An environmental group or organization

FWLNA welcomes Zac Trahan, director of Texas Campaign for the Environment’s DFW office, to discuss local impacts of the recent Texas Legislature.

He will speak specifically on HB 40, legislation providing that the state has preemption authority over oil and gas regulations. The new law holds that current and proposed city and other  political subdivision ordinances that place regulations on oil and gas activities are only allowed if they are commercially reasonable.

There will also be an overview of the legislative session as a whole and its impact on cities and neighborhoods.

The country's top Zero Waste experts will gather in Austin, Texas for a 3-day conference to teach local businesses and municipalities how to save money, lower costs, and create long-term sustainability through waste diversion best practices.

Early Bird price ends June 10. 

Addison-based author Dan Moulton has written a book about Texas' vast array of environmental centers. Learn about the types of programs offered for people of all ages, plus descriptions of the more unusual centers.


Also, Jarratt Willis of Texas Conservation Alliance will talk about municipal water recycling and its benefits. You may be surprised to learn where your drinking water comes from.

Free. Info:

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The North Central Texas Council of Government hosts the annual Clean Air Action day to encourage North Texans make at least one commitment for a healthier environment and cleaner air. Participants’ choices can be as simple as carpooling or bringing a lunch to work.

Here's a list of clean air commitments to choose from.

Additionally, this year they’re holding social media contests for participants to take part in. By posting their commitment on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #CAAD and @nctcogtrans, participants have the opportunity to win a prize.


Using Data to Green Our Cities presented by Robert Kent, North Texas Area Director for The Trust for Public Land.

From health care to energy, the power of big data and analytics are rapidly changing the way we understand and interact with the world--and land conservation is no exception. The Trust for Public Land uses GIS software and cutting-edge computing to create data-driven tools that help communities prioritize their park and conservation goals. In this presentation, Robert Kent will discuss how The Trust for Public Land is using data and analytics to help cities across the country make strategically smart land conservation choices, including some in North Texas.

Topic: "The new Rain Catcher Garden at Midway Hills Christian Church & Water Conservation Techniques."

Presenter: Elizabeth Wilkinson, Certified Dallas County Master Gardener with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

In spite of our incredibly rainy spring, and very full lakes, we still need to be conscious of our water usage. The Metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in America, and with two or three years of drought, we could find ourselves under tight water restrictions again. Learn how to be proactive and save water now .. before it becomes another crisis!

Midway Hills Christian Church is striving to practice environmental stewardship as they rennovate their building and grounds. Less water usage lowers their water bill and remarkably, saves on energy! (The water company has to pay for the electricity to pump and process that water!) Learn what you can do at home to reduce water usage. Our meeting will include a "field trip" outside the church for an up-close view and tour of the gardens on the church grounds.

All meetings are free and open to the public.

We will explore this high quality eastern Cross Timbers Blackjack/Post Oak woodlands with patches of sandy prairie, supporting microhabitats with rare plant communities. Some of the highlights include Glen Rose Yucca (Yucca necopina), Farkle Berry (Vaccinium arboretum), Nuttall's Wild Indigo (Baptisia nuttalliana), Snout Bean (Rhynchosia latifolia), Goats Rue (Tephrosia virginiana), Prairie Flameflower (Phemeranthus parviflorus=Talinum parviflorum), Southern Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera=Myrica) & Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum engelmannii).

Please wear proper footwear, long pants, & bring along sunscreen & plenty of water. Info: Jeff at 817-729-0283 or

The Dallas Green Alliance, a green political action committee, is hosting a fundraiser. The group is working to get two more environmentally friendly city council members elected.

Drinks, light snacks.


Martha Cavazos-Fipps, the city of McKinney's environmental coordinator, will speak about the city's environmental programs and we will watch "Can the Gulf Survive?" by National Geographic that details the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Info: Brandi Price, or 469-247-6391.