If you could plan a conference for you and your peers to help train and motivate you as environmental activists in Texas, what speakers, events, forums, exhibits, panels, music, and/or art would you choose? 

Because of the elections, Downwinders has scheduled the next the next Root and Branch Revue for January 25-28, 2017. This time we're specifically focusing on "Citizen Science,"through the lens of Environmental Justice. 

Vote for your favorite green volunteers and leaders in North Texas. The top three finalists will be judged by a panel. Winners will be announced at the Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards on Nov. 3 at the Dallas Arboretum. 

The Memnosyne Institute's Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards was launched in 2012 and has since honored many outstanding green leaders in North Texas.

The city is proposing the adoption of parking fees for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. A citizens watchdog group is encouraging people to speak out against the fees at this public meeting, on the grounds that it would make the park less accessible to the public. 

Do you have concerns about the Railroad Commission and how fracking and other oil & gas oversight is handled in our state?

Legislators and their staff will be invited. The public will be able to voice their concerns about the RRC.

Registration is at 6:30 and the town hall is at 7 pm.  This event is being hosted by Public Citizen, Earthworks, and Sierra Club.

Info: Rita Beving, antiquerita@aol.com

Water-themed conference featuring speakers on the current state of Texas' water supply, saving water, using native & drought resistant plants, climate change & water, water resources threats and aquifer storage. 

Register online at DFWWaterConference.org starting July 20. $35 until Sept. 9. (Includes lunch, 11 speakers)

Info: Rita Beving, Rita.Beving@gmail.com or 214-557-2271.

Groups with a passion to improve the energy, water, air, land, landfill diversion, composting, recycling, zero waste, zeroscape and all other topics related to environmental awareness are invited.

Our intent is to become aware of all groups in Tarrant County working for the greater cause to collaborate, share information, help each other and make a larger impact.

RSVP: Joan Meeks, Joan@CommodityRecyclingSolutions.com or 817-300-6958

Jesse Dillard, P.E., Certified Energy Manager, is the presenter. Public welcome.

The Dallas City Council recently approved one cement batch plant near a school. Now it appears the flood gates are open, and now more batch plants want to move into urban neighborhoods.

David Griggs of the Dallas Sierra Club and Susybelle Gosslee are taking the lead on helping defeat a batch plant in West Dallas, a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, which has already taken a toll from a lead smelter years ago.

Dallas could follow Dallas County and be the second North Texas local government to say they want the EPA to reject the state's air plan for DFW. Show up to show North Texans care about clean air.

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