Water

Water is a valuable resource that should not be wasted. The North Texas area is rapidly growing in population and by 2070, the Region C Water Planning Group anticipates that the total water demands for the region are to increase 71 percent. On a region-wide basis, Region C does not have enough water supplies to meet the anticipated demands, with the vast majority of deficits occurring in the municipal category. Below are case studies, tools, and resources offering guidance to local governments, educational institutions, and public and private entities on strategies to reduce water use and increase water efficiency across many sectors.

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From Policy to Reality is a report that evaluates the state of municipal water conservation and efficiency in the state of Texas.
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Green Globes certifies sustainable high-performance buildings while providing customized guidance throughout the process.
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The Green Infrastructure Funding Opportunities page provide information on federal funding opportunities and funding tools for green infrastructure projects.
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The Green Infrastructure Modeling Tools model the impacts of green infrastructure on watersheds, air quality, and energy consumption.
Advanced

Buffalo Bayou Promenade is a 23-acre urban park and recreation area that transformed an overgrown, trash-soaked urban greyfield into a thriving waterfront. The $15 million landmark project both improved flood control capacity and transformed a marginalized space beneath the freeway into a safe, welcoming place for pedestrians.

The iSWM Program for Construction and Development is a cooperative initiative that assists cities and counties to achieve their goals of water quality protection, streambank protection, and flood mitigation, while also helping communities meet their construction and post-construction obligations under state stormwater permits.
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The International Sustainable Campus Network brings together colleges and universities from around the world to collaborate on integrating sustainability into all aspects of operations.
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The InVEST software determines the valuation of ecosystem services and evaluates how impacts to ecosystems can alter the benefits they provide to humans.
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The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center's mission is to inspire the use of native plants and to improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance human health and happiness.
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LEED certifies that any type of building (residential, commercial, industrial) is considered resource-efficient.
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The Elmer Avenue Neighborhood Retrofit transformed a typical residential street into a model "green street" by incorporating stormwater best management practices (BMPs) that capture and filter runoff from a 40-acre area. 

The Natural Capital Project develops nature-based solutions to various problems and motivates natural capital investments.
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Conservation and water reuse are critical ways North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) manages a finite supply of water. NTMWD is relying on water conservation as the soure for nearly one-quarter of the future water supplies for their customers.
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The City of Plano's Green Business Certification (GBC) program recognizes businesses that have taken steps toward sustainability in the areas of general education, waste reduction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable purchasing.

The City of Plano's The Great Update Rebate program is designed to provide an incentive (rebate) to homeowners of older properties to update and maintain their homes. 

The Water Conservation Rebate Program offers rebates to residents who install rain/freeze sensors, high efficiency toilets, and pressure reducing values.

The Water Wise Landscape Tour is an annual educational tour of residential homes with drought-tolerant, native, and adapted landscapes. The tour is free of charge to residents to visit homes.

PACE provides low-cost, long-term loans to commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential property owners for the purpose of implementing water conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable retrofits.
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The Rainwater Harvesting Supply Calculator calculates the balance of supply and demand for the purpose of correctly sizing a rainwater system.
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The Region C Water Planning Group develops and implements the regional water plan, which acts as a “bottom-up” approach to planning for the state’s future water needs. The regional water plan is incorporated into the State Water Plan under the purview of the Texas Water Development Board.
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The Regional Ecosystem Framework, or REF, is a tool that identifies areas of relative ecological importance in the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Transportation partners and local governments that are developing infrastructure projects can use the REF as a preliminary screening tool to identify environmental impacts their projects may have and identify mitigation areas to offset any impacts.
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The Regional Stormwater Management Program implements a cooperative and comprehensive program to manage stormwater quality issues affecting the region.
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The development effort of the Market Square project involved historic renovation and adaptive use of the larger historic building and a complete renovation and recladding of the smaller building. The entire complex is located on a one-block site in the Mid-Market area of downtown San Francisco, a recently emerged location for tech tenants and new multifamily development.

STAR Communities certifies communities that are leaders in local sustainability.
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The Sustainable Facilities Tool - Water Efficiency provide resources on a variety of methods that increase water efficiency in and around buildings.
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