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December 2015

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Plano named Partner of the Year for air quality

The city of Plano was named Air North Texas Partner of the Year last month in recognition of its efforts to improve air quality through innovation over the past year.


Plano implemented a comprehensive outreach and communications plan that included events, social media and employee engagement.


The city celebrated the month of June as Be Air Aware Month and promoted it to residents through social media, electronic newsletters and utility bill inserts. During the month, residents participated in events highlighting clean air choices such as a kickoff party for families, a film screening, and solar car workshops and races. Also in June, Plano hosted its first Clean Air Party to encourage city employees to observe Clean Air Action Day, a regional event held on the first Friday of summer every year to encourage North Texans to make clean air commitments. Plano has also integrated the new Air North Texas mascot, Arlo the Airmadillo, into its outreach plans, featuring him on social media and at community events.


The city of Grand Prairie was honored for outstanding outreach and outstanding initiative for organizing an Arlo photo contest, an art contest for students, a Clean Air Challenge for local businesses and a Clean Air Party for city employees. These efforts were supported by a strong Air North Texas presence at community events and consistent social media coverage that encouraged residents to make clean air choices to reduce emissions throughout the year.


For the first time since joining Air North Texas, the University of North Texas Health Science Center received an award, earning recognition for outstanding partner involvement. The Health Science Center’s advocacy efforts helped with recruiting the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for partnership.


In addition, the Health Science Center hosted the North Central Texas Council of Governments at its annual Earth Day Celebration, participated in the city of Fort Worth’s Bike to Work Day in May and continued a program with FWTA to subsidize bus and train e-passes for students and employees.


Hood County Clean Air Coalition was awarded outstanding advertising for using a series of three public service announcements to promote clean air commitments that ran daily on Granbury TV from March through August.


Additionally, one of these PSAs aired regularly on local radio station KTFW 92.1, reaching listeners in parts of 12 counties. Thousands of residents have learned about ways to reduce emissions thanks to these efforts, which are supported by the coalition’s quarterly newsletter and community events.


Finally, the city of Fort Worth was recognized for outstanding media engagement for publishing three Air North Texas articles on its online subscription news offerings, informing residents about the start of ozone season in March and ways to participate in Clean Air Action Day.


For information on the program and to find out how to become a partner, visit




2 DFW firms earn top environmental marks


Plano-based Frito Lay and Kimberly Clark of Irving recently received the SmartWay® Excellence Award in recognition of their leadership in freight environmental performance. Given annually by the Environmental Protection Agency, SmartWay Excellence Awards honor top truck and multimodal carrier partners that are setting efficiency benchmarks in how they move products and supplies. The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way while protecting public health and improving local air quality. Learn more about regional SmartWay initiatives at

Survey: Support shown for expanded options


Fifty-eight percent of respondents to a survey for Mobility 2040, the region’s new long-range transportation plan, said transportation or a lack of transportation had influenced one of their major life decisions. This information is helping planners prepare multimodal project recommendations for a region that is forecast to add more than 3 million people by 2040. The survey also showed support for improving access to public transportation, with 42 percent of respondents indicating they would like to add or improve rail and bus access in their home cities and another 22 percent wanting to expand rail access only. More than 1,200 people took the survey, which was available online in English and Spanish from the end of September until November. Full results of this survey and an earlier Mobility 2040 survey are available at



Staff seeks input on Mobility 2040


NCTCOG staff will seek public input on preliminary draft Mobility 2040 recommendations and discuss air quality during public meetings at 6:30 pm Dec. 14 in Denton, 6:30 pm Dec. 15 in Richardson and 2:30 pm Dec. 16 in Fort Worth.


NCTCOG is required to maintain a long-range plan for the region’s multimodal transportation system covering a time horizon of at least 20 years. Public input on Mobility 2040 is essential as NCTCOG continues to develop the plan, expected to be adopted early next year.


At the meetings, major roadways, transit projects and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure will be highlighted along with a program to encourage local agency adoption of transportation-related policies as the region determines how to balance expected population increases and congestion with available funding.


In addition, staff will provide a summary of the 2015 ozone season and the air quality programs in the region, as well as information on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new, more stringent ozone standard. Because 10 Dallas-Fort Worth counties do not meet the federal air quality standard for the pollutant ozone, NCTCOG implements various projects and programs in the region to improve air quality and protect public health.


AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine and proposed modifications to the list of funded projects maintained in the Transportation Improvement Program will also be highlighted at the meetings.


Following the public meeting in Fort Worth, a video recording will be online at, where more information about the sessions is available.


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