By Julie Thibodeaux. Photos by Phillip Shinoda.
The sun shone, the vendors were upbeat and the crowds turned out for Earth Day Dallas at Fair Park this weekend. While we heard some complaints about greenwashing, overall there was lots of green energy.
Here a few of the green businesses and organizations we came across:
The Dallas County Master Gardeners were on hand to answer questions and give advice. Here’s Green Source DFW editor Phillip Shinoda, left, with Bob Phillips of the Dallas County Master Gardeners and Molly Rooke of the Dallas Sierra Club.
Stan Simmons of the North Texas Electric Auto Association showed off his converted electric bike that can go up to 40 miles on a charge.
He joked that he usually runs out of steam before he runs out of battery power. He’s also converted a gas-powered motorcycle to electric.
James Alderman talked trees at the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition booth. The group is stepping up efforts to document Indian Marker trees in Texas.
Roger Crandall of Fal-Tech with his hawk Cujo and Cathy Boyles, wildlife administrator for DFW Airport, with Jaeger. Crandall, a falconer since 1976, takes his Harris hawks to the DFW Airport to disperse grackles and starlings off runways.
Doug Buehring, environmental specialist for Southwest Airlines, and Jasmine Ramirez model Southwest Airline’s latest cabin furniture. The equipment is made lighter to reduce fuel consumption. The company has also created a garden for employees at its headquarters.
Sierra Weiss, David Coley and Jennifer Stuart shared with event-goers what they can find at the new Gecko Hardware, which opened this week in the Lake Highlands neighborhood.
Marilyn Simmons operates the DFW Truck Farm with her daughter Donelle Simmons. They drive their truck with its the truck bed garden to area schools and festivals to inspire others to garden. They're part of a national mobile garden education project started in New York by Ian Cheney, one of the filmmakers behind King Corn.
Jin Hewitt gave eco-friendly home improvement tips at Green Living’s eye-catching booth.
Brian White represented Trees for Threes, a partnership with the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department and Arborlogical Services. For every three-pointer made at home by the Mavs, a tree is planted at schools and parks in Dallas. Since the program was started in 2010, 1,000 trees have been planted.
The American Petroleum Institute set up its pro Keystone XL Pipeline banner. However by Saturday afternoon, the booth appeared abandoned.
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Julie Thibodeaux covers environmental issues, green topics and sustainable living for Green Source DFW. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Send your green bulletin items to Julie@greensourcedfw.org. Follow us at Facebook/GreenSourceDFW.com.