Bayou Land Conservancy welcomes renowned flood mitigation expert, Dr. Sam Brody, as keynote speaker at annual gala on November 10th

Houston, TX – Saturday, November 10th Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC) will celebrate 22 years of preserving Texas, for Texans, at Land Lover Gala hosted by Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) at 10000 Energy Drive in Spring, south of The Woodlands. SWN is providing space for the event and also a Lake Houston sponsorship to support the mission of BLC.

The keynote speaker will be acclaimed Director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores, Dr. Sam Brody. Dr. Brody is a Regents Professor and holder of the George P. Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Coasts in the Department of Marine Sciences and Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Brody’s research focuses on coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate change policy, and natural hazards mitigation. He has published numerous scientific articles on flood risk and mitigation, and recently authored the book, Rising Waters: The causes and consequences of flooding in the United States, published by Cambridge University Press.

SWN’s 26-acre property, located just off of I-45 in Springwoods Village and near Spring Creek, boasts creative architectural details maximizing cost-effectiveness and efficiency, all while incorporating the surrounding lush, native landscape into the overall campus design. The facility was certified LEED Gold for its construction and was designed with a focus on the social energy and connection within the community that has helped SWN become the third largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. From intimate collaboration areas, to the on-campus fitness center, to outdoor walking trails, healthy choices in market, natural lighting across all floors to “bring nature inside”, employees have access to a variety of work spaces, both indoors and out, designed specifically for promoting innovation, creativity and teamwork.

The native landscape features:

  • Almost 6,000 trees planted to reforest areas disturbed during construction or that were bare when the land was purchased.
  • Plantings are native to the area within 100 miles, which required limited watering, including large wildflower and native grass spaces. Minimal manicured spaces (narrow spaces along main entry and behind lobby).
  • Irrigation comes from the Springwoods Village retention ponds.
  • 1 mile nature walk trail (through the woods)

Southwestern Energy supports land and water conservation projects in the communities around the country where it has business operations, including Houston. In 2016, SWN achieved the goal of being “freshwater neutral” in all operating areas. The goal was to reduce freshwater usage, and then offset the freshwater used gallon for gallon, through water quality improvement and habitat restoration projects, or treatment technologies that return fresh water to the environment. “We need water for our operations,” says Roy Hartstein, Vice President of Strategic Solutions. “But as a company that genuinely seeks to be socially and environmentally responsible, we are managing our water use with great care.”

If you are interested in a sponsorship or purchasing a table for the Bayou Land Conservancy’s Land Lover Gala, contact Melissa Carter at

About Southwestern Energy: Southwestern Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production, natural gas gathering and marketing. Additional information on the company can be found on the Internet at

About Bayou Land Conservancy: Bayou Land Conservancy protects land along streams for flood control, water quality and wildlife. BLC is an accredited, community-sponsored land preservation organization working to permanently protect land, with a focus on the 13 watersheds that feed Lake Houston. Our “No Child Left Inside” education program connects tomorrow’s conservation leaders with nature today.