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Happy Thursday! Get out of your way.

🌧️ Today's weather: Thunderstorms and a break from the heat. High of 79.

🎡 Sounds like: "Paper Planes"

πŸ’ Situational awareness: The Mavs won last night, 104-92. They lead the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-2. Game 6 is Saturday.

  • But the Stars lost to the Colorado Avalanche, 5-3. Dallas now leads the series 3-2. The teams play again Friday in Colorado.

Today's newsletter is 934 efficient words β€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Love Field's carbon footprint

Dallas Love Field has reached a new milestone. Photo: Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

Dallas Love Field is carbon neutral, after over a decade of reducing its emissions.

The big picture: The international Airport Carbon Accreditation program encourages airports to track and cut their emissions, tracking their progress over accreditation levels from 1-5.

  • Love Field announced this week that it's reached Level 4, after establishing long-term plans for aligning with the Paris Agreement on climate action.

Why it matters: Only five U.S. airports and two Texas airports β€” Love Field and DFW Airport β€” have achieved level 4 or higher in the ACA program.

How it works: ACA says carbon neutrality happens after an airport has mapped its emissions sources, reduced its carbon footprint and engaged "third parties" to do the same.

  • To make up for its emissions that can't be completely eliminated, an airport can provide funds to other projects that reduce carbon dioxide to achieve neutrality.
  • Net zero carbon emissions is the end goal, where airports work with their "entire ecosystem" of suppliers, airlines and employees to "significantly reduce their absolute carbon emissions."

Zoom out: Only 14 airports in the world have reached a net zero balance, the highest level of accreditation β€” 13 are in Europe and one is in New Zealand.

State of play: Love Field said its conservation measures included designing new buildings with high sustainability standards, establishing electric vehicle infrastructure and replacing vehicles and equipment with more efficient versions.

What's next: Love Field wants to achieve net zero carbon by 2040, hoping to get there a decade before many of its peers.

  • The airport is establishing a sustainability master plan for areas such as water conservation and diversion.

How DFW is doing

2. 🍽 Food insecurity increases in Dallas-Fort Worth

Illustration: Tiffany Herring/Axios

Texas has passed California in the percentage of the population that is food insecure, per a new report from Feeding America.

Why it matters: Food insecurity has been rising nationwide and in Texas since the Great Recession, but about half of the people who struggle to pay for enough meals don't qualify for federal assistance like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The big picture: The state's food insecurity rate rose to 16.4% in 2022 up from 13.7% in 2021. That means 1 in 6 Texans face hunger.

  • About 1.7 million children β€” or 22.8% of kids β€” face hunger in Texas.

State of play: There are stark gaps depending on race, with 1 in 5 Black people in the North Texas Food Bank service area facing food insecurity. By comparison, 1 in 11 white people are food insecure.

Zoom in: Dallas County has the highest rate of food insecurity of the largest North Texas counties at 15.6% β€” that's nearly 407,000 residents.

  • In Tarrant County, nearly 301,000 residents, or 14% of the population, are food insecure.

Stunning stat: Nationally, food insecure individuals reported spending $3.99 per meal or $363.09 per month in 2022. Even adjusting for inflation, that's a 3% increase from the previous year.

The bottom line: Rising food prices and increasing cost of living have made it harder for people to be able to afford food.

Go deeper: See how Texas counties fare.

3. πŸŽ‰ Axios Dallas Weekender

Drinking alcohol around zoo animals feels pretty risky, no? Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

🍸 Cheers with a cheetah. The Dallas Zoo is hosting an adults-only Zoo After Dark event, where you can drink, dance at a silent disco, add to a community painting and hang out with animals that stay up late.

  • 6-9pm today at the Dallas Zoo. Tickets are $35.

πŸ€ Lose your voice. The Mavericks return home for Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, looking to close out their playoff series and advance to the Western Conference finals.

  • 7pm Saturday at the American Airlines Center.

πŸ–‹ Get tatted. The Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival started in 2013. This year's festival will feature popular tattoo artists, local vendors and live music.

  • Friday-Sunday in Deep Ellum.

πŸ’… Experience Barbie's world. Take your young Barbie lover for a meet-and-greet, story time, show and crafts. There will also be goodie bags for kids.

  • 12-2pm Saturday at Lava Cantina in The Colony. Tickets start at $22.

4. πŸ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

Cool things await. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

πŸ’» Walmart remote workers in Dallas will have to relocate to the company's primary offices in the wake of layoffs. (WFAA)

πŸ’Έ Dallas mayor Eric Johnson is asking the city attorney to review whether former city manager T.C. Broadnax qualifies to receive more than $423,000 in severance, saying he doesn't think Broadnax's departure was involuntary. (DMN)

πŸ”Ž Houston teachers are requesting superintendent Mike Miles be investigated to see if he funneled money from the district to the charter school program he launched in Colorado after leaving Dallas ISD. Miles denies wrongdoing. (Texas Tribune)

5. πŸ›« Dallas Love Field's hidden gems

DAL commemorates LBJ's oath of office. Photo: Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

Having your flight delayed after arriving at the airport is a pain, especially at a small airport like Dallas Love Field where there isn't much to do.

But, there are still ways to pass time. Here are some recommendations…

🌷 The Moss Lee Love Garden. Between bag check and the TSA checkpoint is an outdoor garden honoring the Army aviator for whom the airport is named.

πŸ“š Book browsing: The Ink bookstore past security is filled with tomes from different genres, including romance and Texas culture. There's also a clearance section in the back.

A bookstore with books on stands and a "Welcome to Dallas" sign
Book nerds will appreciate this airport store. Photo: Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

πŸŽ₯ Dallas history: The Love Landing area on the second floor, above the TSA checkpoint and outside security, currently has an exhibit on the Forest Theater, a historic venue that's going through a revival.

πŸ“œ JFK history: While you're at Love Landing, look for a plaque commemorating Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson's oath of office just hours after President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.

More presidential history

πŸ“¬ Know of any other gems at Dallas Love Field or DFW Airport? Hit reply and tell us.

This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Carolyn DiPaolo.

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πŸ’ Tasha hopes Roope Hintz is OK soon.

🀣 Naheed is laughing out loud watching Post Malone and the Cowboys prank FaceTime famous fans from other NFL teams.

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