Sep 12 2020

ACTION ALERT! Dallas Sierra Club: Stop W.Texas Nuke Waste Dump Expansion - COMMENT

Jul 24 2020 - 7:00am to Nov 3 2020 - 5:00pm

Per Dallas Sierra Club:

Before Nov. 3 (pushed back from July 29!), comment on the latest Interim Storage Partners proposal to ship high level nuclear waste to their "temporary" facility in Andrews County TX. See complete docket which links to place for online comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Use Docket ID, NRC-2016- 0231. Modify and send a letter composed by Austin-based NoNuclearWaste.org. UPDATE: The NRC site is being redesigned so you will be redirected to what they're calling the regulations "beta site." Until Oct. 31, use this link to comment. Use Docket ID, NRC-2016-0231. If you have any questions about submitting your comment, contact the NRC support desk at 877-378-5457.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: Community Outdoor Outreach Program Grant Application (Deadline Nov. 6)

Aug 11 2020 - 8:00am to Nov 6 2020 - 5:00pm

The Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) is now accepting applications for outdoor education programming.  CO-OP grants provide funding to tax-exempt organizations for programming that engages under-represented populations in TPWD mission-oriented outdoor recreation, conservation and environmental education activities.  Grant awards range between $5,000 - $30,000 for eligible activities that take place between March 1, 2021 – Sept. 1, 2022.  This is NOT a construction grant and funds can support personnel, training, transportation, food, program fees and supplies. 

Recreation Grants staff will host a CO-OP Grant Writing Webinar on Tuesday, Sept.15 at 9 a.m.  This online webinar will discuss grant program requirements, provide an overview of the application process, review the newly modified scoring criteria and answer questions from applicants.  The webinar will be recorded so those unable to attend the live streaming can view the recorded webinar once available. Click the link below to register for the upcoming CO-OP Grant Writing Webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4529400076455690253

Applications are available now via the RGO 2020 system and the deadline is Nov. 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST. Grant awards will be announced on March 1, 2021. 

For more information and to apply, please visit:https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/grants/recreation-grants/community-outdoor-outreach-program-co-op-grants.  

Info: [email protected] or call (512) 389-8224.

Texas Conservation Alliance: Lights Out Texas (Sept. 5-Oct. 29)

Sep 5 2020 - 11:00pm to Oct 29 2020 - 6:00am
Statewide TX

The campaign hosted by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Texas Conservation Alliance, Houston Audubon encourages homeowners, businesses and managers of tall buildings to eliminate or reduce lighting between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sept. 5 to Oct. 29, during the peak of the fall migration.

North Central Texas Council of Governments: Transportation Funding Programs - Public Comment (Sept. 8-Oct.7)

Sep 8 2020 - 8:00am to Oct 7 2020 - 5:00pm
Online TX

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is conducting an online input opportunity to give residents the chance to comment on a series of transportation initiatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

NCTCOG staff will provide information related to Fiscal Year 2020 proposed transit projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration. Programs of projects will be presented from the cities of Arlington, Grand Prairie, McKinney and Mesquite, as well as Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton County Transportation Authority, NCTCOG, Trinity Metro, Northeast Transportation Service (NETS), Public Transit Services (PTS), Span Inc. and STAR Transit.

Funding programs include Urbanized Area Formula, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, State of Good Repair, and Bus and Bus Facilities.

NCTCOG staff will also present findings from the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Impact Study. The study was conducted by Texas A&M Transportation Institute in coordination with NCTCOG. The study characterized and estimated emission impacts of oversize/overweight vehicles on air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth nonattainment area.

Additionally, staff will present details and opportunities related to electric vehicle infrastructure funding and other clean vehicle incentives. Rebate funding will soon be available for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across Texas through the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program. Staff will present key details on how to take advantage of this funding as well as provide other opportunities available for North Texans or fleets to acquire cleaner vehicles.

Staff will also present details of the $5 million Optimizing Freight Movement Project proposal designed to improve the flow of truck traffic between freight hubs and expressways. The project will identify where improving the flow of trucks can do the most good and select one or more technologies to enhance truck travel.

In addition to the presentations, proposed modifications to the list of funded projects will be posted for review and comment. Finally, information on the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program and vehicle incentive opportunities will also be available.

North Texans are encouraged to provide their input at www.nctcog.org/input beginning Sept. 8 and continuing through Oct. 7.

To request printed copies of the information, call 817-608-2365 or email [email protected].

City of Arlington: Value of Water Art Contest - Online (Deadline Oct. 13)

Sep 8 2020 - 8:00am to Oct 13 2020 - 5:00pm

The Value of Water Mini Poster Contest is open to pre-K through fourth-grade students who live in Arlington. Entries are due by Oct. 13. The contest is sponsored by Arlington Water Utilities, Arlington Public Library, River Legacy Living Science Center and Tarrant Regional Water District.

Winners will receive a pack of water-themed books, a water science kit and passes to the Discovery Room at River Legacy Living Science Center. Each winner and their teacher will also receive an invitation to be recognized at an Arlington City Council meeting. The water department will also display winning entries at Arlington City Hall or the Arlington Water Utilities South Service Center this fall.

Info: See website below.

Contact: [email protected]

Tarrant County Sustainable Democrats: Hike with Local Representatives - Fort Worth

Sep 12 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3325 View St
Ft Worth , TX

Join the Tarrant County Sustainable Democrats at the Tandy Hills Nature Area as we meet with local representatives from Fort Worth. More Details to come.

Please plan to bring your mask and a trash bag

Groundwork Dallas: Volunteer Day at Frasier Dam - Dallas

Sep 12 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Frasier Dam Recreation Area
9300 Stemmons Fwy
Dallas , TX

Join Groundwork Dallas at Frasier Dam Recreation Area, a unique 116-acre urban wilderness. Help us restore and improve this area through litter clean-up and removal, trail building, and maintenance.

- Clean-up along the edge of the river, forest, and creek bed

- Moving branches and debris from trails

- Pruning and trimming along paths

Groundwork Dallas will provide all tools, leather gloves, and canoeing equipment

Directions:

Take the I-35 South ramp off of Harry Hines Blvd; entrance is to the right just under the bridge.

**The Yellow Banners That Say ‘Project Clean Up’ Mark The Job Site**

**The Yellow Feather Flags That Say ‘Parking’ Mark Where To Park**

What to wear:

We will be working outdoors in areas that may have mosquitoes and poison ivy. Please wear boots or sturdy, closed-toe shoes, pants, and socks that come over the calves. We do not recommend ankle socks, yoga pants, or leggings.

Other personal items to bring:

Water bottle(s), sunscreen, bug repellent, sunglasses, and snacks

Groundwork Dallas will also provide water coolers and additional safety and first aid materials.

Please note, our volunteer events are held outside and are dependent on weather conditions. We make every effort to make cancelation decisions by 3:00 pm on Friday. We will communicate any cancellations, or changes, through MeetUp and our email list.

North Texas Renewable Energy Group: Beyond Net Zero - Online

Sep 12 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Presenter: John Spears, AIA, CEM, LEED AP, President and Founder, Sustainable Design Group

About Presentation: 

The advancement in building technology has been dramatic in the past 50 years. Over the same period, we have seen a dramatic shift in the public awareness of human rights and the role of humans on the wellbeing of the planet and on people's health. 

In this presentation, we will look at the origins of this movement and some of the thought leaders of the time like Buckminster Fuller (credited with development of the of the geodesic dome), who taught us that all things are connected and that we can create systems that are better than the sum of their parts. He called it "Synergy.”

Stewart Brand who published the Whole Earth Catalogue, which was the "Google search engine" of the time for alternatives and access to tools for transformational change. 

We will look at how the thought leaders of the 70s ideas are relevant today and moving forward, what the homes of the future could look like.

We will look at some of the technologies of the day such as passive solar heating and cooling and their application today. We will look at trends in current technology like healthy homes, Passive House, solar power and net zero. We will then look at the direction the trends are taking us and what the homes of the near future can be. Some of the topics will be net zero carbon, human-centric design, grid interactive, grid independent and off-grid homes, rain water use and healthier homes. 

Access information will be sent to our Conversation Group members (register on website below).