8 Tips for a Reduced-Emissions Road Trip

Nothing exemplifies an American summer quite like a road trip. What better way to spend long, sunny days than seeing the USA by automobile? Because the act of driving lies at the heart of a road trip, this type of journey isn’t always the best for air quality and the environment. However, there are ways to experience this classic type of adventure while reducing emissions and implementing sustainable practices. Map it out. Make sure you plan your route in advance to avoid wrong turns and extra mileage. Put it on cruise. Maintaining a consistent speed by using cruise control will give you better gas mileage. Pack lightly. The heavier your vehicle is, the worse your gas mileage will be. Nix th

Limited Time! No Cost Solar Technical Assistance Available to North Central Texas Communities

NCTCOG is proud to serve as a SolSmart technical advisor to four North Central Texas cities: Plano, Kennedale, Denton, and Cedar Hill. These four communities are helping to lead the region, and the country, in adopting solar best practices and showing that they’re open for solar business. NCTCOG is looking for more communities—cities and counties—to participate in this program, to help meet the national goal of designating 300 communities as solar friendly. For more information, visit www.GoSolarTexas.org and select “SolSmart” in the top menu.

Survey: Long-Range Transportation Priorities

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has begun developing Mobility 2045, the next long-range transportation plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The plan will define a 27-year vision for the region’s multimodal transportation system, guide spending of federal and state transportation funds, and address air quality and quality of life issues. Planners are seeking input and hope to receive comments regarding regional priorities from the public, local governments, and transportation partners. The first survey for Mobility 2045 is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/m2045. Print copies will be mailed upon request. Draft recommendations are expected to be available in spring 20

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