Press Releases

2017

  • 01.30.2017 -- Houston Green Office Challenge Announces 2016 Winners
  • 01.05.2017 -- Houston’s 2016 NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball Championship Earns First Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport

2016

  • 11.28.2016 -- Mayor Turner Celebrates LEED Gold Certification of City’s Traffic Operations Building
  • 10.28.2016 -- City of Houston, IKEA Launch Fire Station Energy Challenge
  • 10.26.2016 -- City of Houston Launches 2016 Houston Green Office Challenge
  • 09.13.2016 -- City Hall Farmers Market Opens for Fall
  • 08.24.2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces Major Expansion of Houston Bike Share Program
  • 08.03.2016 -- Houston Launches Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
  • 03.25.2016 -- City Of Houston Collaborates With Midway On Saving Solar Panels From Demolition
  • 01.25.2016 -- EPA Recognizes Houston As Top User Of Green Power

2015

  • 12.30.2015 -- City of Houston Police Headquarters Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency
  • 12.29.2015 -- City of Houston Increases Renewable Energy Purchase and Receives Sustainability Certification
  • 12.23.2015 -- Houston Green Office Challenge Announces Awards
  • 12.14.2015 -- Statement from Mayor Annise Parker and 33 Other U.S. #Climatemayors on Adoption of Historic Paris Climate Agreement
  • 11.10.2015 -- Mayor Annise Parker Continues Renewable Energy Leadership
  • 11.04.2015 -- Two Landmark Sustainability Initiatives Adopted Today
  • 09.25.2015 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Major Houston Bike Share Expansion
  • 08.03.2015 -- Joint Statement From Houston and L.A. Mayors on Clean Power Plan
  • 07.23.2015 -- Mayor Parker Releases Statement on BP Horizon Settlement
  • 07.23.2015 -- City, County, METRO Announce Settlements From Gulf Oil Spill
  • 07.21.2015 -- Joint Statement From L.A. & Houston Mayors on Climate Change / Vatican
  • 06.18.2015 -- Mayors Call on President for Climate Change in U.S.
  • 05.14.2015 -- Mayor Parker Declares May 15 Bike To Work Day
  • 04.20.2015 -- Mayor Parker to Speak about Houston’s Green Initiatives in Mumbai
  • 03.04.2015 -- City Council Approves Major Initiative to Decrease Animal Overpopulation

2014

  • 09.29.2014 -- IREM® and the City of Houston Collaborate to Boost Local Whole-Building Sustainability Efforts
  • 09.22.2014 -- Mayor Annise Parker Launches Mayors National Climate Action Agenda with Los Angeles and Philadelphia
  • 07.11.2014 -- City of Houston Reaches Milestone for One Bin For All Program
  • 05.30.2014 -- Mayor Annise Parker / Centerpoint Announce Groundbreaking Agreements
  • 05.05.2014 -- City Hall Farmers Market Moves to Houston Central Library
  • 04.15.2014 -- City of Houston Issues One Bin For All Request For Proposals
  • 03.25.2014 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Goal Zero Fatalities Bike Safety Campaign
  • 03.24.2014 -- City of Houston Breaks Ground on Garden and Nature Playground as Part of National GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program
  • 03.06.2014 -- Mayor Annise Parker And EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Tour Buffalo Bayou Project
  • 03.05.2014 -- Mayor Annise Parker Launches SundayStreetsHTX
  • 02.26.2014 -- City of Houston First City in Texas to use Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds for Energy Efficiency Program
  • 02.18.2014 -- Developer Lauded For Saving Trees (*)
  • 02.06.2014 -- Mayor Annise Parker And 40 Mayors Call For International Dialogue On Climate Change  To Include Cities (*)
  • 02.05.2014 -- Mayor Parker Commits to Further Reduce City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • 02.03.2014 -- Mayor Parker Tells South African Media Houston Has Much To Offer The World (*)
  • 01.31.2014 -- Mayor Parker Attends C40 Cities Mayor’s Summit, Leads Trade Delegation To South Africa (*)
  • 01.31.2014 -- Bush Intercontinental Airport Rewarded for Energy Efficiency
  • 01.27.2014 -- Shape Up Houston Launches Million Pound Challenge (*)
  • 01.27.2014 -- City of Houston Awarded GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant
  • 01.08.2014 -- City of Houston Adopts Residential Building Energy Efficiency Codes (*)

2013

  • 12.11.2013 -- City Of Houston Secures Payment From Developer Who Cut Down Two Protected Trees (*)
  • 12.03.2013 -- Houston Part of Energy Department Launch of New Better Buildings Accelerators to Boost U.S. Energy Efficiency
  • 11.01.2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker Selected for President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
  • 10.10.2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Visionary Complete Streets Policy For Houston (*)
  • 10.09.2013 -- Houston /CompuCycle Partnership Grows to include GREENspot DROPoff for Electronic Scrap Recycling
  • 10.07.2013 -- City Sues Developer For Cutting Down Protected Trees (*)
  • 09.25.2013 -- Houston Earns Scenic City Award (*)
  • 09.20.2013 -- Mayor Parker/U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Announce Plans For New Hike And Bike Trail Along Sims Bayou (*)
  • 09.16.2013 -- Mayor Parker, Council Member Davis Kickoff Pilot Project To Nab Illegal Dumpers (*)
  • 08.22.2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker Elected To C40 Steering Committee (*)
  • 08.19.2013 -- City Receives $300K Settlement To Restore City Park Damaged By Local Developer (*)
  • 06.26.2013 -- $205 Million Bayou Greenways 2020 Project To Create 150-Mile System Within Houston's City Limits (*)
  • 06.20.2013 -- City of Houston Increases Renewable Energy Purchase
  • 06.12.2013 -- City Of Houston Issues “One Bin For All” Request For Qualifications (*)
  • 06.04.2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker And Houston Housing Authority Demolish Vacant Buildings In Fifth Ward To Make Room For Community Park
  • 05.14.2013 -- Mayor Parker Unveils FY14 Budget Proposal Focused On Houston’s Future (*)
  • 05.08.2013 -- Houston Passes Ordinance To Protect Cyclists, Others From Vehicular Traffic (*)
  • 04.11.2013 -- TIRZ 16 Funds To Reforest Memorial Park And Build Post Oak Rapid Transit (*)
  • 04.04.2013 -- City To Build Pedestrian Bridge Over Tracks At Bringhurst (*)
  • 04.03.2013 -- Houston Bike SHARE Program Expands Fleet to Include 21 B-Cycle Stations
  • 03.13.2013 -- Houston Selected As One Of Five Winners And The Fan Favorite In Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge (*)
  • 02.08.2013 -- Two City Of Houston Development Projects Earn Urban Land Institute 2013 Development Of Distinction Award (*)
  • 01.09.2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Major Sponsorship for Houston Bike SHARE Program

2012

  • 11.05.2012 -- Houston Named As Top 20 Finalist In Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge (*)
  • 11.03.2012 -- Mayor Parker Launches Urban Grows Initiative (*)
  • 10.29.2012 -- Mayor's Office Hosts Local Electronics Recycling Drive (*)
  • 10.18.2012 -- Commemorative Tree Planting At Hermann Park Japanese Garden For Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial (*)
  • 10.03.2012 -- American Planning Association Designates Buffalo Bayou A Top 10 Great Public Space For 2012 (*)
  • 09.26.2012 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces World-Class Skate Park And Park Without Limits For North Houston (*)
  • 09.12.2012 -- Mayor Parker Launches Healthy Houston Initiative (*)
  • 08.22.2013 -- City Of Houston To Launch First Municipal Electric Vehicle Car Sharing Program (*)
  • 08.03.2012 -- Mayor Parker Releases Statement On METRO Proposal (*)
  • 07.13.2012 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces New Water Conservation Task Force
  • 07.10.2012 -- Mayor Parker, City Of Houston Victorious In ReBuild Houston Appeal (*)
  • 06.13.2012 -- Mayor Parker Touts Houston City Gardens Mentioned in First Lady Obama’s New Book
  • 06.07.2012 -- Mayor Parker Announces Federal Grant to Expand Solar Installations
  • 05.15.2012 -- Mayor Parker Unveils Budget Proposal That Maintains Focus On Jobs, Public Safety (*)
  • 05.09.2012 -- Mayor Parker, HUD, Community Leaders Announce Target Areas To Receive $151M In Disaster Recovery Funds (*)
  • 05.02.2012 -- Mayor Annise Parker Launches PUBLIC Bike SHARE Program
  • 05.01.2012 -- Houston To Get Help For Housing Market With Wells Fargo 'NeighborhoodLIFT' Homebuyer Event And Home Preservation Workshop (*)
  • 04.27.2012 -- City of Houston Receives State Grant for Solar Installation and Wind Turbines for City's new LEED Gold One-Stop Permitting Center
  • 04.26.2012 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Green Office Challenge Awards
  • 04.11.2012 -- Mayor Parker Welcomes 200 New Jobs As Direct Energy Moves Headquarters To Houston (*)
  • 04.11.2012 -- Mayor Parker, Houstonians Join Nationwide Water & Energy Saving Contest (*)
  • 04.04.2012 -- Mayor Parker Selects City's Electricity Provider Consistent With Hire Houston First (*)
  • 03.20.2012 -- Mayor Parker Recommends Further Discussion On Charitable Food Service Ordinance (*)
  • 02.29.2012 -- City of Houston Breaks Ground On Community Garden At Houston Permitting Center
  • 01.26.2012 -- Houston Joins New Nationwide Energy Efficiency Challenge
  • 01.11.2012 -- Mayor Parker Rescinds Stage Two Water Shortage Measures (*)
  • 01.11.2012 -- Mayor Parker Selects New Leadership For City IT, Fleet Departments (*)

2011

  • 12.22.2011 -- Temporary BBQ Pit & Smoking Ban Lifted In All COH Parks
  • 12.14.2011 -- $55 Million Buffalo Bayou Park Project Receives Green Light (*)
  • 12.05.2011 -- Temporary Barbecue & Smoking Ban To Be Lifted In All But Twelve City Parks (*)
  • 09.26.2011 -- City of Houston and Compucycle Add Permanent Recycling Drop Off Site and One Day Events for Electronics
  • 09.08.2011 -- Mayor Annise Parker and Partners Announce Launch of Houston Drives Electric
  • 08.28.2011 -- City To Convert Historic Fifth Ward Deluxe Theater For TSU (*)
  • 08.24.2011 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Plan To Preserve Historic Rufus Cage Elementary School (*)
  • 08.23.2011 -- Mayor Parker Designates Environmental Settlement To Benefit Local Charities
  • 08.15.2011 -- Mayor Parker Orders Mandatory Water Conservation Measures (*)
  • 08.06.2011 -- Mayor Parker Partners With Reliant Energy To Air Condition Hot Houston Homes (*)
  • 07.28.2011 -- Hiring Local Keeps Local Jobs (*)
  • 07.26.2011 -- Houston Mayor And METRO Seek Common Ground On East End Line (*)
  • 07.13.2011 -- Houston's Green Economy Means Jobs
  • 06.17.2011 -- Mayor Annise Parker has been selected as the nation’s top winner for large cities in the 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • 06.16.2011 -- Mayor Parker Announces New Drainage Fee Structure (*)
  • 05.21.2011 -- Mayor Parker Kicks Off Demolition Of 400 Hazardous Buildings With 2nd Annual Demo Day (*)
  • 05.19.2011 -- Mayor Parker Unveils Budget Proposal That Preserves Public Safety As Priority (*)
  • 05.17.2011 -- Distinguished Author, Historian And Noted Preservationist Receives Mayor's Award For Outstanding Efforts In Historic Preservation (*)
  • 04.21.2011 -- City Of Houston Scores Major Victory In Water Rate Lawsuit (*)
  • 04.21.2011 -- Mayor Parker Unveils Revamped SafeClear Program (*)
  • 04.20.2011 -- Mayor Parker Encourages "LightsOut" Houston, Invitetes Public to Celebrate Earth Day
  • 04.14.2011 -- Mayor Parker Reveals New Detention Area And Future Neighborhood Center In NW Houston (*)
  • 04.01.2011 -- Bush Airport Teams With Energy Giant to Battle Pollution
  • 02.08.2011 -- New Energy Efficiency Incentive Program Launched
  • 02.08.2011 -- Three City Facilities Recognized For Preservation Efforts (*)
  • 01.06.2011 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

2010

  • 12.15.2010 -- Grand Opening of First Single Stream Recycling Facility in Houston
  • 12.07.2010 -- Greenstar Recycling is New Official Partner and Jersey Sponsor of Houston Dynamo
  • 12.07.2010 -- Mayor Parker and HISD Superintendent Grier Propose Possible Cooperative Green Initiatives
  • 10.29.2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Local Team Chosen To Help Address Land Use Challenge In National Fellowship Program (*)
  • 10.15.2010 -- Mayor Parker, Elected Officials In Houston Region Receive $3.75M Grant To Promote Smarter And Sustainable Planning For Jobs And Economic Growth (*)
  • 10.08.2010 -- Houston Public Library Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Grant To Increase Public Computer Access, Connectivity Digital Inclusion Initiative To Benefit From $5.9 Million Expansion (*)
  • 10.06.2010 -- Mayor Parker Names Blue Ribbon Task Force On Building And Standards (*)
  • 09.30.2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker Launches City Hall Victory Garden
  • 09.16.2010 -- Single Stream Recycling Coming to Houston
  • 09.16.2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker to Announce 2010 Green Office Challenge
  • 08.06.2010 -- Reorganization Of Houston Housing And Community Development Department Announced (*)
  • 08.04.2010 -- EPA Names City of Houston Largest Municipal Purchaser of Renewable Energy in the Nation, and Fourth Largest Overall
  • 07.28.2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces The City Of Houston Challenge To CenterPoint Energy Electric Rate Increase (*)
  • 07.22.2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Expansion Of Electric Vehicle Program (*)
  • 07.20.2010 -- Mayor Parker Announces Proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance Amendments (*)
  • 06.01.2010 -- 2010 Hurricane Readiness Addressed By Harris County Judge Emmett, Houston Mayor Parker (*)
  • 05.28.2010 -- City Debuts Virtual Newsroom / Website Will Facilitate Crisis Communication in Time for Hurricane Season (*)
  • 05.22.2010 -- Mayor Parker Orders "Demolition Day" of Dangerous Buildings in Houston (*)
  • 04.27.2010 -- $1.3M Grant Awarded to City of HOuston for Solar-Powered Generators During Emergencies
  • 03.26.2010 -- Houston Makes Top Ten List for Most Energy Efficient Buildings
  • 03.24.2010 -- Mayor Names Ada Edwards Interim Director of Housing and Community Development Department (*)
  • 03.18.2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker Names Five New METRO Appointees / Releases METRO Transition Team Reports (*)
  • 03.15.2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker Fights for NASA/METRO Funding in Nation's Capitol (*)
  • 03.09.2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces City of Houston Challenge to CenterPoint Energy Gas Rate Increase (*)
  • 02.05.2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker Announces Electric Vehicle Partnership With Nissan (*)
  • 01.25.2010 -- City of Houston Launches Wastewater Treatment Plan Energy Efficiency Project (*)

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