Dallas’ first Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan approved

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For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2020

For More Information, Contact:
Judy Schmidt
Marketing and Communications Manager
Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability
judy.schmidt@dallascityhall.com | 214-671-9025


Dallas’ first Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan approved

Dallas, Texas – The Dallas City Council unanimously approved the first Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability (OEQS) Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) on Wednesday, May 27. The CECAP will ensure the City is taking necessary steps to overcome environmental challenges and to make Dallas a global leader in addressing environmental issues. The plan was developed with a robust and inclusive community outreach and engagement effort that included two rounds of formal community meetings, over 180 individual meetings with community groups, the review of over 9,000 unique comments from surveys and other public response mechanisms.

“Dallas is a healthy, safe and economically vibrant city. But to be a truly resilient city, Dallas must prepare for the effects of climate change,” said Mayor Eric Johnson. “I want Dallas to continue to be a leader in efforts to reduce emissions and improve our air quality. We can ensure that our great city continues to thrive in the decades to come through our collective efforts and a focus on common-sense, data-driven solutions.”

For about a year, the City’s most dedicated environmental advocates worked tirelessly beside a diverse coalition of residents, the business community, and other stakeholders to ensure that an effective, equitable and common-sense approach was applied to deliver the plan on time. The CECAP plan represents a cohesive path forward toward greenhouse gas emissions compliance by 2050 and the highest levels of environmental performance in every zip code within the city.

“From the beginning, community input was sought out in a completely open and transparent public process which allowed us to present a community created climate action plan which will be recognized and utilized for generations to come,” said Council Member Omar Narvaez, Environmental and Sustainability committee chair. “This sets Dallas up to be a leader for environment and sustainability in our region, state, nation and planet. Together, we are building a stronger Dallas.” 

Download the approved plan and view ninety-seven actions to guide the City’s implementation efforts forward at the newly refreshed dallasclimateaction.com website.