SPARK Receives $5 Million Grant from Houston Endowment & Kinder Foundation. SPARK is honored to be the recipient of a record $5 million donation from Houston Endowment and Kinder Foundation, to be used to increase park equity in the Houston-Harris County area. Each foundation will contribute $2.5 million dollars over the next three years to construct 30 SPARK parks in “park desert” areas of the county. The City of Houston has also pledged an additional $450,000 in federal Community Block Grant funding toward the project. Twenty-five new parks and five re-SPARKS of existing parks will be included in the initiative. Schools will be selected from park desert sites identified through a park evaluation conducted by The Trust for Public Land. A park desert is defined to be more than one-half mile or a ten-minute walk from an existing park. Learn more at SPARKPARK.org.
Public Meeting: Cedar Bayou Watershed Protection Plan. The meeting will be hosted on September 22 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, at the Eddie V Gray Wetland Center, 1724 Market Street, Baytown, TX, 77520. At the meeting, the Partnership will discuss the current status of the bayou, the efforts to implement the WPP, and provide feedback on current efforts. We look forward to speaking with you about your ideas, planned activities, and potential partnerships! Light refreshments will be served. Visit www.cederbayouwatershed.com for more information about the Protection Plan. Email Justin.Bower@h-gac.com to RSVP for the meeting.
- Young Adult Sustainability Call for Presenters. The Houston Regional Group of the Sierra Club is reaching out to young people, from high school to college in the Houston area, that have demonstrated dedication and commitment to sustainability. This can include a range of interests from urban park preservation or air and water quality mitigation to environmental activism around global climate change. The Houston Regional Group of the Sierra Club would like to celebrate the ongoing achievements of these young adults. The group is offering a certificate of recognition and a one-year, free membership to the Sierra Club to individuals who make a 7-10 minute presentation about their sustainability efforts at its February general meeting in order to bring together young people from all parts of the city, and all races and economic groups, to see their common interests in sustaining the planet for future generations. If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Spike at email@example.com or call 713-256-3589.
- NAACP Sea Level Rise Workshop. The Houston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People invites you to attend a local workshop on climate change on September 24, 2016, at the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. The workshop will include presentations by Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program; Dan Rizza, of Climate Central, who will demonstrate the Surging Seas web tool; Steve Costello, Chief Resilience Officer (“Dlood Czar”) for the City of Houston; And John Jacob and Steve Mikulencak of the Texas Sea Grant. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required. Contact Dr. Jacqueline Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information. Continue reading