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.

American Wind Week - Clean Power for America
08/10/2020
American Wind Week - Clean Power for America

American Wind Week - Clean Power for America

Join the American Wind Week Celebration, August 9-15, 2020! #WindBuildsTheFuture This year, we are celebrating all the ways “Wind Builds the Future.” In a time of economic uncertainty, wind power is bringing jobs, new revenue, and opportunity to communities across the country.  Wind energy is o...

Don’t feed the wildlife – it kills them! Let’s #KeepWildlifeWild
08/10/2020

Don’t feed the wildlife – it kills them! Let’s #KeepWildlifeWild

#DYK that Americans throw away about 35 billion plastic water bottles each year? Single use plastic bottles take about 4...
08/07/2020

#DYK that Americans throw away about 35 billion plastic water bottles each year? Single use plastic bottles take about 450 years to degrade in a landfill or on the ground as litter, that’s several generations! Do your part and ALWAYS recycle single use plastic water bottles. #Recycle #EveryBottleBack

Your choices make a difference. Use this chart to see which plastic-free choices you make will have the most impact on t...
07/24/2020

Your choices make a difference. Use this chart to see which plastic-free choices you make will have the most impact on the ocean, landfills, and global climate change. Learn how to make a bigger impact at www.plasticfreejuly.org!

Feeding wildlife can lead to the spread of disease, wing deformities, and aggression towards humans. #KeepWildlifeWild
07/21/2020

Feeding wildlife can lead to the spread of disease, wing deformities, and aggression towards humans.
#KeepWildlifeWild

Will you take the challenge to be plastic free this July? Created by the Plastic Free Foundation, the Plastic Free July ...
07/17/2020

Will you take the challenge to be plastic free this July? Created by the Plastic Free Foundation, the Plastic Free July initiative encourages individuals to use alternatives to single use plastic items. For info about changing personal habits, or joining an event by the organization, visit www.plasticfreejuly.org to learn how to help reduce plastic pollution!

Interested in a variety of procurement options available to local governments to get energy efficiency projects started,...
07/15/2020
Webinar: Procurement Options to Support Energy Reduction

Interested in a variety of procurement options available to local governments to get energy efficiency projects started, ranging from purchasing cooperatives to cooperative procurement to RFPs? Join this webinar tomorrow to learn about some of these opportunities and how your local government can leverage them to streamline administrative burdens associated with acquiring energy efficiency products and services. RSVP at https://www.addevent.com/event/ml4878767.

A variety of procurement options are available to local governments to get energy efficiency projects started, ranging from purchasing cooperatives to cooperative procurement to RFPs. Join this webinar to learn about some of these opportunities and how your local government can leverage them to stre...

Single use plastics have a bad habit of making it from urban cities hundreds of miles inland all the way to the Texas co...
07/10/2020

Single use plastics have a bad habit of making it from urban cities hundreds of miles inland all the way to the Texas coast. Avoid using single use plastic utensils, bags, straws, and to go coffee cups. Opt for reusable alternatives instead!

Don’t feed the wild birds – it’s bad for their health to eat human food. #KeepWildlifeWild
07/07/2020

Don’t feed the wild birds – it’s bad for their health to eat human food.
#KeepWildlifeWild

Everyone deserves to be proud of the place they live in! Better Block.org helps educate, equip, and empower others to re...
07/06/2020

Everyone deserves to be proud of the place they live in! Better Block.org helps educate, equip, and empower others to reshape their built environments. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Department of Environment and Development is hosting a webinar on BetterBlock.org's, “Slow Streets Community Program” available in our region. RSVP at
https://www.addevent.com/event/cx4934410!

Happy Fourth of July from the Environment & Development team!
07/04/2020

Happy Fourth of July from the Environment & Development team!

#DYK the Texas coast has the most marine debris on its beaches compared to any other state in the U.S.? It is estimated ...
07/03/2020

#DYK the Texas coast has the most marine debris on its beaches compared to any other state in the U.S.? It is estimated that there are about two billion pieces of plastic polluting Texas beaches. A study with the Ocean Conservancy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found a sizable amount of marine debris comes from urban areas. This July, think about ways you can reduce plastic pollution!

Uneaten bread rots and poisons the water. This kills fish, promotes the growth of algal blooms and mold, and attracts ve...
06/29/2020

Uneaten bread rots and poisons the water. This kills fish, promotes the growth of algal blooms and mold, and attracts vermin. Let wildlife be wild.
#KeepWildlifeWild

How many of these “straw facts” did you already know? Seek out reusable straw alternatives such as using a stainless-ste...
06/26/2020

How many of these “straw facts” did you already know? Seek out reusable straw alternatives such as using a stainless-steel straw, a bamboo straw, or a paper straw to cut down on plastic usage.

Have you seen iSWM’s new interactive map? The communities highlighted in this map have formally adopted iSWM strategies ...
06/24/2020

Have you seen iSWM’s new interactive map? The communities highlighted in this map have formally adopted iSWM strategies or have become iSWM certified. Learn more at http://iswm.nctcog.org/!

When young birds become malnourished, as a result from eating bread, they can develop a deformity called “angel wing,” a...
06/17/2020

When young birds become malnourished, as a result from eating bread, they can develop a deformity called “angel wing,” a condition which causes the bones in the wing to bow out. This deformity makes flight impossible for these birds.
#KeepWildlifeWild

06/15/2020
EarthX

EarthX

Today is Global Wind Day! Did you know wind power avoids CO2
emissions equivalent to 42 million cars taken off the road? According to
the American Wind Energy Association, wind power avoided 198 million
metric tons of CO2 in 2019.

06/15/2020
register.gotowebinar.com

APA Urban Design & Preservation Division is hosting a webinar titled, Driving Innovation to Create Aging-friendly Communities on Friday, June 19. This webinar aims to discuss different build types that are suitable for aging communities, how it can impact the mobility choice on land yield, and why Transit-Oriented Development creates a more efficient, stronger communities. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6366983071754793742!

Do you remember when scientist Christine Figgene had to pull a straw out of a sea turtle’s nose? This kicked “plastic st...
06/12/2020

Do you remember when scientist Christine Figgene had to pull a straw out of a sea turtle’s nose? This kicked “plastic straw awareness” into high gear and many people began realizing how impactful littered plastic can be for marine life. Straws can get mistaken for food by wildlife and easily cause life threatening problems.

06/11/2020
Trees Are the Answer: The Role of a Healthy Urban Canopy in an Urban Watershed

This is a live stream of the webinar, Trees Are the Answer: The Role of a Healthy Urban Canopy in an Urban Watershed.

Speakers:
• Mac Martin, Water Resources Forester for the Texas A&M Forest Service in Houston
• Susan Alvarez, Assistant Director of the Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability for the City of Dallas
• Matt Grubisich, Director of Operations & Urban Forestry for the Texas Trees Foundation

What will be covered:
• The benefits of forests and trees to water quality and stormwater reduction;
• Ongoing efforts of how trees are being used to protect water resources in urban areas;
• The role of trees in Dallas for storm water management; and
• Best practices

Keep Texas Beautiful is hosting the Introduction to EcoRise webinar! EcoRise is a school-based program that empowers you...
06/10/2020

Keep Texas Beautiful is hosting the Introduction to EcoRise webinar! EcoRise is a school-based program that empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching sustainability, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Learn more in tomorrow’s webinar! Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1608987239647712012!
@KeepTexasBeautiful

Why does the plastic straw have a bad reputation? Plastic straws are only used once for a few minutes before being throw...
06/07/2020

Why does the plastic straw have a bad reputation? Plastic straws are only used once for a few minutes before being thrown away. The DFW area cannot recycle a straw due to contamination and the low quality of plastic used. Next time think twice before you use a straw!

We want to keep nature beautiful and free of trash. Go to www.reportdfwdumping.org/ to report any illegal dumping you se...
05/29/2020

We want to keep nature beautiful and free of trash. Go to www.reportdfwdumping.org/ to report any illegal dumping you see! #ReportIllegalDumping

Feeding birds human food can cause them to suffer from malnutrition.#KeepWildlifeWild
05/27/2020

Feeding birds human food can cause them to suffer from malnutrition.
#KeepWildlifeWild

The Permittee Responsible Mitigation Database connects landowners with developers or entities looking to enhance streams...
05/25/2020

The Permittee Responsible Mitigation Database connects landowners with developers or entities looking to enhance streams and wetlands that need rehabilitation or restoration. Get started at www.prmd.nctcog.org!

Conserve North Texas is a website full of resources, tools, and case studies related to water, energy, and transportatio...
05/20/2020

Conserve North Texas is a website full of resources, tools, and case studies related to water, energy, and transportation efficiency topics. Visit www.conservenorthtexas.org to access all these great resources!

Interested in saving money and producing clean energy? Think about going Solar! North Texas is a prime place for solar e...
05/11/2020

Interested in saving money and producing clean energy? Think about going Solar! North Texas is a prime place for solar energy. Learn more at www.gosolartexas.org! #GoSolarTX #CleanEnergy

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Working together with over 230 member governments including 16 counties, numerous cities, school districts, and special districts, the Environment & Development department guides and promotes collaboration among public entities to progressively address common environmental issues and development challenges facing them due to our region’s rapid growth and urbanization.

To accomplish our goals, E&D has six strategic initiatives for Sustainable Environmental Excellence: Materials Management, Natural Resources, Public Works, Regional Codes, Watershed Management, and Development Excellence.

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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/
Howdy folks! The North Texas Renewable Energy Group is hosting our monthly meeting in Irving. Come learn how the Lady Bird Johnson School utilizes green energy to power their facilities! https://www.facebook.com/events/544600546270274/
For those interested: Monthly group meeting featuring presentation comparing battery technologies for solar plus storage by Tom Brennan, Co-founder and Engineering Manager of Sol-Ark (nearby in Parker, TX): https://www.facebook.com/events/824672521284281
Topic: 2019 Texas Legislation Affecting Renewable Energy, & a Look Ahead Presenter: Senator Royce West, Texas State Senator, District 23 Senator West's presentation to the North Texas Renewable Energy Group will be focused on solar and other forms of renewable energy legislation. He is a highly recognized person in the Texas Legislature, and a prominent person in Texas politics. NTREG meetings are free and open to the public! Everyone welcome! For more information about our meetings and other upcoming activities, visit our website and click on "Near-Term Events" at the top right of the main page. https://www.facebook.com/events/412649459419829/ http://www.ntreg.org
For anyone interested: Update on City of Dallas Energy Initiatives: Sat, 9/14/19, 10 AM – 12 PM; Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, TX 75229 https://www.facebook.com/events/2331262563659827 Presenter: Susan Alvarez, Assistant Director, City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability. Discussion on the recent City of Dallas "Green Energy Policy", and the Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan ("CECAP"). The City of Dallas is taking a leadership role in conjunction with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and many area cities to improve environmental conditions in the DFW Metroplex. Dallas will be opening up the second public engagement process supporting proposed initiatives within the CECAP shortly after this meeting (update: starting Tue 9/17/19 per link below), and values the ability to get knowledgeable input/opinions into their next steps to be included in the plan: https://www.dallasclimateaction.com/cecap NTREG meetings are free and open to the public! Everyone welcome! For more information about this and our other meetings and upcoming activities, visit our website and click on "Near-Term Events" at the top right of the main page. http://www.ntreg.org