Green Living Lecture Series: Be Southlake Savvy

This fall, Bob Jones Nature Center will be hosting the Green Living Lecture Series featuring speakers that will touch on energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainability.

Come join City of Southlake Environmental Coordinator Ashley Carlisle as she demonstrates the various free environmental programs offered by the City and how you can incorporate environmentally-friendly actions at home. Some of these programs include the W.I.S.E. Guys irrigation evaluation program, the Crud Cruiser Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, EyeOnWater, the Street Tree Program, Weekly Watering Advice, and more.

Freebies and information material will be provided to help you implement these actions and programs into your household, such as reusable water bottles, pet waste bags, grease collection bins and bags, pet waste bags, and moisture meters for landscaping needs.

Speaker: Ashley Carlisle

October 20th | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: BJNC Members – FREE, Non-members: $5.00

Register online

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Lawn problems? Learn how to make the neighbors green with envy

An upcoming course will teach proper lawn maintenance techniques, efficient watering methods and the right way to apply fertilizer and pesticide to reduce weed and plant diseases.

“Put the Care into Lawn Care” will be presented at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive. The seminar is presented by the Fort Worth Water Department.

Register in advance.

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Keep Green in Your Routine with the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program

Can you believe that it is already fall? Soon the weather cool down and the leaves will fall. Let the City of Southlake and Republic Services help you with disposing of your fallen leaves through the City’s Annual Leave Recycling Program.

The City of Southlake and Republic Services are pleased to offer curbside leaf recycling for Southlake residents through the Annual Leaf Recycling Program. The leaf recycling program gives citizens the opportunity to place their bagged leaves on the curb and have it picked up for recycling rather than ending up in the landfill.

To participate in the program, residents are asked to place their bagged leaves at the curb no later than 7:00 A.M. on any or all of the following collection days:

  • Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Please make sure that bagged leaves are physically separated from other solid waste. Resident may bag their leaves using any type of bag.

The City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program aims to reduce the amount of valuable landfill space that is used up by yard waste, an activity that in the long-term, removes nutrients from the environment and costs residents more in increased taxes and service fees. A more environmentally friendly disposal option is to recycle leaves and reuse their valuable organic nutrients in landscaped areas.

For information about the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program about the leaf recycling dates, please visit the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling page and subscribe to the Trash and Recycling calendar for updates.

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ENR Texas & Louisiana Names TCC South’s Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Best Green Project

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TCC South’s Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, a Freese and Nichols-designed facility in Fort Worth, Texas, has been named 2016 Best Green Project by Engineering News-Record (ENR) in the Texas & Louisiana division. Freese and Nichols will be honored during an awards ceremony in Houston on Oct. 19, 2016.

 

The Center of Excellence for Energy Technology (CEET), an 87,000-square-foot, $42 million learning and training center, is TCC South’s first new building since the campus opened 50 years ago. Some of the elements that contributed to the “Best Green Project” win include: 416 solar panels providing roughly one-third of the building’s energy; LED lights to reduce energy usage and decrease cooling loads; geothermal heating and cooling systems; sustainable water management practices; an outdoor garden; and touch-screen monitors providing real-time data on the building’s energy consumption.

 

This state-of-the-art facility houses TCC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HART) program, as well as training programs for oil, gas and renewable energy technologies.

 

“Our team designed and built toward a triple bottom line of sound financial investment, highly sustainable design and enhancement of the teaching environment,” said Freese and Nichols Project Manager Allen McRee, AIA, CCM. “The outstanding sustainability features serve double-duty as practical teaching tools, and the flexible spaces will enable adaptation as technologies and teaching tools change. TCC’s vision for this project is farsighted and exemplifies academic excellence; we are honored to be part of this team and pleased that ENR has recognized the accomplishment.”

 

ENR’s Best Project contest encompasses project types from 18 categories from across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma. A total of 92 entries in this year’s competition yielded 35 winners in 18 categories.

 

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2015 Green Report

hatom city green report city hallThe annual “Green Report” is published once a year by Keep Haltom City Beautiful to let citizens know about programs, events and environmental news and best practices. The 2015 Keep Haltom City Beautiful Green Report is a comprehensive report that includes the activities of the past year along with activities and plans for the upcoming year, all related to Haltom City beautification and environmental awareness.

Also known as the Haltom City Beautification & Revitalization Board, Keep Haltom City Beautiful volunteers work to make the city an environmentally friendly place to live and work.

 Pictured at right – rock garden installation at City Hall

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Bob Jones Nature Center Green Fest 2015 – Saturday, March 28, 2015

GREEN FEST SOUTHLAKE

Event Fast Facts
Southlake Town Square
Rustin Park
Saturday, March 28, 2015
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Hosted by Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC), Green Fest Southlake is a premier opportunity to learn about all the ways to be environmentally friendly, endow a sustainable future, and improve our daily living by going green.  On Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM,  Southlake Town Square will be transformed into a green oasis as vendors, manufacturers and other businesses present products and services about going green and protecting our precious resources.  And the best part is, Green Fest Southlake is free to the public!

Join us for a day full of fun including:

  • Featured entertainment by local musical sensation Le Freak
  • Fabulous raffle prizes
  • Activities and entertainment for all ages
  • A scavenger hunt for elementary students, where the two winners will receive an Apple iPad

Plus: Kids (K – 6th grade) can bring their juice pouches to recycle and be entered into a raffle for a new Apple iPad!

For more information, visit TexasGreenFest.com.

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2014 Green Report

eagle scouts haltom city benchesThe annual “Green Report” is published once a year by Keep Haltom City Beautiful to let citizens know about programs, events and environmental news and best practices. This is a comprehensive report that includes the activities of the past year along with activities and plans for the upcoming year, all related to Haltom City beautification and environmental awareness.

Also known as the Haltom City Beautification & Revitalization Board, Keep Haltom City Beautiful volunteers work to make the city an environmentally friendly place to live and work.

Download PDf file of the 2014 Green Report.

pictured at right: Fellow Eagle Scouts assist in building 12 public benches in Haltom City (March, 2014).

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Take Your Eco-Friendly Efforts to the Next Level at Green Fest Southlake March 29

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Unlike Kermit the Frog, the organizers of Green Fest Southlake want Southlake residents to know it is easy to be green! Learn how-to be environmentally friendly in your home or business everyday and invest in a sustainable future at the 6th Annual Green Fest Southlake on March 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square. The family-friendly event is free to the public.

Hosted for the first time by Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC) in Southlake, the purpose of the event is to provide a fun, educational forum for residents and business owners to learn about the many ways to be better stewards of the earth’s resources.

According to Audra Lewandowski, event founder and board member for BJNC, she previously hosted the event through GreenFellows, Inc., a Southlake-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about going green.

“GreenFellows was much smaller than BJNC and we realized that if we wanted to take the event to the next level, we needed the support of a larger organization. BJNC has a similar mission and is a natural fit for Green Fest,” explains Lewandowski, noting all funds raised at Green Fest will go to fund environmental restoration projects at BJNC.

Rustin Park will be transformed into an environmental showcase of eco-friendly exhibitors and products focusing on how-to go the extra mile to be green. Attendees can expect to see the latest energy-efficient solutions for the home and business, as well as product demonstrations. Additional activities include:

  • Live entertainment
  • Bounce house
  • Prizes drawings (tickets $5 each) – individual buckets for each item
  • Juice pouch recycling contest for kids up to 12 years old – an Apple iPad will be given to the winner
  • More than  30 exhibitors including:
    • Rapid Refill of Grapevine – bring empty toner and ink cartridges to recycle
    • Central Market
    • Whole Earth Provision Company
    • SmartWool – giving away 300 pairs of wool socks
    • It’s Organic to You
    • Elevation Health
    • Daylight Rangers
    • NaturePedic Organic Mattresses
    • Batteries Plus – bring old batteries to recycle

“We want Green Fest to be a fun family event, but more importantly, to raise awareness about what else can done to live a sustainable life. Most people in Southlake recycle and have switched to LED light bulbs, but there is more they can do to be green without spending a lot of money. As consumers, we need to recognize that it is hard to find a product that doesn’t have a green alternative  ̶  from cars and carpet to cleaning solutions,”  adds Lewandowski.

Green Fest Southlake is free admission to the public. For additional information, go to www.TexasGreenFest.com.

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