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Mission: Our mission is to educate and engage the Plano community in sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

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#NationalDrugTakeBack Day is tomorrow! Check out the details below. ⬇️
10/23/2020

#NationalDrugTakeBack Day is tomorrow! Check out the details below. ⬇️

Don't forget, #NationalDrugTakeBack is THIS Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Bring us your unwanted, unused, or expired medications for safe and proper disposal.

We will have 4 drop-off sites for you convenience:

1. Clark High School - 523 W. Spring Creek Pkwy
2. Plano Senior High School - 2200 Independence Pkwy
3. Plano East Senior High School - 3000 Los Rios Blvd
4. Plano West Senior High School - 5601 W. Parker Rd

For more information about the take back initiative, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/

We hope to see you there for another successful event!

10/22/2020
Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour Week 4: Michelle Masucci

It's Week 4 of the Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour! We invite you to tour Michelle Masucci's miniature, magical yard, where you'll find tasty treats and tame turtles - yes, that's right!

This native Texan has enjoyed being in the garden since she was a little girl, so she sure knows her Texas-tough plants. She also has a knack for artistic container design and functional creative reuse. A self-proclaimed “Rescue Plant Mom,” she adores vegetable gardening, and her yard features an integrated edible and flower garden. Michelle’s yard may be small, but it sure packs a punch.

Remember: more information, including a corresponding plant list, will soon be available at plano.gov/landscapetour.

Check out these entries from our WaterWise Plant Photo Contest! 📷🌺 Which photo do you think should win our top prize? Th...
10/21/2020

Check out these entries from our WaterWise Plant Photo Contest! 📷🌺 Which photo do you think should win our top prize? The photo with the most "likes" on Wednesday, Oct. 28 will be it! Be sure to invite your friends and family to "like" their favorite! 👍

Turn your idea into reality with a Sustainable Community Grant. Apply by Monday, Nov. 16 for your chance to receive fund...
10/20/2020
Sustainable Community Grants | Plano, TX

Turn your idea into reality with a Sustainable Community Grant. Apply by Monday, Nov. 16 for your chance to receive funding for your project: plano.gov/3596/Sustainable-Community-Grants

Individuals, schools, volunteer groups, HOAs and nonprofits are all eligible to receive funding.

Live Green in Plano offers a competitive grant process to alleviate the financial hurdle of implementing sustainability projects. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. This year the City will be awarding up to $6,000 in grant funding for project.Applications will be accepted until November 16, 2020. Sel...

One of the scariest things about #Halloween costumes is how much is plastic: masks, polyester fabric, wigs and other acc...
10/19/2020

One of the scariest things about #Halloween costumes is how much is plastic: masks, polyester fabric, wigs and other accessories, not to mention the non-recyclable packaging. Use these tricks for a sustainable Halloween costume! 🦸‍♀️🧛‍♂️🧑‍🚒✅

We have another interactive Name That Plant challenge to coincide with our Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour!Check out th...
10/18/2020

We have another interactive Name That Plant challenge to coincide with our Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour!

Check out the photo below from Victoria Stansell's purple pollinator's paradise. Can you name one of the WaterWise plants in the photo? If so, tell us! Those who comment with a correct plant name will be entered for a chance to win a prize! Hint: Watch Victoria's video yard tour to discover the names of these plants.

Don't miss the Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour at https://plano.gov/2355/Water-Wise-Landscape-Tour.

Feed your fall garden Texas Pure Products Compost! Pick up some at their Custer Road Facility (9901 Custer Rd) or order ...
10/17/2020

Feed your fall garden Texas Pure Products Compost! Pick up some at their Custer Road Facility (9901 Custer Rd) or order online and have it delivered: texaspureproducts.com

Featured Product: Texas Pure Products Compost
▪️ Our compost is certified for organic gardening.
▪️ For new beds and gardens, just till 4-5 inches of compost into the top 10 inches of soil.
▪️ For existing beds and gardens, break up the top 2 inches of soil and cover it with a layer of 1-2 inches of compost.
▪️ Water well after the compost is added.
➡️ texaspureproducts.com ⬅️

You only have two more days to enter our WaterWise Plant Photo Contest (deadline extended through Sunday)! 🌺📷 Do you hav...
10/16/2020

You only have two more days to enter our WaterWise Plant Photo Contest (deadline extended through Sunday)! 🌺📷 Do you have a beautiful WaterWise plant in your yard? We want to see it! Submit your photo for a chance to win a fabulous prize! Learn more and submit at https://share.plano.gov/PlantPhotoContest.

Mark your calendars - Texas Recycles Day is Saturday, Nov. 14! ♻️ This year’s event will be smaller and focus on three p...
10/16/2020

Mark your calendars - Texas Recycles Day is Saturday, Nov. 14! ♻️ This year’s event will be smaller and focus on three popular collections:
🔌 Electronics recycling
📄 Document shredding
🚴‍♂️ Bicycles
➡️ Visit share.plano.gov/TRD for more details.

10/15/2020
Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour Week 3: Victoria Stansell

It's Week 3 of the Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour! We invite you to tour Victoria Stansell's stunning landscape, where you'll find over 100 varieties of WaterWise plants.

Originally inspired by Live Green in Plano's Landscape for Life class series, this Collin County Master Gardener put her training to use and built a breathtaking paradise for pollinators. Watch and learn how fall soil preparation helps Victoria provide the ideal environment for all of her plants and nature friends to thrive. We hope you enjoy our third virtual yard tour!

Remember: more information, including a corresponding plant list, will soon be available at plano.gov/landscapetour.

Have you signed up for the City's Bi-weekly Senior Care Calls? Plano staff calls to see how you’re doing, answer your qu...
10/13/2020

Have you signed up for the City's Bi-weekly Senior Care Calls? Plano staff calls to see how you’re doing, answer your questions and help connect you to community resources if needed. Sign up now at surveymonkey.com/r/SeniorCall. ☎️

We are excited to welcome back the Storm Drain Labeling volunteer opportunity! Create awareness about the importance of ...
10/12/2020

We are excited to welcome back the Storm Drain Labeling volunteer opportunity! Create awareness about the importance of protecting creek water quality by labeling storm drains in your neighborhood. You pick a date and we provide the supplies and instructions. Request supplies here: plano.gov/1017/Storm-Drain-Labeling

We're so proud to share that EPA WaterSense has selected the City of Plano as a 2020 Sustained Excellence Award winner. ...
10/11/2020

We're so proud to share that EPA WaterSense has selected the City of Plano as a 2020 Sustained Excellence Award winner. We're honored to partner with EPA WaterSense to promote water conservation and efficiency. Thank you to our followers for championing our most precious resource! Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-awards. 💧

You still have time to enter our first ever WaterWise Plant Photo Contest! 🌺📷 Do you have a beautiful WaterWise plant in...
10/09/2020

You still have time to enter our first ever WaterWise Plant Photo Contest! 🌺📷 Do you have a beautiful WaterWise plant in your yard? We want to see it! Submit your photo today for a chance to show-off your plant during our public voting period. You could win a fabulous prize! Learn more and submit at https://share.plano.gov/PlantPhotoContest.

10/08/2020
Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour Week 2: Ben & Tonya Durkin

It's Week 2 of the Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour! We invite you to tour Ben & Tonya Durkin's beautiful, sustainable landscape, where you'll find sunshine, vibrant colors and plants that taste great.

We love how they've incorporated their found and homemade art pieces with a curated collection of hardy plants and hardscape textures. Watch and learn how technology helps them reduce food waste and water wisely. We hope you enjoy our second virtual yard tour!

Remember: more information, including a corresponding plant list, will soon be available at plano.gov/landscapetour.

Happy Energy Efficiency Day! What are some ways you are conserving energy at home? Let us know in the comments below! 👇I...
10/07/2020

Happy Energy Efficiency Day! What are some ways you are conserving energy at home? Let us know in the comments below! 👇
If you need some ideas, visit our webpage: plano.gov/1830/Energy-Conservation

Tomorrow is Walk 🚶🚶‍♀️ & Bike 🚴‍♀️🚴 to School Day.  Even if your student is not physically on campus, encourage some pre...
10/06/2020

Tomorrow is Walk 🚶🚶‍♀️ & Bike 🚴‍♀️🚴 to School Day. Even if your student is not physically on campus, encourage some pre-school fresh air and exercise before their day of screen time. Good advice for the grown-ups too!

We have an interactive challenge to coincide with our Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour: Name That Plant!Check out the ph...
10/06/2020

We have an interactive challenge to coincide with our Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour: Name That Plant!

Check out the photo below from Dan & Candy Zechmeister's sun garden. Can you name one of the WaterWise plants in the photo? If so, tell us! Those who comment with a correct plant name will be entered for a chance to win a prize!

Don't miss the Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour at https://plano.gov/2355/Water-Wise-Landscape-Tour.

Learn how you can save energy this fall and winter with our handy graphic. ⬇️ plano.gov/3492/Energy-Air
10/05/2020

Learn how you can save energy this fall and winter with our handy graphic. ⬇️ plano.gov/3492/Energy-Air

10/04/2020
Trash or Treat is Saturday, Oct. 31. Sign up today!

If a T-Rex can do a cleanup with their tiny arms, so can you! 🦖 Join us on Saturday, Oct. 31 for a morning cleanup and a Halloween drive-thu after party to celebrate! Learn more and sign up today: share.plano.gov/TrashOrTreat

We're launching our first ever WaterWise Plant Photo Contest! 🌺📷 Do you have a beautiful WaterWise plant in your yard? W...
10/03/2020

We're launching our first ever WaterWise Plant Photo Contest! 🌺📷 Do you have a beautiful WaterWise plant in your yard? We want to see it! Submit your photo today for a chance to show-off your plant and win a fabulous prize. Learn more and submit at https://share.plano.gov/PlantPhotoContest.

Do you have an idea to make Plano a more sustainable community? 💡🌱Apply for our Sustainable Community Grants to help tur...
10/02/2020

Do you have an idea to make Plano a more sustainable community? 💡🌱Apply for our Sustainable Community Grants to help turn your project idea into reality: plano.gov/SCgrants

10/01/2020
Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour Week 1: Dan & Candy Zechmeister

The Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour is here! We invite you to tour Dan & Candy Zechmeister's lovely landscape, where you'll find sun, shade and many neat DIY projects.

With a diverse plant palette, meandering paths and a pool, it's a yard fit for both entertaining and quiet reflection. We hope you enjoy our very first virtual yard tour!

Remember: more information, including a corresponding plant list, will soon be available at plano.gov/landscapetour.

09/30/2020
Join us for Trash or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31!

Doing a littler cleanup in a costume is always more fun! 🤪 Join us for a litter cleanup and drive-thru after party at Trash or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31. Register and learn more at share.plano.gov/TrashOrTreat.

As millions of migrating birds move through Texas each spring and fall, lights from cities can attract and disorient the...
09/29/2020

As millions of migrating birds move through Texas each spring and fall, lights from cities can attract and disorient them leading to exhaustion or even collisions with buildings. You can help make their fall migration safer by turning off outdoor lights and closing blinds or curtains to block the light from your home. ➡️ Learn more: tx.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-buildings

Most renewable electricity plans are cheaper or similar in cost compared traditional plans.You can sign up for these pla...
09/28/2020

Most renewable electricity plans are cheaper or similar in cost compared traditional plans.

You can sign up for these plans the same way you would sign up for your regular electricity contract. You get your electricity the same way, with no panels on your house and no pollution.

➡️ Compare all electricity plans in your area at powertochoose.org.

Overwhelmed with cardboard boxes from all that online shopping? 📦 Keep them out of the landfill and give them new life b...
09/27/2020

Overwhelmed with cardboard boxes from all that online shopping? 📦 Keep them out of the landfill and give them new life by:
▪️Removing all packing materials and put them in the trash.
▪️Small boxes ➡️ Flatten and place in your curbside recycling cart.
▪️Large boxes ➡️ Break down, flatten and place with yard trimmings outside of your cart.

Learn more about residential recycling: https://plano.gov/688/Residential-Recycling

Bag it – don’t trash it! Although some stores have stopped their collections, there are many locations in Plano that wil...
09/26/2020

Bag it – don’t trash it! Although some stores have stopped their collections, there are many locations in Plano that will accept your clean plastic film. Find a location near you with our list: https://bit.ly/3mRIeP5

Check out National Drive Electric Week, starting tomorrow! ⬇️
09/25/2020

Check out National Drive Electric Week, starting tomorrow! ⬇️

National Drive Electric Week begins September 26! To kick off the week, the Dallas-Fort Worth National Drive Electric Week event will feature the first reunion of the director and cast of “Who Killed the Electric Car?”, tips from the EV one-stop shop- Plug In America, EV owner and dealership testimonials, rebuilding the Tesla Cybertruck, and more! Register to participate at www.driveelectricdfw.org. #NDEWDFW #TexasEV #DriveElectric #NDEW2020

Join us every Wednesday for a virtual Landscape for Life class starting Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.! 🌱 Register: share.plano.gov/LG...
09/25/2020
City of Plano Reservations - Upcoming Programs and Events

Join us every Wednesday for a virtual Landscape for Life class starting Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.! 🌱 Register: share.plano.gov/LGIP
This FREE 10-hour, 5-class series covers the role of successful soil practices, water capture and conservation, as well as plant material selection. Over the series, use the opportunity to design a sustainable garden that supports our local pollinators. By working with nature, you'll save time, energy, money and most important for Texans, water.

Scroll down to view all the upcoming programs. Check back often for newly listed classes and programs to inspire you towards a greener lifestyle.

The Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour begins on Thursday, Oct. 1! We're hosting a month-long celebration of plants and pr...
09/24/2020
WaterWise Landscape Tour | Plano, TX

The Virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour begins on Thursday, Oct. 1! We're hosting a month-long celebration of plants and practices that protect our most precious resource. 💦 Here's what you can expect:

🎥 A new video yard tour will premier right here on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Virtually walk through real Plano yards and hear their owners' stories. Download our corresponding plant lists. On the last Thursday of the month, join our staff for a Facebook live recap.

🌺 Our WaterWise Plant Photo Contest will highlight your favorite Texas-hardy plants. We'll accept photo submissions and invite the public to vote on their top three. Get outside and start snapping photos in your yard. There'll be prizes! We'll share details as October gets underway.

🤩 Want to play "Name That Plant?" If so, you could win a prize! We'll share a few interactive posts throughout the month with opportunities to enter our prize drawings.

➡️ Stay tuned to our page for the latest. We'll also post video yard tours, plant lists and other resources on our webpage: plano.gov/2355/Water-Wise-Landscape-Tour

Water Wise Landscape Tour

09/23/2020
Sustaining Community

Sustainability isn't just about conserving natural resources. Discover what makes Plano a sustainable and resilient community.

Today is National Bike to Work Day! 🚴 As temperatures start to cool, it's a great time to reduce air pollution by biking...
09/22/2020

Today is National Bike to Work Day! 🚴 As temperatures start to cool, it's a great time to reduce air pollution by biking instead of driving.

Discover other air-friendly transportation options: plano.gov/1828/Alternative-Transportation

Registration is now open for Trash or Treat! Sign up today for a litter clean up with your family or a small group of fr...
09/21/2020

Registration is now open for Trash or Treat! Sign up today for a litter clean up with your family or a small group of friends on Halloween and pick your time to attend the Trash or Treat drive-thru after party for some spooky fun. 👻🎃 Register: share.plano.gov/TrashOrTreat

When you place your yard trimmings on the curb for collection, remember to keep it clean and green by only putting these...
09/20/2020

When you place your yard trimmings on the curb for collection, remember to keep it clean and green by only putting these organic materials in your brown paper bag:
▪️ Grass clippings
▪️ Leaves
▪️ Branches and brush

Everything else is contamination. More information: plano.gov/689/Yard-Trimmings

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Do you have a suggestion for a recycling video for ages PreK-1st grade? The recycling video that has been suggested by my son's school is incorrect and I would like to suggest to them a better video. This is the one PISD suggests:
what is the best/proper way to dispose of the mesh bags we get with oranges etc.?
Electronics Recycling: According to EPA the United States is estimated to have generated nearly 50 million tons of electronics waste in 2018 compared to 41.8 million tons worldwide in 2014. Currently the US produces about 14% of the world's electronic waste. Join us for the July meeting of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group in Dallas to learn what one North Texas company is doing to address this growing problem. https://www.facebook.com/events/410088412922862 Check back later on our website where we post presentations: https://ntreg.org/downloads.shtml
Consider an EV for your next auto purchase and help reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions!
How should we recycle these air pillows used in packing? Massachusetts says to return them to bag returns at the store, but it has a recycle #2 on it and our single stream is supposed to be 1-7.
Hi, do you have any more info on the Tree Giveaway? I had a link but it's either not working properly or I'm just missing how it is supposed to work.
International Compost Awareness Week!
I'm unhappy to have received a phone book last week. I called the company to pick them up but they will not. There are other people in our neighborhood who want to give them back also. Such a waste of resources! Any suggestions?
A store selling eco-friendly building supplies is opening in Plano! They also sell solar systems and household appliances.
Great day working behind Plano Senior Center. What a difference! Thanks for coordinating the Community Cleanups.