Houston Earns LEED Gold Certification for Sustainability and Resilience Achievements
Houston earns the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The award was based on Houston’s performance on energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, and equitable outcomes.
EPA Top 30
The City of Houston ranks #1 in the nation for annual green power use according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Through geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, Houston uses more that 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of green power per year. Click "More Information" below to see the list of the top 30 local governments.
Noise & Sound Ordinance
Houston City Council recently approved amendments to the Noise and Sound Ordinance Chapter 30. Click "More Information" to see a summary or the regulations, permit types, and protest procedures.
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ARA In the News
ParkHouston wants to stop the city's free curbside parking after 6 p.m.
May 25, 2023 -- After-hours street parking in Houston may start to cost money after 6 p.m. as the result of a proposed ordinance change by the city's parking management division. ... Read More ...
Houston city council approves new ordinance aimed to fight crime to 'create a more safe environment'
May 24, 2023 -- The city of Houston says it has a new crime-fighting tool thanks to an ordinance that cracks down on after-hours establishments where customers bring their own alcohol. ... Read More ...
Mayor's Strike Force Team helps Houston residents living in inhumane conditions
May 22, 2023 -- Rodents, roaches, and mold are just a few of the health hazards thousands of Houston residents report living in every day. What's being done to help? ... Read More ...
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