July 8, 2020

Fort Worth Nature Center: Virtual Wednesday Walk - Facebook Live

Jul 8 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Facebook Live TX

Join a Fort Worth Nature Center guide virtually for a walk on the trails. Each week, FWNC will pick a trail, hike and see what is along the trail in the form of plants and animals. This is a great way to catch up and for you to see what is available on the trails. FWNC will continue these virtual walks while it is closed for the public.

Hike starts at 10 a.m. Please check in and type in the comments section where you are watching from. Hike end time is not definitive. Typical hike will be an hour at the most.

July 9, 2020

City of FW and Texas A&M AgriLife: Water Efficient Sprinklers - Virtual

Jul 9 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Microsoft Teams TX

Save water, money and time by giving your sprinkler system a “Spruce Up.” Come learn how minor do it yourself repairs and simple irrigation tips can make a major impact on your water waste and your water bill. If you’ve got questions about your controller or how much your lawn and landscape really needs, we’ve got a stream of info to get your plants looking their best! Fort Worth staff will be attending the live online seminars in case you have questions pertaining specifically to Fort Worth outdoor irrigation restrictions and programs.

Free. Register on the link below.

July 10, 2020

Texas Project Wild: Tools for a New School Year - Virtual

Jul 10 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Jump-start your school year by joining us to learn how you can integrate STEM and the Arts through Project WILD.  This webinar will give you fun, easy activities to engage your new class while laying a foundation of shared experiences  and concepts to connect back to throughout the year.

Preregistration required.

July 11, 2020

North Texas Renewable Energy Group: How Solar Can Fit - Zoom

Jul 11 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Zoom TX

Topic: Biophilic Design: A Discussion on Green Real Estate

Speaker: Candace Chandra

Candace Chandra is the founder and lead designer of Nature4Nurture, a biophilic design and project management firm based in Richardson. Along with designing and implementing healthy landscapes, N4N also consults real estate developers on closed loop utility systems (renewable energy and water) and helps develop projects to receive environmental and tax credits. Prior to starting N4N, Candace was a principal at a infrastructure fund (focused on water reuse projects) and headed a sustainable foodtech startup. The first half of her career, Candace worked for the United Nations and World Bank on environmental health projects (water, waste, power) in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Guatemala, Mongolia, and China.

Candace received her bachelors from the University of Texas at Austin in physical anthropology and her masters from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in applied health and economic development.

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Biters and Stingers - Zoom

Jul 11 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Zoom TX

Presentation by Gail Manning

Working in the garden this season, you have probably seen quite a few little creatures amongst the plants. Join Botanic Garden entomologist Gail Manning to learn about biting and stinging insects and spiders of the area. Find out about different venoms, bite site reaction, and how OTC products work to relieve symptoms.

$18 ($15 Grow members), register by July 9.

July 14, 2020

Pecan Street: Clean Energy Texas - Zoom

Jul 14 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Zoom TX

Join a conversation with this all-star panel of Texas’ clean energy leaders to learn more about how Texas became the clean energy state it is today. We’ll also discuss how the state can continue to lead in deploying renewables and what other states can learn from Texas’ approach to building a clean energy future. 

Q&A to follow.

Free.

Sustainable U: Oh the Veggies You'll Grow! What to Plant Now in Dallas - Webinar

Jul 14 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Kara Casy, Director of Urban Agriculture at El Cento College and Darciea Houston, nutrition and wellness consultant

Looking to improve your health while growing fruits and vegetables? We can show you how to garden in your window, on your porch, balcony or in your back yard. 

Learn tips on growing your own healthy fruits and vegetables at home, on a budget! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned gardener, with a little inspiration you'll be well on your way to improving your health, while saving money. 

Free. Registration required.

City of FW and Texas A&M AgriLife: Plant Combos & Companions - Virtual

Jul 14 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Microsoft Teams TX

This class will help you create year-round aesthetic beauty by combining plants that offer refreshing seasonal interest with vibrant contrasting colors and textures. Companion plantings can even optimize the success of your edible garden by utilizing natural biological controls. Fort Worth staff will be attending the live online seminars in case you have questions pertaining specifically to Fort Worth outdoor irrigation restrictions and programs.

Free. Register on link below.

Dallas Sierra Club: Profound Microfarms - Zoom

Jul 14 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Zoom TX

Local farmer and entrepreneur Jeff Bednar, creator of Profound Microfarms, discusses his local and innovative farm that utilizes both aquaponics and hydroponics (which are closed loop ecosystems with no runoff that use 93 percent less water than traditional farming). Profound Microfarms practices sustainable urban farming, beneficial pest management and year round greenhouse growing to create vegetables and herbs that are coveted by local restaurants such as 560 Wolfgang Puck, Stephen Pyle’s Flora Street Cafe, and Harvest Seasonal Kitchen.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m. you can log in to the meeting, chat, and ask questions. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with announcements, followed by Jeff Bednar's presentation.

July 28, 2020

City of FW and Texas A&M AgriLife: Landscape CPR - Virtual

Jul 28 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Zoom TX

Whether you are dealing with pests and disease, issues with too little sunlight, or problematic soils that are keeping your plants brown and crispy, this class will get to the root of your horticultural headaches and help you learn the skills to bring new life to your garden. We will also prescribe tips on how to hire a landscape or irrigation professional to help you revive even the most disheartening of Texas landscapes. Fort Worth staff will be attending the live online seminars in case you have questions pertaining specifically to Fort Worth outdoor irrigation restrictions and programs.

Free. Register on the link below.

July 30, 2020

City of FW and Texas A&M AgriLife: Landscape Grow Your Own Vegetables in Fall - Virtual

Jul 30 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Microsoft Teams TX

Learn proper soil preparation, garden design and layouts, disease and insect identification, as well as the proper planting times for getting the most production out of your favorite vegetables in the challenging climate of North Texas. Fort Worth staff will be attending the live online seminars in case you have questions pertaining specifically to Fort Worth outdoor irrigation restrictions and programs.

Free. Register on the link below.

August 6, 2020

City of FW and Texas A&M AgriLife: Grow Native, Not Wild - Virtual

Aug 6 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Microsoft Teams TX

Learn how to cultivate key strategies from natural systems to control your landscape while still enjoying the dynamic, natural beauty of native plantings. This class will send you home with the dirt from cutting-edge landscape designers, teach you to plant like a pro, plus we’ll help you find the balance between sensational and sustainable to make your neighbors green with envy. Fort Worth staff will be attending the live online seminars in case you have questions pertaining specifically to Fort Worth outdoor irrigation restrictions and programs.

Free. Register on the link below.

August 31, 2020

City of Fort Worth: Environmental Awards Nomination Deadline - Aug. 31

Aug 31 2020 - 5:00pm

The City of Fort Worth Environmental Excellence Awards celebration honoring innovation in waste reduction, recycling and water efficiency is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2020.

The application for the 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards is available online at www.FortWorthTexas.gov/environmental-awards. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31, 2020.

The awards will be presented during a luncheon ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at River Ranch Stockyards, 500 NE 23rdSt.

The awards program began in 1999 as the Pretreatment Awards, honoring companies in full compliance with wastewater regulations. Those awards will continue and are based on the number of consecutive years of compliance. They include the Star, Associate, Partnership and Stewardship levels.

In 2019, the awards program added the Innovation Award and the Recognition Award. Each category contains subcategories and businesses can apply for more than one award.

The Innovation Awards are presented in the areas of Water Use & Process Improvement, Water Conservation, Stormwater, Air Quality, Land Redevelopment, Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling.

Recognition Awards include Fort Worth Friendly Landscapes, recognizing businesses applying water conservation principles to their landscape, and the SmartWater Award, which has been presented since 2010 to industrial, commercial and institutional customers implementing water efficiency strategies following a SmartWater Audit.

Contact: wpe@fortworthtexas.gov 

September 10, 2020

City of FW and Texas A&M AgriLife: Made for Shade Gardening - Virtual

Sep 10 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Microsoft Teams TX

Learn about the many native and adapted plants that not only survive, but thrive in shadier spots along with tips and tricks to create beautiful shade gardens that beat the Texas heat. We’ll also cover gardening under mature trees as well as turf alternatives and hardscape options for low light areas. Fort Worth staff will be attending the live online seminars in case you have questions pertaining specifically to Fort Worth outdoor irrigation restrictions and programs.

Free. Register on the link below.

September 16, 2020

RCE North Texas: The Intersectionality of Sustainability Issues and the Need for Collaboration - Arlington

Sep 16 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
UT Arlington
701 S Nedderman Dr
Arlington , TX

The 1st Annual RCE North Texas Symposium will bridge silos between education, public sector, private sector, and non-profit in support of education for sustainable development (ESD).

Attendees will learn from experts that are advancing sustainable development goals in north Texas, network and collaborate with sustainability leaders and receive hands-on training to address pressing issues of sustainability in the region.

The 2020 RCE North Texas Symposium will focus on SDG 3 – Good Health and Well Being, SDG 4 – Quality Education, and SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Info: Meghna Tare, rcentx@gmail.com

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