The 9 county Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is designated a
moderate ozone non attainment area under the 1997 8 hour ozone
standard. The DFW Metroplex continues to achieve decreasing trends in
ambient ozone and its precursor emissions, NOx and VOC. A summary of
control strategies and reduction estimates is published in DFW Eight-Hour Ozone Non-attainment Area Attainment Demonstration adopted May 2007.
Plano is the contractor for the North Texas Municipal Water District regional
composting program. Plano accepts material from Allen, Frisco, Plano
and Richardson residential collections and wood from Green Builder
programs operating in Frisco and Plano.
Frito-lay Headquarters Earns LEED Gold Certification
Plano's Frito-Lay headquarters is the only existing building in Texas
to receive the distinction and one of only 12 corporate headquarters
nationally to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design recognition. Frito-Lay is also the city of Plano's number 1
recycling customer with more than 70% of the company's waste
being diverted from the landfill.
Plano is Committed to Sustainable Living
In 2007, the City of Plano led by example in adopting a sustainable
building policy to demonstrate Plano’s commitment to the environment.
The City uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) rating system to achieve the highest
level of LEED Certification possible for all city facilities.
Texas was the first state in the nation to establish an Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) policy requiring utilities to meet electric and gas energy savings targets.