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GOAL 8: ALL DALLAS' COMMUNITIES BREATHE CLEAN AIR.

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Targets

-MEET GROUND LEVEL OZONE ATTAINMENT STANDARD AS DESIGNATED BY NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS (NAAQS) BY 2030 AND MAINTAIN STATUS THROUGH 2050.

 

-MAINTAIN ATTAINMENT STATUS AS DESIGNATED BY NAAQS FOR LEAD, CARBON MONOXIDE, NITROGEN DIOXIDE, PARTICULATE MATTER (PM10), PARTICULATE MATTER (PM2.5) AND SULFUR DIOXIDE THROUGH 2050.

 Quarter 2 Progress

Reported April 2021

While air quality in Dallas is generally improving, in north Texas, 10 counties including Dallas do not consistently meet the 2008 Federal Air quality criteria for ground level ozone; nine counties consistently do not meet the 2015 federal ozone standard. This is also an area with significant community concern. In FY 20-21, we will be working on 10 milestones under the four actions from this sector. These actions include implementing both regulatory and non-regulatory monitors, along with expansion of existing programs and efforts. Departments working towards these efforts include the Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability, Transportation, Planning & Urban Design, and Sustainable Development & Construction.

View the full Year One Work Plan here.

Work with TCEQ to identify location for installation of a new monitoring station.

AQ2:

Partner with nonprofits and schools to develop and implement non-regulatory monitors in neighborhoods.

1. Work with The Nature Conservancy and Texas Trees Foundation to site and install non-regulatory

    monitors in neighborhoods based upon public health and other data.

2. Select locations in coordination with stakeholders.

AQ3:

Continue to support and expand on the Air North Texas campaign to raise public awareness and improve air quality.

Continue to support Air North Texas Campaign.

AQ1:

Work with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to install additional air quality monitoring stations across the city.

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IN PROGRESS

Install new monitoring station at Dallas Pilgrim Drive as approved by TCEQ in FY 19-20

AQ2:

Partner with nonprofits and schools to develop and implement non-regulatory monitors in neighborhoods.

Use resulting neighborhood level data to track progress for air quality improvement.

AQ3:

Continue to support and expand on the Air North Texas campaign to raise public awareness and improve air quality.

1. Expand on Air North Texas Campaign.

2. Tailor communication to suit needs of different communities.

AQ4:

Ensure new industries are an appropriate distance away from neighborhoods.

Develop a map of environmental data and known environmentally impacted parcels by performing analysis of residential and industrial properties, highlighting Racially and Ethnically Concentrated Areas of Poverty (RECAP).

AQ1:

Work with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to install additional air quality monitoring stations across the city.

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Continue to make data available to the public.

AQ1:

Work with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to install additional air quality monitoring stations across the city.

PENDING

Resources for Residents

1. Participate in Clean Air Action Day by doing at least one thing to help improve air quality!

 

2. Sign up to receive alerts when air quality is predicted to be in the unhealthy range or higher for sensitive groups in parts of or the entire North Texas nonattainment region.

 

3. Support the Engine Off North Texas. By being aware and reducing your own idling, you’re improving your community’s air quality while setting a great example for others.

 

4. Drive less! Consider alternate ways of reaching the places around you instead of driving alone. This can include taking the train or bus, biking, walking, carpooling, working from home among other things.

Resources for Businesses

1. Air North Texas is a regional public awareness campaign and partnership that seeks to improve air quality in North Texas. Become a partner to access to air quality informational materials and outreach items and be eligible to receive Air North Texas partner awards each fall.

 

2. Offer rewards and coupons to customers tracking their greener commute trips using the Try Parking It app.

 

3. Offer flexible telecommuting options to reduce office space needed and to reduce commute-related transportation emissions. (See action T5.)