Environmental conservation is central to the ideology of prominent Texas real estate developer Marcus Hiles. “Creating communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen humanity’s carbon footprint is a responsibility I embrace,” he notes. Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, Marcus Hiles has translated his principle into action in over 15,000 high class rental townhomes and apartments in the Lone Star State. One foundation of his eco-friendly building practices is installing appliances sorted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. Since the program’s inauguration in 1992, Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has scaled down carbon dioxide emissions by 283.2 million metric tons. With the average Texan paying $1,650 per year in electrical bills and another $400 annually for natural gas, energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.