July 21, 2021

Border Environmental Forum XXV to be held in San Antonio, Texas on August 17th and 18th, 2021

San Antonio, Texas. - The North American Development Bank (NADB) is pleased to present the Border Environmental Forum XXV which will be held on August 17th and 18th, 2021 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

This edition of the forum, Green Energy and Binational Integration will center the dialogue on the U.S.- Mexico relationship and regional efforts to develop projects that help improve the environment, the climate challenge related to water, highlighting current and future financing opportunities, new technologies, and how to continue building partnerships that will benefit both countries.

“With this venue, NADB brings together experts and innovators in a broad range of environmental topics whose knowledge and innovations could be replicated along the U.S.-Mexico border region to strengthen the efforts while improving the environment and boosting the economy in a sustainable and inclusive manner for all its residents,” informed Calixto Mateos Hanel, NADB Managing Director. He also added that “this forum represents a great opportunity to have an open dialogue with all our stakeholders and partners in the actions and projects that the Bank could support to continue advancing as a mega-region.”

Keynote speakers include The Honorable Esteban Moctezuma, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., Norman F. Anderson, President and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure and author of Vision: Our Strategic Infrastructure Roadmap Forward, and Trinity Lloyd, Energy Transition and Sustainability Leader of Google Cloud, among others.

Noella De Maina, Consul and Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Services Manager of the Consulate General of Canada in Dallas; Pia M. Orrenious, Vice-president and Senior Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Dr. Abner Adin, Director, and Founder of Adin Holdings, an internationally renowned water reuse expert from Israel; Blas L. Pérez Henríquez, Director of the California Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative from Stanford University; Dr. Steven Roop, CEO of Freight Shuttle Xpress and Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Janie Barrera, President, and CEO of LiftFund will be participating as panelists in this one-and-a half days event.

Initially, the Texas General Land Office created and hosted this initiative beginning in 1994 with the mission to bring people together from both sides of the U.S.- Mexico border to exchange information about energy, economic development, and environmental issues. Throughout its history, NADB has partnered with the Texas GLO and other organizations to grow and promote this event, which was originally centered in energy issues. In 2018, NADB started hosting this forum and after its cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it was decided to expand it to include other environmental issues of relevance to the U.S.-Mexico border region. 

This year’s sponsors include Baker McKenzie, Cacheux, Cavazos & Newton, Holland & Knight, Ritch Mueller, Consulate General of Canada, and Thompson & Knight.

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