Sustainable Events - June 2021

Edible Plants: for Pollinators and People! 

Tuesday, June 1 

Noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Daniel Cunningham 


Two of the landscaping hottest trends collide in this exciting and informative program which focuses on dual-purpose plants that provide food for humans and habitat for pollinators! We’ll dig into ornamental landscape plantings, as well as native common plants that serve as host species or nectar sources-- in addition to their historic value for culinary use, as edible flowers, flour, or fruit. Join us for tips on how to give back to wildlife, while taking a bite out of the landscape’s most beautiful offerings! 

About the speaker 

With a holistic approach to sustainability, Daniel Cunningham is nationally regarded as a leading horticulture expert. Specializing in edible gardens, native pollinator-friendly landscapes, rainwater harvesting systems, and efficient irrigation design, he conducts more than a hundred programs each year for both homeowners and organizations. 

In addition, Cunningham frequently provides expert-level training for conservation-centered organizations including Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Native Plant Societies. He also conducts CEU and keynotes programming for professional landscape architects and nursery professionals. His consultation work on a multitude of demonstration and production garden projects — both at home and abroad — provides critical leadership in plant selection and management, as well as water use best practices. 

With a passion for helping the at-home gardener, Cunningham partners with local news outlets in Texas, often appearing on NBC Channel 5 as a special contributor, in addition to regular segments on local FOX, ABC and CBS affiliates. He also works as a special contributor to both the “Dallas Morning News” and Edible-Dallas Fort/Worth magazine. Outside of his home in North Texas, Daniel contributes to the syndicated, Central Texas Gardener and has also been featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and Yahoo News. 

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Organic Waste to Renewable Natural Gas: Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion in North Central Texas  

June 8 

Noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Breanne Johnson, North Central Texas Council of Governments 


The continued explosion of population in North Central Texas has led to a parallel explosion in something else: waste. As waste generation increases alongside development, landfills in the region only have an estimated 36 years of capacity remaining. New solutions and collaboration across sectors are necessary to divert the waste generated into practical and innovative products. The North Central Texas Council of Governments, in partnership with researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington, has initiated an EPA-funded study to assess the expansion of anaerobic digestion technology to turn the region’s organic waste – food scraps, wastewater biosolids, and other organics – into renewable natural gas. This study brings together regional, municipal, and industry partners to determine just how much organic waste our region is producing, and how we can transform it to power our facilities and fleets. 

About the speaker 

Breanne Johnson is an Environment and Development Planner with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), with primary emphases on stormwater infrastructure and waste-to-energy technology. Her interest in sustainable urban development stems from her dual passions for social equity and environmental protection. Prior to her work at NCTCOG, Breanne earned a Master’s degree in Sustainability from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Breanne also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Sustainability and Public Health from Oregon State University. 

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Citizen Science for Everyone 

Tuesday, June 15 

Noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Lori Delacruz Lewis 


The involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations. 

From clouds to trees, 

mosquitoes to bees, 

plants to urban wildlife, 

magnetic data to marine debris, 

air quality to humanitarian mapping, 

there's something for everyone in citizen science! 

Although it's fun, citizen science is actually serious stuff. People around the world help generate new knowledge or understanding. All of these projects have a genuine scientific outcome, such as answering a research question, or informing conservation action, management decisions, or environmental policy. 

About the speaker 

Lori Delacruz Lewis is the Assistant Director of Sustainability Education at Dallas College 

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Shrinking the Digital Divide, One Piece of Technology at a Time 

Tuesday, June 22 

Noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Adam Sharma 

The recent pandemic highlighted just how many Americans lack access to digital resources such as computers, high-speed internet, digital literacy training, and technical support - a phenomenon known as the Digital Divide. Adam Sharma, the vice president of strategic innovation and partnerships for the non-profit, human-I-T, will discuss how technology, such as computers and enterprise equipment can be reused to support the needs of those who do not otherwise have access to these digital resources. 

‍human-I-T provides low-income individuals and nonprofits with technology, internet, and digital training. By reusing instead of recycling electronics, their team transforms E-Waste into opportunities for underserved communities, while promoting digital inclusion and online access. They work with corporations, government entities, nonprofits, and the general public to achieve this goal. 

About the presenter 

After 7 years of driving sales and innovation in consumer electronics and technology, Adam Sharma shifted his focus to the recovery side of tech. As the vice president of strategic innovation and partnerships at human-I-T, Adam develops internal and external initiatives to simultaneously increase the social impact and reduce the environmental impact of electronic devices with partners such as Mattel, ViacomCBS, and United Way. Adam holds a Bachelor’s in marketing from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he specialized in marketing and social impact, and a graduate certificate from the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. 


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There will not be a Sustainable U webinar on June 29. 


Contribute Your Time for Global Good: Beginners Welcome  

Tuesday, July 6 

Noon to 1:00 p.m.  

Speaker: Lori Delacruz Lewis  


Help aid workers around the world as they respond to humanitarian crises like storms, floods, drought, famine, disease, and refugee response. HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. They work together to provide map data that revolutionize disaster management, reduces risks, and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Join us to learn about the vital assistance this group provides and how you can volunteer.  

About the speaker 

Lori Delacruz Lewis is the Assistant Director of Sustainability Education for Dallas College.  

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