The very first El Paso Environmental Summit was held in January 2000. The Summit was the result of several grassroots and community organizations coming together at the request of the local Senator, Eliot Shapleigh, assisted by TCEQ’s Small Business and Local Government Assistance staff and the El Paso County Attorney’s Office. Representatives of these groups formed a steering committee to identify the primary local environmental challenges and their potential solutions. Those issues then became the focus of the Summit.
These annual events have grown from 100 participants to 450 strong and bring together neighborhood associations, colonia residents, non-profits, federal , state and local government agencies, local business leaders, high school students and elected officials for the common goal of tackling illegal dumping in the community.