On May 5, under the direction of Dr. Hudson DeYoe, an interdisciplinary multi-stake holder workshop was held on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus to promote a network for alignment toward sustainability thinking. Speakers included – ecosystem valuation, coastal resilience, coastal resource management, agroecology, and a general discussion on how the attendees could promote sustainability in the Rio Grande Valley.
As our region becomes more populated, we must consider planning of our communities in neighborhood configurations with walking/ biking trails, public transport, use of our natural resources, and renewable energies.
At a time when heavy industrial petrochemical plants threaten the survival of our coastal ecosystem on the Brownsville Ship Channel, as more wind turbines move into our area, as more roads and toll roads are proposed.
We must remember that in order for our environment to thrive and remain healthy, we must make difficult choices on how to preserve our natural resources for the future generations.
Diane Teter Laguna Vista