The Dallas Sierra Club hosts this comprehensive two-night class in navigation with map and compass. Part 1 is Sept. 23 and part 2 is Sept. 24, both nights from 6:30 – 9pm. Topics include not only how to use your compass but also buying maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, what to do if you do get lost and different kinds of compasses. We'll discuss GPS devices a little but our main focus will be how to use a map and compass. Bring your own compass or if you don't have one, use one of ours and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. Bring a pen or pencil for taking notes and for navigation practice exercises. A half-day hike with a class instructor on a subsequent weekend will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills. Handouts are included. $40/nonmembers or $35/ Sierra Club members. Pay ahead by charge/PayPal from DallasSierraclub.org or pay at the door (cash or check). Info: Lizwico@aol.com or 214-368-2306.

The tour enables people to learn how their neighbors – homeowners and businesses alike – are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources. The strategies and techniques on display during this year’s tour range from things as simple and easy as changing to LED light bulbs and selecting more efficient appliances, to cutting-edge, ultra-efficient eco-homes and businesses that are generating as much or more energy than they consume.

Most sites are open between 10 am and 4 pm (check individual sites for exceptions, non-standard tour times are indicated in red). Homeowners or NTREG volunteers will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions. Visit the Locations page and follow the links for each host site to see its visiting hours along with maps, directions, and a brief property description and photos provided by the host site.

 Free.

You will have an opportunity to share your story, your product, your business cards and your passion for the environment with other like-minded women (and men). Non-members are invited, too, but only members will be provided the opportunity to share their information. 

WE members/$15; nonmembers/$25. http://greeneggsandhamnetworking2015.eventbrite.com

Join or renew for $30. http://2016earlybirdindividualmembership.eventbrite.com

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.

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