Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, not just for your significant other but for friends and family as well. And while Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly the most environmentally friendly of holidays, fortunately, the market for green products is expanding every day, so you’re not short of any quality products. So, this year, consider loving mother nature as well! Take care of the atmosphere by incorporating small habits to improve air quality. Here are some tips to help you plan a greener Valentine’s Day: Cook a home-made meal. Do you plan on hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner for your loved ones? Consider cooking up a home-made meal using ingredients from your local farmers market. By shop

Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program (TxVEMP) Accepting Applications for Refuse Vehicle

The second round of funding for projects under the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program (TxVEMP) to replace or repower a variety of vehicles used to haul waste, including garbage trucks, roll-off trucks, dump trucks, sweeper trucks, chipper trucks, and grapple trucks, remains open. Approximately $8.3 million in funding is available and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Local governments are eligible to receive up to 80% funding for replacements and repowers. Due to the variety of eligible vehicles, cities that contract out waste hauling services may still be able to take advantage of available funds. Approximately $2.3 million has already been requested and fu

Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program (LDPLIP)

Rebates are available statewide for eligible light-duty motor vehicles purchased or leased in Texas on or after September 1, 2019. Rebates of up to $5,000 are available for up to 1,000 eligible compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane) vehicles. Rebates of up to $2,500 are available for up to 2,000 eligible electric drive (plug-in or plug-in hybrid) or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Applications will be accepted and considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all available rebates have been awarded. Applications will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2021. Apply today at www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/terp/ld.html.

DCTA Completes Construction of A-Train Rail Trail

The Denton County Transportation Authority’s (DCTA) 19-mile A-train Rail Trail is now complete following years of construction. The final construction project phase connecting Highland Village/Lewisville Lake station to downtown Lewisville was complete at the end of December 2019. The A-train Rail Trail runs alongside the agency’s commuter rail line and was designed to complement its surroundings and adjacent facilities. Pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy a safe and fun travel experience on DCTA's A-train Rail Trail that connects all five A-train stations from the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) all the way to the Hebron station in Lewisville. With scenic views and easy accessibility,

Sustainability for the New Year

A new year also means a new beginning and a list of resolutions to make! Kick off the new year by incorporating small habits to help improve air quality. To get started, here are some small, easy, and sustainable resolutions that you can include: Carry around a tote bag or reusable grocery bag. Plastic bags are the second most prevalent form of litter found in landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), landfills receive 26.8 million tons of plastic. Generating plastic is also harmful to our atmosphere since it is made up of chemicals such as benzene and vinyl hydrochloride. Always keep reusable and foldable reusable grocery bags in your vehicle, bicycle, backpack or p

2019 DFW Clean Cities Fleet Recognition Awardees Announced!

On December 17, the DFW Clean Cities (DFWCC) held their Annual Meeting and Fleet Recognition Awards featuring presentations from industry leaders Ingevity and GPS Insight. Each year entities from across the region submit a DFWCC Annual Survey which is an opportunity to showcase the work fleets are doing to improve vehicle efficiency and alternative fuel use. Fleets are scored based upon the information provided in their annual survey and are eligible to achieve a Fleet Recognition Award. At this year’s Annual Meeting, there were seven bronze awardees, 11 silver awardees and for the first time, three gold awardees. Our 2019 DFW Clean Cities Annual Survey will be rolling out in January 2020 an

VW Settlement Funding Remains Available for Refuse Haulers

Approximately $6 million from the Volkswagen settlement is still available to help local governments make their fleets of refuse haulers more fuel efficient is still available. The Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program recently opened the next round of funding for projects, making $8.3 million available to replace or repower garbage trucks, recycling trucks, roll-off trucks, dump trucks, grapple trucks, and chipper trucks. Local governments are eligible to receive up to 80% funding for replacements and repowers. An eligible refuse vehicle must: · Have a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,001 pounds · Be powered by a diesel engine of model year 1992-2009 ·

Interstate Highway 45 Zero Emission Vehicle Corridor Deployment Plan

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) was selected to receive funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to create a plan for the build-out of electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure along Interstate 45. This is a critical step to transition this highway into a Zero-Emission Vehicle Corridor and enable emissions-free travel, with focus on the freight sector. NCTCOG, in cooperation with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), will develop a stakeholder group that includes fleet end-users, hydrogen and electric vehicle industry representatives, research groups, and utilities. This initiative is part of a longer-term, broad view of IH-45

Grant Funding Available for Alternative Fuel Facilities

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has up to $12 million in grants available for the construction of new alternative fueling facilities or the expansion of existing facilities to provide new services or fueling capacity. Eligible fuel types include compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, biodiesel, methanol, hydrogen, and electricity. Applications are due March 18, 2020. Here are the funding details: · Up to $400,000 for a CNG or LNG project · Up to $600,000 for a combined CNG and LNG project · Up to 50% or $600,000 for all other fuels To see full project eligibility requirements and application details visit: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/ter

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