We will use rainwater harvesting in the ecovillage. This usually means catching water from even the smallest roof. Although a rain barrel is not the appropriate size for serious rainwater harvesting at your home, it is appropriate for outbuildings, so we have included it in the skill building series.

Dr. Dotty Woodson, Extension Program Specialist - Water Resources will be teaching this class and will provide participants the opportunity to construct a 55 gallon rain barrel as well as discuss installing an efficient irrigation system. The rain barrel is yours to take home!

Cost is $40.00 for each barrel and they measure 24 inches in diameter and 36 inches tall. Bring a vehicle large enough to haul your rain barrel(s) home.

Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Pavilion Building, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas 75252.

Learn the basics of canning, freezing, and dehydration to preserve produce when it is plentiful and in season. Free.

Kids ages 5-12 will learn how to help the family live green with hands-on projects about recycling, conserving energy and practicing sustainability. $65.

The Solar Car Challenge originated in 1993, and has been recognized by "Technology & Learning" as one of the top ten education programs in the country. Our program teaches high school students how to build roadworthy solar cars, and then provides a safe environment to race. NTREG members will participate in various aspects of the race and related activities.

The 2011 Solar Car Challenge is a
closed-track event held at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway. Come
share the fun... meet the kids and see their solar cars. For more
information, see the Calendar.

Class Description

We will learn to construct a beautiful, natural, earth friendly,
energy efficient home! Foundation, walls, windows, framing, and roof
construction will be taught. Natural plasters will also be covered as
well as poured adobe floors.

Costs: $250 for this 5-day Workshop. (Mail in payment by April 15th for a $25 discount.)

This includes breakfast & supper on the work days, camping fee, and all instruction needed to build a Straw Bale Structure.

Daily rate if you can't make the whole workshop is $60/day, which includes breakfast and supper.

Length of Time:  Workshop will last 5 days.  Depending on distance traveled 4-6 nights. 

The Cool House Tour offers insight into what we can
do to improve our homes' energy efficiency, and an opportunity to talk
directly with the home owners who did it .. how they did it .. and what
they might do differently.

North Texas Renewable Energy Group June Meeting

When: Saturday, June 11, 2011

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Topic: "Electric Vehicles Presentation & Display"

May 21 (Sat) Cedar Ridge Preserve Trail Clean Up

Its fun and its helpful to get out to the Cedar Ridge Preserve in
Dallas to help upgrade some of the beautiful walking trails just south
of Dallas. The address is 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249.
Its a great morning workout, and the scenery is exceptional. No tools
are required, (maybe gloves) just show up and be ready to lend a hand or
two. We'll work from 9 AM to 11 or so, and then walk around the
preserve and admire the wildflowers and fauna! Bring some water for
sure. Its on Saturday the 21st of May, please see their website
www.audubondallas.org/cedarridge.html  for directions and info. Their
number is 972-709-7784.  If you wish to carpool, then let me know, and
we'll arrange a meeting spot. Come on out and stay green, people!
Coordinator: Ginger Bradley 469-223-7902

Members, please join us to meet the North Texas Chapter Board of
Directors and the incoming Board ChairLearn more about how you can
contribute to furthering the mission of the USGBC North Texas Chapter:To
promote a sustainable, profitable and healthy built environment in the
North Texas area through: Education, Professional Training and Outreach.
 Your membership status will be checked at the door.  If you are not
current, you will be asked to renew prior to admittance.

Menu Options
Salads: Baby Green Salad, Shaved Corn, Feta Cheese & Grilled Onion
Traditional Vinaigrette 
Entrees: Horseradish & Dijon Herb Crusted Chicken
Natural Pan Jus
Mascarpone Chive Pommes Puree 

Desserts: Bittersweet & White Chocolate Torte
Espresso Hazelnut Mousse
Raspberry Coulis 
All menu items include Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Bakeries & ButterFreshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee,
Selection of Signature Fairmont Teas Special Dietary Requirements will
be addressed on site by the waitstaff

Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Fairmont Hotel Dallas

Sat, May 14 - White Rock Lake Cleanup. Walk and talk while helping to pick

up trash and recyclables at White Rock Lake Park. Meet from 8 am - 9  am at

the Love of the Lake office, 1152 N Buckner Blvd, #123, Dallas, on the

Northeast corner of Garland Rd. and Buckner Blvd for a free continental

breakfast that includes free juice, coffee, other goodies. Gloves, trash

bags, etc. provided. There are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.

Clean-up finished by 11 am.