State Representative Eddie Lucio, III and a group of dedicated valley wide community volunteers met on October 2009 to develop the first of what we hope will be many Rio Grande Valley Environmental Summits. We realized our true goal to have a successful community event for everyone to share. Thank you for a very successful fourth annual Valley Environmental Summit. The Summit was held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre on Thursday, October 24, 2013.
The topics included a presentation on how to start a community program in your neighborhood and sustain volunteer involvement including grassroots participation. This year’s summit provided breakout sessions in which participants had the opportunity to discuss: marine debris/water quality, illegal dumping and environmental education.
The event’s keynote speaker was Representative Allan Ritter, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.
The afternoon general sessions included a discussion of involvement with neighborhood cleanup programs. (take a look at this awesome video about last years summit form students of Veterans Memorial High School in Brownsville)