Putting environmental stewardship at the core of his development practices is crucially important to renowned 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 explained. Hiles, the Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, puts his philosophy into action in 15,000 luxury rental townhomes and apartments he has developed in the Lone Star State. A major marker of his eco-friendly building practices is installing appliances certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR compliant. The ENERGY STAR program launched in 1992, and Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has cut carbon dioxide emissions by 283.2 million metric tons since then. Because the average Texan is paying $1,650 per year in electrical bills and $400 per year for natural gas, energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.