Environmental stewardship and tree plantation is key to the philosophy of renowned Texas real estate developer Marcus Hiles. “Being a fundamental part of communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen our damages on the planet is a responsibility I absolutely take as my own,” he notes. Hiles, who is Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, has translated his philosophy into action in over 15,000 upscale rental townhomes and apartments in the Lone Star State. One cornerstone of his eco-friendly building practices is installing appliances labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. With the common, mid-class, hardworking Texas citizen paying $1,650 every year in electrical bills and another $400 annually for natural gas, energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.