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Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting - Tuesday, July 12

Dallas CECAP LogoHow to protect Dallas green spaces

Please join the Dallas Sierra Club as we welcome Phillip Irwin, Chief Arborist for the City of Dallas, as he discusses the Dallas Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) to protect and enhance its Ecosystems, Trees, and Green Spaces, while answering the question, “How can a city legally protect its historical trees with City ordinances?”  With the overall goal being to create environmental equity and equality in all Dallas neighborhoods, regardless of their socioeconomic situation, Mr. Erwin will share his expertise and experiences gleaned from his 23 years working in the field of the SW District of Dallas.

FREE.  7:00 pm, Tuesday, July 12, Dallas Sierra Club at Brookhaven College

Map of meeting's location http://www.dallassierraclub.org/page.htm?generalmeeting

Everybody is welcome.  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We would love to meet you.

The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in building H, the Geotechnology Institute building.  From 6:30 to 7:00 you can wander among various issue booths to pick up information and talk with Sierra Club members.  Contact Victoria Howard, 214 855 1580  Victoria@DallasSierraClub.org

 

Backpack in Colorado July 24-28

Hiking in the Mid Fork Conejos ValleyJoin a July adventure in backpacking in the South San Juan Wilderness Area of southern Colorado.  This will be a memorable trip to a scenic region north of Chama, New Mexico, and west of Antonito, Colorado.  Hike a loop up the South Fork Conejos River valley on trails through aspens and spruces to scenic lakes carved by glacial cirques.  This is an ideal summer vacation week for participants with a previous backpacking experience.  Arrive at the trailhead in the afternoon of Saturday, July 24, and return to the trailhead Wednesday July 28.  See trip details and procedure for registration at this link, then call or email for additional information.

 

Reduce Your Eco-Footprint in Dallas with These DIY Tips

By Tina Martin (www.ideaspired.com/)

You don't have to be a contractor to make your home more eco-friendly. Many simple and low-cost changes can save you money on your utility bills and help the environment. Here are some easy, eco-friendly home improvements for any skill level in Dallas, TX.

Insulate Doors and Windows
One of the best ways to reduce your energy consumption is to improve the insulation in your home. This step keeps the cool air in during the summer and the warm air in during the winter, which means your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard (and use as much energy) to maintain a comfortable temperature. You can complete a few projects yourself, such as caulking around windows and doors and adding weather stripping to doors.

Install a Smart Thermostat
Installing a smart thermostat is another great way to reduce your energy consumption. You can control this device remotely to turn off the AC when you're not home and turn it back on a few minutes before you arrive. It can also learn your preferences over time and can adjust the temperature accordingly.

Use Energy-Efficient LED Light Bulbs
This switch is one of the easiest ways to make your home more eco-friendly. Energy-efficient LED light bulbs use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, saving you money on your electric bill. They also last longer, so you don't have to replace them often.

Install Low-Flow Showerheads and Faucet Aerators
You can save water and money on your water bill by installing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. These devices restrict water flow, so you'll use less water without even noticing a difference. If you don't feel comfortable installing them yourself, you can connect with a local plumber to get a quote and discuss your needs. To control the price, research ‘plumbers in my area’ first to find the best deal. Read online reviews and look for savings opportunities before deciding.

Repaint With Low-VOC Paints
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are found in many paint products and can be harmful to your health. Products with lower levels of VOCs are safer for you and the environment. Look for low-VOC paints the next time you're repainting your home.

Change Your Filters Regularly
Another easy, eco-friendly tip is to change your air filters regularly. This process can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, improve the air quality in your home, and help you avoid costly repairs in the future. Plus, it's easy to do yourself and only takes a few minutes. To save money, look for bulk discounts on air filters, so you can stock up.

Add an Indoor Herb Garden
Indoor herb gardens are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. They provide fresh herbs for cooking, eliminate packaging, and don't require as much energy to grow as traditional outdoor gardens. They're easy to care for and make a great addition to any kitchen.

Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly
You don't need to be an expert to make your Dallas home more eco-friendly. Simple changes, such as improving insulation or switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, can save you money and help the environment.

For more ways to help the environment near you, join the Dallas Sierra Club.

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activism, and more.

 

Dallas Sierra Club Outreach Speakers Program - Speakers for Your Group

The Dallas Sierra Club provides outdoor/environmental education in the form of entertaining and informative presentations by Dallas Sierra Club members with expertise in the topics offered. These presentations range in length from 30 minutes to one hour and cover a variety of topics in the general categories of outdoor adventure, environmental education, and general ecology. These talks are appropriate for a wide range of audiences including youth groups, school classes, civic and social groups, nature and gardening clubs, church groups, etc. Any group interested in an available topic is welcome to contact us. To see available topics and to schedule your speaker, click here.

 

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What's Going On

Jun 26 Dallas Organic Gardening Club Meeting

Jul 6 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Jul 12 General Meeting - July 12

Jul 24 Dallas Organic Gardening Club Meeting

Jul 24-28 South San Juan Wilderness, Colorado

Aug 3 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

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