Communications and Outreach Committee

C&O Goal 1:

RCE North Texas will create a website and curate content that will gather initiatives, projects, events and activities of RCE members/stakeholders.

C&O Goal 2:

RCE North Texas will create and implement an outreach strategy to disseminate information via social media pages, email marketing and an e-newsletter.

C&O Goal 3:

RCE North Texas will create organizational branding and messaging, promote stakeholder events and initiatives, create a discussion forum and develop a calendar of events and opportunities to keep everyone in the know of happenings.

C&O Goal 4:

RCE North Texas will create a comprehensive, searchable stakeholder database, maintain a contact list, meeting locations list and organizational map of members in the North Texas region.


Marinda heads a research team at Trademark Property Company, a mixed-use real estate development company. There she is a member of the Sustainability Committee and leads a team of interns from the local university. During her time at the University of North Texas (UNT), she worked in research for the Center for Economic Development and Research where she supervised economic impact studies for local urban development, city planning and transportation planning agencies. She also taught courses in urban planning, earth science, geology, and conservation and resource management. At UNT, she completed a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Geography. Marinda won the Terry Jordan Award for Cultural Geography for her thesis research on refugee place-making in the context of an urban community garden. Marinda has a background in aquatic habitat restoration and as an intern, worked with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the the California Coastal Commission . She also interned with the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and locally with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the metropolitan planning agency for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Education and Events Committee

E&E Goal 1:

Host 2-3 social events each year to encourage networking amongst RCENT members.

E&E Goal 2:

Develop workshops and other professional development trainings on Education for Sustainable Development.

E&E Goal 3:

Create service learning and community engagement opportunities related to sustainable development in North Texas.

E&E Goal 4:

Organize an annual symposium with workshops, panel presentations, and/or keynote speeches that address Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), Quality Education (SDG 4), and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11).


Michael is the Director of Core Curriculum Assessment at the University of Texas at Dallas. In this role, she manages an institution-level project in which students work in teams to propose solutions for real world problems related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Michael is a social scientist by training, with a background in criminology.

Research and Development Committee Goals

R&D Goal 1:

RCE North Texas will identify and network thought leaders in the region who are focusing on sustainability practice, development and innovation.

R&D Goal 2:

RCE North Texas will develop and administer an online database of existing efforts related to the SDGs in the DFW region.

R&D Goal 3:

RCE North Texas will bridge academia to practitioners, organizations and institutions that are engaged in sustainability-related research.

R&D Goal 4:

RCE North Texas will seek to support sustainability-related education research for students of all ages.


Michael Zaretsky, AIA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the Director of the Architectural Engineering program in Civil Engineering. Zaretsky has extensive experience in local and international design/build projects with a focus on interactive community engagement.

Governance and Monitoring Committee

G&M Goal 1:

Establish and & maintain ethical practices such as Bylaws for the Advisory Board and guidelines for RCE North Texas members.

G&M Goal 2:

Create and oversee a RCE Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

G&M Goal 3:

Develop an annual RCE survey and a process for incorporating feedback

G&M Goal 4:

Collaborate with UNU leadership regarding administrative matters such as annual reporting and grant applications


Yarcus has 30 years of business, military, government, and community development management experience. Since joining Plano in 2005, he has helped develop new sustainability programs, projects, and policies for city operations and community initiatives. During his tenure, Plano achieved a 4 STAR Communities national rating in 2015 and 2019. Yarcus is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Sustainability Practitioner, and a Housing Development Finance Professional.  He has a BA in Political Science and Economics from Prairie View A&M University.

Download the RCE North Texas Meeting Agenda from March 28, 2019

Download the RCE North Texas Meeting Agenda from August 29, 2019

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