Oct 6 2020

ACTION ALERT! Dallas Sierra Club: Stop W.Texas Nuke Waste Dump Expansion - COMMENT

Jul 24 2020 - 7:00am to Nov 3 2020 - 5:00pm

Per Dallas Sierra Club:

Before Nov. 3 (pushed back from July 29!), comment on the latest Interim Storage Partners proposal to ship high level nuclear waste to their "temporary" facility in Andrews County TX. See complete docket which links to place for online comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Use Docket ID, NRC-2016- 0231. Modify and send a letter composed by Austin-based NoNuclearWaste.org. UPDATE: The NRC site is being redesigned so you will be redirected to what they're calling the regulations "beta site." Until Oct. 31, use this link to comment. Use Docket ID, NRC-2016-0231. If you have any questions about submitting your comment, contact the NRC support desk at 877-378-5457.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: Community Outdoor Outreach Program Grant Application (Deadline Nov. 6)

Aug 11 2020 - 8:00am to Nov 6 2020 - 5:00pm

The Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) is now accepting applications for outdoor education programming.  CO-OP grants provide funding to tax-exempt organizations for programming that engages under-represented populations in TPWD mission-oriented outdoor recreation, conservation and environmental education activities.  Grant awards range between $5,000 - $30,000 for eligible activities that take place between March 1, 2021 – Sept. 1, 2022.  This is NOT a construction grant and funds can support personnel, training, transportation, food, program fees and supplies. 

Recreation Grants staff will host a CO-OP Grant Writing Webinar on Tuesday, Sept.15 at 9 a.m.  This online webinar will discuss grant program requirements, provide an overview of the application process, review the newly modified scoring criteria and answer questions from applicants.  The webinar will be recorded so those unable to attend the live streaming can view the recorded webinar once available. Click the link below to register for the upcoming CO-OP Grant Writing Webinar:

Applications are available now via the RGO 2020 system and the deadline is Nov. 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST. Grant awards will be announced on March 1, 2021. 

For more information and to apply, please visit:https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/grants/recreation-grants/community-outdoor-outreach-program-co-op-grants.  

Info: rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov or call (512) 389-8224.

Texas Conservation Alliance: Lights Out Texas (Sept. 5-Oct. 29)

Sep 5 2020 - 11:00pm to Oct 29 2020 - 6:00am
Statewide TX

The campaign hosted by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Texas Conservation Alliance, Houston Audubon encourages homeowners, businesses and managers of tall buildings to eliminate or reduce lighting between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sept. 5 to Oct. 29, during the peak of the fall migration.

City of Arlington: Value of Water Art Contest - Online (Deadline Oct. 13)

Sep 8 2020 - 8:00am to Oct 13 2020 - 5:00pm

The Value of Water Mini Poster Contest is open to pre-K through fourth-grade students who live in Arlington. Entries are due by Oct. 13. The contest is sponsored by Arlington Water Utilities, Arlington Public Library, River Legacy Living Science Center and Tarrant Regional Water District.

Winners will receive a pack of water-themed books, a water science kit and passes to the Discovery Room at River Legacy Living Science Center. Each winner and their teacher will also receive an invitation to be recognized at an Arlington City Council meeting. The water department will also display winning entries at Arlington City Hall or the Arlington Water Utilities South Service Center this fall.

Info: See website below.

Contact: Traci.Peterson@arlingtontx.gov

North Central Texas Council of Governments: Transportation Funding Programs - Public Comment (Sept. 8-Oct.7)

Sep 8 2020 - 8:00am to Oct 7 2020 - 5:00pm
Online TX

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is conducting an online input opportunity to give residents the chance to comment on a series of transportation initiatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

NCTCOG staff will provide information related to Fiscal Year 2020 proposed transit projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration. Programs of projects will be presented from the cities of Arlington, Grand Prairie, McKinney and Mesquite, as well as Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton County Transportation Authority, NCTCOG, Trinity Metro, Northeast Transportation Service (NETS), Public Transit Services (PTS), Span Inc. and STAR Transit.

Funding programs include Urbanized Area Formula, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, State of Good Repair, and Bus and Bus Facilities.

NCTCOG staff will also present findings from the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Impact Study. The study was conducted by Texas A&M Transportation Institute in coordination with NCTCOG. The study characterized and estimated emission impacts of oversize/overweight vehicles on air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth nonattainment area.

Additionally, staff will present details and opportunities related to electric vehicle infrastructure funding and other clean vehicle incentives. Rebate funding will soon be available for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across Texas through the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program. Staff will present key details on how to take advantage of this funding as well as provide other opportunities available for North Texans or fleets to acquire cleaner vehicles.

Staff will also present details of the $5 million Optimizing Freight Movement Project proposal designed to improve the flow of truck traffic between freight hubs and expressways. The project will identify where improving the flow of trucks can do the most good and select one or more technologies to enhance truck travel.

In addition to the presentations, proposed modifications to the list of funded projects will be posted for review and comment. Finally, information on the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program and vehicle incentive opportunities will also be available.

North Texans are encouraged to provide their input at www.nctcog.org/input beginning Sept. 8 and continuing through Oct. 7.

To request printed copies of the information, call 817-608-2365 or email cbaylor@nctcog.org.

Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions: 2020 Dallas Hunger Summit - Zoom (Sept 18 - Oct. 9)

Sep 18 2020 - 10:00am to Oct 9 2020 - 12:00pm
Zoom TX

The 9th Annual Dallas Hunger Summit is going virtual with four consecutive weekly online learning and strategy events.

Speakers and attendees will look at the intersection of healthy food access and community health in Dallas through an equity lens and address what it would take to create a more just food environment for everyone. We will explore the innovative, collaborative steps other communities are taking, and the policies that can assure access to healthy, nutritious food and optimal health for all. See topics, speakers and registration details below.

•Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“What is Food Justice, Why It Matters, and How Do We Create It?”

Featured Speaker – Malik Yakini, Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Register Here


•Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“What would Food Justice Look Like in Dallas?”

Panel Discussion with Local Change Makers, including Anga Sanders, Founder, FEED Oak Cliff; The Reverend Yvette Blair-Lavallais, Senior Pastor First CME Church & Food Justice Activist; Erika Muhammad, Founder, BE and It IS Homestead

Register Here


•Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Post Pandemic: Rebuilding with More Equitable Food Policies”

Speakers include Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, U. S. Representative, Ohio District 11, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Development Operations; Josh Protas, VP Public Policy, MAZON; Dr. Hussain Lalani, Physician and Health Advocate, Parkland Health & Hospital System; Jennifer Craig, Student Nutrition Services, Garland ISD

Register Here


•Oct. 9 10 a.m. to noon 

“Activating Dallas for Food Justice!”

Featured Speaker – Seema Yasmin, MD, Author, Award Winning Journalist

Director, Stanford Health Communication Initiative, Stanford University

Register Here

ACTION ALERT! Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Public Meetings on Texas Nuke Dump - Online (Thru Oct. 15)

Oct 1 2020 - 5:00pm to Oct 15 2020 - 1:00pm
Online TX

The NRC will hold meetings regarding the draft enviromental impact statement for Interim Storage Partners's (Waste Control Specialists and their partner Orano) application to store highly radioactive nuclear waste in Andrews County. 

Oct. 1, 5-8 p.m. CST

Oct. 6, 1-4 p.m. CST

Oct. 8, 5-8 p.m. CST

Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST

Press *1 after calling in. No registration required. Audio is by phone and slides will be shown online.

Info: Karen Hadden, karendhadden@gmail.com 

Public Protest: Tarrant Coalition of Environmental Awareness is hosting an in-person protest at the Nuclear Regulartory Commission, U.S. NRC Region IV office, 1600 East Lamar Boulevard, Arlington on Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. Activists should arrive at 4:30 p.m. 

Sustainable U: Intro to Solar Electricity - Online

Oct 6 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online TX

This webinar will cover the basics of onsite solar photovoltaic (PV) electrical energy for homes or businesses, including the system components, sizing a system, optimizing a system, and paying for a system. Over time, a solar PV system generates a profit for you with long-term, low-carbon, energy production.

Presenter: Paul Westbrook

Sustainable U is a partnership with Dallas College and EarthX.

Free. Preregistration requested.


Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Why Are There So Many Dang Daisies? - YouTube

Oct 6 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
YouTube TX

The Asteraceae (or Compositae) family of plants is incredibly diverse, with members including sunflowers, daisies, thistles, marigolds, lettuce, artichokes, and many many more. So diverse are they that they make up over 10 percent of the flowering plant species in North America, yet no one is quite sure why they are so numerous and successful. In this talk Dr. Bort (Robert) Edwards will take you on a tour of this fascinating group of plants and explain some of his research into how the extremeness of the North American environment is responsible for their distribution and diversity.


See website link below for details.

Dallas Peace and Justice Center: An Unreasonable Woman and the War on Plastic - Zoom

Oct 6 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Online TX

Online event with environmental activist extraordinaire Diane Wilson, who will talk about her remarkable activist journey and the David-and-Goliath story of the largest settlement in U.S. history involving a private citizen’s lawsuit against an industrial polluter under federal clean air and water laws.

Suggested donation $5-$10.