December 15th, 2015

Joining Forces: DFW Corporations Work to Understand the Impact of Dallas' Urban Heat Island

American Airlines, BNSF, Cinemark, and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group joined Alliance Data and Texas Trees Foundation to study the impacts of Dallas' raising temperatures on the city's infrastructure, economy, and citizens' health

SOURCE: Alliance Data

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Five major Dallas corporations, Alliance Data, American Airlines, BNSF Railways, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Cinemark came together today at the Sustainability Leadership Forum to learn about the impact that Dallas' urban heat island is having on our city. 

Alliance Data, and Texas Trees Foundation, in conjunction with American Forests, the oldest national conservation organization in the United States, teamed up to implement the urban heat island study in Dallas County, which identifies where the region is experiencing high urban heat island temperatures and the associated effect on air quality, and where greater tree canopy coverage could mitigate the issue. The study also uncovered that Dallas is the second largest city in the country that is warming the fastest, which means hotter nights and even hotter days. Within the urban heat islands, the hottest areas in the city, average 101 for more than five months out of the year. The study is serving as a catalyst for developing a strategy to promote tree canopy policies and long-term funding support with local government, civic and non-profit organizations. 

A more detailed breakdown of the study's results can be viewed in this presentation by Dr. Brian Stone, Georgia Institute of Technology, who helped make the study and it's data a reality. The full report will be available this summer.  

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KEYWORDS: Environment, urban heat island, Air Quality, texas trees foundation, American Forests, Alliance Data, American Airlines, BNSF Railways, dallas, Texas, Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, CINEMARK

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