In May of 2009, students at Fort Worth Country Day met with Upper School science teacher Perri Carr to discuss applying for a Texas Healthy Habitat Grant. The grant money is funded by EnCana Oil and Gas (U.S.A. Inc.), North America’s largest natural gas producer, and distributed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Dallas Greendrinks and Net Impact are planning another Carrotmob. This time they are coming together under the green umbrella of Earth Day Dallas to once again bring people together to ‘mob’ a local Dallas business.  Carrotmob will reward an environmentally and socially responsible business with a mob of new customers.

State Parks face cuts in funding

On Wednesday, March 23rd, the House Appropriations Committee voted 18-7 in favor of a
state budget that would make major cuts to our state parks system. This budget
could force the closure of at least seven state parks, drastically reduce

Saving energy with the laundry

Ninety percent of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. However, you can reduce demand on the hot water heater by washing most clothing in cold water. You will also see less color fading with the clothes. Use hot water for whites, towels, and sheets. Washing sheets in hot water is especially important for killing dust mites. But even with the warmer loads, consider using the hot cycle initially and then using cold water in the rinse cycle. Hot water more effective at killing germs.

On Monday night, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League voted overwhelmingly to support Dallas City Council member Angela Hunt in her effort to establish an open and transparent gas drilling task force to study the effects of shale gas drilling in Dallas.

Film Review: Fuel

Joshua Tickell's film, Fuel, looks at a topic that affects our entire world. Fuel heats us, cools us, and feeds us. Yet, the extraction of fossil fuels is a dirty business, affecting health and environment. It is a limited resource and it leads to political and international conflict.

A visit to Texas Pure

March 8, 2011

Texas Pure takes leaf bags, clippings, fallen trees and shrubs... and turns them into a variety of compost and mulch products. Texas Pure started in 1992 as 'Plano Pure,' a city of Plano program developed and championed by Nancy Neville. Funded by grants initially, it is now one of the largest operations in Texas and it is only two years away from seeing significant profits.

March 4, 2011

A revised settlement agreement between Ash Grove Cement and the cities of Dallas and Arlington now includes language that preserves the goal of the original green cement policy, winning the support of DFW clean air activists who initially opposed a deal two weeks ago.

Computer equipment contains some pretty toxic materials, including lead, cadmium, mercury, and PVC plastics. Over 70% of the heavy metals in landfills come from electronic equipment. Additionally, 60% of electronic equipment that is 'thrown out' doesn't make it to the landfills; instead it is shipped to other countries where there is often less money and resources to dispose of it properly.

Queen of the Sun looks at disappearing bees

As you have probably heard, we have been losing large populations of honeybees. There are multiple factors for this, but the largest threat comes from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a disorder still not clearly understood.

Bees and humans have had a long connection--particularly when it comes to the cultivation of plants.

Last week, Tom 'Smitty' Smith of Public Citizen met with local environmental organizers at the Dallas Clean Air meetup to discuss several issues, including the outcome of the Sunset hearings for Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Railroad Commission. Every state agency must go through a Sunset review where it's practices are evaluated and the agency may or may not be permitted to continue. 

Dallas City Council gets a gift

On Tuesday, each member of the Dallas City Council, along with Mayor Tom  Leppert and City Manager Mary K. Suhm received a gift: their very own copy of the Academy Award nominated film, Gasland

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