TCE Transitioning Field Canvass to Phones

Texas Campaign for the Environment has faced crises before – Hurricanes Ike and Harvey. Now the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Texas like a storm and changing daily life as we knew it. 

Public health experts are requesting that we practice “social distancing” right now in order to reduce the spread of infection and alleviate pressure on our healthcare system. While it is core to our organizational identity to organize with Texans face-to-face, we are heeding the call to take this crisis seriously.

Texas Campaign for the Environment is taking extraordinary precautions by temporarily transitioning our door-to-door canvassing efforts to phone canvassing. We believe this is the best course of action to keep our communities and our organizers safe. 

As a TCE supporter, you know that our funding, our political muscle and, frankly, our joy comes from meeting amazing people like you in communities all over Texas. Instead of knocking on doors, we will now be meeting Texans on the telephone. To do this, we want your help.

We’ll be calling supporters like you to introduce our environmental campaigns and ask for contributions so we can continue this work.

We know this health crisis is affecting many people. If you are in a position to support us at this time, please donate now to keep TCE organizers working for a cleaner, healthier future for Texas.

This transition will not be easy. But we won’t quit, even in the face of unprecedented conditions. So, if you receive a call or message from us – please respond!

Please remember, “social distancing” does not have to mean isolation and powerlessness – With your help we’ll be stronger than ever during these uncertain times. In the meantime, we’re asking that you stay in touch and help with what you can to allow us to reach more people.  


Instead of holding our Annual Meeting in-person in Dallas on March 29, we invite you to a video/phone meeting that day from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Make a plan to join us virtually and tune in to collective environmental work with TCE. Participate by suggesting your ideas or asking questions. RSVP for meeting details to donna(at)texasenvironment(dot)org or phone 512-326-5655, extension 1003.


Contributions to Texas Campaign for the Environment are not tax-deductible because we are a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.

This gives us the freedom to hold elected officials accountable and to affect local, state and national legislation.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made to our sister organization Texas Campaign for the Environment FundVehicle donations, workplace giving and other options here.

A Green New Deal for Dallas? Activists Protest City’s New Climate Plan

Dallas Observer
By Lucas Manfield
Original article here

Corey Troiani announced the “people’s plan” in front of the Hall of State. Lucas Manfield, Dallas Observer

Protesters lined the steps of the Hall of State in Fair Park on Tuesday, holding a banner in front of attendees of the morning’s climate symposium: “This is not enough.”

It was in response to Dallas’ climate plan, which was released in draft form last month and is to be adopted by the City Council on Earth Day in April. Its proponents call it “viable and reasonable.” Its detractors say it isn’t enough to stop an impending crisis.

“The city’s current plan doesn’t reach even its own carbon emissions target,” said Hope Endrenyi, one of the protest’s organizers. “They need to take bolder action.”

Endrenyi is a local organizer for the Sunrise Movement, a national youth-led organization that seeks urgent action on climate change.

Mayor Eric Johnson has committed the city to meeting the goals set out by the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. That means eliminating emissions by 2050. To achieve this, Dallas set a 2030 reduction target of 43%.

But the city’s proposed solutions, activists point out, don’t even get halfway there. If all 90 “actions” listed in the plan are taken, the city will reduce emissions only 18% by the deadline.

Nine organizations, including the North Texas chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and Veterans for Peace, have formed a coalition that is proposing an alternative “people’s climate action plan.” They offer alternative measures that didn’t make it into the city’s plan, from de-privatizing the electric grid to eliminating fares on DART.

They call it a Green New Deal for Dallas. They say the city doesn’t have a choice but to implement a far more aggressive plan if it wants to help mitigate rising temperatures, which scientists say will cause irreversible harm to people and the environment across the globe.

Councilman Omar Narvaez, chairman of the city’s new environmental subcommittee that is overseeing the rollout of the comprehensive climate plan, or CECAP, acknowledged the opposition in his speech to the symposium Tuesday.

“The CECAP is going to have things that everybody loves. There’s gonna be some things in there that we don’t like. There’s gonna be some places where we think — you all may think — that we’re falling short as a city,” he said.

Then, he promised Dallas would “become a global leader on environmental and sustainability issues.”

But activists already have reasons for doubt. Rita Beving of Public Citizen, which participated in “stakeholder sessions” with city officials but is not part of the coalition, said she was disappointed when she compared the result with plans from other cities.

“I very simply went to the Atlanta plan. I went to the Denver plan. I found at least six or seven new strategies that we could consider, like sub-metering buildings or mandating that rental properties do incremental energy efficiency improvements,” she said.

Her organization, Public Citizen, has been involved in climate planning in cities across Texas. It submitted detailed comments on the plan to city officials and suggested the city establish quantifiable goals to measure progress every few years, as well as commit to financing more of the plan’s proposals.

Beving pointed out that, as the plan is currently structured, there’s little way to tell which of the 90 proposals will have the biggest effect on greenhouse gas emissions and are therefore worth preferential investment.

She also echoed a demand included in the “people’s” plan that the city establish a dedicated oversight commission. The city eliminated its Dallas Environmental Commission, which fielded resident complaints about air or water quality, in 2010.

Corey Troiani, another protest organizer, criticized the plan’s development process. On behalf of the Texas Campaign for the Environment, he also participated in early community feedback sessions. City officials and the contractors they hired to produce the plan “were talking at us during those meetings,” he said.

“Hardly any of our input made it into the final draft.”