The North Texas Community Cleanup Challenge is a friendly competition among North Texas communities to see who can pick up the most litter per resident from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, 2021. Communities, churches, boy scouts, girl scouts, companies, activists, or just ordinary citizens can organize litter cleanup events or simply log existing events and efforts as they occur. At the end of the contest, the community with the most litter cleaned up per resident will recieve the North Texas Community Cleanup award that they can proudly display in their city hall. Each year the trophy will move from community to community, each adding their name to the legacy of litter cleanup efforts.
September 1, 2021
North Texas Community Cleanup Challenge - DFW (Thru Oct. 31)
City of Arlington: Value of Water Mini Poster Contest - Arlington
Art and science kits, water-themed books, and free passes to the upcoming Dinosaur Safari Exhibit at River Legacy Living Science Center are a few of the prizes in store for the winners of this year’s Value of Water Mini Poster contest. The annual art contest is open to Arlington students, pre-kindergarten through 4th grade.
The contest begins Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, and all entries are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. It is sponsored by Arlington Water Utilities, Arlington Public Library, River Legacy Living Science Center, and Tarrant Regional Water District.
See website link below for more details.
Info: Alana Earle, [email protected], 817-459-6618
September 5, 2021
Lights Out Texas - Statewide (Sept. 5-Oct. 29)
Lights Out Texas is an intiative launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with support from nonprofits including the Texas Conservation Alliance to raise awareness about the dangers of light pollution for migrating birds. The program asks homeowners, businesses and managers of tall buildings to eliminate or reduce lighting between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the peak of the fall migration, Sept. 5 to Oct. 29.
October 12, 2021
North Central Texas Council of Governments: High-Speed Transportation Open Houses - DFW
The North Central Texas Council of Governments will hold a series of in-person open houses throughout the region, in October, to highlight the Dallas-Fort Worth High-Speed Transportation Connections Study’s purpose as well as the Phase 1 recommendations of the project.
The first open house is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Open houses are also scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Southside Preservation Hall in Fort Worth; 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at Mercy Street in West Dallas; and 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Large venues have been chosen to allow for adequate social distancing.
See website link below for details and locations.
October 17, 2021
Profound Foods: Bakefest - Fairview
Bakers will offer samples and a variety of baked products for sale.
What to expect: 20-plus local artisan bakers; many are small cottage industry, some are well-established local bakers. There will be a variety of bread, biscuits, bagels, rolls, buns, muffins, cakes, pies, cookies, pastries, tarts, including some gluten free and vegan options.
At Profound Foods our mission is to build a strong local community and advance the adoption of sustainably and responsibly grown foods.
Cost: Adults, $5. Children 12 and under, free. First responders and military, free.
October 20, 2021
Liveable Arlington: AC360 Planning and Zoning Hearing - Arlington
Total's application to drill at AC360, dangerously close to yet another Arlington childcare center, will be heard by the city Planning and Zoning Committee on Wednesday, October 6 at 6 PM.
In addition to signing their petition (https://bit.ly/ProtectArlingtonChildren), Liveable Arlington encourages participation in the public comment portion of the hearing.
Guidelines for participating: https://arlingtontx.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=14481146...
Info: Ranjana Bhandari, [email protected]
October 21, 2021
Perot Museum: The Shape of Matter Through an Artist's Eye - Dallas (Oct. 21-April 20)
Showcasing the jewelry creations of renowned designer extraordinaire Paula Crevoshay, The Shape of Matter – Through An Artist’s Eye exhibit will open at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science Oct. 21, 2021, and run through April 20, 2022.
As part of the Perot Museum’s commitment to create enticing content that inspires minds through nature and science, this exhibit provides an innovative look at how nature and art connect.
In addition to approximately 70 pieces inspired by nature, including a world museum debut, The Shape of Matter – Through An Artist’s Eye will include loose gems and minerals, all displayed within their respective crystal systems. The exhibition illuminates the link between minerals, gems and jewelry while providing a path to learn more about intricate crystal structures.
Museum general admission is $20 for adults (13-64), $13 for youth (2-12) and $18 for seniors (65+). Museum general admission is free for members. Children under 2 are always free.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden/BRIT: Author of Painting the Woods - Online
Deborah Paris, artist and author, will read and discuss her book Painting the Woods: Nature, Memory and Metaphor, published by Texas A&M University Press in 2020. The book chronicles her time working in Lennox Woods, a rare old growth southern hardwood forest near her home in northeast Texas. A place-based meditation on nature, art, memory and time, Painting the Woods explores the experience of landscape through the lens of art and artmaking.
Registration deadline Oct. 19
October 23, 2021
Texas Conservation Alliance: Annual Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration - Zoom
Keynote address by Dr. Andy Sansom, Director of Environmental Strategy at Texas State University.
RSVP to receive the Zoom login information.
Info: [email protected]
City of Plano: Waterwise Landscape Tour - Plano
The WaterWise Landscape Tour is a free, self-guided tour of beautiful, sustainable Plano landscapes that thrive in the summer heat. Locations include five featured yards and the Environmental Education Center’s demonstration garden.
You’ll discover attractive, drought-tolerant plants and so much more. The featured yards are each unique and at various stages of maturity. Their owners look forward to sharing their stories, experiences and best practices, as do the enthusiastic volunteers who will be present to answer your questions.
October 28, 2021
Women in the Environment: Women Who Followed Their Passion - Farmers Branch
Enjoy an engaging panel presentation by women who have followed their “green” passions. Learn how these influential women became change agents and champions of the environmental and sustainability movement in the DFW area.
Speakers: Meghna Tare, UT Arlington’s first Chief Sustainability Officer; Olinka Green, community organizer; Yolanda Bluehorse, co-founder of the Society of Native Nations in Texas; Tamara Cook, a senior sustainability manager; Pharr Andrews, Senior Climate Coordinator for the City of Dallas; Marsha Jackson, infamous Shingle Mountain activist; Evelyn Mayo, chair of Downwinders at Risk.
More info on website link below.
Green Source On the Air: Spooky Tales from the Trails - Zoom
Our Halloween-themed episode. Bone chilling stories by members of the Dallas Sierra Club and other special guests TBA.
October 30, 2021
Native Prairies Association of Texas: Prairie Seekers Workshop Field Training - Decatur
Native Prairies Association of Texas, partnering with Dixon Water Foundation, is hosting a Prairie Seekers workshop with field training on Saturday, Oct.30, 2021 at Leo Ranch north of Decatur. Participants will gain experience evaluating prairies and will learn what makes a prairie special. Prairie ecology experts will be on hand to lead participants in focused field observations.
Fee is $35. Participation is limited and proceeds support the new North Texas Outreach & Stewardship Program.
November 5, 2021
Dallas College: Sustainability Summit - Online
11th annual event hosted by Dallas College.
The keynote topics include:
• How respect for self and others improves civic engagement and civil discourse
• Civil discourse – how we can move beyond our seemingly intractable wars of ideas
Additional topics to be explored are:
• Why voting matters
• How service-learning benefits both the givers and receivers
• Can Mindfulness and Compassion Training Increase Responsiveness and Resilience to the Climate Crisis?
• Media Literacy: How to Spot Misinformation Online
• Reflective Structured Dialogues
• Sustainability for Self: How to Have the Time and Energy for Civic Engagement
• Three Questions that Can Transform the World
The Sustainability Summit will be followed by the 2021 Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Summit Nov. 8 - 9. The theme of the event is “Hope for the Future.“ It will provide educational opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members on five specific Sustainable Development Goals that address hunger, health, education, inequality and climate change.
Both the Sustainability Summit and TRACS Summit will be held virtually and there is no charge for registration. This is part of Dallas College’s ongoing commitment to encourage social responsibility and provide access to low or no cost sustainability education to all the citizens of Texas.
Dallas College: Sustainability Summit - Online
11th Annual Sustainability Summit will be held virtually. Hosted by Dallas College. Courtney Macavinta, founder of the Respect Institute, is the keynote speaker.