The North Texas Corporate Recycling Association's seventh annual Eco-bus tour. This year's theme:  "LEED, Lights, & Lager." Stops include Pat Lobb Toyota and Franconia Brewing in McKinney with presentation by Perfectly Green. Close-toed flat shoes are required for the tour. Optional networking lunch at 11 a.m. at Hedary’s Mediterranean Grill. $15-$35/tour. Additional $19/lunch.


The Quality of Life and Environment Committee of the Dallas City Council is currently working on strategies to reduce the amount of plastic bag and plastic film litter in our environment. On Monday, Oct. 14, the committee will be meeting to hear discussion on this topic. 

During the meeting, there will be an opportunity for the public and environmental groups to speak to the committee and to present their perspectives on this topic in addition to representatives from the plastic bag and plastic film manufacturers, recyclers, industry spokespersons, retailers and restaurants.

The meeting will run for 90 minutes during which time we estimate that groups will have approximately 15 minutes each to make comments and distribute information on the topic.

Once all groups have had a chance to speak, we believe the QOLE Committee will then take the remainder of the time to ask questions and make their comments and decide on next steps.


Jack Tidwell, manager of the Environment & Development Department at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), will speak about Vision North Texas, which is an award-winning partnership of private, public, and academic organizations. 

Two nationally respected conservationists will examine the impact of nighttime artificial lighting on physical, mental and spiritual health at a workshop and lecture. 

Cindy Luongo Cassidy will lead the 5-6:45 pm lighting assessment workshop, featuring a walk-around critique of installed lighting on the UTA campus. Following the Planetarium show "The November Night Sky," she and Paul Bogard will present a lecture and Q&A. 

Free but seating is limited. Register online to receive parking pass and directions.

The presenter will be Fran Witte, Sr. Community Outreach Coordinator, city of Irving, specializing in environmental education and program development.

Ms. Witte is the Secretary for Women in the Environment and is a member of the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association (NTCRA), the Metroplex Recycling Coordinators Roundtable, North American Association for Environmental Education, National Community Gardening Association, TOFGA (Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) and the NTREG Yahoo Group. Ms. Witte is also member of the Irving's Greater Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Green Business Council and serves as a city of Irving Radiological ("RAD") team member.

Three-day green conference featuring more than 250 speakers, as well as exhibitions, workshops, meetups, film screenings and panel discussions.  DFW environmentalists Amy King, Anna Clark, Charlotte Vick, Mark McWilliams and Mark Hallwill will present a panel discussion on Ocean Conservation through Social Innovation on Oct. 7. $375.

Bring your favorite chocolate, munchies or a bottle of wine to share with fellow WE members and friends. The group will also hold its annual election of officers and board members. RSVP.

Workshop series is geared to environmental educators. In this last session, help students learn about their relationship with energy and investigate the environmental issues related to energy's role in society.  Receive an Energy & Society Activity Guide, Energy and Me Music CD and Dance Video end energy posters. Great for 5th grade energy unit.  Receive 3hours of SBEC credit. $35. Info: LInda Dunn at

This workshop is part of UNT's Sustainability Leadership Program, a professional certificate workshop series to help participants discover professional opportunities in sustainability. Attend all 7 workshops and receive certification. 

Cost for the July 29 workshop: $75. Agenda:

  • Fundamentals of Sustainability
  • Funding Projects and Programs
  • Changing Behavior
  • Stakeholder Involvement
  • Measuring Success
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Sustainability Marketing and Promotions

[ibimage==6770==original_size==none==self==ibimage_left]Annual, family-friendly and free outdoor festival that allows leaders in the corporate, academic and non profit worlds to show North Texans how green lifestyle choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health and help save the environment. Read more in the Green Source DFW article: Earth Day Texas expected to draw Texas-sized turnout