This program teaches you how to become more water-efficient in your “urban orchard,” what plants and varieties work best in our area, the basics of pest control, proper pruning methods and other practical ways to increase production. Branch out and join us for a fruitful program! Fort Worth staff will be attending the live online seminars in case you have questions pertaining specifically to Fort Worth outdoor irrigation restrictions and programs.

Free. Register on the link below.

Tour the Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, the first net zero school in Texas, the first net zero middle school in America, and the largest net zero public school in America. Solar panels, wind turbines, and many efficiency measures combine to provide students and faculty with a campus that generates as much energy as it consumes each year.

Three nationally recognized award-winning “green" homebuilders will share their projects and knowledge as to the state of the art in energy-efficient homes. It's rare for us to be able to offer a presentation from a person at their level.

Presenters: Local and National Award-winning home builders Don Ferrier of Ferrier Custom Homes, Matt Mitchell, owner of James Andrews Custom Homes, LLC, and Jimmy Tanghongs of The New Modern Home.

Gary Gene Olp, directs GGOArchitects, Corp., an acclaimed architectural studio in Dallas, Texas. GGOArchitects was the first green practice in Dallas, focusing on green buildings that incorporate energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day lighting, non-toxic materials, advanced building science and enhanced indoor air quality. GGOA has since completed more than 375 projects including residential, commercial, institutional and museum work throughout the United States.

Greening Your Home for You, Your Pocketbook and the Planet. One-hour presentation by Beth Johnson, REALTOR, LEED AP, EcoBroker Certified, Certified Green Professional, NAR GREEN, followed by Q&A.


Nov. 3 presentation is a condensed, fast-paced version of what will be presented in a 2-part pair of related presentations Dec. 2.

Tour of the George W. Hawkes Central Library. Gather at the entrance to tour this silver LEED-certified building.

• Residential rooftop solar installation will be discussed by Waco’s rooftop solar installer Holt Kelly. Everything you need to know to combat climate change with your own rooftop PVC project. Mr. Kelly will also discuss the history of solar energy. 

• With the availability of financing, solar power has become very affordable, the equipment cost often comparable to a monthly electricity bill 

• The business meeting will include: Go Renewable Waco, new T-shirts, & 2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit. 

• Free salad & vegetarian/vegan pizza buffet. 

Wildflowers of Texas

Michael Eason will talk about Texas wildflowers and will explain the diversity of our flora and reasons behind this diversity. His presentation will include numerous photographs of Texas flora and their habitats. There will be images of plants that have rarely, if ever, been photographed, and the associated tales tracking down some of these plants. Michael will talk about new species in Texas and the rediscovery of a South Texas water lily (Nymphaea ampla), and will include examples of pollination biology, seed dispersal, and errors in collections.

Mingle with USGBC members and friends as you experience 5-minute inspirational presentations from sustainable practitioners and thought leaders. This event is designed to make you think, dream, reflect, imagine and act.

Learn about the green features of the new Arlington Central Library and how its Sun Club's will promote Arlington's sustainability by Yoko Matsumoto, Director of Libraries

Imagine a library with a butterfly garden, an edible garden, a seed library, voltaic lighting and more. This is what our new library is offering Arlington citizens with the help of $400,000, from Green Mountain Energy (GME) Sun Club. It’s the Sun Club’s largest grant ever. Yoko will explain the green features of the library and its sustainable programs made possible by the GME Sun Club.