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Green Resources

Green Resources

In the middle of a big city, the natural world can feel far away, but we've gathered some local resources in Houston and Dallas that are focused on creating a healthier environment starting right where they are in the concrete jungle. Stop by and find out more about how you can get involved.

Houston Resources

The city hailed as the oil and gas capital of the world is now a place where environmental initiatives abound. The EPA named the City of Houston the No. 1 municipal purchaser of green power and a crucial leader in the alternative energy trend. Here's how you can get in on the eco-friendly action.

Green Houston Businesses

Houston Recycling

Recycling Symbols Explained

When separating out your items to be recycled, you’ll need to understand the different recycling symbols on everyday items. Recyclenow.com offers a guide to understanding the labels.

Local Recycling Information

Green Places to Visit


  • Discovery Green is an example of environmental best practices applied to a public park that has become the centerpiece of downtown Houston. This park offers something for every member of the family—including dogs.
  • Bayou Bend is Texas’ largest all-organic garden – with 14 acres of landscaped gardens and natural woodlands.
  • Children’s Museum of Houston offers recycling throughout its galleries, and utilizes solar panels and biodegradable containers for concessions.
  • Houston Zoo supports world-wide conservation programs, including recycling and reduced consumption of paper and plastic products.
  • The Heritage Society is a collection of nine historic structures restored using reclaimed materials.

Green Apps

My Green Apps

Get a comprehensive list of more than 290 apps to help you understand and protect the environment, compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Just a sample of the standouts you’ll find here:

iRecycle

Find local, convenient recycling opportunities with access to more than 1.6 million ways to recycle 350+ materials.

Light Bulb Finder

Named one of the best green apps by the EPA, Light Bulb Finder lets you determine cost savings by switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.

One Small Act

Track all the little things you do for the environment, and discover how your impact compares to other’s.

JouleBug

Loaded with tips and info about how to save energy in your everyday life, the app’s creator claims you can save an average of $200 a year by following their advice.

Locavore

Find good, local food to avoid the pollution and resources it takes to transport foods from far away.

Source: epa.gov

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Dallas Resources

Big things are always happening in Dallas, and now the city is gaining large-scale recognition as a leader in green building and sustainability. As residents and organizations alike turn up the heat on the green revolution, it's easier than ever to get involved.  

Green Dallas Businesses

  • Check out the City of Dallas’s Green Dallas site for everything green, including events, guides, educational tools and projects.
  • GreenSourceDFW.org brings together environmental groups, green businesses and the community as a means to communicate green initiatives in the area.
  • Greentowns.com celebrates local green initiatives and serves as a place to share knowledge about successful green approaches.
  • Findgreen411.com supports and promotes local green businesses that offer innovative products and services that fulfill society’s needs while contributing to the well-being of our planet.

Dallas Recycling

Recycling Symbols Explained

When separating out your items to be recycled, you’ll need to understand the different recycling symbols on everyday items. Recyclenow.com offers a guide to understanding the labels.

Local Recycling Information

Green Places to Visit

  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is one of the world’s premier gardens that provides outstanding opportunities for environmental education and research.
  • Klyde Warren Park is an urban, 5.2-acre deck park built over a freeway in downtown Dallas. A highly active space, the park provides free programming ranging from yoga to book signings to outdoor concerts.
  • The Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers eco-friendly exhibits and events for fun-seekers of all ages.
  • Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders. The gardens are maintained using sustainable methods to protect the environment and were the first certified 100% organic public gardens in the state.
  • Trinity River Audubon Center is the first LEED-certified building constructed by the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Its green features include a vegetated roof, rainwater collection system, energy-efficient systems and recycled materials.

Green Apps

My Green Apps

Get a comprehensive list of more than 290 apps to help you understand and protect the environment, compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Just a sample of the standouts you’ll find here:

iRecycle

Find local, convenient recycling opportunities with access to more than 1.6 million ways to recycle 350+ materials.

Light Bulb Finder

Named one of the best green apps by the EPA, Light Bulb Finder lets you determine cost savings by switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.

One Small Act

Track all the little things you do for the environment, and discover how your impact compares to other’s.

JouleBug

Loaded with tips and info about how to save energy in your everyday life, the app’s creator claims you can save an average of $200 a year by following their advice.

Locavore

Find good, local food to avoid the pollution and resources it takes to transport foods from far away.

Source: epa.gov

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