Jun 25 2020

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area: Broadcast Hill Celebration & Ribbon Cutting - Fort Worth

Jun 25 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View St Broadcast Hill
Ft Worth , TX

Ribbon-cutting, celebration and official opening of Broadcast Hill-Tandy Hills Natural Area. Look for a tent in a sweeping meadow, under the big tower and overlooking downtown. 

FACE MASKS are required of all attendees.

Speakers include: 

- District 8 City Council Member, Kelly Allen Gray

- Friends of Tandy Hills, Founder, Don Young

- FW Nature Center Director (retired), Suzanne Tuttle

- Texas Parks & Wildlife Urban Biologist, Sam Kieschnick 

- Broadcast Hill campaign co-organizer & donor, Jim Marshall

 

LIVE, pre-event music by, Two Wrongs and a Wright, featuring, Darrin Kobetich, Morgan Wright and Jeff Ferrell. MELT ice creams will be available for sale.

 

ACTION ALERT: TCEQ: Denton Landfill Expansion Permit Public Meeting - Online

Jun 25 2020 - 7:00pm

From Texas Campaign for the Environment:

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Landfill Expansion Permit Public Meeting Online 

Thursday, June 25th 7:00 PM-CT
Online: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar , ID: 392-880-443

Denton residents and local environmental advocates will speak out on the city’s plan to expand its solid waste landfill and the impacts on the community at the state environmental agency’s online public meeting for a proposed permit amendment that could authorize the expansion. 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality agreed to hold the meeting after hundreds of residents wrote in demanding more public input on the expansion process. 

The permit amendment would allow the city to grow the landfill up to 210 feet high and increase its footprint by over 100 acres . The city wants to begin the expansion without a long-term strategy for managing solid waste or reducing trash. According to local environmental group Texas Campaign for the Environment, Denton residents have written thousands of letters to their city officials urging them to take action on waste reduction strategies in recent years. 

At the meeting Denton residents will express their concerns that the large-scale expansion is not in line with a sustainable future for Denton and is a misuse of a valuable public resource. Residents and local environmental advocates say that the expansion goes against Denton’s sustainability goals as outlined in its Simply Sustainable Plan and 2030 Denton Plan, which advocate for reducing waste and protecting health and the environment. 

Community members near the landfill fear the expansion would bring increased problems with odor, litter, animals, and truck traffic on Mayhill Rd. as well as threaten property values. One of the communities closest to the landfill, the Pecan Creek Mobile Home Park, is predominantly Spanish-speaking, and the city has done little to include their input on the landfill expansion that would directly impact them. 

Many Denton residents say they are worried that the expansion would be used to bring in outside trash rather than for the benefit of the community. In 2019, Denton City Council voted to approve three-year contracts to import trash to the landfill from outside businesses and cities. As a result, a majority of trash into the landfill will come from these outside sources. The DFW Landfill in Lewisville is expected to close in three years, and NBC 5 DFW has reported that at least one of DFW Landfill’s clients has been in talks to bring its trash to Denton’s landfill. 

Local environmental advocates and Denton residents will advocate for a more sustainable approach to managing the landfill. They believe that focusing on reducing waste through policies and programs and saying No to large trash import contracts is a better solution for the community.

Climate Reality Project: Virtual Training - Deadline to Register June 25

Jun 25 2020 - 11:45pm
Online TX

July 18-26 Climate Reality will hold its first-ever virtual training event. Deadline to register: June 25.

Key points:

There is no fee to participate in the training. However, the training will be held via a web-based platform, so you will need access to reliable internet and an internet-enabled device (e.g. laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.) with a working webcam and microphone to participate.

Climate Reality Leaders commit to a minimum of 10 activities with The Climate Reality Project that spread awareness, drive action, or support solutions to the climate crisis within a year after attending a training.

You must be at least 13 years of age (in the U.S.) to request to join.

Attendees between the ages of 13–18 require permission from a parent or legal guardian. 

More info.