A Leader in Sustainability and Environmental Management
The City of Dallas is committed to ensuring that resources are available for future generations, while protecting the quality of life of current residents and the vitality of our businesses today.
In 2004, the City began its work implementing an Environmental Management System that would change the way it does business – looking at the entire cycle of the processes it provides and materials it uses. Through this shift, City staff came to understand that being proactive, rather than reactive, was the smart way to save resources, save money, and save time.
In 2008, the Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ) and other EMS Departments proudly accepted the first certification of the City’s Environmental Management System to the ISO 14001 standard. This system continues to drive change toward minimizing pollution, eliminating risk, compliance with regulations, and continual improvement.
In 2012, the OEQ developed the City’s first Sustainability Plan, based on the objectives of the EMS. It is continually updated to serve the ever-changing needs of our growing communities.
From the Sustainability Plan:
The City of Dallas recognizes that to promote a vibrant, healthy future, it must actively balance economic needs, environmental stewardship and social equity. Dallas needs a robust and thriving economy to ensure families are self-sufficient, and it must protect the cultural and social identities that are the fabric of community. But to do this, Dallas must protect the environment to ensure that all can enjoy the prosperity and access the resources shared today for generations to come. To be successful protecting the environment, a multi-faceted approach is required: reduce the impact from what is used, use only what is needed, and replenish resources faster than they are used.
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