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Posted Tue Oct 9 2012: from Dallas Morning News:
McKinney scales back green initiatives, disbands environmental office
The city of McKinney logo signals a municipal interest in the environment -- it features a green tree and the slogan "Unique by nature.” But this year that interest has come under greater scrutiny. Council members and city staff have re-evaluated how much money and effort should be spent on sustainability efforts. And residents have flooded the council with emails questioning the motives behind green initiatives, bike lanes and sustainability plans. Now, amid pressure from some outspoken groups, the city is scaling back its environmental programs. The city's three-person Office of Environmental Stewardship has been disbanded, with the one remaining employee moving to the public works department. The City Council has scrapped the idea of implementing a sustainability master plan. And city staff is scaling back its effort to win environmental or conservation grants
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