Urban Sustainability

June 23, 2015 

Last week, Pope Francis delivered a blunt message to the world regarding the environment in a 184-page encyclical, entitled "Laudato Si," an Italian phrase meaning "Praised Be To You" taken from a song penned by St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology.

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North Texas interior designers keep pace with the latest green building, environmentally-conscious trends.

June 10, 2015

Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Award finalist Kenneth Winn wears a black hat but he's one of Pleasant Grove's good guys. For nearly a decade, the 71-year-old has been picking up trash and discouraging litterbugs in his southeast Dallas neighborhood – all on his own initiative. 

On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council voted to repeal the city's bag fee ordinance after plastic bag manufacturers sued. 

UPDATE June 14, 2015: Story has been updated below with election results. 

June 5, 2015

On Wednesday, the local fight against plastic bags took a blow when the Dallas City Council voted 10-4 to repeal the Dallas bag fee that went into effect in January.

Andrea Ridout, founder of Gecko Hardware in Dallas, is launching a new radio show this month called "Down to Earth." It will air at noon on Saturdays on 1190AM. Gecko's mascot George the Rooster is featured on the program's theme song. Listen here. Photo courtesy of Gecko Hardware.

Last week, the city of North Richlands Hills overturned an ordinance requiring a special use permit for solar panels on the street-facing side of homes. Photo courtesy of the DFW Solar Tour.

May 25, 2015

 Dr. Bruce McCarl, Agricultural Economist at Texas A & M University, is a member of the IPCC, the International Panel on Climate Change, established in 1988 by the U.N. and World Metereological Organization. The IPCC works to  “review and assess the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change.”

Stephen Sturdivant, Region 6 contact for EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, will be speaking at Earth Day Texas on Saturday, April 25, at 5:15 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Above, produce rescued by FoodSourceDFW.

April 21, 2015 

By Julie Thibodeaux

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center's Urban Water Team, from left, Karen Sanders, Daniel Cunningham, Clint Wolfe and Patrick Dickinson, won the Green Source DFW Sustainable Leader Award for Large Business or Nonprofit Project in March. Photos courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife. 

April 20, 2015

The Urban Water Team at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center is saving Texas water, one rain barrel at time. 

Texas Smartscape Plant Sales, featuring Texas native and adapted plants, will be held in 22 cities across North Texas starting April 11. 

April 8, 2015

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