OUR CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Read below to see the community-led climate solutions we support for Dallas. These solutions will create a healthy, resilient future for all Dallas residents.
1. Increase direct investment in renewable energy through Power Purchase Agreements, on-site installation, and community choice aggregation so that all Dallas residents have 100% renewable energy by 2035.
2. Invest in energy efficiency and/or solar for low-income households, including strategically targeting programs to alleviate financial burdens caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.
3. Update building code to require new buildings use low-carbon materials and be solar and EV-ready. Work to ensure new buildings are all-electric by implementing rebate programs, incentives, and low-cost financing for all-electric construction. Make all new commercial buildings pollution free and zero emissions as soon as possible with financial support to ensure equity.
4. Create Building Performance Standards that require existing buildings to baseline their emissions relative to similar buildings per Energy Star benchmarking standards, then reduce carbon emissions from electricity and onsite fossil fuel usage.
5. Advocate at the DART Board for public transit that is more frequent, reliable, and free. Shift DART to 100% electric busses by 2030, and implement anti-displacement measures alongside transit changes.
6. Cleanup environmental hazards comprehensively (e.g. Shingle Mountain, Lane Plating, brownfields, etc.) in an order that prioritizes environmental justice and fights environmental racism. Use existing EPA funding for site assessments to also pilot approaches for completing cleanups.
7. Ensure that all food enterprises (restaurants, grocers, food distributors, etc.) support food security by diverting surplus food away from the landfill. Support food donation nonprofits, community fridges, and other groups to help move surplus food to those in need, prioritizing low-income communities of color. Start a composting program for food that cannot be distributed to those in need.
9. Ban environmentally harmful products or practices like using bee-killing pesticides, single-use plastics, and PFAS chemicals on City of Dallas property and in City of Dallas operations.
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