May's Be Air Aware Message

May is a busy month for the topic of air quality. Not only is May designated to be Clean Air Month, but May 1-5 is also Air Quality Awareness Week. Clean Air Month is supported by the American Lung Association and Air Quality Awareness Week is hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control. The overarching theme for May is being air aware. The observances of both events will encourage people from all over the country to take steps to help improve air quality. Why is it important to observe these air quality related events? Air quality affects everyone and the environment. Whether you’re highly sensitive to ai

Transportation Public Meetings

Learn about transportation in the region and help set priorities for the future. The Regional Transportation Council and the North Central Texas Council of Governments are seeking input at 6:00 pm May 9 in Richardson, 2:30 pm May 10 in Arlington, and 6:00 pm May 15 in North Richland Hills. The Arlington public meeting will be livestreamed, and a video recording will be available online at www.nctcog.org/input.

A brightening future for LED Street Lights in North Central Texas?

The benefits of light emitting diode (LED) street lights for municipal purposes are many: 1) They’re longer lasting—an LED light can last up to 100,000 hours; 2) They don’t contain toxic chemicals like mercury and lead; 3) They’re highly energy efficient—they use only 15 percent of the energy of an incandescent bulb while generating more light per watt!; and 4) They can serve as the backbone for smart city elements such as monitoring systems capable of detecting crowds, car crashes, gun shots, monitoring air quality, and more. For some North Central Texas cities, the benefits of transitioning street lighting to LEDs are already being seen. For the City of Arlington, their transition to LEDs

Fleet Discounts on Alternative Fuels!

North Texas public fleets have an opportunity to get substantial discounts on alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) for next year! Find out how at the Fleets for the Future Bootcamp on May 24 from 10 am – 2 pm to learn how your fleet can participate and benefit from this unique regional procurement process! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 17 to bmuller@nctcog.org or (817) 695-9299 to ensure an accurate head count for lunch orders. Learn more at www.nctcog/f4f.

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