News and Events

Events

Farmers Market, Wednesdays in front of City Hall (Wednesdays, from February 22 to June 28, 2017)
The 2017 City Hall Farmers Market dates are every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., downtown at City Hall, Spring 2017 Season begins February 22! More ...

Keep Houston Beautiful Day
Keep Houston Beautiful Day is a city-wide service day spanning various locations throughout the community.  The event kicks off the national Great American Cleanup and celebrates the Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off in Houston. April 8, 2017 ... 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

Google Says Houston is U.S. City With Most Potential for Solar Energy
March 30, 2017 -- Google thinks Houston would be a great city for solar energy but, as the Houston Business Journal posts, would the oil-and-gas capital ever go for it? ...

Outgoing Sustainability Director Sees A Greener Houston Ahead
November 24, 2015 -- As the city's first director of the Office of Sustainability, Laura Spanjian spearheaded initiatives ranging from creating a farmers market to launching the Houston Green Office Challenge and its LED streetlight conversion program ...

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 ...

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Press Releases

Houston Fire Station Energy Challenge Winners Honored by IKEA
May 9, 2017 -- ... a friendly competition between twelve Houston Fire Stations to help lower the energy consumption at fire stations across the City. ...

EPA Recognizes the City of Houston Among Nation's Leading Green Power User
April 24, 2017 -- Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Houston is number one on the EPA’s Top 30 Local Government list of the largest green power users from the Green ...

Houston Flips the Switch on 50 MW of Solar Power in Time for Earth Day
April 21, 2017 -- The 50 megawatt (MW) solar facility dedicated to providing up to 10.5% of the City’s electricity needs with clean, affordable solar energy is now online and operational ...

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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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