“Dallas is a healthy, safe and economically vibrant city. But to be a truly resilient city, Dallas must prepare for the effects of climate change. I want Dallas to continue to be a leader in efforts to reduce emissions and improve our air quality. Through our collective efforts and a focus on common-sense, data-driven solutions, we can ensure that our great city continues to thrive in the decades to come.”
– Mayor Eric Johnson
The City Council approved funding for a Comprehensive Climate and Environmental Action Plan in September 2018. Dallas Environmental Quality and Sustainability is leading this effort that includes various stakeholders across Dallas. Learn more about CECAP and get updates at www.dallasclimateaction.com.
The City of Dallas has taken a number of proactive steps to reduce the carbon footprint (greenhouse gas emissions) of municipal operations.
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Beginning in October of 2015, the City began purchasing enough renewable energy credits from wind power to cover 100% of the electric power used by City facilities. The City of Dallas uses over 720 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, and utilizing wind power prevents over 550,000 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the air. This is like taking over 105,000 vehicles off the road every year (Source: EPA).
Dallas has many other programs, plans, and ordinances in place aimed at reducing the impact of our community, as well as City buildings, vehicles, and activities:
- Since 2006, the City has signed several national agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Implementing City building energy efficiency programs
- Building new City facilities to LEED Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified levels
- Upgraded City Hall office and parking garage lighting to LED bulbs
- Upgraded taxiway lighting at Love Field to LED bulbs
- Upgrading traffic lights to LED bulbs
- Promoting ENERGY STAR commercial and residential buildings
- Creating Green Procurement program
- Including ENERGY STAR office equipment and appliances
- Increasing recycling rates in the community and at City facilities
- Promoting alternative commuting and transit with employees
- Conserving water (pumping water accounts for over half of the City’s electricity usage)
- Encouraging residents to conserve water and reducing average consumption
- Reducing water waste through the inspection of water mains
- Increasing the tree canopy
The actions that reduce the impacts of climate change are directly related to other areas of sustainability, and many of the programs and plans implemented by the City will have implications across several of the key focus areas of this site.
North Texas Climate Change Symposium
Since 2018, the City of Dallas and the Dallas Bar Association Environmental Law Section has hosted the North Texas Climate Change Symposium (NTCCS). Each year, the NTCCS has grown in attendance and prestige. The 2019 symposium featured Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, an international authority on climate change and introduced the city’s Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP). The presentations from the 2019 symposium are available here:
- City of Dallas Greenhouse Gas Update by Kevin Overton with Dallas Environmental Quality and Sustainability
- CECAP presented by AECOM, consultants to the City
- Is Climate Change Making Us Sick? Disparities in Health Outcomes by Dr. Anthony Perri and Dorothy Perri, BSN, MS, RN
- The Economics of Climate Change by Daniel Kreeger, Executive Director of the Association of Climate Change Officers
- Webinar recording of the NTCCS. Not all of the recording has sound or images. Talking Climate Change in Texas by Dr. Hayhoe starts at 1:23:43. Building Resilience in a Changing World by Dr. Hayhoe starts at 2:05:32.