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Support #DallasClimateAction

"Climate change threatens our political, economic, and social establishments, alongside our personal lives. It is crucial that we begin making political changes to regulate the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we produce. While our world still has a long way to go in becoming carbon neutral, the CECAP is a great step towards a green future."

 -- Youth From Our Home

Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan

From the Mayor

ERIC JOHNSON

Dallas is a dynamic and vibrant city that has always handled significant challenges with a collaborative approach and an indomitable spirit. And our city’s problem-solving culture has been on full display as we have looked to address the effects of climate change. The City of Dallas released its first Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) on April 22, 2020 - the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day - in recognition of the need for community-oriented and data-driven solutions to the environmental challenges we face as a city, a state, and a nation.

Through the goals and concrete actions outlined in the plan, Dallas can achieve significant and measurable reductions in carbon emissions, enhance environmental quality for our most vulnerable residents, and create a more sustainable infrastructure that can withstand the negative effects of climate change.

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With equity and inclusion as core values, the CECAP proposes solutions that will improve our natural environment, our educational and economic outcomes, the affordability of our housing stock, and our transportation systems.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLIMATE ACTION IN DALLAS

Dallas residents are familiar with Texas’ extreme weather—from flooding and storms, to heatwaves and drought. By 2050, Dallas is likely to experience a 5° F increase in mean temperature during summer months if global greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. Climate models also predict a decrease in overall annual precipitation, and an increase in the frequency, intensity, and length of severe droughts. Over the next few decades, seasonal swings in weather will be extreme, with colder, wetter winters and hotter, dryer summers. Climate change will impact every part of daily life in Dallas. Climate change will also impact the sensitive urban ecosystem balances that provide food, water and habitat to plant, animal and human life. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas estimates that: “Severe weather events can have a substantial human and economic cost and are likely to have a negative impact on the region’s longerterm business prospects and migration trends.”

 

Climate change will affect everyone, but not everyone will be affected equally—the effects of climate change will disproportionately impact communities with the least means to adapt, and who have been burdened with negative historic environmental impacts. These vulnerable communities are predominantly located in the southern and western sectors of Dallas.

 

The City recognizes environmental injustices of the past and elevates solutions to address them, placing equity at the center of this effort towards a more resilient future. The City of Dallas is committed to meeting the international emission reduction targets set by the Paris Agreement in 2016 and the goal to keep warming at or below 1.5 degrees Celsius. In 2017, Mayor Rawlings signed the Climate Mayors’ National Climate Agreement in support of the Paris Agreement. In 2019, Mayor Johnson re-affirmed the City’s ongoing commitment to protecting the community from the impacts of climate change and supporting measures to reduce GHG emissions.

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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Dallas' buildings are energy efficient and climate resilient.

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  • Increase energy efficiency of existing buildings or facilities.

 

  • Ensure that new buildings are constructed sustainably and are carbon neutral.

 

  • Increase climate resilience for new and existing buildings through structural and operational improvements.

Dallas' communities have access to sustainable, affordable transportation options.

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  • Shift the surface transportation system to move people and goods in fuel-efficient vehicles.

 

  • Reduce trips where people drive alone.

 

  • Synergize jobs and housing with transportation infrastructure to increase access to walking and biking options, and public transit.

 

  • Ensure that walking, biking, public transit, vehicular transportation infrastructure is reliable and safe under all weather conditions.

Dallas generates renewable, reliable, and affordable energy.

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  • Maintain a high degree of reliability during extreme weather events.

  • Encourage investment in, and greater use of, renewable energy.

  • Ensure affordable access to renewable electricity.

Dallas is a zero waste community.

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  • Create opportunities to go beyond recycling and choose to refuse, reduce, reuse and repair.

 

  • Operate a clean, green and efficient waste system.

 

  • Generate energy from organics.

Dallas protects its water resources and its communities from flooding and drought.

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  • Conserve and protect our water resources through community stewardship, educational programs and best management practices.

  • Protect neighborhoods from flooding and prepare them for droughts.

 

  • Be a regional leader in water resilience by leveraging innovative approaches, strategies and technologies.

All Dallas' communities have access to local, healthy food.

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  • Build organizational capacity and partnerships around an urban agriculture network.

 

  • Improve food access in neighborhoods with low food access.

 

  • Reduce food miles by encouraging local food production and consumption. Prepare the food system to be more resilient to extreme weather events.

 

  • Prevent food waste through food donations, recovery, diversion and composting

Dallas protects and enhances its ecosystems, trees, and green spaces that, in turn, improve public health.

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  • Leverage green spaces to provide climate adaptation benefits.

 

  • Increase, enhance and maintain healthy forests, parks, and green spaces.

  • Integrate nature-based solutions into the public realm as a public health strategy.

All Dallas' communities breathe clean air.

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  • Take a comprehensive approach to addressing air quality at the neighborhood level.

 

MEASURABLE

OUTCOMES

- NET ZERO ENERGY NEW CONSTRUCTION

- ENERGY USE IN EXISTING

 

  RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.

- SOLAR POWER INSTALLED

- RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY PLANS

- PUBLICLY AVAILABLE EV CHARGERS

- ELECTRIC FLEETS

- SINGLE OCCUPANT VEHICLE TRAVEL MODE     

  SHIFT

- ORGANIC WASTE

- PAPER WASTE

- LANDFILL DIVERSION

- WATER CONSUMPTION

- WATER FOR INDIRECT REUSE

- IMPAIRED WATERBODIES LISTED IN       

  WATERSHED

- GHG EMISSIONS FROM TREATMENT   

  FACILITIES

- CANOPY COVER CITYWIDE

- URBAN HEAT ISLAND INDEX

- PARK OR TRAIL ACCESS

- HEALTHY, AFFORDABLE FOOD ACCESS

- ACRES OF URBAN GARDENS

- RESTAURANTS, FARM STANDS, OR MARKETS    SOURCING FROM LOCAL PRODUCERS

- GROUND LEVEL OZONE

- AIR POLLUTANTS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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Public Meetings (Fall 2019)

Public Meetings (Spring 2019)

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