Plano Sustainability

The City of Plano is committed to sustainable living through active promotion, ongoing outreach, and community services.

The Sustainability & Environmental Education Division (SEED) of the Environmental Health & Sustainability Department is responsible for coordinating and implementing sustainability initiatives and programs organizationally and community-wide.

SEED’s mission is to educate and engage the community in sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.  This is accomplished with two teams.

Sustainability Team Responsibilities:

•  Environmental performance measures and reporting
•  Sustainability policies, programs and initiatives related to         operational processes and objectives
•  Community partnerships and those with regional impact
•  Measures requiring state or national compliance

Environmental Education & Community Outreach Team Responsibilities:

•  Education and outreach to all community audiences regarding water, energy, air quality, recycling, composting, gardening, green building, littering and sustainable lifestyle practices
•  Oversee Environmental Education Center facility and programs

Notable Achievements (2007-2016)

• STAR Communities – 4 STAR Rating

• 2x- Excellence in Sustainability Award
National Environmental Health Association (

•  3x- 1st Place, Governor’s Community Achievement Award
Keep Texas Beautiful (

•  2x- Partner of the Year, Air North Texas
North Central Texas Council of Governments

•  1st Place, Outstanding Environmental Education at the Local Level Award, North American Association for Environmental Education

•  Green Ribbon Award, Environmental Education Center – LEED Public Project of the Year, USGBC North Texas Chapter

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J.C. Penney headquarters receives LEED Gold certification 

JCPenney's 1.9 million square-foot corporate headquarters received the designation after the company spent five years retrofitting lighting systems with more efficient lamps. In addition, JCPenney installed occupancy sensors, reduced daily air conditioning and lighting usage, upgraded plumbing fixtures, adjusted fountain pumps and landscape lighting and brought green cleaning products into its daily scheme.  The campus also is recognized for using environmentally conscious materials and for building a natural landscape that is composed of Texas wildflowers, prairie grasses and drought-tolerant trees and shrubs. (8/10/10)

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 one recycling customer with more than 70 percent of the company's waste being diverted from the landfill.

Dr Pepper Snapple Turns Its Green HQ Into Gold

Dr Pepper Snapple Group's (DPS) headquarters achieved LEED-Gold certification for a multi-use building by the U.S. Green Building Council. The implementation of sustainable building practices enabled the company to reduce the building operating budget by 25%.  (7/18/12)

To read the DPS press release, Click Here