About Green Source DFW

Green Source DFW is an award-winning digital publication covering environmental news in North Texas.

Green Source DFW was recognized by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center in 2018 and the Texas Sierra Club in 2019 for its environmental reporting.

Launched in 2011, the educational site was created by the Memnosyne Institute, a Dallas-based nonprofit.

The mission of the site is to educate the community about environmental topics including green living, sustainability, conservation, environmental advocacy and public policy discussions.

Today, GreenSourceDFW.org continues to advance the North Texas green movement through original reporting, feature articles, green business and nonprofit listings, a green jobs board and a green event calendar.

In addition, GSDFW hosts the annual Oak Cliff Earth Day, Run for the Environment and the Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards.

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A Message from Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, Co-Founder and President of Memnosyne Institute:

"Welcome to the Green Source DFW website. Memnosyne Institute created it to advance the Green Movement in Dallas-Fort Worth. GreenSourceDFW.org is built to be a central communication point for people committed to change the world and people who might. I encourage everyone to participate fully and learn from each other."

Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk


Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk

Co-Founder and President of Memnosyne Institute




Phillip Collins


Phillip E. Collins

Executive Director, Memnosyne Foundation




Wendel Withrow


Wendel Withrow

Director of the Center for Environment, Memnosyne Institute




Phillip Shinoda


Phillip Shinoda

Former Director of the Center for Environment, Memnosyne Institute; Founder of Green Source DFW; Retired



Julie Thibodeaux


Julie Thibodeaux

Editor, GreenSourceDFW.org





Green Source DFW Contributors

Anna Clark is president of EarthPeople Media, and author of "Green, American Style." She lives in one of the first residences in Dallas to earn a Platinum-LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Contact her at Anna@EarthPeopleMedia.com.

Rita Cook is an award-winning journalist who writes or has written for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily News, Waxahachie Daily Light, Dreamscapes Travel Magazine, Porthole, Core Media, Fort Worth Star Telegram and many other publications in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. With five books published, her latest release is “A Brief History of Fort Worth” published by History Press. Contact her at RCook13@earthlink.net.

Marshall Hinsley is a writer, video producer and sustainable farmer who lives in Waxahachie. He's written for Culture Map Dallas, Edible Dallas & Fort Worth magazine and a variety of corporate clients. On his organic farm south of Waxahachie, Hinsley specializes in growing organic specialty melons. Contact him at Marshall.Hinsley@gmail.com.

Shirley Jinkins is an Arlington-based journalist and writer who has reported on K-12 education, municipal issues, country music, environmental and age-friendly livable communities during her 35-year career with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She has written about urban food deserts for Texas Christian University's TCU Magazine and energy-saving commercial lighting options for the Fort Worth Business Press. Contact her at shirley.jinkins@gmail.com.   

Monica Johnson is a freelance writer, farmer and farm-based educator who has written for a variety of publications including Edible DFW, Edible Austin, Modern Farmer, Slow Food USA and Food Politic. For more information, visit MonicaJohnson.pressfolios.com. Contact her at MonicaJohnson@gmail.com

Barbara Kessler is an Austin-based journalist and former Dallas Morning News reporter. For many years, she oversaw Green Right Now and EcoBayou, two online publications which offered sustainable living ideas, environmental news and help finding greener products. The publications advocated for slowing climate change, accelerating green energy and saving wildlife.

Amy Martin, a journalist and writer for more than 30 years, is currently North Texas Wild columnist for GreenSource DFW and author of "Itchy Business: How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash, Prevent Exposure and Eradicate the Plant." She was contributing editor for the national magazine Garbage (recycling and features), and has written for TheaterJones (comedy and cirque), Senior Voice (The Aging Hippie column), Dallas Morning News (recycling), Dallas Times Herald (performing arts), and Dallas Observer (music and comedy). For a dozen years, Martin also operated a popular alternative news service called Moonlady News, earning her the nickname Moonlady. A leader in Earth-centered and unaffiliated spirituality, Martin was director of Earth Rhythms and creator of the acclaimed Winter SolstiCelebrations, and Texas Faith panelist at the Dallas Morning News. You can reach her through Moonlady.com

Teresa McUsic is an Arlington-based writer focused on consumer, environmental and health issues. She's written for a number of local and national publications, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Times Herald and Cure Magazine. She can be reached at tmcusic@aol.com.

Gary Olp is an award-winning LEED-accredited architect and founder and president of GGO Architects, the first green practice to open in Dallas. He speaks and writes about sustainable design and environmental stewardship.

Minnie Payne is a frequent contributor to GreenSourceDFW.org. She’s written for Pegasus News, Frisco Style Magazine and Seedstock. She presently freelances for Living Magazine, The Senior Voice and Your Speakeasy. She can be reached at jdpmap77@gmail.com.

Andrea Ridout of Garland has become a nationally-known expert on products and processes for green home improvement after three decades in the hardware industry and radio/TV. She has owned and sold three award-winning companies and has a wide breadth of knowledge from decorative hardware to gardening, eco-friendly topics to animal husbandry. She is currently working on a new book about backyard chickens for Texas A&M Press. You can reach her at Andrea@AskAndrea.com.

Julie Ryan writes on environment, ecology and land care, designs sustainable landscapes, and educates about the Earth through public and private programs. Her work has appeared regularly in the Dallas Morning News and D Magazine, and also in Texas Parks & Wildlife, Spirit and more. She’s the author of two popular books on sustainable native landscaping in Texas, and lives in Dallas. She can be contacted at Texana_Flora@yahoo.com

Penelope Taylor is a Dallas-based freelance writer. A native New Yorker, she has called Dallas home for 20 years. Her work has been published in local, regional and national publications, including the Dallas Morning News, Edible DFW, the Texas Jewish Post and others. She is a conscious eater, diligent recycler, composter and an avid but not very accomplished gardener. Penelope is passionate about making a difference to the future of our planet and sharing the myriad ways that people are making a difference today.

VET is a native Texas artist based in Dallas who incorporates environmental recycling awareness through her artwork, commissions and workshops. Her Found Objects Studio is located in the Deep Ellum Arts District, where she creates and shares innovative ways to re-think, re-purpose and re-design discarded items. She has a bachelors degree in Arts & Performance from University of Texas at Dallas. VET’s work has been on exhibit throughout the U.S., Canada and Africa; and she is recipient of numerous grants that include The National Endowment of the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and MetLife Foundation. Contact her at artcycletx@gmail.com.

Jason Winningham, aka the Green Tip Guy, is a Duncanville resident who shares his green tips with North Texans via GreenSourceDFW.org and his website GreenTipOfTheWeek.com. Contact him at GreenTipGuy@gmail.com.