THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES YGNACIO D. GARZA, PETER SILVA AND LYNDA S. TAYLOR TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE BORDER ENVIRONMENT COOPERATION COMMISSION The President today announced his intention to appoint Ygnacio
Garza, Peter Silva, and Lynda Taylor as members of the Board of Directors of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission.
Mr. Ygnacio Garza is presently the Chair of the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Commission, managing partner of Long, Chilton, Payte & Hardin, LLP, Certified Public Accountants and former Mayor of the City of Brownsville, Texas.
Mr. Peter Silva is currently Deputy Director of the City of San Diego's Division of Water Utilities where he is responsible for water and sanitation issues along the California/Baja California border. He formerly served as Resident Engineer in the San Diego office of the International Boundary and Water Commission.
Ms. Lynda Taylor serves as the Chair of the Albuquerque Air Quality Control Board and the Director of the Radiation, Toxic and Health Project of the Southwest Research and Information Center. She has served as a member of the National Board of Directors of both Friends of the Earth and the League of Conservation Voters.
Also serving on the Board of Directors as ex- officio members are Carol M. Browner, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and John M. Bernal, U.S. Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commissions.
The Border Environment Cooperation Commission was established by a bilateral agreement between the United States and Mexico negotiated in conjunction with the NAFTA. Its purpose is to preserve, protect and enhance the environment of the border region through increased environmental infrastructure in order to advance the well-being of the people of the U.S. and Mexico. The Commission, an independent international organization, will cooperate with the North American Development Bank (NADBank) in the development and certification of such environmental infrastructure projects along the border which will work to promote sustainable development and contribute to a higher quality of life.