"To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment."
Victory at Dallas City Hall - A Very Strong Gas Drilling Ordinance
Just before the Christmas holidays, the City of Dallas gave its residents and the region a great gift -- one of the strongest gas drilling ordinances around. This was a hard won victory, the result of many long years of work by a core group of dedicated activists, with the assistance of hundreds of others. To all who attended hearings, meetings, rallies, sent e-mails, wrote letters, made calls, staffed info tables, posted to blogs---THANK YOU! The victory on the drilling ordinance was a Dallas Morning News front-page headline and it was on just about every local evening news show, as well as news far beyond the metroplex, including Russian coverage. A quick google news search for “Dallas gas drilling” brings up media coverage from over 50 publications across the country.
This issue isn’t totally settled yet – there are a few loose ends we’re still going to work on, but, for now, enjoy the win. Also, please send a thank-you email to Mayor Rawlings and the 8 Council members who voted to pass the ordinance:
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To see links to some of the news coverage about this new ordinance, click here.
Solar Power For Homeowners
The topic of our December 10 General Meeting was Solar Power for Homeowners. Our speakers discussed different ways to install a solar power system on your roof. They demystified the process of leasing or buying a system, and shared one homeowner's results of leasing a system. We learned how easy it is to add a solar energy power system to a home, and how much it can reduce your electricity bill because the price of solar energy has decreased a lot.
There are several options for leasing a solar PV system; one option is no money out of your pocket, and you reduce your electricity rates for 20 years.
Here is a link to the slideshow that Plano Solar Advocates presented at the meeting. It includes a brief background on the growth of PV solar, a residential solar 101 section, and an appendix with information about starting a "solarize" program in your neighborhood.
Find out how easy it is to "go solar" and how much it can reduce your electricity bills. Contacts:
Kirk Miller, Dallas Sierra Club, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 972-699-1687
Larry Howe, Plano Solar Advocates, email@example.com
Bob Litwins, Plano Solar Advocates, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Gas Drilling and Production
Despite the December 2013 victory at Dallas City Hall, with the passage of a strong drilling ordinance, there will still be additional need for activism to keep drilling out of parks, floodplains, and to prevent further air, water and land pollution, and earthquakes related to unconventional gas drilling, production and distribution in the DFW metroplex.
Keep up with news and any need for local action needed at http://dallasresidentsatrisk.com/.
See the Sierra Club's position on natural gas--"dirty, dangerous and run amok"-- and what we're doing about it, and how you can help at http://content.sierraclub.org/naturalgas/
There is more at "What's the Deal with Natural Gas", including a "60 Minutes" video at
Keep up to date on natural gas activism, at a national level, at
Think There's Nothing You Can Do to Help Preserve the Earth?
Electronic Companies... Take 'Em Back in Texas
Four convenient ways to recycle your obsolete computers, monitors, TVs and other e-waste:
Free Electronics Recycling
Recycle ALL electronics: computers, monitors, TVs, phones, DVD players, large appliances such as refrigerators (if they don't have Freon in them). It is FREE. And recycling is done responsibly through 100 percent processing and reuse. Check out ECS Refining's website: http://www.ecsrefining.com/ For a printable PDF of drop-off locations, click here.
Manufacturer TakeBack Programs
Manufacturers are required to provide recycling for computers and monitors at no cost to you. The State of Texas lists all producers' takeback recycling programs at TexasRecyclesComputers.org. Click on the name of the company that made your brand of equipment to see your free recycling options. Check out free TV takeback from companies such as Sony, Samsung, LG, and others at TexasTakeBack.org.
Through its partnership with Dell, all Goodwill locations throughout Texas will accept old computers and most will accept functioning TVs. Through programs funded by the TV makers, most Goodwill locations in Central Texas, Tarrant County, and Denton also accept non-working TVs. Call your local Goodwill for more Details.
You can recycle most electronics for free at Best Buy retail stores. Recycling a monitor or TV up to 32 inches costs $10, but you receive a $10 gift card in return. Staples locations recycle all Dell-branded equipment at no charge. Other equipment costs $5 to $10. Additional retailers also offer limited e-recycling options in Texas.
By using producer takeback recycling programs, you can help protect the environment from toxic electronic waste and save local tax dollars.
If you need to recycle an old computer or monitor, go to www.TexasRecyclesComputers.org.
If you need to recycle an old TV, find free manufacturer programs at www.TexasTakeBack.org.
For a nice PDF poster of this information, click here.
Need a speaker for your group? Sierra Club volunteers are available to come talk about recycling, global warming, and other environmental issues. Contact Ann Drumm.
Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? Do you have a specific area of knowledge that you would like to share? We frequently get requests for speakers and this can be a very effective way to communicate a green message to a larger audience. It's also a great opportunity to grow your own knowledge on a specific subject. If you have a presentation that you could deliver or you would be interested in delivering an existing presentation, please contact Robin Sowton. A few examples of presentations delivered this year: Improving Home Energy Efficiency, Tapping North Texas Water, The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and Greening Your Home.
Do you know someone who would be an excellent speaker for our General Meetings? If you know someone who can speak about green building, alternative energy, organic gardening, a local conservation issue, or any other related topic... please contact Kirk Miller.
Conservation starts at home! Think globally, act locally comes down to your own garbage can. Over half of Americans have done something to change their lifestyle to make it more environmentally sustainable. And of those, over nine in ten are recycling in some way, shape or form. To find out more about recycling options in our area, go to our recycling page for more information. If you have questions about recycling or recycling campaigns, contact Coralie Miller at 972-699-1687.
Global Population and Environment
Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program aims to protect the global environment and preserve natural resources for future generations by advancing global reproductive health and sustainable development initiatives.
Population volunteer opportunities: Can you write articles, or letters to the editors? Can you write or email your members of Congress? Can you speak to groups about the relationship between population and environment? Would you be willing to table?