Dallas’ residents participated in meetings and a community-wide survey in May 2019. The City compiled the feedback regarding concerns and ideas for the Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP). You can read about the process and the results on our website, DallasClimateAction.com. In this survey we have combined your initial ideas, with best practices that can help communities mitigate and prepare for climate change and improve environmental sustainability and the quality of life for all residents. To move this effort forward, we would like to take a deeper dive to understand how you think these ideas could be implemented most effectively. The content in this survey does not cover the comprehensive list of actions to be considered by the CECAP, and we are also engaging businesses and landlords to identify opportunities for actions.
Energy Efficiency of Your Home

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* 1. During the first round of public meetings Dallas residents said one of the most concerning building-related issues were old and poorly insulated buildings. Please rank your top three factors that would encourage you to improve the energy efficiency of your home and reduce energy costs.

Improvements may include energy efficient heating and cooling systems, improved insulation, care of mature trees, and the usage of energy efficient light bulbs and appliances.

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* 2. Please describe ways the City, residents, or businesses can improve the efficiency of homes.

Where our Energy Comes From

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* 3. During the first round of public meetings, Dallas residents said one of the most concerning energy-related issues were that 75% of electricity is produced by coal and natural gas-powered plants. Select the top three factors that would encourage you to use more renewable energy sources.

  If it was more affordable If I had more information If I saved money on my utility bills If my friends and family were participating If I was a home owner rather than a renter I have already taken action I am not interested 
Installation of solar panels
Purchasing renewable energy through an electric provider
Paying higher rates for a 100% renewable plan

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* 4. Please share ways the City, residents, or businesses can use more renewable energy sources.

Modes of Transportation

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* 5. During the first round of public meetings we noted that nearly 80% of Dallasites drive to work in single occupancy vehicles. Dallas residents said one of the most concerning transportation-related issues were that current transit service doesn’t meet their needs. Participants further identified challenges such as convenience, coverage, safety, and affordability. To overcome these challenges the most popular ideas included better infrastructure for biking and walking, and more frequent bus and train service.

Please rank your top three factors that would encourage you to participate in alternate commuting if your employer was supportive.

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* 6. What could encourage the City, residents, or businesses to use more public transit, or bike and walk more?

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* 7. Please rank your top three factors that would encourage you to purchase or lease an electric/alternate fuel vehicle.

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* 8. What other ways can the City, residents, or businesses switch to electric/alternate fuel vehicles?

Reducing Trash and Plastic

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* 9. During the first round of public meetings Dallas residents said some of the most concerning waste-related issues were related to plastic waste and littering. The most popular ideas to overcome these concerns were to implement a citywide organic waste composting facility and provide educational programs on composting and recycling in schools.

Which of the initiatives listed are you likely to support and participate in to reduce waste, recycle, and compost?

  I strongly support this idea I am neutral about this option I strongly disagree with this idea N/A
Refilling stations at grocery stores that offer discounts for additional product purchases and payments for recycled items
City collection of yard waste to create available mulch and compost
The required separation of brush and bulk trash items
City provided education on how to properly participate in the City’s recycling program
City enforced rules (such as warnings, fines, or training) for placing non-recyclable materials in recycling bins
Mandatory recycling options for businesses to provide for customers, employees, and internal operations

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* 10. What other ways can the City, residents, or businesses participate in waste reduction, recycling, and composting?

Water Resources

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* 11. During the first round of public meetings Dallas residents said some of the most concerning water resource issues were that lawns and golf courses consume too much water and that there’s a worry regarding the quality of lake, stream, and pond water. The most popular ideas to overcome these concerns included the promotion of plants that require less water and pollution prevention.

For each initiative, please select the top three responses that would encourage you to conserve water and prepare for drought.

  If it was more affordable If I had more information about it If I saved money on my water bills If my friends and family were participating If I was a home owner rather than a renter I have already taken action
Upgrade to high-efficiency low-flow fixtures (e.g., sink faucets, shower head) in your home
Upgrade to water efficient appliances in your home
Install rainwater collection barrels/cisterns for your property
Upgrade to an efficient outdoor irrigation system for your lawn
Plant drought tolerant and native landscaping (low irrigation) at your property
Install a smart sprinkler controller and/or efficient sprinklers
Participate in home audits to identify ways to reduce water use and bills
Install rain gardens
Replace concrete with permeable pavers

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* 12. If you are a renter, how can the City encourage your landlord to implement water or building efficieny upgrades/improvements?

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* 13. What other ways can the City, residents, or businesses conserve more water and prepare for drought?

Local Food and Urban Landscapes

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* 14. During the first round of public meetings, Dallas residents said one of the most concerning issues related to food and urban agriculture were that the food available for purchase is not sourced locally.

Which of the initiatives listed are you likely to support and participate in?

  I strongly agree with this idea I am neutral about this idea I strongly disagree with this idea I am already doing this
Participate in a community vegetable garden program through local schools, recreation centers, and parks
Make a weekly purchase of local produced delivered to home and/or work
Enroll in a city sponsored workshop to learn how to effectively grow your own food
Participate in a workshop to learn how to plant and care for trees on my property
Plant trees on my property
Participate in a backyard pollinator habitat program
Participate in a back-yard composting program

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* 15. What other ways can the City, residents, or businesses buy locally and/or grow their own produce?

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* 16. What  other ways can the City, residents, or businesses expand and protect our urban ecosystems (e.g. trees, forests, parks)?

Adapting to Climate Change

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* 17. During the first round of public meetings, one of the popular solutions to prepare for extreme weather events in Dallas were to make structural or physical changes to property. Residents gave examples such as planting trees in their backyards and improving drainage around their property.

For each initiative, please select the response that would encourage you to make the following updates.

  If it was more affordable If I had more information about it If my friends and family were participating If I was a home owner rather than a renter I have already taken action I do not think this is necessary
Plant more trees to provide shade
Care for mature trees that shade my home/property
Upgrade roofing to materials that absorb less heat
Make my home energy efficient
Install local drains on my property to reduce flood risk
Insure property against flooding through home or renters’ insurance
Insure property against tornado and hail damage
Install hose pipes around foundations to protect against drought
Increase drought tolerant landscaping
Install a smart sprinkler controller or efficient sprinklers

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* 18. If you are a renter, have you discussed topics of extreme weather events with your landlord?

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* 19. What other ways can the City, residents, or businesses prepare for extreme weather events such as hailstorms, tornadoes, drought, heatwaves and floods?

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* 20. Please rank your top three most trusted sources of information.

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* 21. Please share any additional comments on CECAP goals and objectives.

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