City of Waco Sustainability Newsletter

Building a more Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Waco

JANUARY 2023

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Tackling the Climate Crisis

Compost

Take Our Compost Survey

Keeping food waste out of the landfill is a key strategy for tackling the climate crisis (food waste generates methane gas). The City of Waco is working with a number of organizations to increase food waste diversion and composting resources for our community. Please help our planning by filling out the survey.

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New Solar Group Buying Program

The nonprofit Solar United Neighbors has teamed up with iChoosr (the company that offers the Waco Power Switch program) to offer a new group purchasing program for solar. Waco residents can participate in the current offering (FEB 21 deadline) that has negotiated a 22% discount.

Learn More

Preventing Waste and Pollution

Glass4Good Launches January 19

New (purple!) glass recycling drop off containers are coming to town. The first one will be located downtown behind Stay Classy Waco Cocktail & Wine Bar. Stop by Stay Classy for the official ribbon cutting at 5:30pm on January 19.

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District 5 Clean Up January 21

SAVE THE DATE! The District 5 Clean Up is scheduled to start at 7 a.m., Saturday, January 21. Remember to separate bulky trash from brush.

  • District 2 Cleanup - FEB 11 starting @ 7am 
  • District 1 Cleanup - MAR 11 starting @ 7am

To find your district, click the below and enter your address. 

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In The Community

6th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit

Calling all artists! Submit your entry for the 6th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit sponsored by Waco Friends of the Climate to be hosted April 4 through April 29 at Art Center Waco. This is a judged show with cash prizes in multiple categories, including Elementary School, Junior High, High School, College, and Adult categories.

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 Composting JAN 14 at the Farmers Market.


McLennan County Master Gardeners

JAN 18, Noon-2pm, ESEC, 7601 Steinbeck Bend

Bring your lunch and learn about "Trees and Their Care" from Rob Swanson, Certified Arborist.


Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Meeting

JAN 19, 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).


Waco Friends of the Climate Monthly Meeting

JAN 24, 6pm, South Waco Library

This month will feature an update about the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh attended by Alan Northcutt, MD. Free to all with vegan refreshments provided.


Bike and Pedestrian Work Group

FEB 15, Time and Place TBD

This citizen work group is hosted by the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Come give your voice to making Waco more bike and pedestrian friendly. We'll have time and place info in next month's newsletter.


Waco Sustainability Network Meetup

FEB 28, 5pm, Cameron Park Zoo

Holley Day is hosting this after-hours meetup for the Waco Sustainability Network at the Saltwater Aquarium and will talk about animal conservation.


Earth Day Festival

APR 22, Afternoon by the Multi-purpose Center

We're working with the Waco Youth Council to plan this Earth Day Festival. Let us know about your Earth Day event so we can publicize everything going on to celebrate this special day for our earth.

Trainings & Job Opportunities


Urban REAP Community Composter Certification Course


TSTC Waco Associate degree in Wind Energy Technology


TSTC Waco Associate degree in Solar Energy Technology


World Hunger Relief Institute Internships


Please let us know about any training or job opportunities related to sustainability so we can publicize them.

City of Waco Job Listings

What We're Reading and Listening To

ARTICLES

Texas clean energy megaprojects get underway

By Utility Dive


How Central Ohio Got People to Eat Their Leftovers

By The New York Times


BOOKS

The Big Fix: Seven Practical Steps to Save Our Planet

By Hal Harvey and Justin Gillis


Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands

By Kate Beaton

(Recommended by Dr. Leah Stokes in her podcast listed below, A Matter of Degrees)


PODCASTS

What are YOU Doing To Tackle Climate Change? Four Stories From Our Listeners

From How To Save A Planet


New Year's Reflections, Resolutions, and Inspiration from Sherri Mitchell

From A Matter of Degrees


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

Brook Avenue Food Waste Warriors and Litter Patrol

Diane Sriram is leading some great sustainability initiatives at Brook Avenue Elementary. Students in her gifted and talented program have started to compost (the Food Waste Warriors) and are combating trash on the playground (the Litter Patrol).


Let us know about any Waco area schools interested in starting up sustainability initiatives. We're working on securing some grant funding to support our schools.



The Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (CRASR)

CRASR is a partnership between the City of Waco and Baylor University. Interested individuals, groups and organizations in the Waco area are invited to collaborate with us on water sustainability efforts.


CRASR is a host institution for Project WET (Water Education Today) and can offer educator workshops tailored for your needs, including Climate, Water and Resilience.


CRASR is a partner with Texas Stream Team and can offer training for groups interested in monitoring water quality in our area.


CRASR also partners with schools and community organizations in hosting Water Festivals.


Contact melissa_mullins@baylor.edu if you are interested in partnering with us.

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