Change begins with you! Once the elections are over, the hard work begins to protect and preserve the Lone Star state in the 2017 Texas Legislature. Will you join us on November 12 for an important gathering to discuss our legislative strategy?

A lot is on the line next year: renewable energy, state and local park funding, oil and gas reform, attacks on local control, water conservation, groundwater management, air quality and clean transportation programs, tires, batteries, and waste of all types. We need leaders like you to help move our agenda forward!

Texas Campaign for the Environment’s North Texas office is celebrating the end of election season and its own progress in advancing recycling and sustainability at a house party.

Texas Campaign for the Environment started with a vision of reducing waste and pollution back in 1991 with offices in Dallas and Houston. That year, the group’s community organizers generated 70,000 petition signatures in Dallas, and 20,000 signatures in Arlington that helped convince the cities to start curbside recycling programs.

If you could plan a conference for you and your peers to help train and motivate you as environmental activists in Texas, what speakers, events, forums, exhibits, panels, music, and/or art would you choose? 

Because of the elections, Downwinders has scheduled the next the next Root and Branch Revue for January 25-28, 2017. This time we're specifically focusing on "Citizen Science,"through the lens of Environmental Justice. 

Vote for your favorite green volunteers and leaders in North Texas. The top three finalists will be judged by a panel. Winners will be announced at the Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards on Nov. 3 at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Networking event at Checkered Past Winery. No registration required. Pay for your own food and drink. Winery presentation at 5:30 p.m. See Facebook post for details.

The Memnosyne Institute's Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards was launched in 2012 and has since honored many outstanding green leaders in North Texas.

The Texas Railroad Commission governs all oil and gas activities including the building of pipelines within the state. The RRC is up for Sunset Review this coming legislative session. Sunset works by setting a date on which an agency is abolished unless the Legislature passes a bill to continue it. Sunset staff evaluates the agency and issues recommendations for positive change. The Commission considers the recommendations, hears public testimony and decides on a package of changes to bring to the full Legislature.

David Todd and Jonathan Ogren will introduce their environmental atlas, The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People (Texas A&M Press 2016).  The atlas is a five-year effort that resulted in a compilation of some 40 chapters, 300 maps and 100 images regarding the conservation history of water, land, energy, air quality and public health in the state.  They also will focus on comments about local topics of special interest to Dallas Metroplex residents.  

Created by local Hispanic writers, directors and producers, this short film is the second in a series exploring the many ways North, Central and South America were historically unified. The "Our Americas" series is an independently-produced documentary series showcasing the different connections throughout the Americas.

"Ideally, the documentaries will show how we all belong together as one continent," says director Alex Garcia Topete of Nowadays Orange Productions.

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