Our Mission

Green Source DFW is an education project to bring together environmental groups, green businesses and the Dallas-Fort Worth community and provide them with tools  to communicate with each other.

The goal of Green Source DFW is to advance the environmental movement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by promoting: green living, sustainable practices,  nonprofit environmental organizations, eco-friendly green businesses, environmental education, scientific information, public policy discussions, and socially responsible investing.


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."

Sincerely, 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 Board of Advisors

Anna Clark
Pam Daniel
Joshua Frenk
Amy King
Mike Orren
Alicia Quintans
Grier Raggio
Mary Anne Mayer Redmond
Julie Reynolds
Wendel Withrow
KIm Young



Green Source DFW Contributors


Rita Cook

Rita Cook is an Arlington-based 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.


Marshal Hinsley

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.


Monica Johnson

Monica Johnson is a Dallas-based 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


Barbara Kessler is a DFW journalist and former Dallas Morning News reporter who currently produces the online site EcoBayou, which offers sustainable living ideas, environmental news you can act upon and help finding greener products. The publication advocates for slowing climate change, accelerating green energy and saving wildlife.. She can be contacted at Barbara@EcoBayou.com.

Amy Martin

Amy Martin, a journalist and writer for more than 30 years, is currently senior comedy critic for TheaterJones, North Texas Wild columnist for GreenSource DFW and Texas Faith panelist at the Dallas Morning News. She was contributing editor for the national magazine Garbage (recycling and features), and has written for Dallas Morning News (recycling), Dallas Observer (music), and Dallas Times Herald (performing arts). 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. You can reach her through Moonlady.com

Teresa McUsic

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

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


Minnie Payne is 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

Andrea Ridout has become a nationally-known expert on products and processes for 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. Andrea’s latest venture, Gecko Hardware, was recently acquired by Sharon Anderson, CEO of Half Price Books. You can reach her at Andrea@AskAndrea.com.


Elaine Rogers

Elaine Rogers is a Grand Prairie-based writer and former features editor at the Star-Telegram and editor of DFW House & Home, who has written for Dallas Child, D Home, Delta Sky and Women's Sports & Fitness. Rogers is a pescatarian who loves trying out vegetarian recipes and has an interest in all things green. Contact her at Elaine.Rogers@tx.rr.com.

Julie Ryan


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

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.

Penelope Taylor

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

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.