Dallas: An Environmentally Conscious City
Dallas is one of the most progressive cities in the country. On every level-from city leaders to local business owners and individuals-the city is moving towards environmental sustainability. Dallas is on its way to becoming the greenest city in America. In 2011, DFW ranked 10th among the nation’s 100-largest metropolitan areas in green job creation. In addition, The City of Dallas is among the top purchasers of green energy and ranks #3 on the EPA’s list of ‘Top 20 local government partners’ list and ranks #15 on the ‘National Top 50’ list.
Dallas is the first city in the United States to be ISO 14001 certified across all of its major operations. ISO 14001 is an international environmental standard which sets environmental goals for organizations and communities to exceed environmental compliance, and continually improve and reduce the impact of their operations on the environment. And in 2011, the city was recertified to the ISO 14001:2004 for three additional years.Across the city, green initiatives are establishing precedents. Dallas is among the first cities to adopt a green building program. With the goal to achieve a silver LEED rating on all new building projects 10,000 square feet or larger for municipal buildings. Since the inception of the Green Building Program, the city can now boast 5 LEED Gold, 1 LEED-EB Silver and 2 certified buildings. New projects to the city include pedestrian-friendly parks such as Main Street Gardens, Belo Garden and the future Klyde Warren Park.
Dallas is home to the Trinity River Audubon Center, a LEED certified building that includes the following sustainable building features: a vegetated roof, rainwater collection system, energy efficient systems and recycled materials. The world's first energy efficiency storeTM, Current Energy, is also located in Dallas. In 2012, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science debuted in Victory Park - winner of the prestigious Phoenix Award as the nation’s largest and most successful brownfield project. The museum, set on a former brownfield site, will utilize biodegradable and reusable materials, solar panels, rainwater collection and sustainable products.
The City of Dallas is working to become the greenest city in America and plans to lead by example. Numerous green initiatives are currently in place. The Dallas Bikeway System allows for the implementation of a 1,296-mile network incorporating new and existing pathways for citizens preferring alternate forms of transportation. City Forestry programs promote tree planting projects and cultivate foresters with basic knowledge of tree skills and to act as advocates for Dallas’ urban forests. Through the use of e-cycling programs, consumers have access to free and convenient recycling options for computer, television and electronic equipment.For more information on the city’s green initiatives visit www.greendallas.net
The Dallas Convention Center has become one of the greenest facilities in the nation due to a determined effort to reduce energy consumption, install solar panels, practice water conservation and gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Read more on the Dallas Convention Center's environmental efforts including its recognition as the first LEED EBOM Silver Certified Convention Center. The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau also promotes the Convene Green Alliance, a grass-roots industry initiative that seeks to affect positive environmental practices through national, regional and local outreach and education.
The Omni Dallas hotel and NYLO Southside are two recent additions to the hotel landscape and are both LEED certified. In addition, numerous Dallas hotels have incorporated green elements, such as energy conservation, recycling, sheet-changing programs and environmentally conscious towel hangers. A few of these properties include Hotel Palomar, The Fairmont Dallas, Marriott properties, Magnolia Hotel Dallas and Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion.