May 6, 2021

Fort Worth Botanic Garden/BRIT: Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects - Fort Worth (May 6-Aug. 6)

May 6 2021 - 8:00am to Aug 1 2021 - 6:00pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Fort Worth , TX

Be amazed this summer at the award-winning exhibition by artist Sean Kenney. Kenney uses simple toy blocks to craft plants and animals, birds and insects, playing with our idea of scale and inviting a sense of wonder.

Free with admission.

July 8, 2021

City of Fort Worth: Environmental Excellence Awards Call for Entries - Deadline Aug. 31

Jul 8 2021 - 7:00am to Aug 31 2021 - 5:00pm

The City of Fort Worth has issued a call for entries for the 2021 Environmental Excellence Awards.

Innovation Awards will be presented in the areas of:

    •    Water Use & Process Improvement

    •    Water Conservation

    •    Stormwater 

    •    Air Quality

    •    Land Redevelopment

    •    Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling

Recognition Awards include:

    •    Fort Worth Friendly Landscapes

    •    SmartWater Award

See website link below for details, eligibility requirements and application.

Info: [email protected] for more information

July 29, 2021

ACTION ALERT! TCEQ: Public Hearing on Shingle Maker - Online

Jul 29 2021 - 7:00pm
Online TX

Read the Green Source articleGAF Materials, aka Building Materials Investment Corporation, is seeking a 5-year renewal of their Title V Federal Operating Permit. Environmentalists are urging North Texans to demand better pollution controls for the facility located adjacent to residential neighborhoods. 

Public Hearing: TCEQ is holding a public comment hearing July 29 at 7 p.m. Sign up to speak or join the meeting. Enter the Meeting ID: 192-616-739. Register at least 15 minutes ahead of the meeting.

Written Comments: Submit comments by snail mail or electronically. Use permit number 2771.

July 31, 2021

City of Fort Worth: Your Better Yard Workshops - Online

Jul 31 2021 - 10:30am to Aug 7 2021 - 12:30pm
Online TX

A free workshop aims to help homeowners make the most of their yards while saving time, money and water by matching tips with how they use their spaces.

“Your Better Yard” is a program developed by the EPA WaterSense program and presented by the Fort Worth Public Library and the Fort Worth Water Department.

The virtual workshops are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

The workshops not only feature suggestions from Your Better Yard, but the Water Department is dropping in tips for Fort Worth residents to save water by using native and adaptive plants, following water schedules, using drip irrigation and more. Conservation is so important locally because of the summer heat, and the tips can help save money as well.

Experts Patrick Dickinson and Daniel Cunningham will host the programs. They both work with Rooted In, a DFW-based group of horticulture and conservation experts that offers a holistic, science-based approach to meeting the demands of an ever-changing Texas landscape. The two-part series will explore eight yard lifestyles, four per session.

Free.

August 2, 2021

City of Dallas: Education and Employment in Urban Agriculture - Online

Aug 2 2021 - 12:00pm
Online TX

As we see the effects of climate change and deal with issues of food insecurity, urban agriculture is becoming a vital component in providing food in urban areas. Whether it is in more traditional farming or using more technology based practices like vertical farming, it is vital to have a well trained work force to help produce this food.  Learn about some of the educational and fields of employment available in North Texas in the field of urban agriculture. Information will be provided by Dallas College and the University of North Texas at Dallas as well as others in the urban agriculture field.

August 3, 2021

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Texas Aquatic Ecosystems - Zoom

Aug 3 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Zoom TX

Join Katie Vasquez and Megann Harlow from University of North Texas as they present their research in our Student Research Seminar series. They will discuss their analysis of different habitats of submerged aquatic vegetation in Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. 

Free.

August 4, 2021

NCTCOG: Clean Air Action Day - DFW

Aug 4 2021 - 7:00am
DFW TX

Clean Air Action Day represents a chance for North Texans to make simple changes to their daily routines that collectively can have a significant impact on the air they breathe.

The goal is to improve the air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and protect people’s health.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth region, 10 counties fall under nonattainment for the pollutant ozone and are working to meet the standard. Clean Air Action Day is one way the North Central Texas Council of Governments seeks to empower users of the transportation system to contribute to better air.

As residents begin to return to the office throughout the summer, social distancing measures and other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines remain in place. However, there are simple steps North Texans can take to become part of the solution.

They can take their lunch to work, use mass transit to get to the office or take steps to reduce idling when they do have to drive. Those who are still working from home can incorporate active transportation options such as bicycling or walking when they have to run errands.

North Texans are encouraged to maintain the commitments they make on Aug. 4 throughout ozone season, which ends Nov. 30. A good way to prepare to take action is to sign up for ozone alerts at www.airnorthtexas.org/signup.

After signing up, residents can commit to small changes to their routines to help clear the air by visiting www.airnorthtexas.org/cleanairactionday.

On Clean Air Action Day, share with NCTCOG how you celebrate by using #CAAD2021 and tagging, @NCTCOGtrans. You could win a prize! And remember to log your alternative commutes at www.tryparkingit.com, the region’s alternative-commute and ride-matching site. It is easy to participate on Clean Air Action Day and throughout the year.

Arlington Conservation Council: Air Quality in North Texas - Zoom

Aug 4 2021 - 7:00pm
Zoom TX

Presentation by Jim Schermbeck, director of Downwinders at Risk

Info: [email protected] 

August 7, 2021

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Plant Portraits Intermediate Watercolor Workshop - Fort Worth

Aug 7 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
1700 University
Fort Worth , TX

Take the skills learned in Introduction to Watercolor and Watercolor: Next Steps and apply them to the plant portrait of your choosing. In this three-hour class you will learn some basic tips for drawing for watercolor and begin to paint the leaves, stem and flower of your choosing. 

This class will maintain 6 feet distance between participants and is held indoors. Masks are not required during the class but are available for those who wish to wear one.

Cost: $65/$55 member

Registration deadline Aug. 4

August 10, 2021

Dallas Sierra Club: Hydrologist Craig Taylor - Zoom

Aug 10 2021 - 7:00pm
Zoom TX

Water resources engineer Craig Taylor will discuss natural water cycles and contaminant transport. This presentation will focus on how water naturally moves through the environment and how that movement can spread environmental contamination through our groundwater and surface waters. This will include a discussion of common management strategies for contaminated sites.

Log in: 6:45 to 7 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with announcements, followed by speaker's presentation.

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/99535860396

August 12, 2021

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Water Saving Seminar - Fort Worth

Aug 12 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
1700 University Dr
Fort Worth , TX

Note: This is an in-person event

Using less water is not only good for the environment; it is also great for saving money on your water bill. The seminar series, taught by local and regional experts, covers a wide variety of landscape and gardening topics each year. Fort Worth Water Conservation staff attend each seminar in case you have questions about Fort Worth outdoor watering requirements and conservation programs.

Link to registration on website below.

August 14, 2021

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Meditative Mark-Making in Nature - Zoom

Aug 14 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Zoom TX

Through this virtual workshop we will teach ourselves to slow down and breathe through several drawing activities, including blind contour drawing (where we only focus on observing, not the outcome). We will explore meditative mark-making and ways to train our eyes to see the details that we otherwise could miss. 

Registration deadline Aug. 6

Cost: $37/$32 member

August 16, 2021

Botanical Research Institute of Texas Book Club: In Defense of Plants - Zoom

Aug 16 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Zoom TX

In his debut book, internationally recognized blogger and podcaster Matt Candeias celebrates the nature of plants and the extraordinary world of plant organisms. Matt Candeias will be leading the discussion and taking questions.

Free.

August 19, 2021

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Plants in Art, Through the Ages - Zoom

Aug 19 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Zoom TX

vegetation of all types. Join art historian Erin Starr White in this spirited exploration of art whose subject includes flowers, stems, leaves and trees. Artists from the Western artistic tradition will be our focus, from van Gogh to O’Keeffe – and beyond!

Cost: $37/$32 member

Green Source On the Air: Topic TBA - Zoom

Aug 19 2021 - 6:00pm
Zoom TX

Episode hosted by Dallas College.

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