News and Events

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Events

Farmers Market, Wednesdays in front of City Hall (Wednesdays beginning Feb. 24, 2016)
The 2016 City Hall Farmers Market dates are every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., downtown at City Hall, Spring 2016Season begins February 24! More ...

Earth Hour Spotlight 2016
The Energy Capital of the World will continue its sustained commitment to become the Energy Conservation Capital by turning off non-essential lights March 19 at 8:30-9:30 PM. ... 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

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 ...

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 ...

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Press Releases

City Of Houston Collaborates With Midway On Saving Solar Panels From Demolition
March 25, 2016 -- The City of Houston has worked with community partners to recycle and donate solar panels removed prior to a building demolition in the Upper Kirby District ...

EPA Recognizes Houston As Top User Of Green Power
January 25, 2016 -- The City of Houston is in the top spot on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Top 30 Local Government list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership ...

City of Houston Police Headquarters Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency
December 30, 2015 -- The Houston Police Department Headquarters, a 28-story building in downtown Houston, managed by the City of Houston’s General Services Department, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification ...

City of Houston Increases Renewable Energy Purchase and Receives Sustainability Certification
December 29, 2015 -- The City of Houston has signed an agreement with Reliant Energy, an NRG Energy company, to increase its purchase of renewable ...

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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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