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Douglas Melnick

Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Antonio in San Antonio United States

Douglas Melnick is the City’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. He leads San Antonio’s sustainability efforts and policies in the areas of sustainable transportation, municipal sustainability, and energy management. His current focus is on the development of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, which serves as a data-driven and measurable plan for social, environmental, and economic sustainability, with a focus on resilience. He also coordinates the City of San Antonio's air quality efforts and provides key support and oversight to San Antonio B-Cycle.

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A Resilient City Through Environmental Sustainability

@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

Douglas Melnick is passionate about environmental sustainability. And for good reason, because San Antonio is getting hotter. Temperatures here have risen 2.5 degree Celsius since 1960, and these kinds of drastic changes have real implications for our city today and tomorrow. For example, our infrastructure was not designed for the inundation of flood waters and other
extreme weather conditions that are becoming more frequent. But we can build resilience into our communities with incremental steps like composting, which leads to less methane in the atmosphere, or riding a bike to work, which decreases carbon emissions. And he reminds us if we don’t have the public transportation or other sustainability programs we want to see, it’s up to us to advocate for them.
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San Antonio @ Majestic Theatre
Dec 01, 2015