Six public meetings will be held Sept. 17 through Oct. 3. (This story has been updated with information about the online survey.)
Sept. 11, 2019
Want to tell the city of Dallas how it should deal with climate change?
Dallas residents are invited to give their input with a second round of public meetings starting next week.
The city of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability is hosting six public meetings, Sept. 17 through Oct. 3. Six meetings were also held during the spring.
The feedback is being sought in preparation for the development of Dallas’ Climate Action Plan, which was included in the city budget last fall.
In January, the Dallas City Council approved the hiring of consulting firm AECOM (Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations and Maintenance) to develop the plan. AECOM helped Mexico City develop its climate action and adaption plan. The firm also provided greenhouse gas planning services to the city of Los Angeles.
The city of Dallas could be the second city in Texas to develop a climate action plan, following Austin which adopted a response in 2015. San Antonio is also working on a strategy.
“According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, Texas could see up to 60 additional days per year of temperatures exceeding 100 degrees unless emissions are significantly reduced and climate solutions put into place,” said James McGuire, director of Dallas’ office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability. “The City of Dallas is seeking input from residents to discuss their concerns and goals for energy, food and urban agriculture, parks and open spaces, transportation, water resources, food security, waste management, and more. We want to ensure that your voice is heard.”
Residents can also fill out an online survey starting Sept. 17, which will be open until Oct. 27. The survey was initially posted in April through May. More than 1,200 people responded, according to Susan Alvarez, assistant director for city of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability. There were more than 3,000 individual responses to open ended questions.
"We used those responses plus information from the internal and external stakeholder meetings to develop some initial draft ideas for strategies that the City can pursue – these are in the current survey along with some areas where, again people can provide additional free-form responses," said Alvarez.
A summary of the initial survey, along with the responses can be found here.
Dallas Climate Action Plan Survey
About: The city of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability is hosting six public meetings, Sept. 17 through Oct 3, to get public feedback as they develop a climate action plan for the city.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6-8 p.m. Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth St.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m. MLK Community Center, 2922 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m. Bachman Rec Center, 2750 Bachman Dr.
Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m. Singing Hills Rec Center, 1901 Crouch Rd.
Monday, Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m. Dallas Executive Airport, 5303 Challenger Dr.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m. Timberglen Rec Center, 3801 Timberglen Rd.
Online Survey: For those who can't attend a meeting, an online survey will also be available Sept. 17 through Oct. 27. Check back here for link when it's posted.