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Congratulations to 2015-2016 Partner of the Year, City of Grand Prairie!

Based on criteria in the Air North Texas Partner Agreement and information provided on the annual progress report, the City of Grand Prairie was selected as the 2015-2016 Air North Texas Partner of the Year.

The City of Grand Prairie was chosen by an award committee composed of North Central Texas Council of Governments staff and previous Air North Texas award recipients.

The City of Grand Prairie implemented a comprehensive outreach and communications plan that included events, social media and employee engagement.

  • Grand Prairie's work to raise awareness about air quality took place throughout the year and included regular social media posts, air quality alerts, articles in city newsletters and promotion at several citywide events.

  • These efforts culminated with the Clean Air Challenge, an annual contest held by the City to encourage employers and businesses to make clean air choices. Major participants included Turbomeca USA and Lockheed Martin, the winner of this year’s challenge.


Other Outstanding Examples

Four partners were also chosen for outstanding performance in particular categories.

City of Plano
Outstanding Media Engagement

The City of Plano was recognized for outstanding media engagement for publishing articles about Air North Texas, ozone season and Clean Air Action Day in multiple city newsletters sent to tens of thousands of residents.



Hood County Clean Air Coalition
Outstanding Advertising

For the second year in a row, Hood County Clean Air Coalition was awarded outstanding advertising for using a series of three public service announcements to promote clean air commitments that ran daily on Granbury TV in March. One of these PSAs aired regularly on local radio station KTFW 92.1, reaching listeners in parts of 12 counties running from March through August. Additionally, the coalition expanded into print media, running ads during ozone season in Granbury Showcase, a local magazine.


UNT Health Science Center
Outstanding Outreach

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) was awarded outstanding outreach for using both traditional and digital strategies to engage students, faculty, staff and campus visitors about air quality issues. UNTHSC featured messages about Air North Texas on its Office of Sustainability website and Facebook page, distributed Air North Texas branded items and brochures to conference attendees and highlighted clean air initiatives at events for new students.


City of Fort Worth
Outstanding Partner Involvement

For engaging other Air North Texas partners in its efforts to promote air quality, the City of Fort Worth was honored for outstanding partner involvement. In April, Fort Worth hosted the North Central Texas Council of Governments and other partners at its annual Earth Party celebration and also participated in UNTHSC’s Earth Aware Picnic. Numerous partnerships with community groups and neighborhood organizations have also helped support the city’s efforts to lower emissions.


Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Outstanding Initiative

Strategic thinking helped Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a new Air North Texas partner, win recognition for outstanding initiative. The airport hosted an internal contest for its 1,800 employees on Clean Air Action Day, a regional event held on the first Friday of summer every year to encourage North Texans to make clean air commitments. Employees were able to pledge their support by committing to actions such as carpooling or packing a lunch to help reduce vehicle emissions. In the days leading up to the contest, dozens of employees also completed Ozone 101, a voluntary online training course provided by the airport to increase knowledge about air quality.

Arlo Ambassador

City of Dallas
Arlo Ambassador

The City of Dallas received the first-ever Arlo Ambassador Award for advancing the Air North Texas message through the campaign mascot. Arlo the Airmadillo is a native North Texan who loves playing outdoors and visiting local sights while being affected by asthma. Dallas made creative use of Arlo in Facebook messages promoting Clean Air Action Day, fitting him with a superhero cape and cleverly placing him in familiar office settings to demonstrate how individuals can make clean air choices.

Partner Recognition

Improving air quality in North Texas requires consistent, innovative efforts throughout the year, and on Dec. 11 the Regional Transportation Council will recognize Air North Texas partners that demonstrated this through outstanding contributions to Air North Texas, the regional clean air campaign.  

Organizations Can Get Involved Today!

Organizations can get involved in Air North Texas by becoming a partner. To see a list of groups that have already partnered with Air North Texas, click here. For more questions about Air North Texas and becoming a partner or if you are already a partner and want to learn about the exciting things Air North Texas has planned this year, contact Whitney Vandiver at 817-704-5639 or wvandiver@nctcog.org.

2014-2015 Air North Texas Awards

Air North Texas partners continue to educate the public about air quality in unique ways. The City of Plano was the 2014-2015 Partner of the Year. City of Grand Prairie, Hood County Clean Air Coalition, UNT Health Science Center and City of Fort Worth were also recognized for outstanding efforts.
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2013-2014 Air North Texas Awards

Partners find innovative ways to get North Texans involved in cleaning the air. The City of Grand Prairie was the 2013-2014 Partner of the Year. DCTA, Hood County Clean Air Coalition, City of Plano, University of Texas at Arlington and City of Fort Worth were also recognized for outstanding efforts.
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2012-2013 Air North Texas Awards

Air North Texas Partners strengthen the campaign by working together. The City of Fort Worth was the 2012-2013 Partner of the Year. The City of Grand Prairie, City of Plano, University of Texas at Arlington and DCTA were also recognized for outstanding efforts. Learn more >>>

2011-2012 Air North Texas Awards

Air North Texas Partners challenge their communities to clean our air. The City of Plano was the 2011-2012 Partner of the Year. The City of Grand Prairie, City of Fort Worth, University of Texas at Arlington and DCTA were also recognized for outstanding work. Learn more >>>

2010 - 2011 Air North Texas Awards

Students provided fresh perspective on air quality issues and clean air choices thanks to the City of Grand Prairie and The University of Texas at Arlington, which received the Partner of the Year and Outstanding Advertising awards, respectively. The City of Plano and Texas Department of Transportation Dallas District were also recognized. Learn more >>>

2009 - 2010 Air North Texas Awards

Air North Texas partners motivate and empower residents to make clean air choices. Tarrant County was the 2009-2010 Partner of the Year. Denton County Transportation Authority, the City of Grand Prairie and The University of Texas at Arlington were also honored for outstanding work. Learn more >>>

2008 - 2009 Air North Texas Awards

Partners are important to the success of Air North Texas. The North Texas Clean Air Coalition was the 2008 - 2009 Partner of the Year. The Cities of Dallas and Grand Prairie and DCTA were also recognized last year for outstanding work.
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