Houston Environmental News Update September 19, 2018

Each fall, the environmental community starts buzzing with activity, and this fall is no exception. And a lot of the buzz is about (and in and around) prairies. The 2018 regional celebration of Prairies and Pollinators kicks off this Saturday. September 22, 2018, with four events involving prairie planting, hummingbirds, wetland restoration, and NPSOT’s sold-out Wildscapes Workshop. Events continue into November. Check out the full schedule at prairiepartner.org.

But prairies and pollinators are not the only things abuzz. Read on to learn about Climate Action, Harvey, birding, Jazz at Jones, Harvey, hydrogen cyanide, compost, energy, small homes, street safety, a candidate forum, and much more. Read on for more.


Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on October 17, for “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Email [email protected] if you have a film to submit.

6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by the screening at 7:00 pm. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members
The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open houses for potential board members September 24 and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé to [email protected]

Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.


Texas Community Watershed Partners seeks Green Infrastructure Student Intern

Texas Community Watershed Partners (a part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University) is seeking applications for a Green Infrastructure Student Intern. This intern will work primarily in an office setting on projects related to Green Infrastructure outreach and Watershed Planning efforts.

Responsibilities include organizing and planning meetings and workshops, assisting with meeting setup, website and social media updates, stakeholder outreach, and writing both technical and non-technical content.

Within TCWP’s Green Infrastructure for Texas program, cross-training on related projects, such as freshwater wetland restoration and stormwater wetland construction projects will occur.

The Intern applicant must be a self-starter with a positive attitude and able to work collaboratively with staff and stakeholders. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university with a degree plan in Biology, Natural Resource Science, Marine Science, Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a comparable field of study. Experience coordinating meetings and editing websites is preferred. Public speaking is required as well as writing and editing skills. A clean driving record is required.

Send letter of interest, one page writing sample, and resume by e-mail only with the subject line TCWP GIFT Intern.

For more information contact Charriss York at: [email protected].edu

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour 2019


Houston’s signature winter event, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, returns to the Bayou City with its unique brand of environmental cinema on January 30 and 31, 2019. Hosted for the fifth straight year by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, this ever-popular film fest will be screened once again at the historic River Oaks Theatrefilmfestival2015marquee_smaller_cropped, where up to 450 patrons each night will enjoy about ten short films each night highlighting the latest environmental issues. We selected films that showcase the links between beauty, environment, adventure, quality of life, and action.

By showing these films, CEC is working to connect individuals and organizations to create a stronger Gulf Coast environmental community. Continue reading