News, Meetings & Near-term Events of Interest to NTREG Members and the Public


Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: September 13, 2014.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)

National Drive Electric Week
Date: September 15-21, 2014.
Time: All day, each day
Location: Nationwide, statewide, and throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
This is a nationwide event with over 100 individual events, all in an effort to increase awareness for electric vehicles (EV). The DFW Clean Cities Coalition is planning this year's event again and plans to do things slightly different than in the past (this event used to be called National Plug-In Day). From September 15-21, we're partnering with local dealers around the North Texas region in an effort to spread the word about driving an EV. Participating dealerships will host events throughout the week and will have signage showing their participation. Attendees can expect to learn what electric vehicles are currently available, how to recharge, maintenance cost, reliability concerns, and available incentives. Each dealer will have staff dedicated to educating attendees on all things related to EVs. DFW Clean Cities staff will also be on-hand at certain locations to provide additional information on regional statistics, recharging infrastructure, and current incentives.
National Drive Electric Week heightens awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlights the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Started in 2011 as "National Plug In Day" with the simple idea to hold simultaneous events across the country on the same day, by popular demand we are expanding to an entire week of events and changing the name to emphasize the thing we all want to do: drive electric. We expect National Drive Electric Week 2014 will again grow to include more events in more cities with more drivers reaching out to share the many advantages of driving electric with the public.
For a list of participating automobile dealers, visit: National Drive Electric Week - Dallas-Fort Worth
For a map of participating dealership locations around the Metroplex, visit the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities website.

2014 City of Arlington Ecofest
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014.
Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion, 100 West Abram Street, Arlington, Texas, 76010.
Ecofest is a free, family-oriented event open to everyone, regardless of your city of residence. Ecofest helps build a sense of community, stimulates environmental awareness, and promotes stewardship across North Texas.
The event starts at 10:00 am and continues until 10:00 pm. The day will be filled with entertainment from local musical talents performing at the Levitt Pavilion.
Classes will be provided on do-it-yourself projects to reduce consumption of natural resources, as well as discussions to enlighten North Texans on different environmental issues and what we can do to help reduce, repair and prevent these problems in the future.
Demonstrations will be given throughout the day by vendors and others, such as the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center.
There will be fun, games and educational classes for the children to enjoy during this time. Food and beverages will be available as well.
For the fifth year in a row, NTREG Advisor Dan Lepinski will have his "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer at Ecofest to provide 100% solar electricity for all of the vendors!


Renewable Roundup and Sustainability Expo

Renewable Energy Roundup & Sustainable Living Expo
Date: Friday to Sunday, September 26 to 28, 2014.
Location: Bell County Expo Center, Belton, Texas (south of Dallas on I-35)
Hours: Fri: 10 am - 6 pm. Sat:, 9 am - 6 pm. Sun, 9 am - 3 pm.
Be a part of an event that has been helping drive the market for Renewable Energy, Organic/Sustainable Gardening and Farming, Green/Sustainable Building and Living, and Alternative Transportation since the turn of the century.
There are many ways to participate at the Annual Roundup!
Sponsor! Exhibit! Volunteer! Give a presentation! Attend!
Topics include: Renewable Energy. Green and Efficient Building. Sustainable / Organic Gardening & Farming. Alternative Transportation .. and more!
Your on-line purchase of a 3-day Weekend Pass will benefit NTREG!
Use the Promo Code NTREGRPC14 when you make your on-line purchase, and NTREG will receive the credit for a donation to our organization. There's no limit to the number of Weekend Passes you can purchase resulting in this donation!
Best of all .. the Promo Code is valid for ALL of the 3-day pass options!
Military - Student - Senior Citizens - Teens - Regular passes!
So .. regardless of the type of 3-day pass .. it helps NTREG! BUT .. it only works for NTREG if you enter the Promo Code NTREGRPC14!

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RV Note: Roundup participants may park travel trailers or RVs on the Expo Center lot. They may be required to use Expo RV hookups ($20/day) or park in a designated area. Questions? Contact the Expo Center, (254) 933-5353.
Full service hookups are also available at the adjacent Belton Campground (254-939-1961).
Commercial and government organizations who are not already TREIA members can register at the TREIA member rate with Discount Code: NTREGM100
Download an Exhibitor Registration & Information Packet here.
Renewable Roundup and Sustainability Expo

2014 Dallas / Fort Worth Solar Home Tour
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and all around America.
The National Solar Home Tour provides an opportunity for the public to talk directly with homeowners who are using solar energy, wind energy, solar hot water, and other energy-efficiency measures for their homes.
The 2013 ASES National Solar Tour drew more than 100,000 people in all 50 states. Locally in 2013, the North Texas Renewable Energy Group, in conjunction with the Texas Solar Energy Society, promoted this free public event. More than 30 locations throughout the Metroplex were open to the public where interested people could see and ask questions about solar energy.
Volunteers are needed to help at each home on the tour. You need not be "solar savvy" to assist. In fact, total beginners are welcome! Roles of volunteers are to help homeowners as needed, and to hand out literature about NTREG and the American Solar Energy Society. This is an ideal opportunity for absolute beginners with no knowledge to spend one-on-one learning time with homeowners who have solar energy equipment and other energy-saving measures in their homes.
Visit the DFW Solar Home Tour Website for homes, businesses, and other locations involved in the 2014 DFW National Solar Home Tour. The website will list the participating homes, details about each home, and information about the National Solar Home Tour.

Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 4-5, 2014.
Location: Dallas, Texas
The Earth, Wind, and Fire Energy Summit features leading experts from across the US providing a global view of America's energy portfolio, discussing not only traditional and renewable forms of energy but also new emerging technologies, and the potential for these sources in the future.
Some of the topics covered:

  • Fracking and seismic activity - Does the disposal of fracking fluid cause earthquakes?
  • Geothermal energy - What is it and where is its potential?
  • Solar power - Is it affordable for residential and commercial use? Is there financing available?
  • Tar sands crude - Is this the "new" oil? And is it for export or to secure America's energy future?
  • Fuel from burning our garbage? What are the tradeoffs of this proposed energy source?
  • Wind power? Harvesting wind - and can it be stored for future use?
  • Coal - An old source facing new challenges?
This conference is for all those who are interested in energy and how it affects their daily lives. Policymakers, small business owners, environmental organizers, interested citizens, college students, non-profit organizations...
Early registration through September 1

Green Source DFW's Inaugural Run for the Environment
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Location: Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill, Texas (10 miles SW of Dallas)
Hours: Fri: 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
Green Source DFW is the Dallas/Ft. Worth premier environmental news & community information resource! Their "Inaugural Run for the Environment" begins at 8:00 am. It will feature a 5K run/walk, a timed race on a measured course, along with vendors, solar-powered music and family fun in beautiful Cedar Hill State Park!
Early race registration is open through August 31!
The year's theme is "Trees". Not only do trees provide oxygen, shade, food, wildlife habitat and beauty, they divert storm water runoff, absorb pollution, reduce carbon and lower temperatures. Each runner will take home a tree courtesy of Preservation Tree Service and the Texas Trees Foundation.
Sign up to Volunteer! Green Source DFW needs people to help with the water stations, vendor booths, sponsor relations, clean-up, and other areas as needed.
For race information, visit
Green Source DFW.
Sponsors, vendors, and volunteers contact Phillip via e-mail at: or call 214-649-0651.
Event proceeds will support Green Source DFW and its mission to advance the environmental movement in North Texas.

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
NEW LOCATION! Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas.
Topic: "To Be Announced."
Presenter: To Be Announced.

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