News and Events

Events

Farmers Market, Wednesdays in front of City Hall (Wednesdays, Fall 2018 Season begins September  12, thru December 19)
The 2018 City Hall Farmers Market dates are every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., downtown at City Hall! More ...

Join us! The City of Houston’s Sustainability Office invites you to learn about the two sites selected for C40’s Reinventing Cities project and ask questions about how to compete. Friday, March 9, 2018, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Legacy Room at City Hall.

PACE: Liftoff in Houston -- February 28, 2018
While PACE is not yet an everyday term, it is gaining traction in Houston. What is it? Property Assessed Clean Energy. Texas PACE enables property owners to finance 100% of their energy saving, water conservation, and distributed generation improvements with little to no capital outlay. More ...

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
One of the largest environmental film festivals in North America, back to Houston -- Jan. 24 & 25, 2018! ... More ...

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eNewsletters

The most recent issue of Environmental Standard (.pdf) is up now. More ...

Honors and Awards

Green Power Leadership Awards
The City of Houston has received the Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017, 2014, and 2008.

Climate Protection Award 
In 2008, former Mayor Bill White was honored at this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors by receiving their prestigious Climate Protection Award.

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Green News

Shortlisted Teams Selected to Proceed to Final Stage of Reinventing Cities Competition
September 24, 2018 -- 31 underutilized spaces in 12 global cities are one step closer to being transformed into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency.

EPA Awards Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport Over $1M for Clean Shuttle Buses
February 7, 2018 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $1 million to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, for electric shuttle buses.

Reinventing Cities : C40 Launches Competition For Global Cities to Pave the Way to a Sustainable Future
November 16, 2017-- Today 15 of the world’s great cities launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. ...

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Press Releases

Mayor: Houston Area Shortchanged by Plan to Distribute Volkswagen Air Pollution Funds
September 17, 2018 -- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s draft plan for distributing funds from the Volkswagen air pollution scandal shortchanges the Houston area and ...

City of Houston Launches Climate Action Plan, Mayor Turner to Address Global Climate Action Summit
September 13, 2018 -- Joining world leaders at the Global Climate Action Summit today in San Francisco, Mayor Sylvester Turner will announce the city’s Climate Action Plan as he highlights  ...

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Reports

City of Houston DIAL Report (.pdf)
July 22, 2011 -- Measurement and Analysis of Benzene and VOC Emissions in the Houston Ship Channel Area and Selected Surrounding Major Stationary Sources Using DIAL (Differential Absorption Light Detection and Ranging) Technology to Support Ambient HAP Concentrations Reductions in the Community (DIAL Project).

Ozone Report Card (.pdf)
April 28, 2010 -- Clean air is essential to the health and prosperity of all Houstonians and reducing air pollution from ozone, particulate matter and air toxics continues to be a top priority for the City of Houston. Moreover, Houston’s air quality has improved in recent years, and an explanation is in order regarding the American Lung Association’s (ALA) “F” report card grade for ozone in Harris County, which was announced today.

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