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The local Texas Campaign for the Environment office is hosting follow up meetings about the gas drilling issue  in Dallas. TCE is also launching a statewide campaign to urge Wal-mart to start a take back recycling program for old and obsolete electronics and this will be a forum to discuss this program. Electronic waste is toxic waste (it contains lead, mercury and many hazardous chemicals) that doesn’t belong in D/FW landfills – which are often situated close to area waterways. TCE is thus urging Walmart to match the recycling program Best Buy is offering in their retail stores nationwide, and we launched a “social media action”.  

As part of that action TCE is urging everyone to: 
 
Post a message today on Walmart’s “What’s on Your Mind” Facebook page calling on the company to take back e-waste for recycling. This link will take you to Walmart's customer feedback page. http://www.facebook.com/walmart/app_262083887168302

Been thinking about a career change? Were you laid off, but offered assistance to learn another profession? Would you like training and education so you can apply to work in the solar energy industry or related fields? Perhaps you're considering opening a solar energy business of your own?

 Saturday's meeting offers answers!
 
The topic of our meeting will be "College Education in the Field of Renewable Energy" with Dr. Chuck Dale, Ed.D, presenting. Dr. Dale is Eastfield College's Department Chairman, and Professor of Renewable Energy, Electronics, and Mechatronics.He has been teaching at the college level for over 46 years. He's been a pioneer in the field of Electronics Program development with the first Digital Electronics program in the State of Texas. He co-founded the most successful Telecommunications Program, as well as one of the most successful Mechatronics programs in the state.

Come celebrate Earth Day early with us on Thursday, April 19th!  Our celebration features a variety of informational booths related to Earth Day, as well as live entertainment. 

Tarrant County Public Health Building, 1101 South Main at Rosedale.

Free admission and parking. Open to the public.

Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar electricity for the event sound stage.

http://www.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/site/default.asp

Irving is hosting an Eco-Movie Fest in honor of Earth Day on Saturday!

Saturday, April 21 | 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. | at two of our libraries – Central and West.

This event is FREE to the public!


Below are the movies that will be shown by location:

Central Library Movie Lineup | 801 W. Irving Blvd.

Fresh (the Video Project) 
1:30 – 2:40 p.m. | Running time: 70 minutes

“Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.Learn more about this movie.

Learn 2 Live Green (L2LG) is a fun, family-friendly, FREE event encouraging people to adopt a greener lifestyle. L2LG includes the latest in green and/or fair trade products, along with interactive hands-on activities, entertainment, presentations, a film festival, artwork, children’s activities and prize drawings. Learn about keyhole gardens which provide enough food for an entire family in just a 6’ diameter area. Discover how food additives and processing contributes to children’s allergies and asthma. Hear how  global observations about water impact the local water supply. Learn! Enjoy! Experience! In making greener choices, you’ll help the environment AND save a little green.                     

Register for one of the many workshops or classes at L2LG here https://livegreeninplano.obsres.com/Info.aspx?EventID=21

Web site http://www.learn2livegreen.com

http://www.meetup.com/DFW-Tarrant-County-Greenweavers/events/57686162/?a=ea2_grp&rv=ea2

Summer is coming on us hard, so anything we can learn to implement or pass on to others for water conservation will benefit us all.

Mr. Smart is the director of public activities for the BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas www.brit.org )

He will speaking to us on the 27th about the BRIT, and it's mission, then moving onto what he calls 'Learning The Way'.  This is a stewardship driven system that bridges the gap between some great thoughts on tactics for water conservation and those items that can be done NOW.

 

Dallas is celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the Houston Street Viaduct with a ciclovia!

Ciclovia is:
A chance to experience a place without cars and meet new friends.  Streets are closed off to auto traffic – bikes, trikes, skaters, roller bladers and walkers take over!

At Cyclovia de Dallas, an event organized by BFOC and the City of Dallas, the Houston Street Bridge will be off limits to cars and trucks while pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and other non-motorized travelers practice greener ways of getting around.

The bridge connects Oak Cliff to downtown Dallas and will be closed to motorists during the event, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

Activities will include kite flying, line dancing, bicycle races, skateboarding, live music, yoga, a bicycle safety rodeo, an urban market, healthy food trucks, a dog park, and more.

The Viaduct is an easy walk from Downtown via Houston Street.  Parking is abundant and DART’s Union Station has service from all lines.

Open to the Public. Donation Only.
"Hands are the heart’s landscape." -Karol Wojtyla. 

Next meeting: Monday, April 9,
Potluck at 6:30 pm
Meeting at 7:00 pm

Location: 9511 FAIRCREST DR,
 Dallas 75238
 
The mission of the Nuclear Free World Committee is to educate and advocate for a nuclear free world in our lifetime and change the culture that supports and sustains nuclear technologies.
Special April ACC Meeting

On Wednesday, April 11 at 7 pm we'll learn about sustainable architecture during a free tour and talk at the gleaming new UTA College Park Center, 601 S. Pecan St.

For this month's general meeting we will tour the CPC, UTA's newest environmentally-friendly sports arena/events facility. We will be guided by the building's architects and managers, who will highlight its green features.

Representatives of the UT System and the architecture and engineering firms involved ­ Bill Amendola, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction, UT System; Ellen Mitchell, sustainable design coordinator, HKS; Jennifer Blount, LEED coordinator, Jacobs Engineering; and Keith Schobert, assistant director, UTA College Park Center ­ will lead a discussion of green building elements, both visible and stealth, and other environmentally aware features of the state-of-the-art venue and how the entire 20-acre College Park District is accelerating a growing synergy between the university and downtown Arlington.

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