The Texas Tribune Festival On the Road: A Symposium on Energy and the Environment

  • 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wortham Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Building
    University of Houston. 133 Wortham Theatre, Houston, Tx 77204 (map)
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PLEASE NOTE: This program will take place on the University of Houston campus. Free and open to all.

This daylong program of lectures, panel discussions and conversations will explore federal energy policy as it impacts the state of Texas, state policy as it impacts communities like Houston, the promise of clean and renewable energy in all its forms and the impact of one of the largest shale plays anywhere on the economic and environmental health of South Texas.

7:30 – 8 AM: Complimentary Breakfast

8 – 9 AM: TribLive with RENU KHATOR, Chancellor, University of Houston System; President, University of Houston

9:15 – 10:15 AM: "An Energy Plan for Texas" with BARRY SMITHERMAN, Chairman, Texas Railroad Commission

10:30 – 11:30 AM: "Is Clean and Renewable Energy an Oxymoron?" with LAURA MILLER, Texas Director of Projects, Summit Power; PATRICK WOODSON, Chief Development Officer, E.ON, Climate & Renewables, North America; and JOHN RAGAN, Executive Vice President and Regional President, Gulf Coast, NRG Energy, Inc.

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM: Complimentary Lunch with Roundtable Discussions on Sustainability and Other Key Energy Topics

1:30 – 2:30 PM: "The Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale" with CRIS EUGSTER, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, CPS Energy; LEODORO MARTINEZ JR., Executive Director, Middle Rio Grande Development Council; JENNIFER POWIS, Senior Regional Representative, Texas, Sierra Club; and State Sen. CARLOS URESTI, D-San Antonio

2:45 – 3:45 PM: A Conversation with State Rep. JIM KEFFER, R-Eastland, Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and State Rep. MARK STRAMA, D-Austin, Member of the House Energy Resources Committee

The program will take place in the Wortham Theater In the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Building at the University of Houston. Visit here for a map:

The lunch will take place in the G.D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston. Visit here for a map:

Download a printable flyer for this event. Two different sizes are included.


Presented by the University of Houston and ANGA. Supported by NRG, Magnolia Hotels and Drilling Info.
On the Road Sponsors

Disclosure: though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite our events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.