For Marcus Hiles, who is known for developing real estate in Texas, environmental protection is vital. “In an effort to reduce carbon footprint on the planet, I always make sure that the the communities I create are linked with nature,” he claims. Looking at over 15,000 deluxe rental townhomes and apartments based in the Lone Star State, one can prove that Hiles, Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, has successfully made his philosophy a reality. His eco-friendly building practices include installation of appliances that have U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR is a program launched in 1992 and since then, Americans were able to reduce 283.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. With the energy efficient appliances, average residents in Texas paying $1650 annually for electricity and yearly cost of natural gas that amount to $400 can cut their energy consumption in half.