GreenDallas http://greendallas.net building a greener city. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:14:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 62968459 All Sorts of Recycling http://greendallas.net/2018/01/18/all-sorts-of-recycling/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:11:16 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14444 Continue reading

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In January of 2017, the City of Dallas opened their new Material Recovery Facility in South Dallas. This facility was made possible through a contract with FCC Environmental Services who oversees operations of the facility. The new City of Dallas MRF can take recyclable material from the City of Dallas single stream recycling system. Single Stream recycling means residents can put all their recyclable material into one container together without separating them.  The MRF is equipped with the latest in recycling equipment such as optical sorters and gravimetric sorting systems which has helped the new facility process 55,000 tons of recyclables. The City of Dallas and FCC Recycling Facility takes recyclable items such as paper, cardboard, cartons, metal, plastic, and glass.

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has recognized the Dallas Recycling facility for demonstrating leadership in key measurements, such as innovation, quantity of materials collected and or processed, types of materials recovered, site improvements, or sustainability measures adopted. The City of Dallas and FCC Recycling Facility was named the Best Recycling Facility in North America for 2017 by NWRA.

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The Good, The Bad and The Gassy http://greendallas.net/2018/01/16/good-bad-gassy/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:01:16 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14436 Continue reading

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For over 20 years, the City of Dallas’ has been recycling garbage into a green energy at the McCommas Bluff Landfill.  In 2017, along with Energy Power Partners, almost 2,000,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas (averaging 5,400,000 CFD) was manufactured and captured from the garbage the citizens of Dallas placed on their curbs and threw away elsewhere.  That is enough gas to power approximately 70,000 homes.  The natural gas at McCommas Landfill is captured, cleaned into a high BTU product, and put into a transportation pipeline to service homes, cars, and industrial sites across the nation.  

 

To increase the production of landfill’s natural gas, an enhanced leachate recovery system treats the waste mass so that it can decay quicker resulting in greater methane production and lessened post-closure monitoring liabilities in the future.  Enhances leachate recovery is a system that recirculates moisture containing beneficial microbes in the waste mass, accelerating the production of methane in the system.  By capturing this gas, the City helps minimize the release of this greenhouse gas into the atmosphere and creates a revenue source for the City. 

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GDN Website Exploration Contest – Week 2: Food http://greendallas.net/2018/01/15/gdn-website-exploration-contest-week-2-food/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:00:38 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14430 Continue reading

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“Chow down” for your chance to win a great prize! 

Here’s the link to the Week 2 Quiz on Food.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMGRGWQ

Best of luck! Submit your responses by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 19, 2018 for Week 2: Food.

Remember, be sure to check your email spelling and make the selections based on the information you find on the Food pages. Each question indicates which page to browse on the GreenDallas.net website.

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Dallas Love Field – Reaching For The Sky http://greendallas.net/2018/01/11/dallas-love-field-reaching-for-the-sky/ Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:45:02 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14425 Continue reading

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Millions of people travel through Dallas Love Field Airport annually. Whether arriving or departing, they are surrounded by a magnificently modernized terminal with grand open spaces featuring artwork above and all around them with top notch eateries to satisfy any appetite. They are visually treated to an endless kaleidoscope of planes moving, people passing, and sharply dressed air crews gliding from gate to gate. And they are supported by more than 300 employees who keep this bustling airport just outside of downtown Dallas operating all day, every day. 

Over the course of the last several years, the airport has seen a tremendous increase in passenger demand. The City of Dallas Department of Aviation has responded by improving access, investing in infrastructure improvements, building a new terminal designed with sustainability in mind, hiring staff, and, most importantly, building partnerships with local businesses and the wider community. These efforts have resulted in Love Field being rated as one of the best airports in the nation (tied for second among medium sized airports with Southwest Florida International according to a 2015 survey by J.D. Power). 

At Love Field, the staff strive for excellence in all that they do. For the Environmental Division, this means addressing the environmental and sustainability issues associated with operating an airport system. They ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations; take appropriate control measures to minimize or mitigate any adverse impacts on the environment; and, provide a safe, efficient, and user-friendly airport system through responsive customer service and diligent attention to community concerns. 

The last year has been marked by a string of achievements for the division and the Department of Aviation. These include the following:

The Airport Carbon Accreditation Level I is of particular note as Love Field joins an elite group of airports worldwide working to manage their carbon emissions. Level I means that Love Field has a verified emissions inventory which can be used to inform decision makers as the airport continues to develop and implement plans to reduce carbon emissions. 

Looking ahead, the Environmental Division will continue to improve its products and services to maintain and build partnerships.

Questions? Please email AVIEnvironmental@DallasCityHall.com

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Habitat Protection for All http://greendallas.net/2018/01/09/habitat-protection-for-all/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:05:02 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14406 Continue reading

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The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park share a common goal – our staff is dedicated to creating a better world for animals. And 2017 was a banner year for our team as we worked together to protect and preserve habitats for animals and humans by continuing to grow our organization-wide recycling program.

Caring for the Environment

This past year was our most productive year to-date with 101 tons of materials recycled! That included:

  • 34 tons of metal
  • 27 tons of paperboard
  • 656 wood pallets
  • 28 tons of co-mingled recycling for the city of Dallas Community Recycling Program
  • As well as cell phones, electronics, printer cartridges, plastic bags and Styrofoam for recycling

Keeping as much waste as possible out of the local landfill is an important goal, as is ensuring that valuable and limited natural resources are preserved by recycling materials for the creation of new products. The Zoo creates its own mulch and compost for use on grounds by reusing our landscape debris and vegetable food waste. During 2017, we produced a total of 235 cubic yards of these materials, saving an estimated $8,500.00.

Restoring Habitats

The Dallas Zoo is working to protect and restore wildlife habitat here locally and across the state.   

  • Our teams have planted 21,000 longleaf pines to restore habitat for the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker.
  • We’ve planted 400 native prairie plants to create new habitats for imperiled Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Along Cedar Creek, the Trinity River, and across the Texas coast, we’ve removed 10 tons of litter pollution from wildlife habitat including nesting habitat for the critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.
  • With an understanding that all conservation is human behavior, the Zoo and Aquarium have also facilitated about 40,000 personal commitments for conservation from staff and guests. People are inspired by wildlife and pledge to do what they can to help through pro-environmental behaviors including picking up ten pieces of litter pollution every Tuesday, choosing sustainable seafood, extending the life of their mobile phone, conserving energy at home, and pledging to never buy ivory.

The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park are very proud of our accomplishments during this past year. We look forward to continuing to do our best to protect both animal and human habitats.

Deborah Zimmern, Director of Environmental Service, Dallas Zoo Management, Inc.

www.dallaszoo.com

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GDN Website Exploration Contest – Week 1: Air Quality http://greendallas.net/2018/01/08/gdn-website-exploration-contest-week-1-air-quality/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:59:47 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14391 Continue reading

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Are you ready to try for your chance to “wind” a great prize? 

Here’s the link to the Week 1 Quiz on Air Quality.    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZRNVFSK

Best of luck! Submit your responses by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 12, 2018 for Week 1: Air Quality.

Remember, be sure to check your email spelling and make the selections based on the information you find on the Air Quality pages. Each question indicates which page to browse on the GreenDallas.net website.

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GreenDallas.net Website Exploration Contest Official Rules http://greendallas.net/2018/01/05/gdn-website-exploration-contest-official-rules/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:06:44 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14386 Continue reading

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Entry Requirements:

Any Dallas resident not employed by the Office of Environmental Quality may enter. To enter the contest, answer questions each week using the GreenDallas.net (GDN) website (trust us, the answers are there). The questions will be hosted on a third-party website — watch this blog and GreenDallas social media for the link each week on Monday morning during the duration of the contest. The topic for Week 1 will be Air Quality; Week 2 will be Food; and, Week 3 will be Waste & Litter. Entries with all answers correctly selected will be entered in to a random drawing for that topic. One correct entry per person per week. One winner will be drawn for each topic/week. Odds of winning depend on how many eligible (correctly answered) entries we receive; if you correctly answer all three quizzes, you’ll have a chance in each drawing. But once you’ve won, you can’t win again. 

Time Frame:

The contest will run between Monday, 8:00 AM, CST and Friday, 5:00 PM, CST the weeks of January 8 – 12, January 15 – 19, and January 22 – 26, 2018. Drawing will be held at Dallas City Hall on January 31, 2018 during the Green Dallas Birthday Bash!

Winners:

There will be a total of 3 winners, one per topic/week. Only one prize per person is allowed. Winners must be a resident of the city of Dallas and be at least 18 years old and not employed by the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality.

Winning entries not present at the Birthday Bash will be notified by GreenDallas.net (GDN) via the email address submitted on their quiz entry. Winners must respond to GDN within 3 days of notification. If the winner fails to respond to GDN within 3 days to claim their prize; or, is not in compliance with these Official Rules; or, is otherwise ineligible, their prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate contestant. GDN is not responsible for mistyped email addresses or email that ends up in your junk or spam folder.

The odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation and parking at the Birthday Bash!

By participating in the GreenDallas.net (GDN) Website Exploration Contest, participants agree to allow the use of photographs and/or video of themselves in GDN social media and web pages.  By participating in the contest, entrants release and agree to hold harmless the sponsor and its affiliates, employees, officers and directors, from any and all liability for any claim, loss, damage or expense resulting from entrant’s participation in the contest.

 

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10th Birthday Bash http://greendallas.net/2018/01/02/10thbirthdaybash/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 04:29:56 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14372 Continue reading

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It’s our birthday, let’s party! And, of course, have a contest – the GreenDallas.net Website Exploration Contest!

In honor of our 10th Birthday, we at GreenDallas.net will be holding a Birthday Bash at Dallas City Hall on January 31, 2018 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM in the City Hall Lobby! Like any good party, we’ll have cake and snacks, information and activities from all our City departments about the work we’ve done in this past decade, and, to top things off, we’ll be drawing to determine the three winners of our month long GreenDallas.net Website Exploration Contest!

The GreenDallas.net (GDN) Website Exploration Contest is our way of thanking you for your support over the years! Think of it as grown-up Pin The Tail or Musical Chairs — without the bruises! To join the contest is real easy. First, you’ll need to visit GreenDallas.net on Monday, January 8th, January 15th, and January 22nd (hooray, you’re already here so you know where to look). Each Monday we’ll kick off a new contest with a different topic and a handful of questions you can easily answer by snooping around the website. Second, once you’ve gathered the answers, you’ll submit those answers back to us online. We’ll go through the entries each week and all the smarty pants who get the answers correct will have their name entered into the pile for that week. You can play each week/topic. Third, if you can, come join us at the Birthday Bash on January 31, 2018 so you can watch us draw a winner from each week’s entries. Maybe it’ll be you!

Here’s the fun part! Get ready to GET YOUR SCIENCE ON!

The winner of each drawing will each receive a family membership to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science so you can help your family learn even more about our ecosystem! The family membership rocks (HA! Get it? GEOLOGY!) because it includes:

  • Basic membership benefits for two adults (age 18+)
  • Plus all children and grandchildren (17 and younger) in household of membership cardholders
  • “Plus One” benefit
  • Discovery Camp Registration: Priority access

Of course, there’s always the fine print — visit http://greendallas.net/2018/01/05/gdn-website-exploration-contest-official-rules/ for the official rules.

 

Now, get out your party hats, kids! We’re going to party!

 

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Helping Community One Convention At A Time http://greendallas.net/2017/12/19/good-neighbor-program/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:54:09 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14357 Continue reading

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Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Receives Recognition for Sustainable Practices

The Good Neighbor Program diverts unconsumed food from the landfill to local homeless shelters

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD) is receiving national recognition for its Good Neighbor Program, which was created as a way to donate unconsumed food to local nonprofits, serving homeless individuals and families.

“The City of Dallas Convention and Events Services Marketing Team created the Good Neighbor Program in 2015, as part of our our ongoing commitment to sustainable practices and waste reduction,” said John Johnson, Assistant Director of Convention and Event Services. “Together with the help of Centerplate, our exclusive food and beverage provider, we’ve diverted over 7.6 tons of food and surplus exhibit items from the landfill to individuals in most need.”

The Convention Center is among 16 organizations across the country, being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for outstanding participation in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, for Data Improvement in the Sports and Entertainment Venue sector.

We are honored to be working with the Convention Center on this award-winning program; our team takes great pride in helping those in need,” said Doug Keller, Centerplate District Manager. “It truly is a win-win for us and our community.” 

 

Last year, over 950 businesses, governments and organizations participated in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. Food Recovery Challenge participants include grocers, restaurants, educational institutions and sports and entertainment venues, who together diverted 740,000 tons of food, saving up to $37 million in avoided waste disposal fees.

 

“Food Recovery Challenge award winners serve as role models in their communities and for other organizations,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Their hard work and effective efforts to divert wasted food from landfills is paying off through social, financial and environmental benefits. I encourage other organizations to replicate the successful food recovery operations of our Challenge winners.”

 

Unconsumed food is the single largest type of waste discarded each year. That’s roughly 73 billion pounds of food a year. Wasting food adversely impacts our communities and the environment through the fiscal and natural resources used to produce and deliver the food. Approximately 12 percent of American household have difficulty providing enough food for all of their family members. Last year, Food Recovery Challenge participants helped address hunger through the donation of nearly 222,000 tons of food, providing the equivalent of close to 370 million meals. 

For more information about the Food Recovery award winners visit: EPA Food Recovery Challenge Results and Award Winners.

 

For more information contact:
C.C. Gonzalez-Kurz
Marketing & Communications Manager
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
214-939-2738 

c.gonzalezkurz@dallascityhall.com

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Love-ly News! http://greendallas.net/2017/12/12/love-ly-news/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:39:14 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=14350 Continue reading

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Dallas Love Field Achieves Airport Carbon Accreditation

Dallas Love Field Airport, DAL, has attained accreditation in the Airports Council International Airport Carbon Accreditation program, one of only 33 airports in North America and 201 airports worldwide to achieve this distinction. Entering into this voluntary, third-party verified, global carbon management standard accreditation process for airports, furthers the Dallas Airport System’s commitment to a healthier and more sustainable future.

“We prioritize best practices to make sure our development and operations effectively promote the sustainability of our natural environment,” said Mark Duebner, Director of Aviation at Dallas Love Field. “Our participation in the ACA program demonstrates our commitment to proactively doing our part to reducing DAL’s carbon footprint.”  

Dallas Love Field enters the program at the first level which requires a measurement of its carbon footprint that is verified by an independent third party. The next step in the program is to demonstrate a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which DAL is actively pursuing. The final step in the program is to achieve carbon neutrality.

By 2025, DAL aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent below 2015 levels on a per passenger basis. Building on the significant energy efficiency measures of the 2014 terminal modernization project, the Department of Aviation is already committed to waste minimization, replacing fleet vehicles with alternative fuel or electric-powered options, and supplying 100% of electricity from renewable wind sources, to achieve this goal.

Located in the heart of Dallas, Love Field is 20 minutes from downtown. It serves as the front door to Dallas for more than seven million passengers a year. ISO 14001 and 9001 certified, the City of Dallas Department of Aviation continuously improves practices to effectively and efficiently provide high-quality service while protecting natural resources as part of its self-sustaining enterprise.

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