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Laura Huffman

Texas director, The Nature Conservancy


Laura Huffman is regional director for The Nature Conservancy in Texas. She also serves on the Conservancy’s North America Leadership Team and leads its Urban Advisory Council, created to support cities as they integrate natural infrastructure into local planning and development. She spent nearly 15 years in city management, working for the cities of Austin and San Marcos and is currently an adjunct professor at New York University.

Latest Columns

Checking in: The state of Texas water

It’s easy to think that water comes straight from the sink and that it’ll keep flowing well into the future. But 1,000 to 1,200 people are moving to Texas each day — and none of them are bringing water with them. That means we all have an interest in brainstorming workable, long-term solutions, and creative conservation strategies can provide benefits across the board.

The changing way America is thinking about climate

The Paris Agreement was seen as historically successful because it allowed countries to define their contributions instead of prescribing them, a strategy that just wasn’t working. The 2017 Bonn COP23 conference was about creating mechanisms to measure and monitor the more customized commitments made at Paris in 2015, and the gathering became more than just a maintenance conference.

Action on climate is practical

Acting on climate change is not just about defending against loss; it’s about scoring great gains in our economy and in our communities. Investing in nature-based solutions, energy and water efficiencies, and renewable energy will bring cleaner air and water. These investments will also bring more jobs, more consumer choice, more resilient communities and better health.