Smart Water Practices in North Texas

Category Emerging Professionals

North Texans know it’s hot out, and aside from the previous month's rainstorms; it looks like it will remain dry for the summer. This is bad news when considering the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality continually acknowledges that large portions of the state, including the North Texas region, are going through “exceptional or extreme drought”[1].

On July 3rd, Governor Rick Perry issued “a proclamation renewing the certification that exceptional drought conditions pose a threat of imminent disaster” for 120 counties, including every county of North Texas[2]. These historic levels of drought are a problem for public health, property values, local ecosystems and the economy. Local Public Water Systems are increasingly limiting water use to avoid shortages, but it’ll take more than following restrictions to mitigate the long term effects of drought. Citizens, businesses and organizations must get involved to encourage, educate and practice smart water use in our region.

Many North Texas organizations are providing free resources to accomplish this goal, so get started on saving water today.

Jeffrey Florey

Events Coordinator, City of Bedford
Advocacy Chair, USGBC North Texas Emerging Professionals
National Recruitment Chair, USGBC Emerging Professionals National Committee

Water IQ – Water Saving Tips and Resources

Take Care of Texas – Water Conservation

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – Texas Drought Information

Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center – Water Conservation, Quality and Lesson Plans

Texas Smartscape – North Central Texas Xeriscaping

Texas Water Development Board – Water Conservation, Harvesting, and Reuse

US Geological Survey – Water Resources of Texas

Save Tarrant Water

Texas Water Smart – Landscaping

EPA’s WaterSense – Product Certification Program

Alliance for Water Efficiency



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2014 Board Election

Category Membership

The USGBC North Texas Chapter is holding an election to fill four seats on the Chapter's Board of Directors. Those elected will begin three-year terms in January 2014. 

The election is open to Chapter members until December 20, 2013. You must be a current member on the day the election opens.

Below are your candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors. Please click on their names to view the candidate applications for more information from each candidate on their background, experience and motivations for supporting sustainable building in North Texas. 

Douglas W. Ekstrom
Business Development Director - Senior Associate - Engineer
DFW Consulting Group, Inc.

David W. Hensley
Hensley Lamkin Rachel, Inc.

Adolfo Danilo Lopez
Associate Vice President

Chris Mundell
Vice President/Sustainable Design Coordinator
HKS, Inc. 

David Trevino (Incumbent)
Senior Program Manager of Facilities Planning and Design and Construction
Dept. of Public Works and Transportation
City of Dallas

Place your vote.

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Green Apple Day of Service 2013

Category Education

On Saturday, September 28th, the USGBC North Texas Chapter will participate in the 2nd annual international Green Apple Day of Service. Last year, North Texas hosted 16 projects at local schools and parks with the overwhelming support of our members, Emerging Professionals, green schools advocates, and incredible volunteers.

This year we hope to make an equally inspiring impact, but we can't do it without your help. Below is a list of the projects we are currently coordinating. Take a look and RSVP to attend or sign up to volunteer today!

9/28 Green Apple in the Park
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, Texas 75201
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join the movement  with USGBC North Texas in Klyde Warren Park as we re-create where the little ones in your life learn. Together, we will transform our schools by showing that where we learn matters. We will be providing posters, markers, and art supplies to re-create your favorite or dream place to learn or decorate your own deskside recycle bin! Artwork will be displayed at the Dallas Center for Architecture in the month of October.

9/28 North Texas Emerging Professionals Hit the Streets!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, Texas 75201
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The North Texas Emerging Professionals "Hit the Streets" with social media as our weapon of choice! The EPs are creating sustainability themed "face-in-hole" photo boards and will be engaging and educating the public at Klyde Warren Park. Come out and blog, tweet, Vine, and share with us! This is a create opportunity to network with peers in an informal setting and advocate for green schools! To join the Emerging Professional project, contact Project Captain Kevin Brannum at

9/28 Open House at The University of Texas at Dallas
Saturday, September 28, 2013
UT Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080

Students of the university will be xeriscaping the campus' new parking garage.

Green Classroom Certificate Course for Teachers
Date TBA

The GCP Certificate program provides pre K-12 educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces. The course and exam help participants recognize, adopt, and implement practices that keep teachers and students focused, alert and ready to learn. The program will consist of a one-day workshop to cover the basics of the program. The North Texas Chapter will be offering Chapter member pricing ($40) to all who participate. This program will kickoff when we have 10 confirmed attendees - invite your colleagues! Let us know you are interested at

DISD No Idling! Campaign
Date TBA

The City of Dallas offers one free anti-idling sign to schools located within the City of Dallas. We are looking for a Project Captain to coordinate volunteers to call Dallas schools, gain permission to request the sign on their behalf, and pick-up and deliver the signs to the campus. Sign posts are 12 feet long! Volunteers delivering signs would need appropriate transportation. For more information on the program, read here. If interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to Michelle at

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Job Posting: Safety & OSHA Trainer

Category Other

Here at the Chapter we have caught wind of a few really great job postings. Read below for information.

Safety & OSHA Trainer (Burleson, Tx)

The Safety and OSHA Trainer is responsible for developing and administering OSHA and safety training programs for clients in various industries. 

• Providea training and information on regulatory topics to existing and potential clients.
• Evaluates company safety programs and establishes improvement plans. 
• Designs, develops and delivers regulatory training to meet the needs of employers.
• Provides training and technical information to fellow employees.
• Develops training programs for safety related topics. 
• Develops strategies and measurement systems to ensure compliance with safety training programs.
• Maintains client records and documentation in a readily retrievable format.
• Training programs to be trained include; Asbestos Awareness, Brownfields, Compliance Audits, Confined Space Entry, Dry Cleaners Assessment, Environmental Regulations, HAZCOM, HAZWOPER 40 HOUR, Hazardous Materials Management, Phase I & II ESA's, Pollution Prevention, Section 404 of Clean Water Act, SPCC Spills, Specialized Training, Storm Water in Construction, Underground Storage Tanks, VCP?IOP?TRRP, Water Well Driller's Refresher

• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication and presentation skills 
• Strong organizational skills.
• Self starter who works independently and is highly self-motivated.
• Manages multiple projects and timelines with a sense of urgency and follow through.
• Possesses substantial knowledge of Federal and state health and safety standards.
• Possess technical knowledge about process and safety and health hazards.
• Possesses knowledge of instructional design strategies and adult learning principles and multicultural principles to produce effective training.
• Understands evaluation strategies to apply to training programs.
• Minimum two years of safety training experience preferred
• College degree preferred.

Our client provides high quality, technical environmental services with swift, superior customer service. Our customer-centric approach, depth of technical expertise, and nimble business model provides our clients cost-effective environmental compliance and a trusted adviser. The company provides Air Quality, Due Diligence, Pollution Prevention, Chemical Reporting, NEPA, and Internal EHS Support to a wide array of industry sectors including, oil and gas exploration, hospitals, universities, aerospace manufacturing, airport operations, local and regional government, land development, and transportation. 

The company offers a flexible work schedule with competitive salary, time off and benefits.

Please contact

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