City of Waco Sustainability Newsletter

Building a more Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Waco

MAY 2023

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Tackling the Climate Crisis

Join Us May 17 to Celebrate National Bike Month

We're teaming up with the MPO's Bike and Pedestrian Work Group to celebrate National Bike Month (May) and discuss how we can make Waco more bike friendly and encourage commuting by bike. Floyd Colley, Owner of the Brazos Bike Lounge will be our featured speaker.

We're meeting at 10am at Pecan Bottom Shelter in Cameron Park followed by lunch.

Please register so we have a good count for meals.

Register Here

City of Waco Releases RFQs for Landfill Solar Panel Feasibility Study and Anaerobic Digester and Compost Facilities Feasibility Studies

If you know any engineering/consulting firms who are passionate about working on sustainability projects like solar, anaerobic digesters, or commercial composting facilities, please tell them to respond to our RFQs! Closing date for digesters and composting is May 30 and closing date for the landfill solar project is June 7.

Find RFQs Here

Give Us Your Ideas for the Next Green Communities Conference

The next Green Communities Conference will be September 18-19. We're planning the agenda right now so let us know any ideas you have for potential speakers, sponsors or exhibitors. Our major themes are environmental justice & climate change, food & waste systems, energy & tech, and water.

The deadline to submit a proposal to speak is June 12.

More Info Here

Preventing Waste and Pollution

Read the Impact Report for Q1 2023 Glass Recycling

99.5 tons of glass was collected in the first quarter of 2023 through the GLASS4GOOD program. Way to recycle your glass, Waco! Here are the locations you can find the purple bins:

  • District 1: 901 Elm Ave (East Waco Library)
  • District 2: 1700 S New Road (Goodwill)
  • District 4: 723 Austin Ave (Stay Classy Bar)
  • Floater: McLennan Community College Lot 3
Impact Report

In The Community

Tell Your Favorite Business to Join the Green Business Alliance!

Keep Waco Beautiful has launched the Waco Green Business Alliance to help mobilize local businesses to be more earth friendly and celebrate their achievements.

Check out some of the businesses that have gone through the new certification process.

Learn More

Upcoming Events

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

Saturday Mornings, 9am to 1pm, in front of the McLennan County Courthouse

Support our local farmers and artisans by buying locally grown and produced goods. Also be sure to check out the new Wednesday evening Bridge Street Farmers Market in East Waco from 5-8pm.

Community Workshop: Cut Flower Gardens

MAY 13, 11am-12pm, Urban REAP

Join Urban REAP on Mother’s Day weekend for this workshop to learn from REAP staff how to plant a cut flower garden, how to make an arrangement, and get some seeds to start your own! Bring someone who has been a mother to you, or come on your own to connect with the flowers around us.

May Discovery Activity: Bumble Bee Cards

MAY 10-13, During open hours at Urban REAP

Urban REAP will be providing materials to make Bumble Bee Cards that can be placed in your homes or given as Mother’s Day gift to whoever has been a mother in your life. Bring your friends and family and show some love to the bumble bees!

Bike to Work Workshop and Lunch

MAY 17, 10am-12:30pm, Pecan Bottom Shelter

Come celebrate National Bike Month as we discuss how to get more people commuting to work by bike in Waco. Floyd Colley, owner of the Brazos Bike Lounge will be our featured speaker and we will be teaming up with the MPO’s Bike and Pedestrian Work Group for a good time of discussion followed by a (free!) lunch. Please click here to register so we have a good count for meals.

Lunch with the Masters: Texas Natives and Bird Photography

MAY 17, noon-2pm, 7601 Steinbeck Bend Rd.

Come hear McLennan County Master Gardener Juan Anaya. This program will take you on a pictorial adventure of Texas native plants, wildlife, and birds. It will be informative as well as entertaining. Juan will cover tips on how to attract hummingbirds, pollinators, and other wildlife to your backyard with native plants, water features, and cover. 

Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Meeting

MAY 18, 3pm, Fire Station 6

The general public is welcome to attend this monthly meeting of the citizen board that makes policy recommendations to the Waco City Council. Consider becoming a member of the board (there's currently one position open to represent District 2).

6th Annual Central Texas Vines and Wines Program

MAY 23, 8:30am-2:35pm, Valley Mills Vineyards

Are you interested in growing grapes? Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host this event with topics for anyone interested in what is involved in growing grapes and maintaining a vineyard. Learn more about the agenda HERE.

What We're Reading and Watching


(You can also listen to this one!)

The journey of a banana peel: What happens to all that stuff you throw in compost bins in Austin?

By KUT 90.5 - Austin's NPR Station

Texas trumps California as key US energy transition driver

By Reuters


This recommendation was sent in by dedicated EV advocate (and motorsports fan) Teresa Porter.

Extreme E: Electric Odyssey

Free to watch on tubi tv

Please send us your suggestions for articles, books, podcasts, or videos so that we can share them with our community.

Farm Camp Registration is Open

Looking for a fun summer camp for your kids? World Hunger Relief Institute has slots available for three weeks in June for children from kindergarten (5 years old on or before Sept. 1st, 2023) to 7th grade:

  • June 12th - 16th
  • June 19th - 23rd
  • June 26th - 30th

Camp Details:

Campers will have a blast making new friends, playing together outdoors, getting to experience life on a farm, and learning about a variety of agricultural and environmental topics. This year’s special emphasis and activities is focused on composting. Drop off is 8:15-8:30 with camp activities starting at 8:30. Lunch and a snack are provided and pick up is 12:30.



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