Drip irrigation is 90 percent more efficient, inexpensive and easy to install. Drip systems promote healthy plants and conserve water use. Learn how to install your own system. Register online. If class is full, contact Gary Cocke at 972-769-4216 to be added to the wait list. Free.

Be a part of an event that has been helping drive the market for renewable energy, organic/sustainable gardening and farming, green/sustainable building and living and alternative transportation since the turn of the century.

"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.

Environmental festival featuring green vendors, organizations and busineses. Food, music, children's activities. Free.

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.

Presenter Howard "Scot" Arey, chair of the Texas Solar Energy Society, was a career Army officer, with much of his time spent at Fort Hood. After he retired, he joined Nexolon America in San Antonio where he first served as the Chief of Staff and was then promoted to executive vice president. There, he helped commence Nexolon's efforts to manufacture high-quality, high-yield solar modules for San Antonio. He serves on the Texas Solar Energy Society board of directors, and was elected Chairman through 2015. Arey has a bachelor of science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master of science in manufacturing from East Carolina University.

 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.

The all-day conference features George Bandy, Jr., vice president of sustainability at Interface, and Michael Cain, executive director of Earth Day Texas.

The breakout sessions feature three tracks, saving the people, planet & money, with speakers from the cities of Dallas, Cedar Hill and Lancaster, medical organizations, non-profits and churches of southern Dallas.

Texas A&M Agrilife Research, North Texas Renewable Energy Group, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Urban Acres and Fossil Rim are also participating. Free. 

Author and permaculture expert Nate Downey will host the all-day workshop, focusing on harvesting rain water in storage tanks. Downey, who has been designing and installing cistern systems for two decades, will talk about the components of a successful system that can turn storm water into an actual resource. $99.

Author and permaculture expert Nate Downey will speak on the water-harvesting industry as an economic engine that will drive the country toward real sustainability. Part of DCCCD's Clean economy series. $10. 

Downey will also host an all-day workshop on June 28.

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