City of Waco Sustainability Newsletter

Building a more Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Waco

MARCH 2023

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Tackling the Climate Crisis

How do we manage Waco's Water Systems and the impact of Climate Change?

Come to a lunch and learn workshop on March 28 from 11:30am - 1pm at the Dewey Community Center and learn from the City of Waco's Hydrologist, Jeff Selucky, about stormwater sampling and how the City of Waco is working to protect our watershed. Did we mention there's free lunch?


Preventing Waste and Pollution

District 1 Clean Up March 11

District clean-ups provide the opportunity for residential customers to place unwanted items at their curbs for pick up by the City of Waco Solid Waste. If you live in District 1, be sure to have items at the curb by 7am on March 11. Remember to separate bulky trash from brush and have the items clearly marked before the pick up time.

Learn More

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is March 25

Pre-registered residents of Waco, Bellmead, Hewitt, Lacy Lakeview, and Woodway have access to the "Fast Lane" for dropping off hazardous waste for FREE between 7am and 1pm on Saturday, March 25 at 501 Schroeder Drive. Be sure to bring an ID and city utility bill for proof of residency.

Pre-register Here

In The Community

Community Composter Course

There are still spots available in this course taught by Emily Hills at Urban REAP. It will take place over 6 Thursdays (starting March 16), as well as 1-2 field trips to local composting sites. Topics covered:

  • Soil and decomposition
  • Composting science
  • Composting systems and tools
  • Composting within the community
  • Education and outreach

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. Come by and see McLennan County Master Gardeners to learn about "Fruit Pruning" MAR 11 at the Farmers Market.

Community Workshop: Planning your Spring Garden

MAR 11, 11am, Urban REAP

Learn from Master Gardener Rianna Alvarado about what crops grow best March through July and best practices to ensure you have produce throughout the growing season. Click here to register.

Recycling Storytime at the Mayborn

MAR 13, 10:30am, Mayborn Museum

The City of Waco Solid Waste Department's Ashley Millerd Crownover will provide a special story and craft time where families can learn about recycling. Storytime is included in the Mayborn's general admission.

Lunch with the Masters: Gardening in Drought Conditions

MAR 15, Noon - 2pm, Emergency Services Education Center, Room #105

Mark Barnett, McLennan County Master Gardener, will be presenting on ways to cope with water restrictions and minimal rainfall to still maintain a beautiful garden. The ESEC is located at 7601 Steinbeck Bend Dr. in Waco.

Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Meeting

MAR 16, 3pm, Fire Station 6 Community Room

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).

Presentation on COP27 Climate Summit

MAR 23, 4:30pm, at MCC in room MAC 111

The Climate Action Student Association at MCC will present a powerpoint presentation by Alan Northcutt, MD, on his trip to the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

MAR 25, 10am or 1pm, at Urban REAP

Build your own rainwater barrel to capture water for your garden. Sponsored by Keep Waco Beautiful. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Waco Friends of the Climate Monthly Meeting

MAR 28, 6pm, South Waco Library

Peace activist Medea Benjamin will be giving a lecture entitled "How the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined and How the Ukraine War Threatens the Planet." Her most recent book is "War in Ukraine." Free to all with vegan refreshments provided.

The Care for Waco Carnival

Community Celebration of Earth Day

APR 22, Noon - 4pm, Doris Miller Community Center outdoor space at 1020 Elm in East Waco

The Waco Youth Council has been working hard to organize this event to be fun for the whole family with yoga, games for kids, arts and crafts, as well as educational programs on all things sustainable.

What We're Reading and Listening To


Here's the good and bad news on the US clean energy transition

By Canary Media

Heat pumps are catching on. New rebates, tax breaks may turbocharge the trend

By Texas Climate News


The Disconnect

Listen to the whole series for an in-depth look at what happened during Winter Storm Uri in 2021

From Austin's NPR station KUT

The make-or-break moment for America's energy transition

From The Carbon Copy

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

Mayborn Museum Presents Cardboard Craze

Did you know that recycling one ton of cardboard saves nine cubic yards of space in a landfill? Water consumption can also be reduced by over 7,000 gallons for every ton of recycled cardboard.

Come dive into the world of cardboard as you play your way through this new exhibit, each section devoted to building and creating. Build forts, towers, and mazes out of recycled materials. Also learn about the science of trash and what happens to all that recycling.

Cardboard Craze will run until April 2. CLICK HERE for more information.

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

Keep Waco Beautiful is bringing their Rainwater Harvesting Workshop Fundraiser to Urban REAP! In this one-hour workshop you will learn how to collect rainwater, build your own rainwater barrel, and leave with the knowledge and tools necessary to sustainably water your yard and garden! Cost is $25-$100, and your ticket price making Waco a more beautiful and sustainable place to live. Spots are extremely limited so register ahead of time!



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