Renowned real estate developer Marcus Hiles places environmental stewardship at the central of his development philosophy. “Creating communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen humanity’s carbon footprint is a responsibility I embrace,” he says. As Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, Hiles has put his philosophy into action in the over 15,000 upscale rental townhomes and apartments his company has developed in the Lone Star State. One big step in his eco-friendly development practices is installing appliances certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 283.2 million metric tons since the program was launched in 1992. Because the average resident in Texas pays $1,650 per year in electrical bills and an additional $400 for natural gas, energy efficient appliances can translate into energy savings of up to 50 percent.