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COOL Schools

OUR SCHOOLS ARE COOL Did you know that school campuses in Dallas are some of the hottest and least shaded urban heat islands in North Texas? Did you know that Dallas has one of the most challenging urban climates in the United States and is 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 Ari Quality Standards. Did you know that greater than 89,000…

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Southwestern Medical District

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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Quincentennial Bur Oak Groves

Bob Woodruff Park is one of Plano’s oldest and heavily used green spaces. It is also the home of our majestic Quincentennial Bur Oak Tree in the southern sector of the park. That means that for over 500 years this Bur Oak has served everyone from the first settlers to these Prairie Lands, to the present day families of this City of Excellence.  Over time, Bob Woodruff Park has lost precious trees from these once lush groves guarded by the Bur Oak. Sponsors are needed…

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GREY TO GREEN 2: CONCRETE DATA

Keynote Presentations: Dr. Brian Stone, Georgia Institute of Technology Dr. Jason Vargo, University of Wisconsin- Madison Steven Spears, Design Workshop Maria Koetter, Office of Sustainability, Louisville, KY The City of Dallas has 35% impervious surface that absorbs heat during the day which it slowly releases during the night.  The ramifications of what is know as the “urban heat island effect” is impacting ability to draw and retain new talent, meet air quality standards, control flooding, and guarantee a good quality…

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Smart Growth for Dallas

Dallas is on the cusp of a new era in its history. With a growing population and booming economy, there is a renewed spirit of optimism in Dallas that is driving us to address some of our city’s most persistent challenges: Is our water supply big enough, and clean enough, to meet our needs? How do we handle escalating health care costs? How can we meet the ever growing mobility demands of our citizens? How do we extend the benefits…

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TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm & Education Center

TXU Energy has sponsored the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm and Education Center since 2002. With their valuable sponsorship, this project is the nation’s largest-known urban tree farm. The four-acre TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm and Education Center at Richland College features state-of-the-art production and irrigation technology with the capacity to produce over 7,000 ten-gallon trees per planting season. Trees are offered to the public through programs like The Groves, Tree the Town, and Re-Leaf. Since 2002 TXU Energy has…

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