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.

The Local Energy Action Search provides a customized list of actions to inform community leaders' energy decisions.
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The Texas Health and Safety Code §388.005(c) requires each political subdivision in a non-attainment area or an affected county to establish a goal to reduce electric consumption by at least five percent each state fiscal year. In 2019, the 86th Legislature passed Senate Bill 241, extending the timeline for this requirement seven years beginning September 1, 2019. Each political subdivision must submit a report annually to the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) regarding the entity's progress and efforts to meet the five percent annual reduction goal. Reports should be submitted online to SECO by February 1 each year. Information submitted to SECO will be included in an annual report to members of the Texas Legislative and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, providing entities a great opportunity to gain recognition for energy efficiency efforts.
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The Elmer Avenue Neighborhood Retrofit transformed a typical residential street into a model "green street" by incorporating stormwater best management practices (BMPs) that capture and filter runoff from a 40-acre area. 

The webinar provides useful tips for the management of urban wildlife to protect water quality.
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Mobility 2040 is the long-term transportation plan for North Texas, outlining improvements for road, transit, bicycle and pedestrian transportation.
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Senate Bill 898 (SB 898) of the 82nd Texas Legislative Session amended the Texas Health and Safety Code Section 388.005 requiring political subdivisions, institutes of higher education, and state agencies in nonattainment or near nonattainment counties to establish a goal of reducing electricity consumption by at least five percent each state fiscal year beginning September 1, 2011. Recent passage of SB 241 in the 86th Texas Legislative Session, extended the percent reduction goal another seven years beginning September 1, 2019. To maintain compliance with this legislative requirement, the City Council of Fort Worth, TX developed a resolution to track their progress and document their consumption reduction.
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For community groups, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, national parks, and local, state and federal agencies.
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The National Solar Jobs Census analyzes current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.
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The Natural Capital Project develops nature-based solutions to various environmental challenges and encourages natural capital investments.
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Video created by NCTCOG to inform the public on why litter is a problem for the environment and how they can prevent litter.
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The North Central Texas Council of Governments Environment and Development Department's YouTube channel. Educational explainer videos, webinar presentations, and other video resources are posted here.
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For those managing construction projects who are looking to minimize water contamination
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For education regarding the value of aluminum sulfate treatment on stormwater runoff.
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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.
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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.
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To inform the general public of the harm of feeding waterfowl
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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.
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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.
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This toolkit was created by NCTCOG for outreach purposes and to educate the public on proper OSSF maintenance.
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