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Live Green in Plano

Live Green in Plano Welcome to the official Live Green in Plano page. The official page for the City of Plano's Environmental Education and Sustainability division.

To learn how to live green in Plano, subscribe to our enews at bit.ly/LGIPENews or visit livegreeninplano.com. For information about what content may be removed, visit share.plano.gov/TermsAndConditions.

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As warmer weather approaches, many of us look for ways to keep cool while not breaking the bank on electricity bills, an...
05/19/2022

As warmer weather approaches, many of us look for ways to keep cool while not breaking the bank on electricity bills, and many of us look to ceiling fans for breezy comfort. But do ceiling fans save energy? They can - if you also make an adjustment to your air conditioner.

According to the EPA, use of a ceiling fan can allow a homeowner to raise the thermostat approximately 4 degrees without a reduction in comfort. Learn more: energy.gov/energysaver/fans-cooling

05/18/2022
All About Birds - Nesting Boxes & Bluebirds

Thank you to everyone that joined us for All About Birds last Saturday. It was a hoot!

Continue learning about birds with this video with Plano Parks & Recreation in which we talk about bluebirds and nesting boxes.

The Live Green In Plano "ReCyclers" celebrated Bike to Work Week this morning. Join the movement for cleaner air - Bike ...
05/17/2022

The Live Green In Plano "ReCyclers" celebrated Bike to Work Week this morning. Join the movement for cleaner air - Bike to Work Day is Friday!

๐Ÿ’ง The virtual Sprinkler Spruce Up Series continues tomorrow with Part 2: DIY Drip Irrigation! Learn the basics of drip i...
05/17/2022

๐Ÿ’ง The virtual Sprinkler Spruce Up Series continues tomorrow with Part 2: DIY Drip Irrigation! Learn the basics of drip irrigation, including the different types, necessary components, installation process and more.

โžก Register at: share.plano.gov/LGIP

Help clean up Plano by registering for a Community Cleanup today! You tell us when and where you would like to do a clea...
05/16/2022

Help clean up Plano by registering for a Community Cleanup today! You tell us when and where you would like to do a cleanup, and we will provide all the supplies.

To register and find out more information please visit: https://www.plano.gov/497/Community-Cleanup

Enter the chance to win money by taking our Taking Care of the Trash online learning module! Learn about waste managemen...
05/15/2022

Enter the chance to win money by taking our Taking Care of the Trash online learning module! Learn about waste management in the City of Plano and be entered to win a $50 gift card. Open to Plano residents only.

You have two chances to win: one winner will be chosen in May 2022 and June 2022. You must fill out the form each month to be entered.

โžก๏ธ Get started at share.plano.gov/LGIPModules.

05/14/2022

Renters may not have the ultimate flexibility to make drastic energy conservation updates to their homes, but there is still plenty that can be done to lower energy bills! ๐Ÿ’ก Follow these five tips. โฌ‡๏ธ

05/13/2022

Looking for ways to improve your gas mileage and make your fill-up last longer? Consider these tips for improving your fuel efficiency! ๐Ÿš—

โœ… Inspect. Regularly check for broken, missing or misaligned sprinkler heads to avoid wasting water. Run each zone for l...
05/13/2022

โœ… Inspect. Regularly check for broken, missing or misaligned sprinkler heads to avoid wasting water. Run each zone for long enough to walk through and mark any problematic sprinkler heads. #SprinklerSpruceUp

05/11/2022
All About Birds - Protecting Bird from Window Strikes

According to Cornell University's Ornithology Lab research, 1 billion birds die every year from window strikes. Help reduce the number of feathered friends being injured with a few simple strategies, and a fun craft!

Learn more about our feathered friends at All About Birds 2022 on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center (4116 W. Plano Pkwy.). Register: share.plano.gov/LGIP

๐Ÿ’ง The virtual Sprinkler Spruce Up Series begins tomorrow with Part 1: Quick Fixes for Beginners! Learn how and when to w...
05/10/2022

๐Ÿ’ง The virtual Sprinkler Spruce Up Series begins tomorrow with Part 1: Quick Fixes for Beginners! Learn how and when to water, how to make simple sprinkler repairs and where to turn for help.

โžก Register at: share.plano.gov/LGIP

๐Ÿ’ฆ We're offering a virtual class series to help you make the most of your sprinklers! Join us on the next three Wednesda...
05/09/2022

๐Ÿ’ฆ We're offering a virtual class series to help you make the most of your sprinklers! Join us on the next three Wednesday evenings for interactive, topical classes. Drop into one, two or all three depending on your needs.

๐Ÿคฉ Participants will have a shot at winning a great prize!

โžก Register: share.plano.gov/LGIP

Mother's Day is almost here! Remember to buy your flowers locally to support local Plano businesses and to be more susta...
05/07/2022

Mother's Day is almost here! Remember to buy your flowers locally to support local Plano businesses and to be more sustainable. ๐Ÿ’ By buying locally you are reducing your flowers' carbon footprint. Almost all store-bought blossoms are imported. After being cut and packaged, they are shipped by truck or plane for miles, racking up a pretty hefty carbon footprint.

And if you canโ€™t buy local, then at least buy domestic.

05/06/2022
All About Birds - Providing Food

While many people offer seed to attract birds, there is a better and easier way to invite feathered friends into the yard year round: native plants! ๐ŸŒพ

Learn more about our feathered friends at All About Birds on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center (4116 W. Plano Pkwy.). Register: share.plano.gov/LGIP

It's Air Quality Awareness Week - so remember to be air aware!It is a myth that frequent engine restarting is harder on ...
05/06/2022

It's Air Quality Awareness Week - so remember to be air aware!
It is a myth that frequent engine restarting is harder on a vehicle engine and uses more fuel than idling. In fact, idling for just 30 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine! Turning off your engine saves fuel and money and reduces air pollution. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿšซ

This morning at the 2021-22 Green School Awards Breakfast, we congratulated the 11 Plano Independent School District sch...
05/05/2022

This morning at the 2021-22 Green School Awards Breakfast, we congratulated the 11 Plano Independent School District schools that achieved Green School Certification and the 4 winners of $500! The Green School Program was developed to help empower school communities to cultivate respect for our environment and natural resources. Congratulations again to these schools and their hard work! ๐ŸŽ‰

05/04/2022
All About Birds - Providing Water

Is your landscape bird friendly? Olivia, our resident bird expert, has tips on attracting feathered friends by providing a summer essential โ€“ water. ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿฆ

Learn more about our feathered friends at All About Birds on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Education Center (4116 W. Plano Pkwy.). Register: share.plano.gov/LGIP

Take a free guided stroll through the Plano Environmental Education Center (4116 W Plano Pkwy) demonstration gardens thi...
05/03/2022

Take a free guided stroll through the Plano Environmental Education Center (4116 W Plano Pkwy) demonstration gardens this Saturday, May 7, between 10 a.m. and noon! ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒพ Learn which Texas-tough plants are well-adapted to our area and are the right choice for your yard. Join us for one of four tours, offered every 30 minutes.

โžก๏ธ Register to let us know you're coming at share.plano.gov/LGIP.

Let the good times roll - tomorrow is Bike & Roll to School Day! ๐Ÿšด Strap on a helmet and invite some friends to join the...
05/03/2022

Let the good times roll - tomorrow is Bike & Roll to School Day! ๐Ÿšด Strap on a helmet and invite some friends to join the movement for healthier bodies and communities. Share a photo of your awesome adventure!

Happy International Compost Awareness Week! ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŒพ Dig into composting resources including online classes available anytime...
05/02/2022

Happy International Compost Awareness Week! ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŒพ Dig into composting resources including online classes available anytime at: https://bit.ly/3yarTgy

You can also take one of our online compost learning module at plano.gov/568/Online-Learning-Modules.

The sight of these feathered friends in our demonstration gardens puts a song in our hearts every morning. If your yard ...
04/30/2022

The sight of these feathered friends in our demonstration gardens puts a song in our hearts every morning. If your yard isnโ€™t filled with a daily chorus of tweets and chirps, we have tips on making your landscape a must-visit destination for local birds. Join our free festival to learn:
โ€ข Simple steps you can take to support birds all year long.
โ€ข The best plants for shelter and food in a bird-friendly yard.
โ€ข The seeds and snacks to attract your favorite warblers.
โ€ข How to choose and care for a bird bath.
โ€ข How you can support bird research as a citizen scientist.

This family-friendly event is a great opportunity to prepare your yard now for the summer and the fall migration season. Join us Saturday, May 14 for All About Birds at the Environmental Education Center (4116 W. Plano Pkwy.). Register at share.plano.gov/LGIP.

๐ŸŒป Our online rain barrel and compost bin sale is almost over! Order yours as soon as possible, as we sold out last year....
04/30/2022

๐ŸŒป Our online rain barrel and compost bin sale is almost over! Order yours as soon as possible, as we sold out last year. Your plants will thank you!

What's for sale:
๐Ÿ”น 50-gallon, ready-to-install rain barrel for $75
๐Ÿ”น 65-gallon, easy-to-assemble compost bin for $67

โžก Learn more and place your order: https://www.rainwatersolutions.com/products/city-of-plano

Congratulations to the winner of the Great American Cleanup litter oddities contest:  Mallory F. with her squeaky taco f...
04/29/2022

Congratulations to the winner of the Great American Cleanup litter oddities contest: Mallory F. with her squeaky taco found near Custer/Maumelle. Litter cleanups are always a treasure hunt! Sign up for a cleanup and we'll provide the supplies while you find your own oddities. plano.gov/CommunityCleanup

04/29/2022
All About Birds - Hear Me, Know Me

What birds have you heard out and about lately? Learn more about our feathered friends at All About Birds on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Education Center (4116 W. Plano Pkwy.). Register: share.plano.gov/LGIP

Today is the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day! ๐ŸŒณDid you plant a tree this year? Share a photo below! Do you need assistanc...
04/29/2022

Today is the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day! ๐ŸŒณ

Did you plant a tree this year? Share a photo below! Do you need assistance selecting a tree that's suited to our climate and soil? Explore the Collin County Master Gardener website for some suggestions: ccmgatx.org

๐Ÿ’ง Please pledge for Plano in support of the Wyland Foundationโ€™s National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.โžก Take...
04/29/2022

๐Ÿ’ง Please pledge for Plano in support of the Wyland Foundationโ€™s National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.

โžก Take the pledge at mywaterpledge.com before the end of April.

๐Ÿ‘ Together we can protect our shared water resources.

Live Green in Plano is proud to announce that their new residential recycling module has won a Golden Hermes Award! Ther...
04/28/2022

Live Green in Plano is proud to announce that their new residential recycling module has won a Golden Hermes Award!

There's also still time to participate in our module contest for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Here's how to enter:

1. Watch the "Taking Care of the Trash" online learning module at share.plano.gov/LGIPModules.
2. Save your "Waste Ace" certificate as a PDF file.
3. Fill out the entry form at share.plano.gov/LGIPModules.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly each month. They'll receive a $50 gift card.

Open to Plano residents only. One winner will be chosen each month from January 2022 to June 2022. You must fill out the entry form each month to be entered to win. Good luck!

Food Waste Month Tip #4You can reduce waste and create your own plant fertilizer by starting a compost pile. Learn how w...
04/27/2022

Food Waste Month Tip #4
You can reduce waste and create your own plant fertilizer by starting a compost pile. Learn how with our online learning module at share.plano.gov/LGIPModules. #FoodWaste

04/27/2022
All About Birds - See Me, Know Me

What birds have you seen out and about lately? ๐ŸฆLearn more about our feathered friends at All About Birds on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center (4116 W. Plano Pkwy.). Register: share.plano.gov/LGIP

๐Ÿคฉ Check out these treasures submitted for our Great American Cleanup Litter Oddities Contest!๐Ÿ‘ The photo with the most โ€œ...
04/26/2022

๐Ÿคฉ Check out these treasures submitted for our Great American Cleanup Litter Oddities Contest!

๐Ÿ‘ The photo with the most โ€œlikesโ€ will win a prize. Vote for your favorite oddity now through Thursday.

๐ŸŽ‰ The winner will be announced here on Friday.

Do you have old documents from spring cleaning? Bring them to a free a paper shredding event hosted by Bank of America o...
04/25/2022

Do you have old documents from spring cleaning? Bring them to a free a paper shredding event hosted by Bank of America on Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full).

Everyone is welcome to participate! Spread the word to your family and friends to join us at Christ United Methodist Church located on 3101 Coit Rd.

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The oldest tree in Plano isn't getting any younger. Recently, a 50-inch crack was found in the trunk of the Quadricentennial (400 years) Bur Oak tree in Bob Woodruff Park South. The City removed four tons of wood from the leaning side of the tree to reduce stress, and installed eight rods to help support the weight of its branches. Thanks to this important work, our beautiful Quadricentennial Bur Oak should support the wildlife habitat for many years to come! As a Tree City USA for more than 30 years, Plano loves its trees! Pay this landmark a visit on your next park outing ๐ŸŒณ WATCH โžก๏ธ www.youtube.com/watch?v=utUHIAOUFt8 Live Green in Plano City of Plano, Texas Government
๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐จ ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐Ÿšฎ The holidays are a time for joy ๐Ÿฆ‹ of giving, and taking out the trash. ๐Ÿšฎ Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week! ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฟ Did you get new electronics this holiday season and want to dispose of your old electronics? Drop off the old electronics and Christmas lights at our Saturday community events. Also, make room in your closet for your new clothes by taking your old clothing and shoes to our third Saturday community recycling event. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฟ While artificial ๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™จ ๐ŸŽ„can be stowed away for another year, your real ones canโ€™t. Drop off your live tree at any of these four locations from December 26th through January 3rd: Jack Carter Park, Old Shepard Place Park, Russell Creek Park, and Schell Park. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฟ ๐™’๐™ง๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง that is shiny and glittery or made out of foil is not recyclable along with the ribbons and bows that may have been on the paper. However, ๐™˜๐™–๐™ง๐™™๐™—๐™ค๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ญ๐™š๐™จ are easily recyclable, so long as you break them down and remove all of the contents. Happy holidays ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Happy recycling โ™ป๏ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ๐˜€ - Electronics โšก๏ธโ™ป๏ธ - https://plano.gov/1014/Seasonal-Recycling - plano.gov/electronics For more info ๐Ÿ‘‡ https://www.facebook.com/livegreeninplano Plano city ๐ŸŒ† - City of Plano, Texas Government Production house ๐Ÿญ - NanzVision Live green in Plano - Live Green in Plano #cityofplano #influencer #funfashion #lovelife #recycling #trashplan #Christmas #Thanksgiving #winterfun
"There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the treesโ€“as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again." โ€“ Ruth Ahmed Time to get out and enjoy the fall weather this week in Plano's parks! Find your park at planoparks.org Live Green in Plano Plano Arts & Events
Happy Arbor Day from Daffron Elementary and Plano Parks & Recreation! ๐ŸŒณ #texasarborday #loveplano #planotx #healthytreeshealthylives #fridaymood Texas Parks and Wildlife City of Plano, Texas Government Live Green in Plano
Happy #texasarborday! ๐ŸŒณ The benefits of trees are numerous, so plant a tree this fall and keep Planoโ€™s tree canopy thriving! #loveplano #treesofinstagram #arborday #healthytreeshealthylives Live Green in Plano City of Plano, Texas Government
Headed to the dog park today? Know the rules, have fun and be kind to other users, and remember to Doo the Right Thing! Scoop the P**p and put it where it belongs to keep Plano's dog parks clean and safe for all ๐Ÿ—‘ ๐Ÿถ Live Green in Plano
Registration for Live Green in Plano's Fall Waterways Cleanup is now open! ๐ŸŒŠ Sign up for a self-led cleanup or join us at Oak Point or Bob Woodruff for a city-led cleanup. All supplies are provided. Register today at plano.gov/495/Fall-Waterways-Cleanup ๐ŸŒณ
Individually or in teams, Planoites are participating in our Parks for Pollinators Bioblitz using the iNaturalist app to share their amazing finds in our parks. The fun continues in October, as we join Texas Parks and Wildlife for the Texas Pollinator Bioblitz! ๐Ÿ‚ Simply share your images to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #savethepollinators or join the project on iNaturalist. Learn more at www.plano.gov/2019/Parks-for-Pollinators Live Green in Plano
Summer is officially over, but the pollinators in Planos' parks are still hard at work, making the most out of the late summer and fall blooms. Photos from Shawnee Park and beyond courtesy of our Park Compliance Coordinator ๐ŸŒป Learn about our current Parks for Pollinators Bioblitz project to learn about these and other amazing pollinator species at www.plano.gov/2019/Parks-for-Pollinators Live Green in Plano
We have made nearly 1,400 unique observations this month for @nrpa's Parks for Pollinators Bioblitz and you can join the fun too! Sign up for an iNaturalist account, join the project, and help us create a snapshot of Plano's biodiversity! We'll be giving prizes to the top 3 observers for their efforts in finding and identifying as many pollinator species as possible in Plano's parks and open spaces. ๐Ÿฆ‹ Don't worry--the hunt continues in October when we join @texasparkswildlife for the statewide Texas Pollinators Bioblitz! More info to come. Visit www.plano.gov/2019/Parks-for-Pollinators to learn more the importance of these community projects. Live Green in Plano @cityofplano @planoarts
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Have some family fun this weekend by having your own bioblitz! The purpose of a bioblitz is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other living things that make their home in a certain area. Convert your family into a team of scientists by sharing your findings with other naturalists through the iNaturalist app. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard w**d. All you have to do is observe! You can find Species Identification cards and more tips to get you started at www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/backyard-bioblitz/... Learn how to use the iNaturalist app for your bioblitz at www.inaturalist.org City of Plano, Texas Government Live Green in Plano Plano Moms Plano Arts & Events Plano Public Library