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Livability and Transportation: Green Initiatives

A Green Street in Portland, ORThe North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) promotes Green Initiatives which include the planning and construction of green or sustainable infrastructure in the region to aid in the reduction of carbon emissions, Urban Heat Islands, and stormwater runoff. The use of green infrastructure components and techniques can increase sustainable connectivity between compatible land uses and reduce the ecological footprint of development in the region.

When Developing Green Initiatives, Communities Can:

  • Evaluate the civic and environmental impact of infrastructure projects/components
  • Consider long term cost effectiveness of Infrastructure Components

Green Initiatives Can:

  • Reduce or help mitigate environmental degradation often caused by traditional public infrastructure
  • Promote green building materials and construction practices, and energy efficient architecture
  • Reduce carbon emissions/ regional carbon footprint

Green Initiatives

 Local Examples:

 NCTCOG has funded a number of infrastructure projects through the Sustainable Development Funding Program that utilize green infrastructure components or strategies. Below are some examples:

 The Green at College Park – Arlington College Town, Arlington, Texas

Located adjacent to the University of Texas at Arlington campus on Mitchell Street and Center Street.

Green Infrastructure:

  • Permeable Pavement on walkways
  • Bio-retention drainage area planted with native vegetation to reduce storm water runoff, filter pollutants
  • Paving materials have a Solar Reflection Index (SRI) of 29 or greater to reduce the heat island effect
  • Shade trees to reduce the heat island effect
Greenscaping at UT Arlington, TX
Image of Thomasson Sq., Mesquite TX

Thomasson Square, Mesquite, Texas (in design phase)

Located on Gus Thomasson Road

 Green Infrastructure:

  • Bio-swales with native vegetation in the median of the roadway to help drainage and filter runoff
  • Bio-retention area between roadway and sidewalks for additional drainage and pedestrian safety
  • Shade trees to reduce the heat island effect

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