Sustainability

The Arts Council is very proud of our continued efforts to increase our sustainability and support sustainability efforts throughout our community. These projects help us help our environment:

LED Lighting

The Arts Council is proud to be partnering with Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to reduce facilities costs at both our campuses. 

Sun Club will help the Arts Council to retrofit all lighting to LED, reducing both the energy required to light our buildings and our impact on the planet.  The program grant of $17,478 will replace 294 incandescent lights, facilitating load displacement, lower heat output and avoided maintenance costs.  Resulting in $7,066 savings annually, this program will pay for itself in less than 2.5 years!

On-site Recycling of Office Waste

The Kemp building composts about 75% of our office paper waste and also collects and recycles aluminum cans.  Proceeds from the sale of aluminum can recycling funds treats and supplies for the kids’ After School Class holiday and end-of-year parties.

Arts Alive! Home & Garden Fest

Home & Garden features a wide variety of sustainability programming and options for consumers.  From vendors with recycled products to backyard farming to waste water reclamation to the Texoma Community Credit Union Recycled Art contest… Home & Garden offers information and real-world applications for everyday improvements you can make in your own home.

Just some of the environmental education provided at Home & Garden 2020:

Texoma Community Credit Union: Children’s Recycled Art Contest

Texas AgriLife, Red River Damage Prevention Council and Farm Bureau: “Life On The Farm”- Teaching kids how food and clothing can be provided from renewable resources available to them.

Rolling Plains Chapter Texas Master Naturalists: educating children and adults about wildlife in our region

See our Home & Garden page for upcoming guest speakers, room activities and vendors for 2020!

Butterfly Garden

Open free of charge seven days a week, the Sculpture Garden at our Kemp location also features an environmentally supportive Butterfly Garden.

Some of the low-water, butterfly- and bee-friendly plants growing in the garden include:

Society Garlic
tulbaghia violacea

Sage
salvia greggii

Coneflower
echinacea purpurea

Mexican Bush Sage
salvia leucantha

Beeblossom
gaura lindheimeri

Zexmania
wedelia texana

Daylily
hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’

Lantana
lantana camara

Rock Rose
pavonia lasiopetala

Holly
ilex

Butterfly Bush
buddleia americana

Gulf Muhly
muhlenbergia schreberi

Chastetree
vitex agnus-castus

Milk Weed
asclepias syriaca