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20th Anniversary of Health Care Without Harm and Dallas Sustainability

I realize that one may not automatically envision a clear link to environmental sustainability when they think of the city of Dallas, Texas, but I am here to let you know that times are changing and Dallas has stepped up their sustainability game! On the 20th Anniversary of Health Care Without Harm, CleanMed is excited to partner with Dallas and the Omni hotel for our largest conference event ever and we wanted to give you a glance at some of the good work the city and hotel are putting forth to make sure we have an incredible experience.

  • The Dallas Bikeway System allows for the implementation of a 1,296-mile network incorporating new and existing pathways for citizens preferring alternate forms of transportation. City Forestry programs promote tree planting projects and cultivate foresters with basic knowledge of tree skills to act as advocates for Dallas’ urban forests.
  • In 2011, DFW ranked 10th among the nation’s 100-largest metropolitan areas in green job creation. In addition, the city of Dallas is among the top purchasers of green energy, ranks #3 on the EPA’s list of ‘Top 20 local government partners’ and #15 on the ‘National Top 50’ list.
  • Dallas is the first city in the United States to be ISO 14001 certified across all major operations. ISO 14001 is an international environmental standard which sets environmental goals for organizations and communities to exceed environmental compliance, and continually improve and reduce the impact of their operations on the environment.
  • Our “Harvest for Change” dinner on May 18 will feature local, sustainable, and organic food from nearby farms.
  • The Omni Dallas Roof materials feature solar reflective indexes to help with heat island effects.
  • Hotel features systems for lighting and thermal control. Examples include guest rooms equipped with a key switching system where guests put the room key into a slot to turn on lights and have control of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. When removed, the HVAC system sets back to a preset temperature and the lights automatically shut off.
  • The indoor air quality management plan for the Omni will reduce Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems resulting from construction, and the team is using low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) products such as paints, adhesives and carpet systems.

For more information about Dallas initiatives please visit http://greendallas.net/. We look forward to welcoming you May 17-19 at the beautiful LEED Certified Omni Dallas Hotel for CleanMed.

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