FWLNA welcomes Zac Trahan, director of Texas Campaign for the Environment’s DFW office, to discuss local impacts of the recent Texas Legislature.

He will speak specifically on HB 40, legislation providing that the state has preemption authority over oil and gas regulations. The new law holds that current and proposed city and other  political subdivision ordinances that place regulations on oil and gas activities are only allowed if they are commercially reasonable.

There will also be an overview of the legislative session as a whole and its impact on cities and neighborhoods.

The country's top Zero Waste experts will gather in Austin, Texas for a 3-day conference to teach local businesses and municipalities how to save money, lower costs, and create long-term sustainability through waste diversion best practices.

Early Bird price ends June 10. 

The North Central Texas Council of Government hosts the annual Clean Air Action day to encourage North Texans make at least one commitment for a healthier environment and cleaner air. Participants’ choices can be as simple as carpooling or bringing a lunch to work.

Here's a list of clean air commitments to choose from.

Additionally, this year they’re holding social media contests for participants to take part in. By posting their commitment on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #CAAD and @nctcogtrans, participants have the opportunity to win a prize.

 

Topic: "The new Rain Catcher Garden at Midway Hills Christian Church & Water Conservation Techniques."

Presenter: Elizabeth Wilkinson, Certified Dallas County Master Gardener with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

In spite of our incredibly rainy spring, and very full lakes, we still need to be conscious of our water usage. The Metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in America, and with two or three years of drought, we could find ourselves under tight water restrictions again. Learn how to be proactive and save water now .. before it becomes another crisis!

Midway Hills Christian Church is striving to practice environmental stewardship as they rennovate their building and grounds. Less water usage lowers their water bill and remarkably, saves on energy! (The water company has to pay for the electricity to pump and process that water!) Learn what you can do at home to reduce water usage. Our meeting will include a "field trip" outside the church for an up-close view and tour of the gardens on the church grounds.

All meetings are free and open to the public.

The Dallas Green Alliance, a green political action committee, is hosting a fundraiser. The group is working to get two more environmentally friendly city council members elected.

Drinks, light snacks.

$30.

Martha Cavazos-Fipps, the city of McKinney's environmental coordinator, will speak about the city's environmental programs and we will watch "Can the Gulf Survive?" by National Geographic that details the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Info: Brandi Price, brandirealemail@gmail.com or 469-247-6391.

The Cross Timbers Sierra Club,  which serves Collin, DentonFannin, and Grayson counties, hosts Sally Evans from the Blackland Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists. 

Info: Brandi Price, brandirealemail@gmail.com.

Join the USGBC's Emerging Professionals Group poolside for a happy hour. The group is geared to 30-something and under crowd interested in green issues. See website for details.

The March Against Monsanto will be held again in Dallas, joining protests from around the world against the Big Ag giant.

Protestors say that Monsanto has a monoply on the agricultural industry and is creating health and environmental hazards with its GMO products.

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