Border Governors Conference and Sustainable Development Work Table
TCEQ Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein is one of Texas’ representatives on the Work Table on Sustainable Development of the Border Governors Conference. The TCEQ's Border Affairs team provides staff support for this effort. The ten U.S.-Mexico border governors meet every year to discuss common interests and issue a joint declaration. This document includes declarations of several work tables, among them Sustainable Development.
The work tables develop declarations on a consensus basis over the course of the year. Declarations are backed up by implementation plans on which the work tables report annually. The Sustainable Development Work Table is a new committee as of 2012, combining what used to be separate work tables on environment, water, energy, and wildlife. The former Environment Work Table was effective historically in generating changes in how the federal government implemented the La Paz Agreement for protection of the border environment.