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The Dallas Hotel that Green Built

With the green building legislation passed in Dallas, all new construction must meet certain standards for IAQ (indoor-air quality), amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), water conservation and many others.  With the products created to promote green building, however, even a hotel can be green.Say “No” To Carpet Many hotels have carpet flooring.  However, carpets hold in dust, which creates a build up of dust mite allergens that cause asthma and absorbs toxic pollutants from the surrounding environment.  Wood, linoleum and cork are beautiful alternatives, with the use of rugs (such as jute) for accents.  Recently, bamboo has become one of the greenest, renewable resources for healthy flooring.Recycle Those WallsYes, your Dallas hotel’s walls can be green.  Over one hundred wall coverings, made of 100% pre-consumer recycled content, are available to fit the color and style needs of the hotel.  The stylish coverings release minimal pollutants into the air and have self-adhesive backing, which means […]

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Turning Your Dallas Business Green

There’s no way to have missed the news that Dallas has gone green if you live there; a Dallas mayor (Mayor Laura Miller) helped form the Texas Clean Air Cities Coalition in the summer of 2006.  April 9th, 2008, the Dallas City Council passed a comprehensive green building standard for all new construction.  What about previous construction?Tips For Dallas Business OwnersIf you want your business to be a part of turning Dallas green, these tips can help achieve that goal without putting a big hole in your bottom line:•    Offer incentives for employees to join the Try Parking It Program.  Incentives don’t have to be in money; for example, offering an extra fifteen-minute break to the employee with the highest number of miles saved per month can produce results as well as cash.•    Start the ball rolling – trade in your gas-guzzler for a hybrid vehicle.  Contrary to popular belief, not all hybrids are expensive, […]

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Greener Shopping in Dallas Texas

Dallas, Texas is taking the latest advances in green technology very seriously.  Over the next five years, City Hall intends to grandfather out the use of plastic and paper shopping bags.  Why such a long phase-out?  People are well into the habit of assuming the bag is part of the purchase.  Moving to a bring-your-own-bag forethought is going to be quite a change for most people.When you consider that plastic shopping bags are not solely the by-product of groceries, but also include many other items purchased from stores that sell hardware, clothing, whole foods and medical supplies, it isn’t any wonder why they are found blowing around the environment.Green programs that require the return or exchange of plastic and paper bags are rare in the American culture.  The excess of plastic shopping bags can be found trapping fish and strangling diving birds that go for the plastic-wrapped fish.Part of the Dallas plan to oust plastic […]

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Dillo Dirt in Dallas

Almost 8 million tons of wastewater is produced in the state of Texas each year.  This includes sewage and water from residential, industrial and commercial drains.  It isn’t all bad; greener treatment of waste from toilets and sewers produces a sustainable source of compost, called dry sludge.Sludge is a thick mud left over after bacteria have digested sewage and human wastes deposited into septic systems.  Untreated sewage contains chemical elements and toxins.  Pollutants and pesticides from run-off into open drainage grates contaminate our wastewater.  Beneficial bacteria clean and filter the sewage.  This leaves a sustainable sludge behind which is left to dry before entering any landfill or used in an application with the land.   Texas produces about 650 000 tons of environmentally-friendly, dried sludge per year.The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulates treatment of sewage and sludge to make it useful.  Elements such as phosphorous and nitrogen are beneficial to soil.  Sludge can also be […]

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Dallas Seeks Ways to Reduce Urban Heat Island

Dallas has started an initiative to reduce the effects of its urban heat island. Urban heat islands are created when city level wooded areas and re-route water paths to build buildings. The result is a considerably higher air temperature, lower air quality, and storm water run-off.

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