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Events

Earth Hour + Lights Out Houston
Going beyond the hour to make a commitment to energy efficiency - March 26-29, with an Earth Hour spotlight on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. More ...

Farmers Market, Wednesdays in front of City Hall (Wednesdays thru June 24)
The 2015 City Hall Farmers Market dates are every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., downtown at City Hall, Spring 2015 Season begins Feb. 25! More ...

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eNewsletters

The most recent issue of Environmental Standard (.pdf) is up now. More ...

Honors and Awards

Green Power Leadership Awards
The City of Houston has received a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Climate Protection Award
In 2008, former Mayor Bill White was honored at this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors by receiving their prestigious Climate Protection Award.

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Green News

Turning City Government Green is Paying Off
December 27, 2014 -- As Houston leaders push the counter-intuitive notion that the world's energy capital can go green, and pledge ever-lower emissions goals for municipal operations, installing energy-efficient lighting and low-flow toilets can seem like hopelessly small measures ...

City to Launch $500,000 Effort for Bicycling Plan
December 26, 2013 -- It would be hard to argue that bicycling in Houston is not on the upswing, with many millions of dollars approved and numerous policies passed in recent years, all aimed at welcoming and protecting riders ...

Houston Bikesharing Program Enjoys Robust Growth
July 11, 2014 -- From meager beginnings, Houston's bikesharing program has blossomed into a big draw for visitors and locals looking for a quick ride. For the first six months of 2014, Houston B-Cycle logged 43,530 checkouts, according to agency data. The system had about 2,000 checkouts in all of 2012 ...

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Press Releases

Houston Releases Energy-Performance Data
November 19, 2014 -- The City of Houston announced today that it has released the energy use data for all municipal facilities that are larger than 25,000 square feet. This release consists of 62 city-owned buildings representing more than 5 million square feet of space ...

IREM® and the City of Houston Collaborate to Boost Local Whole-Building Sustainability Efforts
September 29, 2014 -- The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) and the City of Houston have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The document outlines a collaborative relationship and a division of labor to encourage local building owners and managers and ...

Mayor Annise Parker Launches Mayors National Climate Action Agenda with Los Angeles and Philadelphia
September 22, 2014 -- With acknowledgment that cities are responsible for 70 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions and therefore on the front lines of climate change, ...

City of Houston Reaches Milestone for One Bin For All Program
July 11, 2014 -- “We have reached another key milestone in this process and are eager to move forward as this advanced recycling and waste diversion technology has the potential to improve health and quality of life not only in Houston, but around the world,” said Mayor Annise Parker ...

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Reports

City of Houston DIAL Report (.pdf)
July 22, 2011 -- Measurement and Analysis of Benzene and VOC Emissions in the Houston Ship Channel Area and Selected Surrounding Major Stationary Sources Using DIAL (Differential Absorption Light Detection and Ranging) Technology to Support Ambient HAP Concentrations Reductions in the Community (DIAL Project).

Ozone Report Card (.pdf)
April 28, 2010 -- Clean air is essential to the health and prosperity of all Houstonians and reducing air pollution from ozone, particulate matter and air toxics continues to be a top priority for the City of Houston. Moreover, Houston’s air quality has improved in recent years, and an explanation is in order regarding the American Lung Association’s (ALA) “F” report card grade for ozone in Harris County, which was announced today.

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