The City’s history with sustainability stretches back to the 1950s, when City leaders began their efforts to guarantee our water supplies into the future. Today, Dallas still strives to protect the economic, environmental, and social elements that make our communities strong, vibrant, healthy, and diverse.
The Dallas Sustainability Plan captures the elements that help protect the natural and built environments, as well as elements that contribute to the future financial strength of our economy and the welfare of the citizens whom the City serves. These elements were originally focused into five areas: air quality, land use, water quality, materials management, and energy. The Sustainability Plan is a living document; from time to time, new elements may be added while older elements evolve. The 2015 Sustainability Plan Revisions includes a section dedicated to social equity in order to capture and highlight the programs the City has put in place to protect our diversity, our history, and our cultures for posterity.
- 2014 Sustainability Plan
- 2014 Sustainability Plan Progress Report
- 2015 Sustainability Plan Revisions
As we move forward, the Office of Environmental Quality will continue to revise and report progress on the Sustainability Plan, which incorporates elements from both the City Council’s Strategic Plan and the City’s Environmental Management System.
The Office of Environmental Quality will be working with other City departments and community groups to complete the Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating (S.T.A.R.) Communities Index starting in 2016. This tool will help Dallas evaluate its performance to better understand where we excel as well as areas in which we can improve.