"Vision North Texas 2050: How Local Communities and Businesses Can Position North Texas for a Fiscally and Environmentally Sustainable Future."
 
Presentor Kevin Shepherd is a principal and co-founder of Verdunity, Inc., a Dallas-Fort Worth-based consulting firm specializing in planning and design of sustainable communities and infrastructure.  

Shepherd will present he results and findings of the multi-year planning and visioning effort that culminated in the release of the award-winning Vision North Texas 2050 Plan. He will also discuss current global and national trends, highlight a few projects from North Texas that are incorporating new approaches and offer some suggestions on how cities can position themselves to stay competitive in recruiting and retaining businesses and residents.

Join UNT Sustainability at this premier networking event for professionals in the DFW Metroplex. Enjoy cheese and chocolate fondue at The Melting Pot while meeting individuals from the public and private sector and from various industries to start conversations that build long-lasting partnerships. Cost: $15. Info: Meredith.Bard@unt.edu.

Beth Schmitt, global manager for sustainability and recycling for Alcoa, will speak. $20/members, $15/members. Lunch included. RSVP by 6/19.

 Renewable energy sources or RES capture their energy from existing flows of energy; from on-going natural processes, such as sunshine, wind, wave power, flowing water (hydropower); biological processes such as anaerobic digestion; and geothermal heat flow.

The most common definition is that renewable energy is from an energy resource that is replaced by a natural process at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate at which that resource is being consumed. Renewable energy is a sub-set of sustainable energy.

This class will help students understand renewable energy, with an emphasis on solar and wind, as it relates to the residential sector and will provide resources for further exploration. Free. Info: 972- 742-2296.

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In celebration of Earth Day, throughout April, your local Junk King will donate one percent of every job to 1% For The Planet, an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Book now, and help us make 1% a BIG number. 

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The Dallas City Council will vote on a proposal to ban single use plastic bags or to impose a fee to discourage use. 

READ MORE: 

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140323-dallas-city-council-to-vot...

Sign up to participate in the annual citywide cleanup from 8-11 am. From 11 am to 2pm, celebrate the earth at environmental education event, featuring green vendors, music, activities in downtown Fort Worth.

2014 GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT EVENTS

 Sat. Feb 15 

• Arlington: OS Gray Natural Area with Charlie Amos. 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

• Arlington: River Legacy Living Science Center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  

• Cedar Hill: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.  9 a.m.-2 p.m. http://dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org

• Dallas, Trinity River Audubon Center.  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Guided counts start every hour on the hour.

• Farmers Branch: John F. Burke Nature Preserve with Jim Varnum. 10 a.m.

President's Day Celebration Activities Include: 

•Face painting and petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Kids 'Come as Your Favorite President' Costume Contest - dress like a president to win prizes. Judging begins with celebrity judge Miss Texas at noon at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage.

•Patriotic music playing in the entry plaza and on the Martin Rutchik Stage

•Stop by the Information Booth and pick up a Tree Scavenger Hunt and Presidential Trivia sheet.

•$1 hot dogs, popcorn and fried cherry pie.

Throughout the Arboretum, patriotic music will greet visitors. Guests can also watch the horticulture staff build the two, 13-foot peacock topiaries for the 30th anniversary of Dallas Blooms, which begins on February 22.

$5. Active and retired militrary get complimentary admission.

Whether it is strategic marketing or public relations, conveying a message to customers and constituents has become a complex endeavor. This course demonstrates how to reach your target audience using sustainable strategies, as well as how to purposefully disseminate information about sustainability. Sign up today to increase your knowledge in:

Marketing Myopia / Greenwashing / Marketing Innovation / Social Media and Creating a Conversation / Engagement (Case Studies). 

$75.

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