Environmental (environment)

Outdoors notebook: Land Scholars camp registration open

Mon, Apr 6, 2015 - 7:39am

Applications are being accepted through June 1 for the North Texas Land Scholars camp, July 26-31 at Camp Grady Spruce near Possum Kingdom State Park. This is a University of North Texas educational camp organized through its UNT Quail program.

Camp dues are $300, which cover meals, lodging and supplies. Camp scholarships are available for qualified campers who cannot afford the dues. Top campers earn college scholarships of $2,500. Details are at biology.unt.edu/unt-quail.

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West Nile season kicks off

Thu, Apr 2, 2015 - 10:01am

True, Wednesday was April Fool’s Day, but city and county officials were dead serious with their public health announcement that West Nile season kicks off this month.

The severity of the season is up in the air and there’s a few weeks before traps are laid out, but residents can do their part around their homes to give mosquitoes fewer options when establishing their habitats.

“Plans are a little weather-dependent, [but] we’re looking at getting traps deployed through the end of April and first part of May,” said Ken Banks, director of environmental services for the city of Denton.

The city has maintained a...

Baylor, Univ. of North Texas Students Win EPA Fellowship Grant

Thu, Apr 2, 2015 - 9:59am

One undergraduate student at Baylor University and another at the University of North Texas were both awarded research fellowship grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grants were given to students pursuing environmental science or other related fields of study at universities and colleges across the nation. “Supporting students in fields of environmental studies provides a continuous stream of specialists that will help us meet new environmental challenges,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “We are proud to support some of the most promising future contributors to the environmental field.”...

Les Cockrell: Environmental learning area to host kayaking tour

Thu, Mar 26, 2015 - 7:13am

A work day to begin revitalizing Denton’s Jim Carter Memorial Park is planned at 9 a.m. Saturday, according to organizers.

Volunteers will prepare four flower bed areas for planting, build a new one and work on other park improvements.

The park, located at 2501 N. Bell Ave., is dedicated to Jim Carter, a Presbyterian minister and former director of the Denton Housing Authority who worked to provide housing for senior citizens at the Heritage Oaks apartments, according to an announcement.

Anyone interested in helping can call 940-391-3161 to volunteer.

Those who plan to work on Saturday should bring...


Wed, Mar 25, 2015 - 9:32am

The opportunity to make zero energy homes a standard rather than an exception is getting closer thanks to research conducted at locations such as the Zero Energy Research Lab at UNT’s Discovery Park.

To achieve net-zero energy use, renewable energy resources such as solar, geothermal and wind are combined to power a building. If done right, the system creates excess energy to return back to the power grid.

At UNT’s lab, researchers use a centralized computer system to measure how efficiently energy is used. Their goal is to reduce the amount of wasted energy humans produce, getting as close as possible to a net of...