News and Events

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Events

Farmers Market, Wednesdays in front of City Hall (Wednesdays from Sep. 9 to Dec. 16)
The 2015 City Hall Farmers Market dates are every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., downtown at City Hall, Fall 2015 Season begins September 9! More ...

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 ...

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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

Joint Statement From Houston and L.A. Mayors on Clean Power Plan
August 3, 2015 -- “We don’t need more debate on climate change from Washington; we need action, and that’s what we’re seeing from President Obama today,” Mayors Parker and Garcetti said. “Today’s Clean Power Plan will add to the benefits we’re already seeing from our cities’ strong leadership against climate change, including cleaner air and thousands of green jobs.” ...

City, County, METRO Announce Settlements From Gulf Oil Spill
July 23, 2015 -- The City of Houston will receive $12,155,549 for lost hotel tax and sales tax revenues.  METRO will receive $9,224,113 for lost sales tax revenue. Harris County will receive $2.1 million for lost hotel occupancy tax revenues. ...

Joint Statement From L.A. & Houston Mayors On Climage Change / Vatican
July 21, 2015 -- "Mayors are on the front lines when climate change causes drought, incites extreme weather and erodes our coastlines. We need the world's leaders to think like mayors and have our sense of urgency in negotiating a bold climate change agreement," Mayors Garcetti and Parker said in a joint statement. ...

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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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