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. These principles laid the foundation for the Environmental Policy.
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.
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Did you know that Bike Texas has an educational campaign on how to best Share the Road for motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists? BikeTexas launched an ongoing, extensive educational campaign on how to best Share the Road. The most effective cycling occurs when the bicycle is operated like a motor…
Help reduce waste today! We can all make a positive impact on our environment, even if our efforts are small. Below are some simple things that the EPA believes we can all do to help reduce waste. In Stores: Shop for products made with recycled materials. Buy items with less packaging. Buy…
The Water-Energy Nexus You can’t have water without energy, and you can’t have energy without water. This codependency is known as the Water-Energy Nexus, illustrated below. Here are some water and energy facts regarding the sustainability of our current water-energy nexus: Approximately 15-18 billion cubic meters of freshwater resources are…