Texas ranks 6th in the nation for energy consumption per capita. The demand for energy use is growing across North Texas with the ever-increasing population. In order to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency, entities must evaluate their energy usage. Below are tools, resources, and case studies to support local governments, educational institutions, and public and private entities’ efforts to implement programs to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency in the public and private sector.


2030 Districts designates urban areas across the country that are seeking to foster sustainability through the built environment.
Interested in learning how to manage and evaluate your energy data? Look no further, this online resource allows users the ability to sort through energy data tools, webinars, presentations, and case studies etc. all in one spot.
The AgSTAR Project Development Handbook is intended for agriculture and livestock producers, farm owners, developers, investors, policymakers, implementers, and anyone working in agriculture or renewable energy that is interested in anaerobic digestion/biogas systems as a farm manure management option.
The City of Fort Worth, TX developed an Administrative Regulation (AR) that establishes policy, practice and procedures to help provide effective temperature regulation within the City's facilities air conditioned spaces. This AR is intended to improve air quality through sustainable resource conservation.
An online library with information on water conservation and efficiency.
The American Planning Association has produced a Climate Change Policy Guide publication through the efforts of APA's Sustainable Communities Division (SCD). Embodied within the guide are over 50 policies and hundreds of supporting strategies to help planners proactively and effectively respond to a changing climate.

The Green At College Park is a 3-acre urban infill development on the southeastern border of the University of Texas at Arlington campus. The site celebrates a defined campus edge, gateway entrance treatments, an oval lawn for organized and informal events, pedestrian promenade, animated LED lighting, recycled glass pervious paving, a drainage garden, biofilters, rain planters, outdoor classroom and layers of seating.

The Better Buildings Accelerators demonstrate the success of innovative energy efficiency practices in an effort to accelerate investment in these areas.
The Better Buildings Alliance connects commercial building professionals for the purpose of sharing and advancing solutions in energy efficiency.
The Better Building Challenge is a voluntary program with the goal of improving the efficiency of commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings and industrial plants by 20 percent or more over ten years.
The Better Buildings Initiative is a voluntary program focused on stimulating innovation and leadership in energy efficiency in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants.
The Better Buildings Residential Network connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices in an effort to increase the number of homes that are energy efficient.
The Better Communities Alliance facilitates the collaboration between public and private sector leaders who are committed to creating more sustainable communities by means of energy efficiency, transportation, and renewable energy.
The Better Plants Program & Challenge is a voluntary program aimed at improving energy efficiency in the industrial sector with the goal of reducing manufacturers' energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all U.S. operations.
BREEAM USA certifies existing commercial buildings that make sustainable improvements to their asset performance, operating efficiency, and building management practices.
The Carbon Footprint Calculator estimates an individual's carbon emissions based on provided energy, transportation, and waste information.

Since the 1980’s, the City of Lewisville’s population has been experiencing rapid growth and is now home to approximately 100,000 residents. This rapid growth has led city leaders to pursue energy conservation strategies that will achieve a sustainable community.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that works to improve urban economies and ecosystems across the U.S. through initiatives in transportation, water, climate, and public policy.
To help create a sustainable North Texas that is recognized nationwide as a center of development excellence.
Cities - LEAP supports city energy programs by providing local energy data to inform policy and program decisions.
The City Efficiency Toolkit is designed to help local governments, school districts, and other public entities save money by providing resources on how to develop or build upon an energy efficiency program.
The City Energy Profile tool provides energy use and activity data to help cities develop clean energy projects.
The Simply Sustainable Denton website is a hub for the city’s Simply Sustainable: A Framework for Denton’s Future plan. The plan was updated in 2020 and outlines eight different focus areas along with comprehensive goals and strategies that aim for a more sustainable community. The update to Simply Sustainable includes new strategies based on best practices, STAR Communities/ LEED for Cities goals and community feedback. The Vision and Guiding Principles remained the same moving forward, while the focus areas and goals expanded to include additional strategies to further the city's sustainability as a community.
The Climate Showcase Communities program showcases communities that are undertaking pilot projects to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas pollution while saving money.
Develop and implement a Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan for the City of Dallas, tackling climate change, waste and recycling, water conservation, air and storm water enforcement through community engagement.