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September, 2009
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As the only 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to encouraging voluntary efforts to improve air quality in North Texas, the Clean Air Coalition believes that business can both positively impact the environment and earn a profit.  Originally founded in response to local air quality challenges, especially ozone pollution, the Clean Air Coalition has educated, engaged, and recognized the thousands of companies within its nine-county service area.
 
This newsletter is designed to give you a glimpse into the import work being done by the Coalition, founding members, transit partners, and like-minded businesses in the North Texas region who are doing their share for cleaner air.  We encourage your participation in this important effort. 
2009 Working for Clean Air
 Award Application
DEADLINE - SEPTEMBER 15TH 
 
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The North Texas Clean Air Coalition is proud to offer the Working for Clean Air Awards to the business community.  Many of you have been recipients of the prestigious award in the past.  We appreciate all the hard work and dedication you have put into your clean air programs at your place of business.
 
In 2009, the Clean Air Coalition will once again be awarding the Working for Clean Air Awards to businesses that do their share for cleaner air in commuter initiatives, fleet operations, business operations, community initiatives and of course the Employer of the Year award.  This year we will also be awarding the 2009 Commuter Challenge award to an individual who has had the most reduction in vehicle miles traveled.  As an employer, those miles will work to your advantage by being calculated in your overall result as the TryParkingIt.com Employer of the Year. 
  
We appreciate your continued committement to this important initiative and doing your share for cleaner air! 

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 Deadline is September 15, 2009.
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2009 Working for Clean AirTM Award Ceremonies  
            
Western Region Event
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Chesapeake Plaza
Fort Worth, Texas
11:30 am. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:  State Rep. Vicki Truitt 
 
Sponsors                
Platinum Sponsor           Gold Sponsor
Chesapeake             The T 
 
Media Silver Sponsor            Blue Skies Sponsors
Fort Worth Business Press     TXU Energy     DCTA Logo
 
Eastern Region Event
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Eddie Deen's Ranch
Dallas, Texas
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:  State Rep. Carol Kent 
 
Sponsors
Gold Sponsor
DART Logo 
Blue Skies Sponsors
TXU Energy   Sept Event Update
Award application now available on-line. click mouse
Deadline to submit application is September 15, 2009.
Sponsor Opportunities are still available.  click mouse
 
New to the 2009 Working for Clean Air Award events is the presentation of the Air North Texas Partner of the Year award presented by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.  Together we are Working for Cleaner Air!
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THANK YOU!  
Let's Do Lunch
Thank you to our Sponsor, Host and Guest Speaker for making the last Let's Do Lunch in the 2009 Series a huge success.
Special Guest Speaker
Jonathan Feinstein
Project Coordinator CSR, imc2
Presenting imc2 approach to
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
 
Lunch Sponsored and Hosted by

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Thank you to all the attendees and exhibitors for your valuable time and great contribution to this event.  We look forward to working with all of you in the future doing our share for cleaner air! 
 
If you would like more information on upcoming events go to www.workingforcleanair.org or contact
Jennifer W. Cohen, Project Director
North Texas Clean Air Coalition
817.690.1921 direct line or
jennifer@workingforcleanair.org 

DART Green Line debut restores rail service to neighborhood, marks start of rapid expansion
 
GreenLineThe return of rail service to Deep Ellum, Baylor, Fair Park and South Dallas after an absence of more than 50 years will bring new opportunities for development and offer new destinations to thousands of new passengers when the first four stations of the 20-station, 28-mile Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line open on September 14.

At one point up to four rail lines connected these communities and those around them with the greater Dallas area. Now the first three-mile section of the $1.8 billion Green Line will extend from Pearl Station on the east side of Downtown Dallas to Deep Ellum Station, Baylor University Medical Center Station, Fair Park Station (at the intersection of Parry and Exposition) and the MLK, Jr. Station, adjacent to the J. B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center on the west side of Fair Park. Daily service to Victory Station at the American Airlines Center will also begin September 14.

The remaining 25 miles of the Green Line, scheduled to open in December 2010, will extend southeast from Downtown Dallas to Pleasant Grove and northwest from Victory Station to the Dallas Market Center, the Southwestern Medical District, Love Field Airport and downtown Farmers Branch and Carrollton.

The Green Line is the longest light rail project under construction in North America, requiring more than 2,200 construction workers daily. As of August 2009, more than 8,000,000 man-hours have been invested in the project. To promote safety during construction, nearly 9,000 workers have participated in DART's Construction Safety Education & Security program where workers receive specialized training in transit construction safety. DART developed the course in English and Spanish for use throughout the construction of the Green, Orange and Blue Lines.
 
Story provided by DART. For additional details go to www.dart.org

ECO-AROUND TOWN!

Events and Meetings in the North Texas Region promoting clean air and other green initiatives.  Mark your calendar...
 

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Benefiting the Texas Trees Foundation
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Green DallasGreen Festival
 
Presented by the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality.
Sunday, September 20, 2009 
11 am - 3 pm.
Bath House Cultural Center
 
50+ Green Lifestyle Booths
Eco-Friendly Food
Games & Arts n' Crafts
Electric Car Demos
Smart Car Sweeptsakes
Free Energy Audits
For more information go to www.greendallas.net
 
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EcofestEco Fest Arlington
 
September 19, 2-11 pm
Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion 
Arlington, Texas
Sponsored by Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Market
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DART Green Line Debuts
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The North Texas Clean Air Coalition is the only non-profit 501c3 organization in the region dedicated solely to encouraging voluntary efforts to improve air quality  in North Texas through educating, engaging, and recognizing the business community.
 
Recognizing the potential dangers and economic consequences the region could face if we failed to achieve clean air compliance, the North Texas Commission, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Regional Chamber, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments founded the North Texas Clean Air Coalition in 1993.  The T, DART, and DCTA joined shortly thereafter.  In 2008, the Clean Air Coalition became a 501c3 non-profit serving the nine-county nonattainment area. 

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Every day cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles emit harmful vapors into the air we breathe. In fact, they belch 184 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen) oxides (NOx) that create "bad" ozone. It's enough to make a person choke. And it does-especially during Ozone Season! But YOU can do something about it. A simple change in your commuting habits is all it takes.  Visit 
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2009 Clean Air Bike Rally
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September 26th
 9:00 a.m.
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Cathy Altman, Chairman
NTCAC 2008 & 2009
Ms. Altman is currenty in her second term as Chaiman for the Coalition.  Ms. Altman blends her passion for the environment with her extensive knowledge as a Partner at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal Law Firm in Dallas to lead the organization for the past two-years.  During her tenure the Coalition has acquired 501c3 non-profit status and adopted a three-year strategic plan just to name of few of the many accomplishments. 
When not in the office, attending Coalition meetings and events, or at her many speaking engagements, Ms. Altman can be found in Midlothian with her husband and three children. 
 
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2009 Sponsors of the Clean Air Coalition
 
Sustaining Sponsor
Chesapeake
 
Assisting Sponsors

Ash Grove Texas, L. P.
North Texas Tollway Authority
Raytheon
 
Contributing Sponsors
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P. ● Clean Energy Fuels
Half Price Books ●HKS Architects ● Lockheed Martin
City of Midlothian ● The T ● Turner Construction
 
Friends of The Coalition
DCTA
Energy Future Holdings
Freese and Nichols, Inc. 
Priority Power Management
 
In-Kind Contributors
Concussion, LLP ● DART ●Denton County Transportation Authority●imc2●  North Central Texas Council of Governments ●Peterbilt Motors ●Texas Christian University
The T ● WFAA-TV/Project Green