Presented by Ricky Linex, Zone Wildlife Biologist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Weatherford.

Need help finding the best native plants? If you can’t find the plant you want in a nursery, gather seed or transplant it from the wild. There are a lot of good native plants waiting to come into your yard or flower bed. Come hear Ricky Linex's talk on "Fifty Shades of Green, Natives for Your Landscape." Ricky has selected these plants from his 2014, 345-page, color-picture-filled book titled Range Plants of North Central Texas-A Land User’s Guide to Their Identification, Value and Management. You will have the opportunity to purchase the book for $20 and get it signed following the presentation. The book is not available through Amazon or any major publisher, so the price could be kept very reasonable at $20 cash. No credit/debit cards will be accepted, bring cash or a check to the meeting. Online sales are available through BRIT and Native American Seed.

Want to Win Prizes? Play the Energy Games!

Energy Games is a fun, easy way to learn about solar energy and energy efficiency.

Register for Energy Games before Sept. 12 and you’ll be eligible to play and win prizes including a $500 gift card donated by DFW Solar Tour Sponsor IKEA!

Energy Games starts on Sept. 14 and runs through Sept. 27, leading up to the DFW Solar Tour on Oct. 3.

You can register to play and download the game now. Registration closes Sept. 12 and is limited to the first 500 participants, so please register early!

Energy Games is part of a research study from the Energy Systems Transformation group at The University of Texas at Austin and the North Texas Renewable Energy Group. Please remember this research study is open to residents of the DFW area only.

 

At 8:30a.m., volunteers will be assigned to clean up a certain area, park or trail around the town. Volunteers will receive giveaways and lunch provided by FM Summit Club. The fair will begin at 11:00 am and end at 1:00 pm. The fair will have a variety of booths promoting safe and fun environmental practices. There will be plenty of children's activities including a rock wall and bounce obstacle course. A special event at this year's fair is the First Responders Face off an obstacle course between FM Police and Fire Departments.

Also provided at the fair:

Document shredding for all FM residents, provided by Shred-It.

Blood Drive- Carter Blood Care

CCA- will be collecting gently used clothing, housewares and small appliances. 

Best buy will be collecting small to medium sized electronics for recycle.

 

Tony O'Sullivan will talk about the city of Dallas' goal of zero waste by 2040 through recycling, reusing and composting. Free. Info: 972-699-1687. KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org.

Documentary on the Deepwater Horizon explosion of 2010, the worst oil spill in American history. Refreshments provided. Audience discussion follows. Free. Info: JudAnnWat@sbcglobal.net

Earlier this month, President Obama and the EPA issued the Clean Power Plan, the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming. The rule requires Texas power plants to reduce carbon emissions approximately 34 percent by 2030.  

Dallas County Judge Jenkins, philanthropist Trammell Crow and others will discuss how global warming is impacting the Dallas-Fort Worth area and what the Clean Power Plan will mean for Texas.

A free, family-oriented event, helps build a sense of community, stimulates environmental awareness, and promotes stewardship across North Texas. Free.

 The Texas Environmental Leadership Awards recognize true stewards of environmental change in Texas – individuals, communities, organizations, and businesses developing and maintaining programs involving recycling, composting, sustainable materials management, public education and outreach, special event recycling – and so much more. Applications are due Friday, August 28th by 5pm. Award winners will be honored at a special ceremony in Austin in November.

Why Should You Apply for STAR's 2015 Environmental Leadership Awards?? We'll Give You 6 Reasons...

1. You work hard every day to increase recycling rates across Texas. You should get credit for that! We know that your job can be demanding and often times, thankless. Well, we're here to thank you! You should feel good about what you do and we want to play a part in making that happen.

2. Winning awards helps to boost morale. If you have an office full of stellar employees who have been working especially hard on a project, nominate them for an award! They will feel appreciated and grateful that you recognized their efforts.

Come browse the stalls at the Dallas Farmers Market and visit local vendors, artisans and groups that will provide useful information on ways to help reduce your environmental footprint, save money and live healthy.  

Vendors interested in booth space should contact: Freddie Ortiz, 214-670-4168 or freddie.ortiz@dallascityhall.com.

Check website for updates. 

Seed Mixer! Chapter Board Election & Future Prairie Goals

This meet-up, we are going to have a seed mixer. This is a fun way to exchange seeds, learn about some of our prairie plants and visit with each other about what we love! We will also have a quick election to get chapter board members in place. The Fort Worth chapter has accomplished a lot. In fact, we've accomplished all the goals that the founding steering committee set forth in early 2015. Now, it's time to pass the reins to a newly-elected Board & hear from you what you'd like the chapter to accomplish in the future.

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