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Stroll Beyond Coal – Chisholm Trail – Plano (11/20/2010)

Posted by youngsierrans on November 19, 2010

Texans across the state are participating in Beyond Coal community events to call for clean energy solutions in Texas, and raise awareness about the threat that coal-fired power poses to the state’s environment and citizen health. We are calling on our elected officials to stop the coal rush in Texas – 13 additional coal-fired power plants are in the early development or permitting process! Many of these plants will be located SE of DFW and contribute to our already poor air quality.

Join us to Stroll Beyond Coal with other Dallas area folks at our Day Hike on the Chisholm Trail in Plano! Sign the “No More Coal” petition to elected state officials, bring anti-new coal posters for photos, receive free t-shirts!!

Time/Date: 9:30 AM – November 20th
Location: Meet in front of the Starbucks/Barnes Noble in Plano (801 West 15th Street, just west of US 75)
Details: We will walk 5-6 miles on a paved path. Bring water. No reservations, just show up. Optional lunch afterward.
Leader: Judy Cato 972-238-5738(H)

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DIRT! The Movie & Discussion – La Grange – Deep Ellum

Posted by youngsierrans on September 14, 2010

Update – BIG Thanks to La Grange and everyone who came out to make this a successful event!  See our Flickr page for photos from the evening’s activities.

We will be hosting a FREE screening of the film “DIRT! The Movie” and engaging attendees with a post-film panel discussion led by representatives from TX AgriLife Research and Extension Center. Local community gardening and mindful food organizations will also be on hand.

This event is open to the public – all are welcome to attend!

Drink specials ($3 drafts & wells, 1/2 priced wine). Free appetizers.

La Grange – Deep Ellum (map) – DART Green Line stop Baylor Station
2704 Elm St.
Dallas, 75226

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Dinner with Michael Brune – 9/8/2010

Posted by youngsierrans on September 7, 2010

Please join us for a special opportunity to meet National Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.

Texas is in a unique environmental position: it is a major battleground in the national fight against coal-fired power plants, and it is also a potential national leader in renewable energy. Come listen to Michael’s thoughts on how a slight political shift could produce an environmental majority in the Texas House which could signal much smarter energy legislation leading to cleaner air and water in Texas. A new governor could help make that legislation become a reality and assure that the state environmental regulatory agency enforces the laws.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
The Park City Club

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EPA Coal Ash Rule Hearing – Sept 8th – Dallas

Posted by youngsierrans on August 31, 2010

This is another great opportunity to remind the EPA why we need their help in Texas!

Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs), often referred to as coal ash, are residues from the combustion of coal in power plants and captured by pollution control technologies, like scrubbers. When coal ash is impounded or deposited in landfills, impoundment structures can fail and landfills can leach coal ash into groundwater. An EPA report (2007) looked at 181 coal ash disposal sites throughout the US and found that these sites release toxic chemicals and metals such as arsenic, lead, boron, selenium, cadmium, thallium and other pollutants at levels that put human health at risk. Coal ash dumped in unlined or clay-lined ponds and landfills pose the greatest risk. At least 23 states have poisoned surface or groundwater supplies from improper disposal of coal ash. Texas has one of the highest levels of coal ash generation, and is home to 21 known coal ash sites (TX Coal Ash Factsheet).

In Texas, the Brandy Branch Coal ash dump, the Southwestern Electric Power Co. coal ash dump, and the Texas Utilities Electric Martin Lake Reservoir have leaked elevated levels of selenium and toxic metals. There are no leachate collection systems in Texas, and there is no groundwater monitoring.

Coal ash is currently considered exempt waste under an amendment to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA is proposing to regulate, for the first time, coal ash to address the risks from the disposal of the wastes generated by electric utilities and independent power producers. We’re encouraging that EPA support the first proposal (RCRA, subtitle C designation), to allow coal ash to be classified as a HAZARDOUS WASTE.  We hope you will join us in Cleaning Up Texas from this unchecked industrial waste which pollutes our air, land and water while risking citizen health!

> What can I do? The Dallas hearing has passed (and was a great success!), but you can still comment online or email EPA (Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640).  The public comment period has been extended until November 19, 2010. Click here and scroll down to “Addresses” for other methods of communication.

> Related Links and Resources:
* EPA Coal Ash Rule Hearing Website (includes 8/2010 Webinar Presentations, rule background, much more)
* EarthJustice “In Harm’s Way” Coal Ash Report (released 8/26/2010)
* EarthJustice Coal Ash Myths
* NYT Editorial “Unsolved Coal Ash Problem” (9/5/2010)
* 2008 TVA Coal Ash Disater Video
* 60 Minutes – Coal Ash Segment (8/15/2010)

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FREE Dave Matthews Band Concert Admission – Eco-Volunteers Wanted

Posted by youngsierrans on August 30, 2010

Update – I’ve been informed that there are enough volunteers for their Dallas show!  Thanks to everyone who is volunteering!

We are working with Effect Partners to gather eco-volunteers to help at the Sept 11th Dallas DMB show. Free concert admission after your shift!  Open to the public; all are welcome to participate!

DATE: Saturday – September 11th, 2010
LOCATION: Superpages.com Center (Fair Park) – 1818 1st Avenue Dallas, TX

> Option 1: Encourage fans to refill their bottles at one of our Brita Hydration Hubs inside the venue
WHAT: Brita FilterForGood volunteers will help operate Hydration Hubs and encourage fans to refill their water bottles, to help reduce plastic water bottle waste!
HOW LONG: 4:30 – 8:30p (…or whenever DMB goes on stage)
TRAINING: On-site before shift starts (training manual to read before show)

> Option 2: Encourage fans to recycle their waste in the tailgate parking lots before the show
WHAT: So Much To Save Recycling volunteers to encourage and help fans recycle in the parking lots
HOW LONG: 3:30 – 7:30p
TRAINING: On-site before shift starts (training manual to read before show)

** DRESS CODE: You will be given a t-shirt (to keep!), please wear comfortable walking shoes, comfortable and presentable shorts/pants/skirt

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Guided Tour – LEED Gold Project: Park Seventeen (8/21/2010)

Posted by youngsierrans on August 12, 2010

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the newest addition to the City of Dallas skyline. Park Seventeen is a modern, mixed-use 2.2 acre development designed by Dallas area architects, Good Fulton & Farrell, and is Dallas’ first LEED Gold high-rise office building. The project contains a luxury Residential Tower (292 rental units), Office Space (360K rentable sq ft) and Retail Space (15K rentable sq ft) in the heart of Uptown Dallas. The property was completed earlier this year and is mindfully designed around LEED CS v2.0 standards. Come learn about the building’s features and innovations while enjoying the views from the 17th-level balcony and the one acre amenity/greenspace deck.

Date: Saturday – August 21st, 2010
Time: Tour beings 10am (2hrs)
Address: 1717 McKinney Ave., 75202
Parking/Meeting: Tenant/Visitor Entrance off Akard (East side of property – map)
Cost: Free!
DART: 10 minute walk from Akard or St. Paul stops
Optional Lunch: The Common Table (Uptown, 2917 Fairmount St.) – Noon

Park Seventeen – LEED Pre-certification Review Document

All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the Facebook Event Page, the Evite or by email. Thanks! We hope you can join us!

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