Local Report Card

What are North Texas’ challenges and opportunities related to water, air quality, mobility and climate change? Find out by attending the Local Report Card Track.

Session 1: Energy Management in Modern Utility, Automotive and Residential Platforms: New Opportunities and Challenges for Power Electronic
Dr. Babak Fahimi, University of Texas at Dallas

The power industry is at the verge of a major transformation that is in many ways similar to that of the communication networks two decades ago. The talk will address the state-of-the-art and future trends in three key areas: smart grids, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and consumer products. This discussion includes opportunities and challenges for power electronic industries comprising of device manufacturing, control development (digital and analog) and system integration. Dr. Fahimi, professor and director of renewable energy and vehicular technology laboratory, will introduce a novel energy processor that he and his team developed. This technology will be used to identify the mission of his laboratory to address urgent national and local needs in the area of energy. End of added content.

Session 2: Water and Sustainability in Dallas
Jody Puckett, Dallas Water Utilities

Jo M. (Jody) Puckett, P.E., is director of the Dallas Water Utilities Department. The City of Dallas provides treated and/or raw water to 27 municipalities and districts surrounding the city. As director, she is responsible for the daily operations of the city’s water supply system, water treatment and distribution system, and wastewater collection and treatment system. Before her current appointment, Ms. Puckett served as director of the Sanitation Services Department from 1998 to 2005, has served in the city’s Budget Office and began her career with the City of Dallas in 1982 in the Water Utilities Department. Ms. Puckett is vice chair of the Region C Water Planning Group.

Lunch Session: Texas Honey Bee Guild
Susan and Brandon Pollard

Session 3: Metropolitan Transportation Challenges and Initiatives Update
Dan Kessler, North Texas Council of Governments

photo of Dan Kessler
The presentation will provide a brief summary of status of implementing regional transportation system improvements in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area including the High Occupancy Vehicle Managed Lane and Regional Rail Systems and ongoing efforts toward regional sustainability through coordinated land use and transportation decisions. 

Session 4: The Impact of Litter on White Rock Lake and the Trinity River Watershed
Annemarie Marek, LEED AP End of added content  

The Litter Project is an ongoing effort by the local nonprofit Shared Focus on Urban Environmental Leadership (Shared FUEL, Inc.) to drive awareness of the impact of litter on the Trinity River Watershed and, specifically, White Rock Lake. In the past two years, Shared FUEL, which stands for Shared Focus on Urban Environmental Leadership, has researched and documented human behaviors at White Rock Lake regarding trash, presented an extensive report of its findings to the City of Dallas and sponsored an eye-opening photography exhibit at the Bath House Cultural Center during the centennial celebration of the lake, entitled “Trashing Our Treasure.” Shared FUEL's work has been generated by a small group of East Dallas volunteers who believe this information is not only seminal to the sustainable conversation but critical, given Dallas' population growth. In 2012, Shared FUEL seeks to take the exhibit upstream and create a short film to elevate the litter conversation within the region.