During my first visit to Dallas I recall noticing a bumper sticker with the slogan “Don’t Mess with Texas”. I remember being amused and wondering what that was all about. It happens to be the name of the anti-highway litter campaign organized by the Texas Department of Transportation. Over the years, the lone star state has championed several similar initiatives and is recognized as a national leader in environmental sustainability.
This week, the City of Dallas further boosted the state’s reputation by achieving ISO 14001:2004 certification for its Environmental Management System. EPA administrator Stephen Johnson commended the city for its commitment to reducing the impact of its activities on the environment. The city’s EMS covers all 11 municipal departments and 13,000 employees. It is the widest implementation of an EMS in the country. The city of Dallas was one of the first cities to purchase Intelex Environmental Management System software back in 2004 and is among a growing number of Intelex municipal clients.