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Dallas follows Austin with action against plastic bags; San Francisco enacts partial bag ban

March 27th, 2014

Two US cities took significant steps to thwart plastic waste this month. Dallas managed to pass fees for disposable bags, while San Francisco ventured into the fraught bottled water debate.

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How to protect yourself from West Nile Virus

June 1st, 2013

Summer brings so much fun, but it’s also the dreaded season of the mosquito, and by that we mean, the Culex mosquito, which transmits West Nile Virus to humans. The virus can be deadly, so squelching the mosquito population and finding an effective repellent is important. Here’s a look at the latest thinking and the ingredients endorsed as effective mosquito repellents.

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Texas Trees Foundation gets grant to replant 3 million trees

April 24th, 2012

The Meadows Foundation has given the Texas Trees Foundation $96,000 to fund what could be the largest tree planting initiative in the nation.

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Dallas welcomes solar industry; receives PV panel donations to Habitat for Humanity

October 17th, 2011

Solar companies kicked off their annual convention, being held in Dallas this year, with a ceremony for 15 Dallas-area Habitat for Humanity homes that are receiving donated rooftop arrays.

The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and several solar companies with a Texas presence — including SolarCity, Trina Solar, Solar US, SES 21 and SolarTek, Schletter and Bosch Solar Energy — donated the Habitat panels, which will reduce utility costs for the homeowners, add to the value to the homes and lessen their environmental impact.

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‘The Park’ caps a decade of change in Dallas

September 23rd, 2011

Dallas, with its tangle of freeways and well-irrigated suburbs, is almost certainly not the metro center that leaps to mind when people think about “Smart Growth” and green building.

It has sprawled too far, become too smoggy and been too much of a sustainability bystander for anyone to confuse it with Portland, San Francisco or even Austin, places where even prosaic issues like waste management get zealous attention.
And yet, Dallas has a surprisingly good green story to tell.

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High heat, low winds and car emissions create an ozone haze across Texas

August 24th, 2011

Get your gas masks out. Seriously, plan to hide indoors if you live in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston or the Beaumont-Port Arthur or Tyler-Longview areas, the next few days are promising air that’s “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

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Texas gets federal money to develop a high speed passenger train route between Dallas and Houston

May 11th, 2011

Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida’s losses became gains for 24 states when the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $2 billion in awards for a variety of rail projects earlier this week.
The re-shuffling of federal dollars — necessary because the conservative Republican governors of Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida returned federal rail grants — will mostly benefit high speed rail projects in the Midwest, the Northeast and California, which is developing a Sacramento-to-LA high speed rail system.
But Texas, which has so far largely been on the sidelines in the rush to assemble a national train network, also was beneficiary of the new awards. The Lone Star state got $15 million for preliminary engineering for a high speed rail line that would link Dallas and Houston.

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J.R.’s back and he’s not promoting oil

July 14th, 2010

Solar World AG, one of the largest solar PV manufacturers in the world with factories in California, Oregon and Washington, has scored a dream advocate for its products: J.R. Ewing. Actually, the spokesman is Larry Hagman, who played the oilman on the long-running Dallas series. Hagman reprises his oil baron role in an ad for Bonn-based Solar World, where someone obviously decided the possibilities were too rich to leave untapped.

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Chicago Mayor Daley wins 2010 U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Award

June 11th, 2010

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and North Little Rock, Ark., Mayor Patrick Henry Hays have been selected to receive the 2010 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, a program sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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Dallas suburb Frisco creates a friendly canine face of recycling

June 3rd, 2010

One of the most recognizable residents of Frisco, Texas, is not yet 8 years old. In his short life, he has attended more school assemblies, parades and civic events than most public servants. He has posed for countless photos and received a lifetime of hugs. And he has helped shape attitudes toward clean, green living.

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Builder breaks ground on the largest zero energy public school in U.S.

May 27th, 2010

Artist's rendering of what will be the largest "net zero" public school in the U.S.
Irving Independent School District has broken ground on the largest “net zero” public school in the United States. The Texas school district’s Lady Bird Johnson Middle School is designed to produce as much energy as it uses, thereby reducing operating costs for the district and shrinking the school’s carbon footprint.

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Mingyang Wind Power opens U.S. office in Dallas

May 25th, 2010

MingyangMingyang Wind Power Industry Group, the third largest wind energy company in China, announced today that it will open a Dallas-based operations office. The new office will be a hub for the global expansion of the company, which is not government owned. Mingyang is backed by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, a major shareholder and recently identified as the largest bank in the world.

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