GreenDallas http://greendallas.net building a greener city. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:39:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 62968459 Dallas Wins Climate Leadership Award http://greendallas.net/2019/07/16/dallas-wins-climate-leadership-award/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:34:13 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=19814 Continue reading

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The City of Dallas was the recipient of the 2019 Mayor’s Climate Protection Award presented at the United States Conference of Mayors’ 87th Annual Meeting (USCM) held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson accepted this inspiring award on behalf of the city and the city was also represented at the 2019 Climate Mayor’s Summit held on June 27, prior to the beginning of the USCM.

Celebrating its thirteenth anniversary year, this awards program recognizes cities for their energy and climate protection effort. The winners are selected by an independent panel of judges from a pool of mayoral applicants.

“Dallas has made tremendous strides over the past year in initiating climate planning and adopting a green energy policy that is both cost-conscious and innovative,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. “It is humbling to be recognized along with other cities like Los Angeles and New York, cities with large and diverse populations and geographical assets.”

Dallas Mayor, Mayor Eric Johnson

Photo from Mayor Eric Johnson Facebook Page

 

The 2019 Climate Mayors Summit delivers two key messages: there is no room for debate, the world is in the middle of a climate emergency. Secondly, the Summit provides a forum for mayors across the U.S. to collaborate and share ideas, policies and practices to address climate change. It also provides a unique opportunity for participants to form partnerships and explore ways to expand solutions and potential.

 

 

“Dallas is actively engaged in ways to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents.  Children, the elderly and residents in lower income neighborhoods are particularly susceptible to the adverse effect of climate change,” said Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax. “Our City Council has directed staff to complete an equitable and actionable Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan by spring 2020. We are coordinating the plan with the needs of our communities toward a beneficial future for Dallas.”

Help shape the Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan with your input. Sign up for notices for the upcoming Fall meetings and see notes from the first round of public meetings at www.dallasclimateaction.com.

 

 
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Be a Clean Air Champion for Clean Air Action Day http://greendallas.net/2019/06/19/be-a-clean-air-champion-for-clean-air-action-day/ Thu, 20 Jun 2019 03:34:00 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=19649 Continue reading

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At a regional level, ten North Texas counties, including Dallas County, consistently fail to meet federal air quality standards for ground level ozone. In 2018, Dallas was ranked 16th in the American Lung Association’s 25 Most Ozone-Polluted Cities. The report estimates 159,749 cases of pediatric asthma, 432,736 cases of adult asthma, 273,449 cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and 4,058 of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, referred to air pollution as a “silent public health emergency.”  

Children are particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of air quality. Exposure to pollution during early development years can lead to reduced lung capacity. In the U.S., black children are twice as likely as white children to have asthma and with greater severity—experiencing higher-than- average rates of hospitalization, emergency room visits and deaths from asthma.

So, what does this have to do with climate change or the Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan (CECAP)?

If we are to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, then emissions of other climate drivers such as methane, black carbon, and ground-level ozone must be reduced alongside carbon dioxide. These reductions would benefit the climate and foster sustainable development by delivering better health outcomes through improved air quality, preventing crop losses, and ensuring that we avoid climate tipping points that would exacerbate long-term impacts and impede efforts to adapt to climate change.

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Not only will reductions in key greenhouse gases help limit global warming, but reductions will also protect human health, our resources, and our quality of life.

This Friday, June 21st, is Clean Air Action Day. We invite you to come out to Paul Quinn College and learn how Urban Agriculture can help improve our air quality and mitigate/adapt to the effects of climate change. Residents are also asked to pledge to do just one thing on Friday to help improve air quality. Be a Clean Air Champion for Dallas!

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Trash Bash Litter Dash 2019 http://greendallas.net/2019/04/19/trash-bash-litter-dash-2019/ Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:42:28 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=19257 Continue reading

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Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability and the City of Dallas’ Department of Human Resources Wellness Center hosted the first ever plogging race for City of Dallas employees to usher in Earth Month. What is plogging? Plogging is a combination of jogging and the Swedish word for picking up, plocka upp. Plogging started in Sweden when one man noticed a lot of litter along his jogging route. He started to pick it up while he ran.  Soon, his friends and other runners joined in. This became an eco-fitness craze that has found its way to America.

runner with broken bike

City employees tried out plogging or plalking (walking and picking up litter) at the Trash Bash Litter Dash on April 5, 2019. Racers went from the City Hall Plaza, to the Farmers Market and back, picking up trash and recyclables. Rankings were based on the racer’s time plus how much litter they brought back. Racers collected 85 pounds of litter! Everything was recycled or properly disposed of.

“I had a blast today, made some new friends as well. Also, it was a first for me to enter anything like this,” said Sherrie Lopez who came in first in her division.

This unique event garnered a lot of community support. Other city departments recognized the importance of an event like this and partnered with us. The City of Dallas Transportation Department turned decommissioned Dallas street signs into awards for the winners.

City of Dallas Transportation Department executive,
Towfiq Khan, with the 2019 Trash Bash Litter Dash awards made from old street signs.

The Wellness Center and Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability would like to thank all the racers, staff and volunteers that made this event possible, plus:

  • Promoted Events for the online registration and electronic leaderboard
  • DeltaView Timing for the electronic timing chips
  • Del Monte Produce
  • EarthX for donating water
  • DART
  • City of Dallas Building Services
  • City of Dallas Department of Transportation
  • City of Dallas Office of Special Events
  • City of Dallas Planning and Urban Design
  • City of Dallas Sanitation Services
  • City of Dallas Department of Public Works
  • City of Dallas Security
  • Dallas Marshal’s Office
  • Dallas Fire Rescue
  • Dallas Water Utilities Defend your Drains
  • SPCA of Dallas
All the litter was weighed and then separated into trash or recyclables.

There are plogging groups and events in many cities, including Dallas. If you want to participate in a healthy and earth-friendly activity that improves your fitness and removes unsightly litter all at the same time, register for the Trash Dash 5K on May 11, 2019 at https://trashdash5k.com/   

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Replace Your Tired Diesel Truck with a Grant you Auto Know About http://greendallas.net/2019/03/12/replace-your-tired-diesel-truck-with-a-grant-you-auto-know-about/ Tue, 12 Mar 2019 15:01:14 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=19046 Continue reading

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The State of Texas has a great program to help make your business more profitable and help clean up the air in our community. Those two goals come together as the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan or TERP. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or TCEQ administers the program. The goal of the program is to replace old polluting diesel trucks and equipment with new cleaner equipment. The program provides cash through grants to small business owners to help make this happen. If you are a small business owner and you would like to make your business more efficient by replacing that old inefficient diesel equipment with new state of the art equipment, you need to take a look at TERP.

Big, older diesel engines put out a lot of pollution — so much that changing even one of them to a newer, cleaner-burning model can be the equivalent of taking hundreds of cars off the road. Not only that, but new equipment is more fuel efficient and will cost you a lot less to operate. And with new equipment you won’t have to those big and unexpected repair bills. If the only thing holding you back is the cost, TERP can help out.

Semi truck driving down the highway blowing black smoke.
TERP can help you replace Old Smokey with the newest model.

The newest TERP rebate program opens March 14, 2019. This program will make $5,000,000 available to eligible small businesses in Dallas and 12 other counties. The grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Both heavy duty on road vehicles and heavy off road equipment are eligible. In order to qualify as a small business, you can own and operate up to five pieces of equipment. You must have owned the equipment for at least two years prior to the application date.

Red semi truck down the highway without visible diesel smoke.

If you interested, the next step is up to you. You can get more information at the TERP website or you can call the TCEQ TERP group at 1-800-919-TERP (8377). You can reach them by email at terp@tceq.state.tx.us.

Maybe this program does not fit your business. Not to worry, there are a variety of TERP programs including a TERP program for Alternative Fueling Facilities, Emission Reduction Incentive Grants, New Technology Implementation Grants, and many more. To get information on all the TERP programs visit their website.

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Trammell Crow Jr. and the City of Dallas host ACCO Workshop http://greendallas.net/2019/03/08/trammell-crow-and-the-city-of-dallas-host-acco-workshop/ Sat, 09 Mar 2019 03:30:39 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=19039 Continue reading

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he Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) held a day-long workshop on climate resilience and leadership on February 28, 2019 at Mountainview College in Dallas. Approximately seventy civil engineers, architects, environmental scientists, environmental professionals, and project leaders attended, representing north Texas cities, utilities and government organizations, and including staff from as far as Miami, Florida.

ACCO, climate change,

EarthX, in partnership with the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability (DEQS), hosted the event.  Training topics included: Climate Change Fundamentals and Impacts on Local Governments and Communities; Basics of Public Health, Climate Change and Sensible Preparedness; Leveraging Tools to Inform Climate-related Decision Making; The Landscape of Ethics, Liability, Risk & Economics and The Present & Future of Energy, Water, Food & Water in the Metroplex and Texas. Attendees participated in group exercises and during the networking lunch, Trammel Crow and his CEO Tony Keane spoke to the group about EarthX and the passion that drives them to focus so closely on environmental issues and concerns.

Tamara Cook from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) attended the workshop and said, “The training was timely as NCTCOG has seen increased attention from local governments regarding emissions reduction and infrastructure vulnerability associated with climate variability. We appreciate the City of Dallas’ leadership and look forward to supporting DEQS on these important issues.”

Plans are under discussion for a second workshop later this year.

Trammel Crow Jr. addresses the participants at the ACCO workshop in Dallas on Feburary 28, 2019.
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Dallas Awards Green Business Certification to LBJ Infrastructure Group http://greendallas.net/2019/02/17/dallas-awards-green-business-certification-to-lbj-infrastructure-group/ Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:21:24 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=18868 Continue reading

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Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability issued its latest Green Business Certification to the LBJ Infrastructure Group for demonstrating leadership in environmentally sustainable business practices.  The company received Gold status for diverting 80% of its waste from the landfill through recycling and reducing its environmental  footprint by educating its staff to conserve water and energy in their daily operations.  

LBJ Infrastructure reconstructs expanded frontage lanes, and main lanes, as well as the addition of and bypass lanes. Its toll lanes are added within existing roadway to handle more traffic volume. The company manages lanes in Dallas and offers roadside assistance services.

The City of Dallas Green Building Certification program recognizes local  businesses which demonstrate a commitment to environmental practices through leadership and policy, recycling, education, energy efficiency, water conservation, and transportation.  To learn more about the program visit the Sanitation page at www.DallasRecycles.com or email DallasRecycles@dallascityhall.com .  Find out how to apply here.

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Dallas zero waste manager Danielle McClelland (left) presents Gold level Green Business Certification to LBJ Infrastructure chief operating officer Roberto Carrasco (center) and environmental health & safety manager Dwayne Smith (right).
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Dallas Love Field Recognized for Reducing Carbon Footprint http://greendallas.net/2018/12/21/dallas-love-field-recognized-for-reducing-carbon-footprint/ Fri, 21 Dec 2018 19:53:21 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=17714 Continue reading

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Not only is Dallas Love Field committed to providing high-quality service to the roughly 15 million passengers who pass through its doors every year, the airport is also committed to promoting environmental sustainability. As such, the Department of Aviation (DOA) strives to conserve natural resources through carbon emissions reduction.

This November, Airports Council International (ACI) and Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) announced that Dallas Love Field earned Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation due to the airport’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Love Field, Carbon, level 2, ACA, ACI

From left to right: ACI- North America President Kevin Burke, DOA Environmental Manager Sana Drissi, DOA Director Mark Duebnerachievement.”

“I am proud of the entire Aviation team, especially our Environmental group for reaching this accreditation,” DOA Director Mark Duebner said. “Reducing our carbon footprint is a pillar of the airport’s continued success, so this is a substantial achievement.”

ACA is the only institutionally endorsed, global carbon management certification program for airports. The ACA independently assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through four levels of certification: Mapping, Reduction, Optimization, and Neutrality. In 2017, Dallas Love Field was awarded Level 1 certification for collecting data on the airport’s Scope 1 and 2 emissions sources. In addition, the DOA has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 2015 levels per enplaned passenger by 2025.

Love Field earned Level 2 ACA accreditation by reducing its carbon emissions in 2017 compared to the average 2015 and 2016 emissions levels. In addition, the DOA developed a comprehensive Carbon Management Plan that outlines the DOA’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identifies how future emissions will be reduced.

ACA, Love Field, carbon, footprint“I am very proud of the fact that Dallas Love Field is now playing in the ‘big leagues.’ We are on the right path of progressively implementing best practices in carbon management, with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral down the road,” DOA Environmental Manager Sana Drissi said. “I believe that the real work in maintaining carbon reduction is still ahead of us, but with a clear vision, leadership support, and effective planning, we can achieve our goal.”

For more information on the DOA’s Environmental Programs, visit our webpage, connect with us on twitter, or contact us at AVIEnvironmental@dallascityhall.com

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Dallas Leads USA with Focus on Healthy Housing http://greendallas.net/2018/12/11/dallas-leads-usa-with-focus-on-healthy-housing/ Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:31:30 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=17124 Continue reading

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The journey for improving healthy housing in Dallas has its beginnings centered around asthma.  The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) launched the 1,000 Communities campaign to reduce substandard housing while maintaining affordability in 1,000 communities nationwide. Dallas, Texas was chosen as one of two Learning Community locations for the initiative, along with Seattle/King County, Washington. In the learning communities, local health, housing, and allied groups were convened and supported through research and technical assistance to develop and begin implementation of healthy housing strategies in support of safe, healthy, affordable housing, and resident health. Through this process, researchers discovered that there was an increase in hospital admissions among young children who often lived in poorer sections of town and usually in rental housing. With about 60% of people in Dallas living in rental housing, something needed to be done.

Findings from John Hopkins Medicine found that nationwide, “Children who lived in inner-city areas had an overall 40 percent higher risk of asthma-related emergency room visits and 62 percent higher risk of asthma-related hospitalizations. After adjusting for race/ethnicity, the risk was lowered to 14 percent and 30 percent higher for emergency room visits and hospitalizations, respectively.”

Through the NCHH and other programs, an active and defined partnership was created with City attorneys, code officers, health care providers, and citizen activists.  These groups worked to revise and elevate the Minimum Housing Standards that regulate how housing is maintained.  Critical input from the National Center for Healthy Housing compared the Dallas code with a series of “ideal” standards.  Changes were suggested and then were adopted as revisions to the Standards.  After almost three years of work that included thirty community meetings, six City of Dallas Council briefings, and one public hearing, the Dallas City Council passed the revised ordinance to raise the Minimum Housing Standard in Dallas.

Dallas was one of the first Cities in the country to successfully pass healthy housing into law.  This accomplishment has been praised by the Environmental Protection Agency, several national health housing agencies and the American Public Health Association.  Dallas has become the model for other cities to follow. 

As an active member of this important initiative, Bob Curry with the City of Dallas’ Code Compliance Department will be a featured speaker on an EPA webinar highlighting how the NCHH and the City of Dallas have worked together to incorporate healthy housing principles into housing codes, which serves as a model for other communities around the U.S. Each of the featured speakers will share how proactive infrastructure and partnership strategies have led to improved asthma prognosis and other health outcomes for people of all ages in Dallas.

Using Housing Codes to Improve Asthma Health Outcomes

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The webinar is free and open to the public.  Register here.

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Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Grant http://greendallas.net/2018/11/16/enhancing-agricultural-opportunities-for-military-veterans-grant/ Sat, 17 Nov 2018 02:09:33 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=16658 Continue reading

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Every day is an opportunity to be grateful to veterans of all ages and all branches of the armed services.  On Monday, November 12th, the observance of Veteran’s Day in Dallas was curtailed due to extremely cold weather conditions. We know this was a disappointment to many veterans, family members and volunteers. However, the City of Dallas strives to find ways to thank and honor vets 365 days of the year, whether directly or through the promotion of programs and opportunities specifically for them.

farmer, tractor, grant, USDA

 

An exciting program that has come to our attention through Mayor Rawlings’ office is offered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  The program, Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Grants, is a pilot program offered to non-profit organizations for training programs and services.  If selected for the grant, participating non-profits can receive a maximum award of $1,000,000.  

 

  • Purpose:  To provide grants to non-profit organizations for on-site training programs and classroom education services that teach hands-on farming and ranching skills to military veterans 
  • Objectives:
    • Encourage military veterans to pursue successful careers in the food and agricultural sector
    • Strengthen agricultural production and rural economies across the United States
    • Offer workforce readiness and employment prospects for service-disabled veterans 
  • Award:  $1,000,000 (maximum award) 
  • Due Date:  January 10th, 2019

Learn more and apply at: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/enhancing-agricultural-opportunities-military-veterans 

 

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Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability Recognized for Educating, Motivating North Texans to Make Clean Air Choices http://greendallas.net/2018/11/09/office-of-environmental-quality-and-sustainability-recognized-for-educating-motivating-north-texans-to-make-clean-air-choices/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:26:37 +0000 http://greendallas.net/?p=16395 Continue reading

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Air North Texas partners honored for 2018 efforts to improve air quality

Five local cities and organizations committed to improving air quality through innovative outreach have earned awards for their contributions to Air North Texas, the regional clean air campaign. The awards recognize partners’ efforts throughout the 2018 ozone season, which ends Nov. 30.

The City of Dallas again received the Arlo Ambassador Award for advancing the Air North Texas message through the campaign mascot. Arlo the Airmadillo is a native North Texan who loves playing outdoors and visiting local sights while being affected by asthma. Dallas branded its air quality alert emails and social media messages with Arlo and featured him in a Clean Air Action Day promotional video made with the help of children at the Mindbender STEAM Summer Camp.  To see the video and social media posts, visit @Dallas_Air on Twitter.

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For the third year in a row, the City of Grand Prairie is the Air North Texas Partner of the Year. Grand Prairie implemented a yearlong comprehensive outreach and communications plan centered on Clean Air Action Day, a regionwide event held on the first Friday of every summer to call attention to the actions individuals can take to improve air quality. Grand Prairie built community and employee engagement through social media posts, air quality alerts, city newsletters and participation in local events to help raise awareness about air quality throughout the year. These efforts culminated with Grand Prairie’s Clean Air Action Day activities, including an art contest for city staff and the city’s annual corporate Clean Air Challenge. Industry leaders Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo and Siemens participated in the challenge, along with local employers such as Fruit of the Earth and Texas General Hospital.

The City of Cedar Hill took home the award for outstanding initiative by featuring Air North Texas in a number of creative campaigns, community events and educational forums. Highlights include EarthX, the region’s largest Earth Day celebration, as well as events in Cedar Hill, such as the city’s Earth Day and Environmental Collection Day programs, the “I Love Clean Air” campaign and Cedar Hill ISD’s Back to School Rally.

Hood County Clean Air Coalition (HCCAC) continues to set the standard for clean air advertising in North Texas. For a remarkable fourth year in a row, HCCAC won the award for outstanding advertising with a multiplatform approach. Three public service announcements to promote clean air commitments ran daily on Granbury TV in March, and a PSA encouraging individuals to commit to clean air actions at home aired regularly on local radio stations KTFW 92.1 Hank FM and 95.3 K-HITS. Additionally, the coalition published ads in two local magazines, Granbury Showcase and Weatherford Now. Residents in 12 counties learned about clean air actions through HCCAC’s efforts.

The City of Plano received the award for outstanding outreach for using both traditional and digital strategies to engage residents and businesses. Programs and presentations for local businesses and city employees and volunteers emphasized the steps North Texans can take to improve air quality. SEED, Plano’s Sustainability and Environmental Education Division, partnered with other Air North Texas members to install air quality monitors at two local high schools, providing students the opportunity to learn about the science behind air quality. Plano also featured Air North Texas content on its sustainability and environmental homepage, Live Green in Plano, on social media and numerous city publications.

Air North Texas is one of many strategies designed to improve air quality in the nine North Texas counties striving to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for ozone pollution. Air quality affects health outcomes and helps preserve the region’s quality of life and economic vitality.

Air North Texas includes 35 partners committed to educating the public about air quality and motivating them to do something for clean air. Partners encourage residents to take initiative in improving air quality by riding transit, maintaining their vehicles, biking or walking more, carpooling, pursuing energy efficient home improvements and incorporating other clean air choices into daily routines. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) coordinates Air North Texas. The award committee, composed of previous Air North Texas award recipients and NCTCOG staff, chose the Partner of the Year and outstanding work to recognize based on criteria in the Air North Texas Partner Agreement and information in partners’ annual progress reports.

About Air North Texas:

The City of Dallas is one of several organizations involved with Air North Texas, a regional air quality partnership and general public outreach effort. Air North Texas leverages existing resources and program strengths to offer the public a comprehensive resource for air quality information. Collaborative efforts focus on reducing harmful emissions, protecting public health and welfare, motivating residents to make choices that improve air quality and preserving the economic vitality of the region. Visit www.airnorthtexas.org to learn more.

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