Zac Trahan of Texas Campaign for the Environment will lead an interactive discussion about potential environmental bills during the 2015 Texas Legislative Session. It has always been difficult to pass good environmental legislation at the State Capitol, but this year is shaping up to be the toughest challenge yet. Sierra Club is working with groups like Texas Campaign for the Environment and many others to pass the best bills possible and to defeat negative environmental bills that would result in more pollution, not less. Industry lobbyists are currently targeting the numerous local ordinances that DFW cities have passed on contentious issues such as fracking and single-use shopping bags, pushing legislation that would over-ride and pre-empt our right to local control. Learn more about this and other potential environmental legislation—and get plugged in to ways you can help influence state lawmakers on behalf of a cleaner, greener world.

Presenter: ONCOR

ONCOR, the state's largest regulated utility, just stepped forward with an audacious plan to invest $5.2B to install 5,000 MW of batteries on the Texas Grid. This emerging technology will help improve reliability, boost renewable and maybe lower monthly electric bills. If this project goes through it will be the largest project of its kind in the world. 

Related News Article: Texas - A Testing Ground for Energy Storage

Rita Beving, representative for Clean Water Action, will discuss water conservation issues.

The Denton group meets the first Saturday of the month.

Info: Brett Cease, BrettW.Cease@gmail.com

H3: The Responsible Pathway Sustainability Conference

Keynote Speakers: Mr. Trammell S. Crow, Dr. Elaine Ingham

This free one-day conference features two keynote speakers and simultaneous breakout sessions in three tracks: Saving the: People, Planet, and Money. The H3 stands for head, heart and hands because the pathway to sustainability involves a commitment and alignment of these three parts of your body.

Info: Sustainability Program Director Maria Boccalandro at 972-860-5204.

Zero Waste Community Planning Workshop

Zero Waste businesses and organizations are creating more sustainable communities, and have diverted over 90% of their waste from landfill and incineration.

Globally recognized expert Gary Liss will be featured in the DCCCD Sustainability Series to share best practices, policies, and procedures for transitioning your business, municipality or non-profit organization into a community Zero Waste leader. 

When:

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost:

$99 for Friday Workshop

$144 for Saturday Workshop

Student Discount*: $99 (*Students from any college or university)

$25.00 to take the exam for Certified Zero Waste Planner

Register:

For Continuing Education (1 CEU), please register for the "Sustainability" course under Building and Technical Education for CE Spring 2015 catalog.

Workshop Topics:

Introduction to Zero Waste and Resource Management

Strategies for Businesses and Organizations

5-7 pm for public comment with rally before at 4pm. A bus is being provided by Sierra Club with lunch and snacks provided and will leave earlier in the day. 

Info: Rita Beving of the Dallas Sierra Club at antiquerita@aol.com



Info: Rita Beving of the Dallas Sierra Club at antiquerita@aol.com

Monthly gathering of DFW environmental groups to share updates.

Solar Car Workshop FAQ:

Who Should Attend?

Any interested teacher or student that wants to build a high school solar car project in preparation for a Solar Car Challenge race.

How Many Can Attend?

Please limit your attendance to no more than ten students per school.

How Much Does it Cost?

Nothing.

Is a Reservation Required?

Yes. Please contact Dr. Lehman Marks at LehmanM743@aol.com no later than one week in advance of the workshop.

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