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Dallas Urban Heat Island Mitigation Study

8/17/17 – Texas Trees Foundation today announced findings from the 2017 Dallas Urban Heat Island Effect report, a year-long study of the impacts and implications of air temperatures at the neighborhood level. Most notable among them: Dallas is heating up faster than every city in the country except for Phoenix. The Dallas Urban Heat Island study and ensuing report was completed by Dr. Brian Stone, Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, and author of The…

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Cool Schools Program – Outdoor Learning Areas

Did you know that school campuses in Dallas are some of the hottest and least shaded urban heat islands in North Texas? Dallas has one of the most challenging urban climates in the United States and has been ranked 8th by the American Lung Association for the worst air quality in the nation for ozone and non attainment for the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This air quality situation affects over  89,000 children in Dallas. The overarching goal of this program…

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Southwestern Medical District Streetscape

The Texas Trees Foundation in partnership with Southwestern Medical District is creating an Urban Streetscape master Plan for the District area. The genesis of this project was identified through findings from the 2015 State of the Dallas Urban Forest Report prepared by the Texas Trees Foundation.  The study found that the Medical District had less than 7% tree canopy and was a major urban heat island. The Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape Master Plan will create a “sense of place”…

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Smart Growth for Dallas Decision Support Tool

The Smart Growth for Dallas Decision Support Tool was created in partnership between The Trust for Public Land, bcWORKSHOP and the Texas Trees Foundation and was officially launched on Tuesday, October 30th! This public platform is a multi-disciplinary effort to improve sustainability and resilience of Dallas by creating close-to-home parks, trails, and green spaces for the entire city. At the core of this effort is an online mapping platform that identifies priority locations in Dallas where investments in green assets – such as parks,…

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Cool & Connected Oak Cliff Tree Giveaway

Texas Trees Foundation, The Trust for Public Land, and The Nature Conservancy are partnering to offer you one or more trees* in your front yard or right-of-way for Neighborwoods / Cool & Connected Oak Cliff.  Help add to the urban tree canopy! Click HERE to see a video about Cool & Connect Oak Cliff! If you live in the area south of Morrell Avenue, east of I-35, west of I-45, and North of Camp Wisdom/Simpson Stewart Road, you qualify to register…

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Press Release: Texan By Nature Announces 2018 Conservation Wranglers

Texan by Nature Announces 2018 Conservation Wranglers Six Texan-Led Conservation Initiatives Selected for Honor April 3, 2018 – TEXAS – Texan by Nature (TxN), a Texas-led conservation non-profit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, announces the honorees of its annual Conservation Wrangler program for 2018. Texan by Nature brings business and conservation together through select programs which engage Texans in stewardship of land and communities. The organization’s Conservation Wrangler program recognizes innovative and transformative conservation projects across the state of…

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Urban Development Is Making Dallas Hotter.

By JUSTIN MARTIN • APR 18, 2018 Dallas is warming at a faster rate than any other large city in the country, besides Louisville, Kentucky and Phoenix, according to research conducted for the Texas Trees Foundation. The foundation worked with the Urban Climate Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology to conclude that urban development is making Dallas a hotter place to live — literally. Matt Grubisich, the foundation’s director of Operations & Urban Forestry, estimates almost 35 percent of Dallas is covered by impervious surfaces, like…

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Cool Connect Oak Cliff

The Trust for Public Land / The Nature Conservancy / Texas Trees Foundation Cool and Connected Oak Cliff City of Dallas Trees and urban forests provide a myriad of benefits to the neighborhoods where they are located, including shade to combat the urban heat island effect that increases health risks to people during extremely hot weather. Furthermore, a growing body of research shows that students benefit from close proximity to green space around the schools. Unfortunately, parks, trees, and green…

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