40 years of land restoration to be dissolved and turned into a subdivision after his death, he created the Preserve in 2002 in an effort to keep the land and its educational contributions to society continuing on into perpetuity. The ranch has long been recognized as the largest habitat restoration project on private land in Texas, and it has been a model for other area landowners to emulate. The educational stewardship message of the ranch has influenced literally thousands of landowners and subsequently thousands of acres of land. Every decision on the ranch begins with “what is best for Mother Nature?” and secondly, “how can we pass that education on to society?” J.David, along with his late wife, Margaret, have received numerous awards over the years, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Clubs of America. The Bambergers and their work on the ranch continually receive awards from state and national entities such as the Texas Forest Service, the Texas Wildlife Association and the National Arbor Day Foundation. He has served on numerous boards such as the Texas Nature Conservancy, Bat Conservation International, the San Antonio Area Foundation and the Travis Audubon Society. J. David was inducted into the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2011. Most recently, he received Travis Audubon Society’s Victor Emanual Conservation Award in October 2013.
The San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Texas Green Home & Living Show, sponsored by TXI with additional support from The City of San Marcos, San Marcos Daily Record and McCoy’s Building Supply, will bring together hundreds of homeowners and business people for a great day of exhibits, speakers and demonstrations focused on providing all participants with many tools and resources to help them move toward a cleaner and greener future.
February 21st is the cut-off to receive Early Bird discount pricing on booth fees. Booth rental fees range from $225 – $325. In addition to great speakers and panel discussions, the Show will feature tips on water conservation and the growing use of gray water, recycling, and earth-friendly products. There’s something for everyone. And admission is free!
“We believe that the Texas Green Show will not only provide an excellent marketing and networking opportunity for those businesses who wish to be exposed to a larger audience and are looking for ways to incorporate sustainability into their lifestyles, but it will also demonstrate San Marcos’ commitment to quality of life enhancements that will attract new residents and businesses looking at the I-35 Corridor” shared Michelle Mehrens, chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Natural Resources Advisory Board.
For sponsorship and registration information please call (512) 393-5900 or visit the Texas Green Home & Living Show website at www.texasgreenshow.org.