NCTCOG Environment & Development

NCTCOG Environment & Development The NCTCOG Environment & Development Department strives towards Sustainable Environmental Excellence By state statute, the purpose of a council of governments is "to make studies and plans to guide the unified, far-reaching development of the region, eliminate duplication, and promote economy and efficiency in the coordinated development of the region."

The Environment & Development Department furthers this purpose by striving towards Sustainable Environmental Excellence -- or SEE -- for three strategic issues: SEE Less Trash, SEE Safe Clean & Green Regional Environment Corridors, and SEE Development Excellence.

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Happy Earth Day! The Earth Day Network is determined to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worl...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! The Earth Day Network is determined to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth” in order to reduce the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Learn more about the abundance of virtual Earth Day events at www.EarthDay.org/Earth-Day-2021/.
#EarthDay #EarthDay2021

Happy Earth Day! The Earth Day Network is determined to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth” in order to reduce the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Learn more about the abundance of virtual Earth Day events at www.EarthDay.org/Earth-Day-2021/.
#EarthDay #EarthDay2021

#DYK building owners, businesses, developers, and homeowners can help protect migrating birds? Turn off all non-essentia...
04/19/2021
Lights Out - Fall Migration 2020

#DYK building owners, businesses, developers, and homeowners can help protect migrating birds? Turn off all non-essential outdoor nighttime lighting on buildings and other structures from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each night from April 19th to May 7th.
https://youtu.be/08ET47-b13o

#lightsouttexas
Texas Conservation Alliance, Dallas ZooZoo, Perot Museum and Cornell Lab of Ornithology

With 1 in 4 birds lost since 1970, saving birds is more important than ever. Do one simple thing to help birds migrating through Texas tonight: Turn OUT the...

How much do you know about clean and renewable energy? Take this quiz by the Earth Day network to find out: www.EarthDay...
04/15/2021
Clean Energy Quiz | Earth Day

How much do you know about clean and renewable energy? Take this quiz by the Earth Day network to find out:
www.EarthDay.org/The-Clean-Energy-Quiz/

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference (2016) in Marrakesh, Morocco, 48 countries, who are members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, pledged to use only renewable energy by 2050. These countries are often those who are and will be affected by climate change the most. Some of the countries wh...

NCTCOG is hosting the TMDL Calculations Workshop on April 20, 2021 at 9:30 AM. During this workshop, attendees will hear...
04/13/2021

NCTCOG is hosting the TMDL Calculations Workshop on April 20, 2021 at 9:30 AM. During this workshop, attendees will hear from Jimmy Millican, with the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) and Macayla Coleman, with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Attendees will learn how to calculate waste load allocations, load duration curves, and will receive information about flow data and more. Attendees will also be provided an overview of the TMDL Benchmarks that are utilized in TCEQ's Stormwater Permits. Register at addevent.com/event/eH6093657.

NCTCOG is hosting the TMDL Calculations Workshop on April 20, 2021 at 9:30 AM. During this workshop, attendees will hear from Jimmy Millican, with the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) and Macayla Coleman, with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Attendees will learn how to calculate waste load allocations, load duration curves, and will receive information about flow data and more. Attendees will also be provided an overview of the TMDL Benchmarks that are utilized in TCEQ's Stormwater Permits. Register at addevent.com/event/eH6093657.

Today is Earth Hour Day! Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world join ...
03/27/2021

Today is Earth Hour Day! Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world join in raising awareness of the issues facing our planet. But Earth Hour is more than just an hour for the planet - it's a movement for our future. And it's more than just a symbol of support - it's a catalyst for urgent, needed change. Learn more at www.earthhour.org!
#Connect2Earth #EarthHour

Join us on March 31st at 9:30am for our webinar on Healthy Creeks and Waterways - Vegetation and the Flow of Healthy Wat...
03/24/2021
Healthy Creeks and Waterways: Vegetation and the Flow of Healthy Waterways

Join us on March 31st at 9:30am for our webinar on Healthy Creeks and Waterways - Vegetation and the Flow of Healthy Waterways. This webinar will be focused on what riparian buffers and greenbelts are, their role and impact on water quality, whether or not the establishment of mowing ordinances are right for your municipality, strategies for addressing public safety concerns and perceptions related to "no-mow" zones, resources that are available to help develop plans for riparian buffers and more! Register at https://www.addevent.com/event/vt5898561.

Join this webinar to learn about the role of riparian buffers and vegetation on the flow and health of waterways! Topics to be covered include:An overview on what riparian buffers and greenbelts are and their role and impact on water quality, an overview of the Denton County Greenbelt Plan as an exa...

Our Organic Waste to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Regional Stakeholder Meeting is tomorrow at 1 pm! NCTCOG will be conduc...
03/23/2021
Organic Waste to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Regional Stakeholder Meeting

Our Organic Waste to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Regional Stakeholder Meeting is tomorrow at 1 pm! NCTCOG will be conducting a regional study evaluating organic waste collection networks and opportunities to use food waste, biosolids, and other organics as feedstock for anaerobic digesters. Register at https://www.addevent.com/event/VH5755563.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has scheduled the second Regional Stakeholder discussion focused on Organic Waste, Anaerobic Digestion, and Renewable Natural Gas. Recently, the EPA notified NCTCOG that the agency will receive grant funds to conduct a regional study evaluating...

Join the conversation about water.Everyone has something to say about our most precious resource. Tag your stories, thou...
03/22/2021

Join the conversation about water.
Everyone has something to say about our most precious resource.
Tag your stories, thoughts, and feelings with #Water2me and help shape the 2021 #WorldWaterDay campaign.
Learn more at www.WorldWaterDay.org!

The Water for North Texas Online Library is now available for use! This online library is a compilation of existing reso...
03/11/2021

The Water for North Texas Online Library is now available for use! This online library is a compilation of existing resources on water topics in five main categories: Water Supply/Conservation, Water Management, Water Quality, Seasonal, and Other. These resources, which include explainer videos, brochures, webinar recordings, and social media toolkits, are intended to be used by member governments to educate residents about the value of water across the growing NCTCOG region. Go to http://conservenorthtexas.org/water-north-texas-online-library to access the library!

March is TX SmartScape Month! This year’s theme is “Texas tough, Texas True.” Plant native and adaptive plants that can ...
03/04/2021

March is TX SmartScape Month! This year’s theme is “Texas tough, Texas True.” Plant native and adaptive plants that can handle the Texas heat. Learn more about which plants are native, and adaptive to North Texas at TXSmartScape.com!

#PlantTexasNative #TXSmartScape

The 2021 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards Program is still accepting applications! We are...
03/02/2021

The 2021 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards Program is still accepting applications! We are looking for outstanding projects and programs from the North Central Texas region that exemplify the Principles of Development Excellence and help ensure a sustainable North Texas. To learn more about the CLIDE awards, and to submit an application, visit www.DevelopmentExcellence.com/About-the-CLIDE-Awards.

This Thursday, join The National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Services Coalition for the trainin...
03/01/2021
Time To Recycle North Texas

This Thursday, join The National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Services Coalition for the training course, “Foundations of Energy Savings Performance Contracting.”
Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) offers states, localities, public infrastructure, and institutional facilities an opportunity to finance energy efficiency investments by leveraging the energy, water, and operational cost savings that projects achieve over time. Register at https://www.addevent.com/event/da5927079.

Looking to do the right thing with your live Christmas tree and keep it out of the landfill? Check out our Christmas Tree Recycling information page to learn what your North Texas city is offering. Many cities collect Christmas trees to be turned into mulch that is then offered back to residents for...

Dallas Zoo
02/25/2021

Dallas Zoo

HEALTHY HABITATS: Did you know that hippos spend up to 16 hours of their day in the water? To keep our bloat happy, we recycle all 120,000 gallons of water at the Simmons Hippo Outpost every 50 minutes! Keeping up a clean and healthy aquatic environment is also critical for native Texas wildlife too, which is why it's important to prevent pollutants from entering storm drains that lead to our rivers and waterways.

On today's #SavingWildlifeWednesday, we're sharing a couple of easy ways YOU can help protect hippos and Texas wildlife alike, by ensuring they have clean, healthy habitats:

1. Need to wash your car? Choose a carwash location that filters out harmful detergents and/or uses biodegradable, water-based products like Carmel Car Wash.

2. Heading out for a walk in this gorgeous weather? Pick up any litter you see in your path before it has a chance to make its way into our rivers and lakes.

Join us on March 31st at 9:30am for our Healthy Creeks and Waterways - Vegetation and the Flow of Healthy Waterways webi...
02/24/2021
Healthy Creeks and Waterways: Vegetation and the Flow of Healthy Waterways

Join us on March 31st at 9:30am for our Healthy Creeks and Waterways - Vegetation and the Flow of Healthy Waterways webinar. This webinar will be focused on what riparian buffers and greenbelts are, their role and impact on water quality, whether or not the establishment of mowing ordinances are right for your municipality, strategies for addressing public safety concerns and perceptions related to "no-mow" zones, resources that are available to help develop plans for riparian buffers and more! Register at https://www.addevent.com/event/vt5898561.

Join this webinar to learn about the role of riparian buffers and vegetation on the flow and health of waterways! Topics to be covered include:An overview on what are riparian buffers and greenbelts, their role and impact on water quality, whether or not the establishment of mowing ordinances are ri...

Wait! Before you flush the toilet, are you only flushing the 3 P’s? Go to www.DefendYourDrainsNorthTexas.com to learn wh...
02/16/2021

Wait! Before you flush the toilet, are you only flushing the 3 P’s? Go to www.DefendYourDrainsNorthTexas.com to learn what other items should never be flushed down the toilet. Think before you flush! #DefendYourDrains #3P’s

Have you checked out the Additional Resources page on our Center of Development Excellence website? You can find regiona...
02/12/2021

Have you checked out the Additional Resources page on our Center of Development Excellence website? You can find regional, state and national resources on topics about housing, economy, mobility, climate resilience, education, public health, reginal ecosystem, community character, and more! Learn more at www.DevelopmentExcellence.com/Additional-Resources.

The EPA and NCTCOG is working to conduct a food waste study in the DFW area. The second Regional Stakeholder discussion ...
02/10/2021
Organic Waste to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Regional Stakeholder Meeting

The EPA and NCTCOG is working to conduct a food waste study in the DFW area. The second Regional Stakeholder discussion next Tuesday will be focused on Organic Waste, Anaerobic Digestion, and Renewable Natural Gas. To participate, RSVP at https://www.addevent.com/event/VH5755563.
#FoodWaste #EPA

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has scheduled the second Regional Stakeholder discussion focused on Organic Waste, Anaerobic Digestion, and Renewable Natural Gas. Recently, the EPA notified NCTCOG that the agency will receive grant funds to conduct a regional study evaluating...

The 2021 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards Program is now accepting applications! We are l...
02/01/2021

The 2021 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards Program is now accepting applications! We are looking for outstanding projects and programs from the North Central Texas region that exemplify the Principles of Development Excellence and help ensure a sustainable North Texas. To learn more about the CLIDE Awards, and to submit an application, visit www.DevelopmentExcellence.com/About-the-CLIDE-Awards.

Have you checked out the Case Studies tab on our newly launched Center of Development Excellence webpage? Go to www.Deve...
01/22/2021

Have you checked out the Case Studies tab on our newly launched Center of Development Excellence webpage? Go to www.DevelopmentExcellence.com/Case-Studies to check out our case studies and past CLIDE award winners!

The Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards Program was created to encourage innovative developm...
01/20/2021

The Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards Program was created to encourage innovative development projects and practices that will help accommodate expected growth in the North Texas region. The award categories are New Development, Redevelopment, Special Development, Raising Public Awareness, and Public Policy and Planning. In this post, we are featuring one of our award winners, the redesigned Desoto Market Place. The award recipients were the City of DeSoto, Options Real Estate Investment INC, DeSoto Economic Development Corp, The Industry Hub, and Ash + Lime.
To learn about this project and other past CLIDE Award winners, visit http://www.developmentexcellence.com/Past-CLIDE-Winners.

Interested in having volunteers clean up litter in your area? Watch our  “Trash Free Texas Webinar: Connecting Volunteer...
01/18/2021

Interested in having volunteers clean up litter in your area? Watch our “Trash Free Texas Webinar: Connecting Volunteers with Litter Cleanup Locations” tomorrow to learn how! Visit https://www.addevent.com/event/rb5499897 to RSVP for the webinar.

You can also learn more about the program at www.TrashFreeTexas.org.

#TrashFreeTexas #LitterCleanUp #Litter
@trashfreetexas

The 2021 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards Program will be accepting applications soon! We...
01/15/2021

The 2021 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards Program will be accepting applications soon! We are looking for outstanding projects and programs from the North Central Texas region that exemplify the Principles of Development Excellence and help ensure a sustainable North Texas. To learn more about the CLIDE awards, and to submit an application, visit http://www.developmentexcellence.com/About-the-CLIDE-Awards.

Our new Development Excellence website has launched! Our goal is for North Texas to be a region where residents, busines...
01/13/2021

Our new Development Excellence website has launched! Our goal is for North Texas to be a region where residents, businesses, and visitors enjoy an environment that uses water, energy, and natural resources effectively, efficiently, and equitably. The Center of Development Excellence program aids in these goals! Visit www.DevelopmentExcellence.com to learn more!

Our “Local Government Energy Reporting: 2020 Updates and Newly Developed Resources” webinar is tomorrow! Just us for an ...
01/11/2021
Local Government Energy Reporting: 2020 Updates and Newly Developed Resources

Our “Local Government Energy Reporting: 2020 Updates and Newly Developed Resources” webinar is tomorrow! Just us for an overview of changes made to the Local Government Energy Reporting form and newly developed resources to aid local governments in meeting the Local Government Energy Reporting requirements. RSVP at https://www.addevent.com/event/bl5593847!

Join the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER), and the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) for an overview of 2020 changes made to the Local Government Energy Reporting form and newly developed resour...

Let’s work to reduce our holiday waste and litter this year. Make sure trash and recycling lids are closed as you put th...
12/26/2020

Let’s work to reduce our holiday waste and litter this year. Make sure trash and recycling lids are closed as you put them out on the curb. Can you identify what is trash and what is recyclable in the picture?
#Christmas #ReduceLitter

Merry Christmas! Picking up after the unwrapping aftermath? Roll up and keep any bows, ribbon, or holiday bags for next ...
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas!
Picking up after the unwrapping aftermath? Roll up and keep any bows, ribbon, or holiday bags for next year! Not only does this save you money, but it also cuts down on waste from Christmas celebrations.
#Christmas #Sustainability

Uh oh.. did you run out of paper on some last-minute wrapping? Not to worry! Here’s a better idea: Use scraps of fabric ...
12/24/2020

Uh oh.. did you run out of paper on some last-minute wrapping? Not to worry! Here’s a better idea: Use scraps of fabric or inverted paper bags from the grocery store. It’s reusable, sustainable, and saves you the hassle of running to the store! You can also decorate it with pinecones, dried flowers, or cinnamon sticks for a special touch.
#Christmas #Sustainability

Christmas Packing Tip: Skip the giant bows and ribbons this year and use cotton string to tie up packages. Use items fro...
12/17/2020

Christmas Packing Tip: Skip the giant bows and ribbons this year and use cotton string to tie up packages. Use items from nature like sprigs of evergreen, pinecones, or holly to add a decorative touch to the gift. Show us how you tied up your packages this year!
#Christmas #Sustainability

Want to be creative with gift giving this year? Have a hide and seek game for gifts! Instead of using wrapping paper as ...
12/16/2020

Want to be creative with gift giving this year? Have a hide and seek game for gifts! Instead of using wrapping paper as the element of surprise, shake up the tradition and hide them! For smaller items, you can hide them in the tree, and for larger items you can hide them behind a pillow or behind a chair. Increase the level of difficulty depending on the age of the recipients. This activity saves gift wrap from going to the landfill or becoming litter.
#Christmas #Sustainability #WrappingPaperIsNotRecyclable

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Happy New Year! Join NTREG via ZOOM as we hear from Terry Schultz of United Electronic Recycling. All are welcome! https://fb.me/e/4VAwnemyM
Power of Renewable Energy, Oct 15 & Transportation Impacts on Air Pollution, Oct 22 Earth Day Every Day!, 2020, Thu, 12:00pm - 1:00pm CT From Dallas OEQS & the Dallas Public Library Oct 15: Dallas native, Michael Martin is the founder of MM Solar Advisory and he knows a lot about harnessing the power of the sun. He is a passionate and experienced leader for the widespread adoption of clean and safe solar power. Solar will be highlighted but other renewable energy will share the stage as he provides information about the future: https://dallaslibrary.librarymarket.com/index.php/events/earth-day-every-day-power-renewable-energy Oct 22: Lori Clark is the Senior Transportation Planner for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Historically, emissions from transportation are the largest source of ozone precursors, the pollutants that cause ozone to form in our atmosphere, and they are one of the major sources of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. However, advances in transportation are on the horizon: https://dallaslibrary.librarymarket.com/index.php/events/earth-day-every-day-transportation-impacts-air-pollution These programs are available online only. Registration is required. Details on how to participate will be emailed. If you can't watch it live, please still register. Everyone who registers will get an email a day or two afterwards that has a link to download the presentation plus a survey to help us develop better and future programming. They have sessions with the DPL every Monday (gardening, growing and Urban Agriculture) and Thursdays (environmental) at noon through the end of the year (excluding some days off for holidays). Contact: Dallas Public Library, Humanities Staff, [email protected], (214) 670-1668 Presenter: Department of Environmental Quality and Sustainability
Join NTREG via Zoom to hear Tom "Smitty" Smith, TX Electric Transportation Resources Alliance Executive Director: "EVs---How Fast is the EVolution Coming?" https://www.facebook.com/events/774224530093800/ https://ntreg.org/events.html Subscribe to NTREG groups.io or register with Eventbrite to get the Zoom access information: https://ntreg.groups.io/g/main https://www.eventbrite.com/e/electric-vehicles-overview-with-txetra-tom-smitty-smith-registration-124273711015
Come learn about the financial benefits of rooftop solar on the 11th Annual DFW Solar Tour on Sat. Oct 3rd from 9:30AM-4:00PM!
Hi folks! NTREG invites you via Zoom to hear from Roger Knudson of Climate Reality Project and Michael Linn of Inua Partners in Hope as we discuss climate change, artificial intelligence, and sustainability. All are welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/648180169121986/
Howdy! NTREG invites you via ZOOM to learn about Biophilic Design with Candace Chandra of Nature4Nurture. Join as we discuss Green Real Estate. All are welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/645050296356933/
Hi folks-NTREG invites you to join via ZOOM as we hear from Tim Siegler, Ph.D. to discuss perovskite technology in photovoltaics. All are welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/300075147652615/
The North Texas Renewable Energy Group invites you virtually to hear from Paul Westbrook, the President of RE:source Design, to discuss geothermal and ground source heat pumps. The ZOOM link will follow! https://www.facebook.com/events/2368267320142564/
The North Texas Renewable Energy Group invites you via ZOOM to hear Joshua Rhodes, Ph.D. of UT-Austin discuss the how, when, and what we use to power our lives. The ZOOM link will follow. https://www.facebook.com/events/743007669787751/
Great article regarding Energy Storage: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/can-the-us-claim-dominance-in-energy-storage-manufacturing For those eager to learn more, Prof. Joe Dancy will be presenting "Pumped Storage - Is it a Renewable Energy Solution for Texas?" on Sat. Mar. 14th. Event details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2938716889514477/
Join the North Texas Renewable Energy Group for our March monthly meeting featuring SMU Cox School of Business Professor Joseph Dancy. Free to attend and all are welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/2938716889514477/permalink/2938716896181143/?notif_t=page_post_reaction¬if_id=1582501148108447
Howdy! North Texas Renewable Energy Group is hosting our monthly meeting featuring Keynote Speaker Sharon Wilson. Come hear about the climate implications from methane in oil and gas production. Free to attend! https://www.facebook.com/events/221143268914811/