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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Next week is the 2020 CityLab Summit! Co-hosted by CityLab High School and the CityLab High School Foundation, the summi...
11/13/2020

Next week is the 2020 CityLab Summit! Co-hosted by CityLab High School and the CityLab High School Foundation, the summit is a two-day symposium about the future and design of Dallas. Students, teachers, families, and business professionals are invited to come together to engage in a design discussion about our city.
Visit https://pheedloop.com/citylabsummit/site/ to learn more!

Tomorrow, join the Maryland Department of Planning’s webinar, The Bird-Friendly and Biophilic City: Integrating Safe, Na...
11/11/2020

Tomorrow, join the Maryland Department of Planning’s webinar, The Bird-Friendly and Biophilic City: Integrating Safe, Natural Habitats into Urban Design and Planning. Tim Beatley will outline the elements of a biophilic city and provide examples of cities that have successfully integrated these elements. To register, visit http://ow.ly/i6qO50CbDsM.

11/10/2020

Be sure you are properly taking care of your lawn this fall! To conserve local water quality, follow the directions and only apply the amount of preemergent herbicide you need. Sweep any herbicide that may be on the sidewalk back into the lawn. When finished, properly dispose of any leftover herbicides and fertilizer through your local household hazardous waste program, or find other ways to dispose at www.DefendYourDrainsNorthTexas.com. To read more about proper fall lawn care, go to https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2020/09/23/apply-fall-preemergence-herbicide-to-avoid-spring-weeds/?mc_cid=8b54777cf0&mc_eid=01f463275f.

Tomorrow is the start of the 2020 Texas Energy Summit! This virtual conference will offer the opportunity to engage with...
11/09/2020

Tomorrow is the start of the 2020 Texas Energy Summit! This virtual conference will offer the opportunity to engage with industry experts, policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and energy service experts. Conversations at the summit will be focused on obtaining cleaner air, building a better environment, developing more renewable energy sources, and more! Register at https://texasenergysummit.com/registration/.

Today is the 10th annual DCCCD Sustainability Summit! Join the Dallas County Community College District for a virtual su...
11/06/2020
Sustainability Summit

Today is the 10th annual DCCCD Sustainability Summit! Join the Dallas County Community College District for a virtual sustainability conference. This year’s theme is “Resilience for the Next 50 Years,” with breakout sessions over teaching sustainability, building sustainability in businesses, creating energy efficiency at home and more!
To join, visit https://www.dcccd.edu/about/sustainability/events/summit/pages/default.aspx.

Join us for the 10th Annual Sustainability Summit on Nov. 6, 2020

Now that fall is here, lawns need less water. To check how much water your lawn needs, the Upper Trinity Regional Water ...
11/05/2020

Now that fall is here, lawns need less water. To check how much water your lawn needs, the Upper Trinity Regional Water District website features “Water My Yard” weekly lawn watering recommendations. This feature tells you how long you should water your turf, based on your location and sprinkler type. They also offer cycle & soak tips to save water. Check out https://utrwd.com/saving-water/save-outdoors/water-my-yard to learn more!

Good news! The City of Corinth is now a Certified Silver integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM) community! The iSWM Pro...
11/04/2020

Good news! The City of Corinth is now a Certified Silver integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM) community! The iSWM Program is a cooperative initiative that assists cities and counties in achieving their goals of water quality protection, streambank protection, and flood mitigation. To learn more about iSWM and see participating cities, visit http://iswm.nctcog.org/participating-cities.html.

10/26/2020
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Are you ready for the “Gearing Up for Changes in the Upcoming CRS Manual Addendum and RL Procedures” webinar tomorrow? Offered by the Texas Water Development Board, this webinar will focus on Activity 310 changes as it relates to the Class 9 prerequisites and procedures for certificate review, and the transition to new procedures.
Register for this event at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1259992355797228811.

Do you know how valuable the average soda can really is? Follow this infographic to learn how beneficial it is to recycl...
10/23/2020

Do you know how valuable the average soda can really is? Follow this infographic to learn how beneficial it is to recycle aluminum!

Take Care of Texas
10/23/2020

Take Care of Texas

Go Green for Halloween and YOU COULD WIN A $100 H-E-B GIFT CARD!! 🎃👻

1) Post a picture of your Halloween décor or a costume created out of upcycled materials!
2) Tag us (@TakeCareOfTexas) and use #GreenHalloween
3) Tag THREE friends in the post

♻️ Need some inspiration? Check out our Green Halloween Tricks: https://takecareoftexas.org/hot-wire/scary-good-green-halloween-tricks

Contest closes Nov. 2! Complete Contest Rules:https://takecareoftexas.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/Halloween-Photo-Contest-Rules.pdf

#TakeCareOfTexas #Halloween #DIY #diyhalloween #HalloweenCostume #halloweendecor #halloween2020

Imagine a Day Without Water…Many Americans take water for granted, but what would a day be like without water? 2020 mark...
10/21/2020

Imagine a Day Without Water…
Many Americans take water for granted, but what would a day be like without water? 2020 marks the sixth annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” raising awareness and educating America about the value of water.
Learn more at www.ImagineADayWithoutWater.org.
#ImagineADayWithoutWater #ValueWater #Water

10/19/2020
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Our Substantial Damage & Substantial Improvement Basics Webinar is this week! This training will define the terms of substantial damage and substantial improvement (SD/SI), address when and how to make SD/SI assessments, and offer opportunities for communities to receive assistance in completing accurate SD/SI determinations after a disaster.
Register for this event at http://ow.ly/V2Ma50BAf3q!

Texas landscapes are our backyard! Keep it clean and don’t mess with Texas! Always throw all litter in the trash to keep...
10/16/2020

Texas landscapes are our backyard! Keep it clean and don’t mess with Texas! Always throw all litter in the trash to keep our landscapes clear and trash free! Learn how you can report a “litterer” at www.dontmesswithtexas.org #DontMessWithTexas

Recent data shows that the western part of the North Central Texas region will reach their solid waste disposal capacity...
10/12/2020

Recent data shows that the western part of the North Central Texas region will reach their solid waste disposal capacity soon.
The Western Region Solid Waste Management Study was created to gain a better understanding of the long-term solid waste management plan that will need to address future landfill capacity challenges.
Watch our webinar about this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2MzAhupL3w&t=3s.

Show some Texas pride when you keep litter off the streets! When we help maintain clean streets in our state, we are not...
10/09/2020

Show some Texas pride when you keep litter off the streets! When we help maintain clean streets in our state, we are not only taking pride in our surroundings, but benefitting our environment as well. Always throw aluminum cans in the bin to help keep our streets litter free!

Today is Energy Efficiency Day! How do you save energy?#SaveMoney = #CutPollution = #CreateJobs. Pledge to cut energy wa...
10/07/2020

Today is Energy Efficiency Day! How do you save energy?
#SaveMoney = #CutPollution = #CreateJobs.
Pledge to cut energy waste at www.energyefficiencyday.org.

#EEDay2020

Struggling with duck overcrowding at our local ponds? Watch our recent Discouraging Avian Feeding webinar featuring pres...
10/05/2020

Struggling with duck overcrowding at our local ponds? Watch our recent Discouraging Avian Feeding webinar featuring presentations Rachel Richter (a Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks & Wildlife) and Mark Enders (a Watershed Program Manager with the City of New Braunfels).
Watch the full webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCQ0rNU3sNI&t=1488s.

#DYK how valuable an aluminum can is? When you litter aluminum items that could be recycled, you are throwing away money...
10/02/2020

#DYK how valuable an aluminum can is? When you litter aluminum items that could be recycled, you are throwing away money! Aluminum is a very desired material in the recycling industry because of the extreme energy savings during the creation of new items!

DFW Solar Tour
10/01/2020

DFW Solar Tour

Join us Saturday, Oct 3rd between 9:30 am to 4 pm, for the free, online, and virtual 2020 DFW Solar Tour event - www.dfwsolartour.org.
Be a part of the updated virtual tours of innovative and sustainable homes and business. The North Texas Renewable Energy Group invites you to learn more about the event and see the schedule for the 11th annual tour at www.dfwsolartour.org

The final Richland Chambers Watershed Discovery Report is now available! To learn more about this project, or read the f...
10/01/2020

The final Richland Chambers Watershed Discovery Report is now available!
To learn more about this project, or read the flood risk report, go to http://ow.ly/xXYQ50BA9Uo

TODAY is the virtual Environmental Matchmaking Tools Workshop! Learn about FREE tools and resources to help identify you...
09/30/2020

TODAY is the virtual Environmental Matchmaking Tools Workshop!
Learn about FREE tools and resources to help identify your best stewardship options and mitigation locations for your transportation or development projects. RSVP at http://ow.ly/QY4S50BeXbX

When you feed birds, it reduces or eliminates their motivation to migrate. This can cause them to freeze to death in the...
09/25/2020

When you feed birds, it reduces or eliminates their motivation to migrate. This can cause them to freeze to death in the winter. #KeepWildlifeWild

Next week is the virtual Environmental Matchmaking Tools Workshop! Learn about FREE tools and resources to help identify...
09/23/2020

Next week is the virtual Environmental Matchmaking Tools Workshop!
Learn about FREE tools and resources to help identify your best stewardship options and mitigation locations for your transportation or development projects. RSVP at http://ow.ly/QY4S50BeXbX

09/21/2020
Please Don't Feed the Ducks - Tips from a Wildlife Biologist

Temperatures are finally cooling off and you may be tempted to go to your local pond and feed the ducks. Do NOT feed the local waterfowl bread!
Learn more by watching this video by Texas Parks and Wildlife, http://ow.ly/6I2R50BeX8W!

Learn how feeding the ducks at local ponds can create problems for the birds as well as for the environment. To learn more about urban wildlife, visit http:/...

Today is World Clean Up Day!Pollution isn’t just a litter problem. Waste left behind on streets or in parks impact our d...
09/19/2020

Today is World Clean Up Day!

Pollution isn’t just a litter problem. Waste left behind on streets or in parks impact our drinking water and wildlife.

World Clean Up Day works on encouraging individuals to pick up litter in their neighborhood, wherever they may be!

https://www.worldcleanupday.us/

National Cleanup Day

Have you heard the good news? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (@EPA) has granted half a million dollars to the ...
09/18/2020
EPA Announces Nearly $500,000 to North Central Texas Council of Governments to Reduce Trash in Waterways | US EPA

Have you heard the good news? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (@EPA) has granted half a million dollars to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for outreach projects to reduce and prevent trash from entering our local waterways!
Learn more at http://ow.ly/eNAM50BuIwc!

EPA News Release: EPA Announces Nearly $500,000 to North Central Texas Council of Governments to Reduce Trash in Waterways

Happening Now: Mikel Wilkins from TBG Partners and Don Raines from the City of Dallas are presenting on a “Conceptual Ur...
09/17/2020
Public Works Roundup | Hopin

Happening Now: Mikel Wilkins from TBG Partners and Don Raines from the City of Dallas are presenting on a “Conceptual Urban Planning and Design Strategies.”
To join, go to https://hopin.to/events/public-works-roundup!
#PWR2020

The 21st annual Public Works Roundup will be held virtually, right here! The Roundup is a place for Public Works Professionals from around our region to network and learn about topics related to public works including emerging technologies that...

Happening Now: Susan Alvarez from the city of Dallas is discussing the city’s Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Acti...
09/17/2020
Public Works Roundup | Hopin

Happening Now: Susan Alvarez from the city of Dallas is discussing the city’s Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan.
To join, go to https://hopin.to/events/public-works-roundup!
#PWR2020

The 21st annual Public Works Roundup will be held virtually, right here! The Roundup is a place for Public Works Professionals from around our region to network and learn about topics related to public works including emerging technologies that...

Happening Now: Mathew Busby is giving a presentation on “Municipal Procurement and Capital Delivery Methods.”To join, go...
09/17/2020
Public Works Roundup | Hopin

Happening Now: Mathew Busby is giving a presentation on “Municipal Procurement and Capital Delivery Methods.”
To join, go to https://hopin.to/events/public-works-roundup!
#PWR2020

The 21st annual Public Works Roundup will be held virtually, right here! The Roundup is a place for Public Works Professionals from around our region to network and learn about topics related to public works including emerging technologies that...

Happening Now: “Utilizing GIS Data to Promote Growth and Plan for the Future,” presented by Catherine Oduro and Ogi Cola...
09/17/2020
Public Works Roundup | Hopin

Happening Now: “Utilizing GIS Data to Promote Growth and Plan for the Future,” presented by Catherine Oduro and Ogi Colakovic.
To join, go to https://hopin.to/events/public-works-roundup!
#PWR2020

The 21st annual Public Works Roundup will be held virtually, right here! The Roundup is a place for Public Works Professionals from around our region to network and learn about topics related to public works including emerging technologies that...

Happening Now: Dan Franke and Shelley Lang from the city of Frisco are presenting on Network Nodes and Shot Clocks. To j...
09/17/2020
Public Works Roundup | Hopin

Happening Now: Dan Franke and Shelley Lang from the city of Frisco are presenting on Network Nodes and Shot Clocks.
To join, go to https://hopin.to/events/public-works-roundup!
#PWR2020

The 21st annual Public Works Roundup will be held virtually, right here! The Roundup is a place for Public Works Professionals from around our region to network and learn about topics related to public works including emerging technologies that...

Happening Now: Kate Zeilke is giving an overview of the “EEBS Tool” and the Return on Investment for Green Infrastructur...
09/17/2020
Public Works Roundup | Hopin

Happening Now: Kate Zeilke is giving an overview of the “EEBS Tool” and the Return on Investment for Green Infrastructure tools.
To join, go to https://hopin.to/events/public-works-roundup!
#PWR2020

The 21st annual Public Works Roundup will be held virtually, right here! The Roundup is a place for Public Works Professionals from around our region to network and learn about topics related to public works including emerging technologies that...

Happening Now: Dexter May and Alex Garza are giving a presentation on “Adaptive Asset Management based on Data Availabil...
09/17/2020
Public Works Roundup | Hopin

Happening Now: Dexter May and Alex Garza are giving a presentation on “Adaptive Asset Management based on Data Availability.”
To join, go to https://hopin.to/events/public-works-roundup!
#PWR2020

The 21st annual Public Works Roundup will be held virtually, right here! The Roundup is a place for Public Works Professionals from around our region to network and learn about topics related to public works including emerging technologies that...

Happening Now: Jeremy Priest is giving his presentation on the Arlington Tree Manual.To join, go to https://hopin.to/eve...
09/17/2020
Public Works Roundup | Hopin

Happening Now: Jeremy Priest is giving his presentation on the Arlington Tree Manual.
To join, go to https://hopin.to/events/public-works-roundup!
#PWR2020

The 21st annual Public Works Roundup will be held virtually, right here! The Roundup is a place for Public Works Professionals from around our region to network and learn about topics related to public works including emerging technologies that...

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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.

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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/
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/