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2014 Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Volunteer Recycling Team

Posted by youngsierrans on February 22, 2011

The annual 2014 Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade (on Greenville Avenue) is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country (~100K people, 100+ floats).  This iconic Dallas event creates lots of recyclable waste AND opportunity for fun!

This will be our 7th year (!!) to help make St Patrick’s Day in Dallas even greener!  We’ve collected over two tons of recyclable materials in that time and are seeking volunteers to join the 2014 Parade Recycling Team to help divert even more from the landfill!

Volunteers can collect recycling from parade viewers, stroll along with our entry to promote conservation and witness the craziness of Dallas’ St. Pat’s parade from inside the barricades.  Volunteers will receive spiffy green t-shirts, and a memory of a lifetime.

Eventbrite RSVP (select the Volunteer ticket):

General Info:

  • Date: Saturday – March 15th, 2014!
  • Approx. Volunteer Time: 10a-1p (3 hrs) – Rain or Shine!
  • You must RSVP to receive a parade access badge.  Meet in the parking lot by 10am (in front of Vickery Women’s Heath Center in strip shopping mall – 8224 Park Ln #130, 75231).  Police begin closing surrounding roads by 9:30a, so please allow ample travel time.
  • Use DART to avoid parking hassles (Saturday schedule) – No parking allowed in parade staging parking lot.
  • Past Parade Recycling Effort: Photos or Detailed Info (which is similar to this year)
  • What to do between now and then?  RSVP to Volunteer on Eventbrite! Share with your friends (Facebook Page)!

More details will be provided to RSVPs as the event nears.  All are welcome to participate.

Questions: Ginger Canyon or Deborah Nixon

More info: Greenville Ave St Patrick’s Day Parade website


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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: 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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Dallas – A “Bike Friendly” Town?

Posted by youngsierrans on February 4, 2010

Over the last year I’ve become aware of a handful of local, neighborhood-driven bike advocacy groups around our city.  These organizations mobilize grassroots support in making the Dallas area more bike-friendly by establishing discounts with local merchants, working with city council-folk to create cycle tracks on major thoroughfares (a first in Dallas), and hosting event-themed, recreational rides around town.

These groups must be having an effect – Dallas is creating a Bicycle Transportation Advisory Committee and is currently seeking applications.  The committee is going to be a 15-person board and will help in developing Dallas’ future comprehensive bicycle plan (meeting monthly).  Please email your applications to Max Kalhammer (Sr. Planner – Bicycle Coordinator), by Feb 15th, with the subject line “BAC Application.”

So dust off that ol’ Schwinn Stingray and get out to support these important local groups!  If one doesn’t exist in your neighborhood, contact any of the below “friendly” organizers to learn what steps you can take to start one around your community.  Happy Riding!

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Bike Friendly Knox-Henderson
Bike Friendly North Dallas
Bike Friendly Richardson
Bike Friendly Arlington
Bike Friendly Fort Worth
Bike Denton
Biking In Dallas

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Advocate Magazine – Dallas’ McCommas Bluff Landfill

Posted by youngsierrans on October 11, 2009

MB LandfillDid you know that the average Texan throws away 7 lbs of waste?  Or, that 30 days per year of landfill space are “saved” by recycling materials?

You can learn much more if you get your hands on this month’s great cover story in the local publication the Advocate about Dallas’ McCommas Bluff Landfill, the biggest landfill in the state (15th largest in the nation).  The story covers a wide range of topics, including local landfill and recycling operations, procedures, costs/revenues and general stats; the bioreactor technology (methane gas harnessing for resale) utilized at the facility; and the expected life of this big-business dump.

Be sure to check the “SIDEBAR” stories on the left side of the page (i.e., The Environmental Scorecard, Trash Stats).

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Cyclesomatic – Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Event (2009)

Posted by youngsierrans on September 30, 2009

cyclesomaticBike Friendly Oak Cliff is proud to announce Cyclesomatic, a week long bicycle festival in North Oak Cliff from October 2nd to the 11th. Events will include a history-themed group ride, bicycle competitions, Bike to City Hall, Biketoberfest! in Bishop, an Urban Bazaar, a “Kiddical Mass” Ride, Bike to School Day, BBQ, Bands, Bicycle Films at the Texas Theatre, Art Bike Shows, and guest speaker councilwoman Angela Hunt.

New Belgium brewery is sponsoring part of the week, and BFOC is coordinating efforts with DART, BikeDenton, the Oak Cliff Bicycle Companyand more.

Please see the Cyclesomatic calendar of events (20 or so are currently planned) and join in the fun!  Also, check out the local merchant discounts for bicyclists in the Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts area.

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White Rock Local Market

Posted by youngsierrans on August 4, 2009

wrlmNew this summer to the East Dallas area is the White Rock Local Market.  Based on my initial review of their operations, what appears to make this market unique is the set of “local” requirements asked of each vendor.  Vendors must originate within a 150-mile radius of Dallas, offer a variety of sustainable or organically produced products and sell at least 60% of the home-sourced product directly. I estimate that there were about 40 vendors at the July market.  Special events, like live music, are also planned during market days.  What better way to start or end your Saturday morning White Rock Lake ride, walk or clean up effort?

For information about becoming a vendor, a list of market vendors or general information, please see their website.

WRLM will open in March in 2010.  Hours/Dates: 8am-1:00pm on the second & fourth Saturdays of each month at the Green Spot Market (702 N. Buckner Blvd. at Northcliff Dr. – map).

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