Sustainable U Events

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Join Dallas College and EarthX for themed events on sustainability-related topics that are timely and relevant to the citizens of North Texas.

  • Learn from local and national experts in the comfort of your own home or office
  • Topics include the three pillars of sustainability: Equity, Environment and Economy
  • You'll be able to implement practical ideas immediately
Mark your calendars and invite your friends!

There is no cost for these events, but we do ask that you register in advance.​

Upcoming Webinars

​Citizen Science for Everyone (While Social Distancing)

Tuesday, September 29
noon - 1 p.m.​

Contribute to science around the world from anywhere! Hundreds of crowdsourcing opportunities exist — both outdoors and from your home computer. We'll explore collecting data to track caterpillars, ladybugs and plastic litter. Plus, you'll learn how to contribute to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Structures Database and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s mosquito habitat maps. Submit magnetic data to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) when you're outdoors, or identify coral reefs for NASA from home. There are also many opportunities to assist with humanitarian relief efforts around the world … from your home computer. Contribute data to the global scientific community and help citizens on the other side of the world in a crisis … while safely social distancing.


Lori Delacruz Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in environmental and sustainability education and leads the sustainability education team at Dallas College. She holds a master's degree in sustainability and development from SMU.

There is no charge for this event, but we do ask that you register in advance.

Introduction to Solar Electricity

Tuesday, October 6
noon - 1 p.m.​

This webinar will cover the basics of onsite solar photovoltaic (PV) electrical energy for homes or businesses, including the system components, sizing a system, optimizing a system and paying for a system. Over time, a solar PV system generates a profit for you with long-term, low-carbon energy production.


Paul Westbrook designed his own passive/active solar home in north Texas in 1996, which won the Energy Value Housing Award for Innovative Design​. His home was the first DFW house on the national solar home tour, and over 2,000 people have toured the house.

Paul led the green design of a Texas Instruments factory in Richardson, which was the first LEED Gold semiconductor factory in the world. He then worked to improve the energy and water efficiency of TI's 20 million square feet of global facilities. They were able to double the company energy and water efficiency in less than 10 years. In 2012, Paul was named a senior fellow for the U.S. State Department's Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) program. In 2019 he published a book, “The Joy of Efficiency." Paul's degree is in mechanical engineering.

There is no charge for this event, but we do ask that you register in advance.

Career Opportunities for Solving the Climate Crisis

​Tuesday, October 13
noon - 1 p.m.

Heroes don't always wear capes. Sometimes they are disguised as people who are working to solve the climate crisis. A group of scientists at Project Drawdown have identified 100 existing careers that, together, can stop and reverse global warming. Learn about these career opportunities and how they align with Dallas College's Guided Pathways.


Lori Delacruz Lewis is the sustainability education coordinator for Dallas College. She produces curriculum resources, faculty/student/community workshops and special events that inspire people and businesses to practice the principles of sustainability in three areas: equity, economy, environment.  Lori is pursuing a doctorate in urban planning and public policy from the University of Texas at Arlington and has a master's degree in sustainability from Southern Methodist University.​


Perennials You Can Count On

​Tuesday, October 20
noon - 1 p.m.

Landscaping with perennials will save you money, time and water. Why? Because they live more than two years and generally require less water and maintenance than annuals. You don't need to replace them each year or expend a lot of effort in keeping them alive. Not all perennials die back to the ground, and many are evergreen or semi-evergreen during the winter. This webinar will showcase the best perennials for north Texas, explain what they require to thrive in your yard (water, sun, shade, etc.) and what types of creatures they will attract (pollinators, birds, etc.).


Bonnie Arnold Reese is an award-winning North Texas landscape designer who has operated Beautiful Landscapes since 1982. She is a popular author (“Common Sense Landscaping") and public speaker specializing in low maintenance, low water use, nature-friendly landscaping.​


​Grow Your Own Greens Inside Your Home: How To Get Started in Hydroponic Production for Beginners

​Tuesday, October 27​
noon - 1 p.m.​

Have you ever wanted to grow your own greens indoors but didn't know where to start? In this session, you'll learn the fundamentals, best practices and helpful tips you'll need to start growing fresh food for your family in the comfort of your own home.


Ples Montgomery IV is the executive director of The Oak Cliff Veggie Project, which builds and maintains community gardens within the Southern Sector of Dallas and operates a community produce rescue and distribution system. Ples educates his community on methods of cultivation, preparation of fresh produce and plant-based diets.

Dr. Kara Casy is the director of urban agriculture and renewable resources at Dallas College El Centro Campus. She says, “Empowering communities through increased access to affordable education, local high-paying jobs and healthy food is my jam."​