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Environmental Education & Outreach
Element 12 of DFW’s Environmental Management System (EMS) describes a program for ongoing community education and public involvement in the environmental aspects of the organization’s operations and general environmental awareness. DFW’s community relations and public outreach strategy is designed to provide interested members of the community with accurate, comprehensive, and focused information regarding pro-active efforts on DFW Board and Executive Management’s part to achieve pollution prevention, source reduction; waste minimization; and continuous improvement. DFW Airport conducts environmental compliance activities in a manner responsive to Administering Agency expectations and beyond compliance programs consistent with the Airport’s participation in EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Clean Texas Program at the Platinum level.
Interested parties targeted by DFW’s Community Outreach Program include DFW Stakeholders such as citizens directly affected by the facility, elected officials, organized groups shepherding environmental public policy and business related agendas, local students and other interested parties. Examples of DFW’s Environmental Affairs Department’s environmental educational and outreach are highlighted below:
UNT Biological and Habitat Assessment: DFW Environmental Affairs Department and the University of North Texas (UNT) is working collaboratively to perform biological and habitat assessments on the Airport's receiving waters and reference streams. The biological assessments involve macro invertebrates identification, which can be compared with 1) the biotic integrity (IBI) index to quantify the long term health and productivity of a water body and 2) the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (TSWQS) for Aquatic Life Use. This nonprofit study supports graduate student research and brings real world application to undergraduate students in UNT's Fresh Water Ecology course.
USGS Bacteria Study: Environmental Affairs is also participating in a cooperative bacteria study with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to look at the occurrence and distribution of fecal coliform and E. Coli bacteria in North Texas streams. DFW Airport is working with other government agencies to investigate regional water quality issues
Tenant Partnership Program: Similar to local cities or other public entities, DFW Airport has a responsibility to implement various storm water pollution prevention programs aimed at improving the quality of our local creeks and streams, while educating the general public. As part of DFW’s pollution prevention efforts, DFW implemented a Tenant Partnership Program focused on increasing environmental awareness and encouraging environmental stewardship among airport tenants. In the fall of 2008, Environmental Affairs partnered with UPS to stencil approximately 120 storm water curb/grate inlets located in DFW’s West Cargo area.
Hamline University Public Outreach Project: DFW Environmental Affairs partnered with Hamline University to develop Public Education and Outreach materials focused on providing students (elementary through high-school) with general information pertaining to DFW Airport, as well the impacts to the environment resulting from airport and other similar industrial activities.
Local School Mentoring and Public Speaking Events: Environmental Affairs personnel continue to participate in school mentoring programs to educate youth on the impacts of environmental pollution, and participate in at least eight public outreach programs with local schools (or educational organizations). Environmental Affairs staff have participated in thirteen career day speaking engagements with local schools and organizations.
DFW Airport Earth Day: DFW Environmental Affairs Department organized DFW Airport's first ever Earth Day for Airport Employees. The primary goal for hosting this event was to intensify public outreach efforts and to provide additional exposure and educational resources to airport employees regarding the importance of environmental protection and compliance, energy conservation and reduction, and recycling. Over 300 Board employees attended the 2008 Earth Day.
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