Kent ButlerKent Butler was the associate dean for research and operations in the UT Austin School of Architecture, and served as program director and an associate professor for the graduate program in Community and Regional Planning.

Butler was a gifted teacher and administrator, and was widely recognized for his visionary work to improve environmental quality in Central Texas and Austin. Butler spearheaded dozens of projects over multiple decades that helped improve neighborhoods, water systems and a multitude of infrastructure systems. He was instrumental in the planning and creation of a groundwater management district for the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer and the development of a regional habitat conservation plan for endangered species in the Balcones Canyonlands of Central Texas. He passed away unexpectedly in May of 2011, but left an incredible legacy of conservation planning throughout the region continued in part through the Kent Butler Summit.

About the Kent Butler Summit:

The Kent Butler Summit has occurred every 2 years since its inception in 2012, and is meant to provide an opportunity for decision makers, stakeholders, elected officials and business owners to come together to discuss innovative approaches to planning for a bright, resilient future for the Central Texas Hill Country. Inspired by the visionary nature of Kent Butler, this Summit provides an opportunity for learning, networking, and sharing ideas in the Barton Springs section of the Edwards Aquifer and beyond. This event has been sponsored by a planning committee that includes the Hill Country Alliance, the City of Austin Watershed Protection and Austin Water departments, and the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.