City of Waco Sustainability Newsletter

Building a more Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Waco

APRIL 2023

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Tackling the Climate Crisis

Come Volunteer at the Care for Waco Carnival on Earth Day

(or Just Come!)

The Waco Youth Council in partnership with the City of Waco Office of Resiliency and Sustainability is putting on the Care for Waco Carnival on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 from noon to 4pm. This event is for the whole family. There will be food and games and educational booths to learn more about sustainable living. The event will be in East Waco at the Doris Miller Community Center, 1020 Elm Ave.

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We're Looking for Speakers for the Next Green Communities Conference

The next Green Communities Conference will be September 18-19. We're looking for potential speakers to submit their proposals to talk about topics like environmental justice and climate change, food and waste systems, energy and tech, and water. We're looking for individual presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and poster presentations. Proposal submissions are due by June 12.

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Preventing Waste and Pollution

Three Purple Glass4Good Recycling Locations

There are now three locations where you can drop off glass in the new purple Glass4Good recycling containers. One is in the alleyway behind Stay Classy Bar at 723 Austin Ave. A second is in the alleyway behind the East Waco Library at 901 Elm Ave. A third is in the bus lane area at the Mayborn Museum at 1300 S. University Parks Dr. You can also still bring your glass to the Cobbs Recycling Center at 4201 Trice Ave.

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In The Community

6th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit

The Exhibit will take place at the Art Center of Waco, 701 S 8th St, running from April 4 to April 29. Come view climate art from students, adults, and professionals and vote for your favorite. There will be a reception on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 from 5pm-7pm, with refreshments and door prizes and the judged winners and peoples' choice will be announced.

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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.

Waco Friends of the Climate will host the FREE distribution of 500 cedar elm seedlings (carbon sinks) at the Downtown Farmers Market, Earth Day, April 22, from 9am until 1pm, or until all trees are given away. Trees are important carbon sinks that address the climate emergency, and also mitigate the urban heat island effect, improve biodiversity, help clean the air, lessen erosion, and provide shade.

Presentation on COP27 Climate Summit

APR 13, 4:30pm, at MCC in room MAC 111

This was rescheduled from March. 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.

April Discovery Activity: Earth Day Bottle Planter

APR 13-16, During open hours at Urban REAP

Come celebrate Earth Day with us at Urban REAP! For our April Discovery Activity, come make a bottle planter to grow your own plants! We will provide the seeds, soil, supplies and space, so come out with your friends and family for this free activity.

Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Meeting

APR 20, 3pm, Startup Waco

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).

Party for the Planet Zoo Scavenger Hunt

APR 22, 9am - 2pm, Cameron Park Zoo

Come to Cameron Park Zoo to celebrate Earth Day with a scavenger hunt and meet a variety of vendors helping make Waco a greener community. The event is free with admission.

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

This free, family-friendly event will feature food, games, arts and crafts, yoga instruction, face painting and more. Attendees will also be able to check out the many educational booths showcasing topics on composting, gardening, electric vehicles, water conservation, recycling and other sustainable matters.

What We're Reading and Listening To


What will it take to build sustainable cities? Public officials, experts weigh in

By Smart Cities Dive

Why This White House Regulatory Overhaul Is a Big Deal for Climate Policy



A Cambrian explosion of distributed energy in Texas

From Texas Power Podcast

Meet the author of Biden's industrial strategy

From Volts

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

New Collective Addressing Climate Change through Composting and Gardening Initiatives

A new collective, SCRAP (Sustainable Community and Regenerative Agriculture Project), has received a generous $150,000 grant from the Cooper Foundation and is awaiting a decision on a $150,000 matching grant from The Funders Network.

SCRAP is growing a healthy, equitable food system in Waco to address issues of food waste, food insecurity, and climate resilience. The collective is co-creating an ecosystem of urban gardens, farms, and educational programs to nurture community health, reduce landfill emissions, practice racial equity, and empower food sovereignty among Waco’s diverse populations.

Partners include Mission Waco’s Urban REAP program, the City of Waco, the World Hunger Relief Institute, Global Revive, Da’Shack Farmers Market and Nursery, Family of Faith Worship Center, Baylor University programs such as the Environmental Humanities Minor and the Growing Leaders and Learners Project, the Cooper Foundation, and several Waco ISD schools. Over the last year, SCRAP has built these partnerships and engaged over 700 community members with a planning grant from The Funders Network.


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