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Commit to evaluate, comply and improve environmental standards;Outline strategies to minimize impacts on the environment;Protect natural resources by managing our activities;Promote and continually improve the efficient use of resources;Educate others;Look for ways to live in a safe and healthy community; andLead as a proactive model within the region.
As an organization, the City has adopted several green policies throughout the years:
Idling Policy for City Vehicles: Vehicle idling is restricted however, it is allowed for safety, emergency response, vehicle maintenance, equipment activity, warm-up/operations in cold temperatures, and manufacturer recommended minimum idle/warm-up times. Environmental Management System (EMS): An Environmental Management System is the City of Coppell's systematic approach to consider environmental impacts in routine decision-making and day-to-day operations, through establishing a framework for tracking, evaluating and communicating environmental performance.Clean Fleet Ordinance: The Clean Fleet Ordinance directs our efforts with regard to vehicle procurement, maintenance and operations. It is designed to lower the organization's impact on the environment, specifically air quality. A compliance reporting aspect is also included. Purchasing Policy: The City shall makes every effort to purchase and use materials, products and services that are economically responsible, that support the organization's economic, environmental and social goals and that reduce resource consumption and waste within federal, state, and local laws. Solid Waste Ordinance: The Solid Waste Ordinance directs the contract for citywide collection, hauling, and disposal of solid waste and processing of single stream residential and City recycling, including recycling yard trimmings. Storm Water Management Plan: The Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) addresses six minimum control measures as required by state regulations. The minimum control measures, when implemented in concert, are expected to result in significant reductions of pollutants discharged into receiving water bodies citywide. The six MS4 program minimum control measures are:• Public Education and Outreach;• Public Participation/Involvement;• Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination;• Construction Site Runoff Control;• Post-Construction Runoff Control;• Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping.Stormwater Quality Management and Illicit Discharge Code: This ordinance provides protection of the quality of stormwater runoff into the municipal separate storm sewer system. Xeriscaping/Texas Smartscape Ordinance Amendments: In January 2012, the plant palette of the Zoning Ordinance was revised. Additions and deletions were made to the plant palette based on water usage, drought & heat tolerance and disease resistance. This influences the plant types used in all non-residential applications citywide.To see other ecofriendly initiatives sponsored by the City of Coppell, visit coppelltx.gov/sustainability.