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Live Better, Smarter, Greener April 16

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Learn alternative ways to garden, how to be an aquaponics farmer, how community gardens can stock a food pantry and much more at the 2014 Sustainability Summit. The free summit is Wednesday, April 16, at North Lake College in Irving.

Find out about urban sustainable practices and principles from keynote speaker Toby Hemenway. He is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, named one of the 10 best gardening books of 2010. Urban permaculturists are finding novel ways to grow food on city lots. They also are reforming food policy in cities, reducing energy and water use and taking part in the food justice movement.

It’s easy to register for the free Sustainability Summit. Lunch is included, but you must register to receive one.

Get Deeper Into Permaculture 

As part of the Clean Economy Series on Thursday, April 17, keynote speaker Hemenway will lead a full-day workshop at North Lake College West Campus. The workshop costs $99, but scholarships for students are still available. Contact Iginia Boccalandro for scholarship information.  

Have Fun While You Learn  

Some of our many fun and informative workshops and presentations at the Sustainability Summit:
  • There’s a Slab of Beef in My Lotion?!?” gives you the scoop on what’s in beauty products.
  • Find out how to spread the organic revolution from the kitchen table to the backyard, with alternative ways to care for grass and gardens.
  • Design can be sustainable. “A Womanual for Designers and Change Agents” will tell you how.
  • Can you learn how to host a zero waste event? Yes!
  • See how one college integrated sustainability into its curriculum.
  • Learn to be an urban aquaponics farmer.
In addition, exhibitors will be on hand to share their exciting green products and services. And there will be a showing of the movie Arise, which presents the story of 13 women in five countries who have initiated environmental projects in their communities, towns and villages.
This one-day event includes lunch. View the full schedule.
Here are the details:
Who: Dallas County Community College District
What: Fourth Annual Sustainability Summit
When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North Lake College, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75038