Houston Environmental News Update July 18, 2018

Did you know there is a National Moth Week? Some of us didn’t, either. But why shouldn’t there be? Moths are pretty, fun, and seldom dangerous.
This year, National Moth Week is being celebrated July 21-29. (Yes, we know, that’s nine days in all, but who’s counting? *) You might be wondering why moths rate such special attention. Well, as described on nationalmothweek.org:

  • Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.
  • Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.
  • Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
  • Most moths are nocturnal, and need to be sought at night to be seen – others fly like butterflies during the day.

Speaking of nocturnal, late July in Southeast Texas is a perfect time to beat the heat by getting out at night and learning about our fluttery friends and other night-flying creatures. Several events around the area have got you covered. (See nationalmothweek.org for an interactive map that provides details on the moth-related events.)

Whatever you wind up doing in the week ahead, try to stay cool!

* Actually, the Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas, our local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, is counting moths and butterflies, which are much more interesting than days in the week.

CEC is grateful to Joseph Smith and Houston Audubon for letting us use the photo of purple martins. Be sure to check out their upcoming nocturnal programs. The species of the moth in the photo above is Antheraea polyphemus, or Giant Polyphemus.


Please save the date–or even better, register–for CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Summit on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Annually, CEC hosts a networking and learning event for the extraordinary people who work at or are interested in the work of environmental organizations in the greater Houston region.

This year’s program includes:

  • Excellent Featured Speakers — See the full descriptions.
    • Staying Resilient – Recovery of Attwater’s Prairie Chickens post-Harvey,
      Jennifer Romero, Asst. Refuge Manager, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR &
      Hannah Bailey, Curator of Birds, Houston Zoo
    • How Unusual Was Harvey, and Will It Stay That Way?
      John W Nielsen-Gammon, PhD, Texas A&M & Texas State Climatologist
    • A Green Shield: Using Nature to Rebuild a More Resilient Houston for People and Wildlife,
      Jaime González, Houston Urban Conservation Programs Manager, The Nature Conservancy
    • Soil – We Treat It Like Dirt,
      Glen Miracle, Local Farmer & Practitioner of Regenerative Agriculture, Laughing Frog Farm
    • The “Whys” of Water Conservation After Harvey,
      Paula Paciorek, Water Resources Manager, Galveston Bay Foundation,
    • Resiliency Planning in Houston: Understanding Chronic Health Issues from Harvey, Elena Craft, PhD, Sr Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
    • Rebuilding a Resilient Houston
      April Ward, AIA Assoc., LEED GCP, Executive Director, Living Paradigm CDC
    • How to Push Back on the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Hazards Faced by Vulnerable Communities in Houston, Amy Dinn, Managing Attorney, Lone Star Legal Aid
    • Summarizing Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Impacts – the Harvey Map, Stephanie Glenn, PhD, Program Director, Hydrology & Watersheds, HARC
  • Table Talks: Small group discussions with experts on a variety of topics related to our post-Harvey theme, including impacts on our air and water quality, environmental justice initiatives, wildlife and landscape conservation, and efforts to build resiliency for our future.  A cross between a breakout session and speed networking. See full descriptions of table talk hosts.
    • Disaster Recovery & Reuse: Lessons from Recent Storms to Help Lessen Impacts on Landfills
      Keith Koski, Manager, City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse
    • What Grade Would You Give Galveston Bay’s Health?
      T’Noya Thompson, Report Card Coordinator, Galveston Bay Foundation
    • Sea Turtles, Dune Restoration, and Plastic Bags…
      Joanie Steinhaus, Campaign Director, Gulf of Mexico, Turtle Island Restoration Network
    • From Crisis Comes Opportunity
      Anton Edwards, Acquisition Specialist, Avenue C.D.C.
    • Media matters
      Matthew Tresaugue, Manager, Houston Air Quality Media Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund & One Breath Partnership
    • Harvey the Hurricane Hawk and Others…
      Anja Machado, Executive Director, TWRC Wildlife Center
    • How to Push Back on the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Hazards Faced by Vulnerable Communities in Houston: 1) Confronting Nuisances; 2) Permit Challenges; 3) Zoning When there is no Zoning
      Amy Dinn, Managing Attorney, Environmental Justice Team, Lone Star Legal Aid
    • Citizen Science: Microplastics in the Galveston Bay Area
      Theresa Morris, Gulf Program Coordinator, Turtle Island Restoration Network
    • The Harvey Map – More on Environmental Impacts
      Erin Kinney, PhD, Research Scientist, Coastal Ecology, HARC
  • Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses. (See the registration page to reserve your exhibit table.)
  • Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen.
  • A few surprises 🙂

We are grateful to the following sponsors:

Coastal Environments, Inc. & Moore Archaeological Consulting, which are dedicated to the concept of planning for future development, based upon the scientific understanding and aesthetic appreciation of our natural and cultural resources. Through combining the talents of a diverse team of specialists with extensive experience in applied research and planning, we are able to serve government, industry, and private-sector clients throughout the Gulf Coast.

TRUEGRID, which works to challenge conventional thinking and disrupt traditional paving methods; to ultimately create a better, cleaner, less toxic environment for our kids.

Further event details are provided on the Eventbrite Registration page.

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 July 31, 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.


Artist Boat seeks Eco-Educator

Artist Boat is seeking a part-time Eco-Educator. The Educator’s primary duties are to interpret habitats, ecosystems, science, and the environment through the disciplines of science and art for people of all ages engaging in Eco-Art experiences; and to assist with the development and delivery of summer camps, after-school, and residency programs. The Educator must be able to clearly and enthusiastically use the arts and science as the primary discipline to convey knowledge and engage participants in project based learning. The educator must develop and increase the level of enrichment Artist Boat provides through these “in-class” programs resulting in increased participation specifically in summer camps and after-school programs offered on Artist Boat sites with direct pay services.

Deadline for application is August 3. For more information, including a complete job description, requirements, and application instructions, visit artistboat.org.

Houston City Council Agenda – July 17, 2018

The city will consider the following agenda items at the July 17, 2018, Houston Council Meeting. The agenda items include water line, groundwater, and waste hauling matters.

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