<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Green News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/green http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 10 Dec 2016 12:52:51 -0600Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:52:51 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[North Texas City Named Most Polluted in Texas]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:47:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is reviewing a plan to decrease air pollution in North Texas.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency within the state of Texas, Denton has had the highest ozone level in Texas for the last three years.

Within the United States, Dallas-Fort Worth is ranked at number 11. On average, North Texas has more high ozone polluted days than New York City, Newark and Houston.

For seven months, the EPA collected data outside of Denton Executive Airport and compared results cities across the U.S.

Ozone is produced with sunlight reacts to emission from power plants, emissions from utilities, and exhaust from vehicles, which includes 18-wheelers and construction tractors with diesel engines.

Research has found a correlation between high ozone levels and high health risks among adults and children. The American Lung Association states that “air pollution leads to premature death, asthma attacks, lung cancer, and cardiovascular harm.”

According to the Dallas County Medical Society, doctors found that a small reduction in ozone levels could have prevented 165 hospital visits, 350 emergency room visits, 120,000 school absences, and 77 deaths from lung and heart disease. The doctors, who were a part of this study, believe ”legacy” cement and coal-fire power plants need to be regulated.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Protection believes weather, exhaust from vehicles, construction equipment, and exhaust from aircrafts and trains are the main factors for Denton’s high ozone levels.

TCEQ submitted a proposal outlining the state’s plan to bring down the air pollution. The plan did not include additional regulations on power plants in Texas.



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<![CDATA[Grand Prairie Park Up for Vote, Development]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:39:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grand-Prairie-Park-Development.jpg

People in Grand Prairie have the chance to decide whether the city can sell park land for business development.

Voters will take a side on Proposition 1, which proposes the sale of approximately 24 acres of the 172 acre Central Park development project.

The land, which sits along Texas 161 between Arkansas Lane and Warrior Trail, is city-owned park property.

However, if the Proposition 1 is not passed, the City of Grand Prairie still has the opportunity to lease the property, clearing the way for potential development of mixed business retail space.

By the end of 2017, residents could see restaurants (fast food chains or sit-down dining), retail shops, or a hotel.

The money gained from the sale of the land will go back to the park’s department.

To read the details of Proposition 1, head to the city’s website here.


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<![CDATA[Man Running Across US Stops in Dallas]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:47:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/8D6A0321.jpg

North Texas is the latest pit stop for a man raising awareness for charity by running more than 3,000 miles across the continental United States in 100 days.

Levi Rizk, an ultra marathon runner and doctor, has been in Dallas this week as he continues his trek from Los Angeles, California to the nation's capital.

So far, Rizk has traveled from L.A. to Phoenix, and will continue on to Little Rock after leaving Dallas.

The cross-country trek aims to raise funds to create a mobile health clinic for children in Washington, D.C.

Online: www.runforhope.us



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Celebrates The Blue Zone]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:22:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fort-Worth_blue_Zones.jpg

Fort Worth is having a party Saturday and inviting people to step into the Blue Zone.

The party will celebrate those who took the pledge to join the Blue Zones Project and help make the city one of the healthiest in the nation.

"Fort Worth is by far the biggest blue zone in the country and really setting the pace for the rest of the country," said founder and author Dan Buettner.

"Over 30 restaurants are blue-zones approved, 64 employers, eight grocery stores, eight schools; the community as a whole is really wrapping their arm around it. And, remember the idea here is just to make the healthy choice, the easy choice," said Buettner.

The Blue Zones Project focuses on the Power 9 principles: Nine habits shared the world's longest living people. 

The nine with brief descriptions from Buettner include:

  • Move naturally: "They're nudged into movement every 20 minutes or so."
  • Know your purpose: "They have vocabulary for purpose, they know their sense of purpose and they live it out."
  • Down shift:"They downshift a little bit every day whether through prayer, meditation or nap."
  • 80 percent rule: Thinking not of what to add to your diet but what to take food out of your diet. Most Americans eat about 200-300 extra calories. So, saying a Little prayer before meals slows you down."
  • Plant slant: "We don't bad mouth any kind of food, but we know that the longest-living people, 90 percent of what they eat is plants. The cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world is beans. About a cup of beans a day will add 3-4 years to your life."
  • Wine at 5: "A glass or two a day seems to be protective. We're not trying to promote drinking, but if you drink a little bit,that's fine."
  • Right tribe:  "The biggest and most important is thinking about your social network, who you're hanging out with. Curate a group of 4-5 friends with whom you walk or have plant-based foods or with whom you live out your purpose."
  • Community: "Having a faith; we know people who show up to church at least 4 times a month live 4-14 years later than people who don't."
  • Loved ones first: Make family first. keep your aging parents nearby and invest in your children."

Buettner also says it's important to make changes to optimize your home.

"We can help you cut down the amount of junk food you eat by 40 percent by doing two things: One, creating a junk food drawer which is out of the way.

Next, take your toaster off the counter. Those two simple things, research has shown, will help lower your junk food consumption.

You can learn more ways to make healthy choices easier at the party Saturday.

The Blue Zones Project Power 9 party is free and open to the public. The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Panther Island Pavilion.

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<![CDATA[Water Week: Using Wrong Sprinkler Could Cost You]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 06:58:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/water+sprinkler.JPG Using the wrong type of sprinkler nozzle could waste a lot of water. It's all down to the mist, which can evaporate in the summer heat.

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<![CDATA[Water Tips: How to Spot A Leak]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:06:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/water-meter.jpg We're all about conserving water this week on NBC 5 Today. A simple way to detect a leak in your home involves a quick trip to your water meter.

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<![CDATA[How to Keep Sprinklers from Wasting Water, Money]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:28:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sprinkler6.jpg All week long, NBC 5 Today will bring you ways to save water, all while maintaining a beautiful lawn. Monday, we took a look at automatic sprinklers, which can consume a surprising amount of water. ]]> <![CDATA[Tips for Succulents]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 07:11:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-22-07h55m51s7.png Texas Agrilife Program Specialist Dotty Woodson shares easy tips for watering and caring for popular succulent plants. (Published May 22, 2016)]]> <![CDATA[Mother's Day Flowers]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 07:51:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty_Mothers_Day_Flowers.jpg If you want to get your mom something special for Mother's Day, Hydrangeas are a great option.]]> <![CDATA[Creative Ways to Stop Mosquitoes]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 08:02:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mosquito_fight.gif Dotty Woodson, Texas Agrilife Program Specialist, shares some creative tips to stop mosquitoes from invading your yard. (Published May 1, 2016)]]> <![CDATA[Dotty's Tips for Conserving Water]]> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:33:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dotty_irrigation.jpg Texas Agrilife Specialist Dotty Woodson shares some advice on how to conserve and save water. ]]> <![CDATA[Dotty Woodson: Irrigation & Plumbing Leaks]]> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:30:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty_Irrigation_021216.jpg Texas Agrilife specialist Dotty Woodson explains tips on identifying and fixing troublesome irrigation systems. (Published Mar. 13, 2016)]]> <![CDATA[Dotty Shares Tips for Insect-Eating Plants]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2016 15:02:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty_Sun_Am_030616_1200x675_638087235946.jpg Dotty Woodson, Texas Agrilife program specialist, shares some tips on insectivorous plants. ]]> <![CDATA[Dotty Shares Tips for Spring Flowers]]> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:21:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty_Summer_Flowers.jpg The weather has been so warm lately that garden centers have been filled with people wanting summer plants.

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<![CDATA[When to Plant Fruit, Nut Trees]]> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:26:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty_Berry_Fruit_Nut_Trees.jpg Dotty Woodson from the Texas Agrilife Program joined NBC 5's Ben Russell in the studio Sunday morning to explain the best time to plant fruit and nut trees in January. (Published Jan. 17, 2016)

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<![CDATA[Wind to Power GM Arlington Plant]]> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:18:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GM_Arlington_Plant_1210152.png

General Motors' next big idea is literally blowing in the wind. Thursday, the automaker announced it will use wind power to manufacture more than half of the SUV's it produces annually at its Arlington Assembly Plant.

GM signed a 14-year agreement with EDP Renewables North America, which will provide the power from a wind farm in South Texas. The fifteen 261-foot-tall turbines they'll  have access to can generate 115 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy. The company says that's enough power to build 125,000 vehicles.

"Our investment is helping accelerate the proliferation of clean energy in Texas and the use of wind as a reliable, renewable source of energy," said Jim DeLuca, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. "Our sustainable manufacturing mindset benefits the communities in which we operate across the globe."

GM estimates the shift will reduce the Arlington Assembly Plant's energy costs by $2.8 million each year and reduce the plant's carbon dioxide emissions by 1 million metric tons over the course of the agreement.

Plant officials say they expect to start using the wind power in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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<![CDATA[Trinity Trash Bash Set for Saturday]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:52:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trinity-river1.jpg

A record 6,000 volunteers are expected to help clean up the Trinity River in Fort Worth Saturday for the 24th annual Trinity Trash Bash.

The event, scheduled for Sept. 19, will focus on nine locations across the West Fork of the Trinity River in Fort Worth.

Trash pickup begins at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 11 a.m. with free lunch at Panther Island Pavilion.

According to event organizers, over 95 tons of trash have been collected over the event's 24-year history.

Volunteers can pick up their supplies on Thursday and Friday at the Trinity River Vision Authority offices located in downtown Fort Worth.



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<![CDATA[Caring for Black Diamond Crepe Myrtles]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:51:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/black_diamond_crepe_myrtle.jpg Texas Agrilife specialist Dotty Woodson returns to NBC 5 Today to explain how to care for Black Diamond Crepe Myrtles.

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<![CDATA[Trees Downed for Safety at Dallas Love Field]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:11:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Planes_Trees_Dallas_Love_Field.jpg

Dallas Parks and Recreation workers cut down half a dozen Elm and Pecan trees at a popular Dallas lakefront park.

The work at Bachman Lake Park was expected to last into the afternoon, but many bikers and joggers weren't happy to see the trees go.

"It makes me very sad because the trees are part of this lake. The shadow; The shade– It’s beautiful,” said Franco Fabbri, who walks around the lake every daily.

Many folks like Fabbri say Bachman Lake Park is a hidden gem in Dallas: a lakeside park with lots of shade and a great trail for walking or running.

"You can sit and relax and enjoy the water. There’s not a lot of spaces in the area where you can do that," said Mandy Gildersleeve.

The park sits right against Love Field, and city workers have been forced to cut down many trees a few years ago because they limited pilots’ view of the runway.

Now there’s a new problem: New FAA regulations require more space around the radar towers set up in the park. The rules come amid an upgrade to the precision-guidance antennas that help pilots navigate in bad weather.

Therefore, six, large trees had to come down, according to the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department.

"It's sad because it takes so long to grow the trees and with it being so hot, it helps keep you shaded where people are walking or running or biking around the lake," Gildersleeve said.

People still plan on using the park, but maybe not so much in the heat of the summer sun.

"It takes away spaces where families can come and just sit under the shade and enjoy the beauty of the lake."

The Parks and Recreation Department made plans to replace the six trees in a different section of the park. Those new trees will be planted sometime in November.



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<![CDATA[Greenhouse Gases Biggest Threat to Polar Bears: Study]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:55:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-77960094polarbears71151.jpg Greenhouse gas emissions remain the "primary threat" to polar bears, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey. Polar bear populations will decline even if emissions are stabilized by the end of the century, the study said. Polar bears have been categorized as a "globally threatened species" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 2008. The two main threats to polar bears are melting sea ice and disappearing prey. The study concluded that polar bears would suffer whether carbon emissions grew at their current pace or peaked in 2040 and then declined. The only optimistic scenario would involve "immediate and aggressive" cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said.
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<![CDATA[Lake Worth Reopens to Boat Traffic]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 04:21:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/7b537b2709484056b5a7dcc8f74ab5e2.jpg

Boaters can finally add Lake Worth to their summer plans beginning Thursday.

Lake Worth was set to open early to the public on June 11 as projected lake levels returned to a safe range.

Like many lakes in North Texas, Lake Worth has been closed to boat traffic in recent weeks due to flooding. The closures came under fears that boat wakes could potentially damage lakefront homes and structures.

Boaters are asked to use caution as floating debris from flooding remained a hazard. Many boat docks and tree stumps are hidden under water as levels continued to remain high.



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<![CDATA[Want to Save Coral Reefs? First, Save the Fish: Study]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:04:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP080816183919.jpg A new study has found that more fish may be the answer to saving coral reefs, NBC News reported. Overfishing on reefs and other threats like pollution can lead to a collapse of underwater ecosystems, so keeping fish on the reefs is crucial to their health, according to the study of 832 reefs. "The methods used to estimate reef health in this study are simple enough that most fishers and managers can take the weight and pulse of their reef and keep it in the healthy range," Tim McClanahan, WCS senior conservationist and study co-author, said in a release. "Fishers and managers now have the ability to map out a plan for recovery of reef health that will give them the best chance to adapt to climate change."
Get More at NBC News

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<![CDATA[Students Plant 50 Trees in Richardson]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 18:59:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trees_richardson.jpg Richardson ISD students teamed up with the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and the Texas Trees Foundation to plant 50 trees in the city.

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<![CDATA[Big Thaw Has People Thinking 'Spring Flowers']]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:12:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flowers+garden+tulips.jpg

Thursday’s snow nearly disappeared in North Texas Friday, turning thoughts to spring flowers and how to revive winter beaten yards.

The Dallas Arboretum survived the snow just fine with the annual ‘Dallas Blooms’ show in full swing.

“That’s kind of the silver lining, if we’re going to have it,” Arboretum Vice President of Gardens Dave Forehand said. “It’s the greatest insulator and it’s slowed everything down.”

Forehand said the key is using cold-hardy plants like tulips, which actually benefited from the bed of snow, just before the Arboretum’s busy spring break season.

“It’s kind of stopped them from growing any further. They’ve been frozen here waiting for the warm days to come back so they can continue growing and blooming and opening up,” Forehand said.

The Arboretum plants 500,000 bulbs for Dallas Blooms along with 75,000 pansies. Flowering shrubs in the gardens like Azaleas are soon to bloom.

Customers anxious to revive their own yards were already looking forward to spring at Calloway’s Nursery on Greenville Avenue in Dallas Friday.

“We certainly are, after all the snow and ice,” customer Lisa Katz said. She purchased several plants for herself and her family. “It’s supposed to get warmer every day,” she said.

Calloway’s Manager Bryan Hutson said workers scrambled before this freeze to move sensitive plants indoors.

“It has been a challenge to take this much product and protect it and have it pristine and ready for our customers,” he said.

Aisles inside the business were still crowded Friday with plants that will be moved outside Saturday after one more chilly night to make room for customers.

“We did everything we could to store it and keep it protected under heaters and inside the green house ready to put back out,” Hutson said.

Customer Jeff Harrell left Calloway’s with a cart full of ground cover plants and supplies. He said the thaw came at the perfect time for his gardening plans.

“I actually took the day off already to get ready for spring,” he said. “So, some of this is going down today. The rest of it will be planted tomorrow. It will be a little nicer out tomorrow I think.”
Experts say some sturdy things can go in now but it’s a bit too soon for other spring plants.

“I’d hold off on planting tender plants just yet. I’d wait and honor that last freeze or frost average which is Mid-March,” Forehand said.  “After that you’re safe to plant but you may have to cover a few times.”

Forehand said this is the time to clean out beds and prune Crape Myrtles, but too soon to prune flowering shrubs like Azaleas. Trim Azaleas and Hawthorns after they bloom later in the spring.



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<![CDATA[New Wind Energy Solution at UNT]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:44:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/unt+wind+turbine.jpg Researchers hope the new wind turbine being tested at UNT’s Discovery Park will prove quieter, more efficient, and more cost effective than current consumer wind options.

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<![CDATA[FW Begins Construction on Affordable Energy-Efficient Homes]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:08:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FW+Green+Homes+032514.jpg

The City of Fort Worth and the Tarrant County Housing Partnership have been working for two years to provide energy-efficient housing to first-time homebuyers of lower and moderate incomes.

Their hard work is paying off with the construction of four single-family homes in Southeast Fort Worth.

"Today we are starting the roof panel system for our new Hillside development," said Tarrant County Housing Partnership President Donna Van Ness. "They are installing the zip panel roof that’s a structurally insulated panel, highly energy-efficient building product."

The four homes that are currently under construction are all located around the 1300 block of East Jefferson Avenue.

The homes are three bedroom and two bathroom. They will be completed at the end of May and cost between $74,000 and $78,000.

"The buyers for the homes will go through the Fort Worth Housing Assistance Program which will provide up to $15,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance," said Van Ness.

Van Ness said they already have a couple of people interested in buying the homes.

Along with having an energy-efficient roof, the new homes will have energy-efficient appliances and low-flow plumbing fixtures. They expect the new homeowners to save up to 30 percent on their utilities.

After they sell the four current homes, they plan to build six more. If all of those sell, they will build five more.



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<![CDATA[Stunning Historic Photos of Air Pollution ]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:36:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/air-pollution-AP7004221649_7.jpg Click to see some fascinating images of air pollution throughout the US from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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<![CDATA[Dallas College Turns Football Field Into Urban Farm]]> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:57:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/urban_farming_10pkg_722x406_41631299947.jpg

What was once Paul Quinn College’s football field is now a farm providing fresh fruits and vegetables in Dallas.

"My goal is to spread the word of organic growth," Andrea Bithell, the manager of the two-acre "We Over Me" farm said.

For the past few weeks she's been hosting urban farm classes for the community. 

Saturday's class taught students how to build, maintain and provide habitats for honeybees, as well as how to prepare a chicken dish. 

"It’s a very beautiful experience to see unfold—when they plant the seed and a few months later they get to harvest arugula or they get to harvest a cucumber," Bithell said.

One of the farm's goals is to offer access healthy food to the neighborhood surrounding the college.

"To pick a tomato and take a bite of out an heirloom organic tomato, there's nothing like that, it's invigorating," Bithell said.

The three-year-old farm is maintained by Paul Quinn students.

Not only do the students and the community reap the benefits, but the farm has big clients like Legends Hospitality Management that provides food for Cowboys stadium.  All the profits go back to the farm.

"We see this as an incredibly worthy model and our type on how we would like to see urban agriculture go in our city," Susan Pollard, a beekeeper at the farm said.

The next class will be held on August 24, the cost is 45 dollars. For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[Green Car Wash Sanitizes Without Soap]]> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:37:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/128401773.jpg A car wash in Arizona installed a water filtration tank allowing high levels of oxygen to sanitize the water they use to clean customers' cars — all without soap. An environmental engineer at Arizona State University is skeptical about the car wash's filtration system.]]> <![CDATA[Energy for Sale: Is It Worth It?]]> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:58:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000003170932_722x406_37270083593.jpg Door-to-door salesmen, telephone calls and direct mail, all trying to sell you electricity or natural gas. The pitches promise to save you money. They are called alternative energy suppliers. There have been more than 1,000 consumer complaints about them to Maryland and D.C. authorities so far this year, and we've been receiving emails asking whether these companies are real and are the deals worth it. CLICK HERE for a list of legitimate suppliers.]]>