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We were up for the challenge, but couldn’t have done it without you! In fact, we couldn’t have done it without 300 of you! 

That’s right… over 300 people made donations from $10 to $8,000 to meet the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation Challenge – to raise $50,000 by December 31, 2011.  In fact, we raised a little more than enough - and that amount will begin the 2012 phase of the three-year challenge.

The now $100,000 campaign will support Houston Tomorrow’s work on the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. The Regional Plan is an amazing opportunity, one that Houston Tomorrow helped create through its work at the national level with leaders who now direct these programs in the federal government. Houston Tomorrow will devote enormous amounts of time and resources into making it a successful, usable plan for this region. To do this, Houston Tomorrow will create a SustainabilityFellowship named for the Houston couple who had so much to do with the evolution of the concept of sustainable societies, George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell.

Houston Tomorrow founder and president David Crossley will be the first Mitchell Fellow. He has led the sustainable Houston initiative in the region since 1995 Crossley has written countless documents about sustainable development and delivered more than 700 presentations over 12 years. His research and publications about sustainability began in 1992 when he founded Sense Interactive, the region’s first multimedia company, to publish interactive educational products about sustainability. His inspiration: “I began doing this for my children and now it’s also for my grandchildren. They face a difficult future, but we know there are viable paths to sustainability and a brighter, healthier future, so we have to explore those paths.”
Major donors to the campaign are:

Anchorage Foundation of Texas
The Kilburn Law Firm, PLLC
Patricia Robinson

Barry Goodman
Daniel B. Barnum
Jody Blazek
Tellepsen Builders
Martha Claire Tompkins
ARUP

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