Caring for the environment requires smart choices in building design and everyday life. The Environmental Education Center is a place to educate and involve residents, community and environmental leaders, building professionals, and educators in environmental responsibility and demonstrate sustainability concepts and practices. The Environmental Education Center is Plano's first LEED Platinum-certified building, designed to incorporate as many sustainable practices as feasible.
The Plano Community Garden (PCG) is a cooperative partnership between the City of Plano's Sustainability and Environmental Education Division, Junior League of Collin County, and the Plano Community Gardeners. The garden's 50 raised beds provide over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce annually to community food pantries and present hands-on educational opportunities for local schools, children's organizations, and organic gardeners.
All produce grown in the 4-feet-by-18-feet raised beds is organic. Gardeners are welcome to keep up to 50% of their harvest; the remainder is donated to local food pantries for distribution to their clients. Texas vegetable gardens require sustained care over 3 seasons. Plots are checked 2 to 3 times a week in the spring for watering and weeding, and almost daily in the summertime. For volunteer opportunities in the garden, view the 2015 PCG workdays calendar. Send us an email with questions or to volunteer.
The Household Chemical Reuse Center (HCRC) is available for Plano residents to obtain reusable household products, collected through the residential chemical collection program. Items available for reuse include: paint (latex and oil-based), garden products, pool chemicals, household cleaners, repair products and pet products. All items are FREE to Plano residents.
Chemicals are not accepted at the HCRC. Visit the HCRC page for more information about programs and hours of operation. To schedule a chemical collection at your home, please contact Environmental Waste Services Customer Service at 972-769-4150.