History of TCEA
TCEA began in 1989.
A group of individuals gathered to discuss forming an environmental coalition similar to other coalitions in other counties in the state. The uniting theme was Hazardous Household Waste its collection and disposal. This group decided that an organization was needed to voice those concerns as a collective voice. As a result an organization was formed with the specific purpose of environmental education.
The first official meeting of the organization was held on November 26, 1990.
During 1990 the group focused on achieving non-profit status , filing articles of incorporation, and writing bylaws. The group participated in various environmental activities around the county such as:
Fort Worth Nature Center Spring Fling
Fort Worth Goes Wild at Sundance Square
Home and Garden Shows
New Leaf at UTA
American Airlines Recycling Fair
Individual members served on various advisory committees at the city level, county level and with NTCOG (North Texas Council of Governments).
TCEA was incorporated on January 16, 1991.
At the June 22, 1991 meeting the first officers were elected:
On July 29, 1991 TCEA received 501 c(3) designation.
TCEA was invited by the Texas General Land Office, then directed by Gary Mauro, to witness a hazardous waste collection day in Austin to arm TCEA with information from this event. TCEA with its member organizations began to encourage HHW collection days, locally. Fort Worth was also concerned and implemented semi-annual collections. They were able to take on the costly responsibility as a generator. Needless to say, the environmental community was delighted and showed up in force to provide the manpower at many events.
The first educational activity the group undertook was working with NTCOG to provide a program on Household Hazardous Waste and recycling. The members that participated were trained by COG and spoke at various organizations meetings around the county. Members were taped by a local television station who then replayed the presentation for several years.
The group continued their active participation in education through a newsletter, participation in fairs, speaking to organizations and school groups.