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Posted on: March 30, 2017

City Takes Leadership Position With “Green” Initiatives

West Irving Library's large solar array helps it meet its"net-zero" designation.

Photo: West Irving Library's large solar array helps it meet its"net-zero" designation.

Irving continues to embrace environmental stewardship and promote conservation. Notable actions help it remain a leader in North Texas:

  • The West Irving Library is a “net-zero” building. Large solar array and its energy-efficient geothermal heating and cooling system means the building has a zero net energy consumption when taking a 12-month average. The library also is recognized as a Green Power Partner through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • The South Irving Library has two energy-saving elements: an energy-efficient geothermal heating and cooling system and self-tinting windows. The second-floor windows reduce solar radiation and glare, allowing more natural daylight in the building while using less energy.
  • Ten electric vehicle Level 2 charging stations are located at city facilities: Four are located at Irving City Hall, four at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas and two at the West Irving Library.
  • The Water Utilities Department promotes water conservation and irrigation system leak detection service through outreach programs.
  • The city focuses on installing native and adapted plants in parks, medians and beds throughout city facilities to reduce water consumption.
  • Irving celebrates 8 years as a Tree City U.S.A. accreditation. The Tree Board helped develop an ordinance to guarantee proper treatment and evaluation of urban forestry. Irving’s Tree Farm is part of the city’s “Tree City U.S.A.” efforts.
  • Award-winning Keep Irving Beautiful ?  an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful — reaches out to and partners with all sectors of Irving including business, church, cultural, neighborhood and civic organizations.
  • The Green Advisory Board is a council appointed board to provide recommendations to the City Council concerning matters of sustainability and ecological significance to ensure that Irving promotes environmental stewardship now and in the future.
  • Three city buildings are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified: South Irving Library is Certified; the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas is Silver and the West Irving Library is Gold.

Visit CityofIrving.org/BeGreen to learn more about programs, events and classes. In addition, find in-depth information and downloadable materials.

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