Renewable energy sources or RES capture their energy from existing flows of energy; from on-going natural processes, such as sunshine, wind, wave power, flowing water (hydropower); biological processes such as anaerobic digestion; and geothermal heat flow.

The most common definition is that renewable energy is from an energy resource that is replaced by a natural process at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate at which that resource is being consumed. Renewable energy is a sub-set of sustainable energy.

This class will help students understand renewable energy, with an emphasis on solar and wind, as it relates to the residential sector and will provide resources for further exploration. Free. Info: 972- 742-2296.

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In celebration of Earth Day, throughout April, your local Junk King will donate one percent of every job to 1% For The Planet, an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Book now, and help us make 1% a BIG number. 

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The Village Park Eco Home is a net zero-energy ready house demonstrating how to build a high-performance, energy efficient, healthy home using building science. Sustainable and recycled materials are included resulting in minimal impact on the environment. The house is a certified DOE Challenge Home, Energy Star Home and Green Built Texas Home.

Tours are being held on the weekends through May 11, 11am-4pm, Sat and noon-5pm, Sun.

A shuttle bus will pick you up, take you to the house and return you to your car. Parking is available in The Marketplace at Highland Village shopping center.   

Free.

Hosted by Keep Coppell Beautiful, this class will focus on energy and how to save energy, money and the environment. Learn how you can make a difference with lighting, shading, sealing your home and choosing energy-efficient appliances, heaters and cooling equipment. Free. Info: 972-462-5100. [email protected].

Celebration of the end of the spring semester with fun, food and games and celebrating Arbor Day. Free for TCC faculty/staff/students. Info: Mike Cinatl, 817-515-3036.

This program will give property managers techniques on implementing indoor water conservation, drip irrigation, new water conserving technologies, cycle and soak, lawn care during drought or water restrictions, proper plant selection, foundation watering, tree watering, and irrigation scheduling. This class is intended for property managers associated with homeowner associations, apartment complexes and large commercial properties but is also open to the public. Patrick Dickinson, Urban Water Program Coordinator with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, will be the speaker. Free.

Info: Dustan Compton at [email protected] or 817-459-6628.

8:30am-noon: Community Clean Up. Register @ KFMB.org.

10am-1pm: Environmental & Health Fair. Booths promoting healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. Kid's activities, workshops. Paper shredding for residents. Clothes, housewares and electronics collection.

Info: [email protected].

Visit one of the locations below on March 22, to learn how to repair and replace leaking faucets, toilets and sprinkler systems.

 

10 am - 10:40 am:       Repair/Replace Leaking Faucets

10:40 am - 11:20 am:  Repair/Replace Leaking Toilets

11:20 am - Noon:        Sprinkler System Repair

 

The Home Depot #554                                                Lowe’s #520

1000 W. Arbrook                                                        201 Road to Six Flags West

Mike Renner and his family live in a grid-connected home, yet they use no power from the utility company. Sixteen months ago, they made the decision to turn off their main circuit breaker and live exclusively with solar energy. Why did they make this choice? What steps did they take to go "off-grid"? How do they feel about living in an exclusively "solar" home .. especially when they know they've got utility power right there at the meter, available at the flip of a switch? 

In this update presentation, Mike will discuss the rewards and challenges of total off-the-grid living.

Free.

Learn basic water harvesting strategies, how to calculate the amount of water that you can capture and then help you construct your own rain barrel. Each student will construct and go home with a rain barrel that is ready to start capturing water on their property. $75. Preregistration required. 

Paint Your Rain Barrel class follows at 12:30 p.m. Take both classes for a discounted $100.

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