Environment Texas Research and Policy Center Staff
Luke Metzger is the founding Director of Environment Texas, a statewide, citizen-funded advocate for clean air, clean water and open spaces. The San Antonio Current has called Mr. Metzger "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has played a key role in dozens of successful environmental campaigns, including winning permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend, getting Shell and ChevronPhillips to cut air pollution at two Texas refineries and chemical plants, and getting the Legislature to dramatically boost funding for water conservation and state parks. He regularly testifies before the Texas Legislature and appears frequently in the media including in the New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, and others. He is the author or co-author of several reports including Keeping Water in Our Rivers: Strategies for Conserving Limited Water Supplies. His essay "Polluting the Brazos, Sullying the Soul of Texas" was chosen for publication in the college writing textbook, "The Longwood Guide to Writing."
He currently serves as a Commissioner on the Austin Resource Management Commission and has previously served on the Pollution Prevention Advisory Committee of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Open Records Steering Committee of the Office of the Attorney General and the Joint Committee on Austin Water Utility's Financial Plan. He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Prior to Environment Texas, Mr. Metzger worked as a consumer advocate for TexPIRG, the Texas field organizer for U.S.PIRG and a campus organizer for CALPIRG.
Luke studied political science and theater at the University of Southern California. He, his wife Rachel, his nine-year old son Gus and his two month old daughter Harriet are working to visit every state park in Texas.