Resources for Municipalities

This list shows all resources relevant to municipalities.

You can filter the results by selecting one or more resource types using the form below.

This interactive map highlights buildings and communities throughout the North Central Texas region that have been certified by third-party organizations that recognize sustainable excellence in the built environment.

The American Planning Association (APA)'s Policy Guide on Water provides guidance to planners seeking to integrate water engineering into development policies.
Intermediate
The NCTCOG whitepaper Integration of Energy Resilience into Hazard Mitigation Planning is intended to provide local governments and hazard mitigation planners with an assortment of energy resilience options to consider for incorporation into their Hard Mitigation Plans. The whitepaper is accompanied by the complementing Best Management Practices for Incorporating Energy Resilience into Hazard Mitigation Planning.

Texas is accustomed to extreme swings in weather and natural disasters which can impact the reliability and availability of energy services. These disasters are expected to increase as we deal with the impacts of a changing climate, leaving local governments in a position where more than ever they may need to consider incorporating energy resilience plans into their Hazard Mitigation Plans. 

Some of the options outlined in the whitepaper are faster to implement with quick wins while others take a longer-range planning approach with significant investment to ensure the greatest measure of energy resilience. Communities are encouraged to consider which measures best suit their needs, capabilities, budget, scale, and desired level of energy resilience. 
 
This website contains information about NCTCOG's Trash Free Waters Project as well as details on upcoming and past events related to the project.
Intermediate
This guide was created to help city engineers, planners, developers, decision-makers, and other transportation and development professionals assess their choices when integrating green infrastructure practices into the roadway, sidewalk, parking lot, and trail projects.
Intermediate
Conservation and water reuse are critical ways North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) manages a finite supply of water. NTMWD is relying on water conservation as the soure for nearly one-quarter of the future water supplies for their customers.
Basic
This toolkit was created by NCTCOG for outreach purposes and to educate the public on proper OSSF maintenance.
Intermediate
ParkSmart certifies sustainable parking structure design and operation.
Advanced
PEER certifies electricity providers that improve power system performance while minimizing environmental impact.
Advanced
NCTCOG's regional campaign to reduce the health risks and water quality issues associated with pet waste.
Intermediate

The City of Plano's Green Business Certification (GBC) program recognizes businesses that have taken steps toward sustainability in the areas of general education, waste reduction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable purchasing.

The City of Plano's The Great Update Rebate program is designed to provide pertinent rebates to homeowners of older properties to update and maintain their homes. 

The Water Conservation Rebate Program offers rebates to residents who install rain/freeze sensors, high efficiency toilets, and pressure reducing values.

The Water Wise Landscape Tour is an annual educational tour of residential homes with drought-tolerant, native, and adapted landscapes. The tour is free of charge to residents to visit homes.

Basic plumbing repair and tutorials, available to the public.
Intermediate
The Public Utility Commission of Texas regulates the state's electric and telecommunication utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints. Their mission is to protect customers, foster competition, and promote high quality infrastructure. As part of that mission, they have created the "Power to Choose" website as a tool to assist Texans in shopping for electricity.
Basic
Preliminary Energy Assessments (PEAs) recommend cost-effective resource efficiency measures that an entity can implement to decrease energy/utility consumption and costs. The State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) provides PEAs to municipal and county governments, independent school districts, county hospitals, port authorities, major airports, public water authorities and municipally-owned utilities at no cost! However, SECOs PEA services apply only to public indoor administrative or teaching facilities and infrastructure owned and operated by the public entity requesting the service.
Basic
To emphasize that household hazardous waste should not be dumped down drains.
Intermediate
To educate on the proper methods for draining residential pools while protecting water quality.
Intermediate
PACE provides low-cost, long-term loans to commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential property owners for the purpose of implementing water conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable retrofits.
Intermediate
Take steps to protect your home from freezing temperatures and all the problems that go with it.
Intermediate