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Texas Instruments manager named to US State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Senior Fellows program

Apr 23, 2012

DALLAS (April 23, 2012) Texas Instruments Sustainable Development Manager Paul Westbrook was selected recently as one of 22 experts to serve the U.S. government as part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) through its Senior Fellows Program. The program sends these experts from the academic, non-profit and private sectors in the United States to act as consultants and carry out speaking engagements throughout the Western Hemisphere. Fellows work with local government agencies, civil society groups, and universities to discuss regional impacts of climate change and energy policy and develop relationships for continued multi-lateral cooperation.

 

Westbrook is a Senior Member of the TI Technical Staff and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. He is recognized as a leader and speaker in building efficiency and whole-system integrated design from residential projects to large industrial facilities. His primary focus is on energy and water efficiency.

 

Westbrook has more than 29 years of design and operational experience with large, complex manufacturing facilities.  He helped lead the effort at TI, in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Institute, to design and build the world’s first LEED Gold Certified semiconductor manufacturing facility (“fab”). The 1.1 million square foot facility reduced energy use by 38 percent, reduced water use by 40 percent, and cut emissions by 50 percent. In addition, the TI team was able to achieve these savings in a facility that cost 30 percent less to build than TI’s previous fab.

 

Westbrook has also worked with the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) teams on industry-wide efficiency improvements and on green design standards. A colleague at ISMI dubbed Westbrook “the father of the green fab.”

 

In his personal life, Westbrook designed his own passive/active solar house using integrated design principles. The house won the 1996 NAHB Energy Value Housing Award for Innovative Design. He maintains a native landscape, which combined with the interior water- saving features, resulted in Westbrook being named the 2009 North Texas Municipal Water District ‘Water Genius’.

 

The ECPA program began at the 2009 Summit of the Americas when President Obama invited all countries of the Western Hemisphere to participate in this voluntary and flexible framework for advancing cooperation through seven pillars: renewable energy, energy efficiency, cleaner fossil fuels, energy poverty, infrastructure, sustainable landscapes, and adaptation. ”

 

In 2010, the Senior ECPA Fellows Program began sending Fellows throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to advance its seven pillars by sharing best practices and technical expertise. Partners of the Americas -- an international grassroots network that connects volunteers, institutions, and communities to serve and to change lives -- will implement the 2012-2013 Senior ECPA Fellows program.

 

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The Senior ECPA Fellows Program seeks to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the U.S. and Latin America in innovative solutions and technologies related to the areas of clean energy, sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation, and reducing emission from deforestation. This year’s roster of fellows includes approximately 20 experts from the academic, non-profit, or private sectors. For more information, visit www.partners.net/partners/ECPA_Senior_Fellows.asp?SnID=2.

 

Partners of the Americas is an international grassroots network that connects volunteers, institutions, and communities to serve and to change lives. Inspired by President Kennedy, today Partners is one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the Western Hemisphere engaged in social, economic, and cultural development. By linking Latin America and the Caribbean with counterparts in the United States, Partners acts in long term, focused partnership with the people and places of the Americas. For more information, visit www.partners.net.