For Immediate Release, Monday, March 26, 2012
For More Information, Contact: Ken Kramer 512-626-4204
Texas Sierra Club Director Ken Kramer Announces Retirement
-- Will Remain Active as a Volunteer on Water Issues
(Austin)—Longtime Texas state Sierra Club director Ken Kramer announced today that he is retiring July 31 after 30 years of professional work for the Club. He said that he will remain active with the organization in various volunteer capacities, especially playing a leading role on water issues as Water Resources Chair for the state-level Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. Kramer began his involvement with the Sierra Club after being elected to the Chapter Executive Committee in the fall of 1977 and served as volunteer leader with the Chapter for almost five years. He became a contract lobbyist for Sierra Club in Austin in the summer of 1982 and later was hired as the first and thus far only Director of the Lone Star Chapter in January 1989.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that I’ve
had to work as a professional on state environmental issues
in Texas over such a long period of time,” said Kramer. “Moreover, I’ve been fortunate to have had the support of numerous colleagues who have a passionate commitment to protecting public health and the environment. The enviable position that I’m in now is that because the Sierra Club has built such a strong cadre of staff and volunteers in Texas I’m free to retire and focus as a volunteer on the issues I care about the most while also spending more time with my wife and enjoying the outdoors that I’ve
tried to protect.”
“The management of our water resources is perhaps
the most critical environmental issue facing Texas in the
21st century,” Kramer continued, “and I look forward to concentrating most of my volunteer time for the Sierra Club on that issue. We must protect and manage our state’s water as efficiently and effectively as possible to meet the needs of both people and the environment. I’m
dedicated to achieving that goal.”
In addition to his work with the Sierra Club, Kramer is a member of the state’s Water Conservation Advisory Council, the Advisory Council for the Environmental Science Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, and the board of the Texas Water Foundation. He was involved in the passage of major environmental laws at the Texas Legislature, has won numerous awards for his environmental work over the years, and has served on many state, regional, and local government advisory bodies as well as Sierra Club national task forces.
Kramer is a native and life-long Texan. He was born in Brenham
and grew up in Houston and on his grandparents’ farms. He
received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University
after receiving degrees from Texas Lutheran University and
Stephen F. Austin State University and serving in the U.
S. Army at Fort Bliss. Prior to working for the Sierra Club,
Kramer taught at El Paso Community College, Houston Community
College, Angelo State University, and Texas A&M University.
Kramer is the editor of the book The
Living Waters of Texas, a volume of ten
essays by Texas conservation leaders and 100 photographs
of Texas water features by landscape photographer Charles
Kruvand (Texas A&M University Press, 2010).
Kramer will be honored by the Sierra Club at an event from
6 to 8 PM on Friday, April 27 at the Alumni Center on The
University of Texas campus. Information about the event is
available on the Chapter web site at http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Calendar?id=161143&view=Detail or
contact Jerome Collins at the Sierra Club State Office at