Greater Houston Environmental Summit August 10, 2018

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Exploring Hurricane Harvey impacts on our environment and communities – especially in surprising, unexpected ways.

Friday, August 10, 2018
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
at the Community Resource Center of the United Way of Greater Houston

Eventbrite - 2018 Greater Houston Environmental Summit

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:

  • Welcome by Rodney Ellis, Harris County Precinct One Commissioner 
  • Excellent Featured Speakers 
  • Table Talks–A cross between a break-out session and speed networking
  • Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen
  • Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses
  • Great networking
  • A few surprises 🙂
Read on for more information about speakers, table talk leaders, exhibitors, and sponsors.

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TCEQ seeks Galeveston Bay Estuary Program Manager

Manages, directs, and supervises the administrative and technical activities of the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP), including the development and execution of an annual grant work plan and projects to implement the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Builds partnerships and facilitates coordination and implementation of the Galveston Bay Plan, including the facilitation of funding mechanisms involving federal and state agencies, stakeholder organizations, and the public. Oversees advisory activities of the Galveston Bay Council regarding research, public outreach, participation and involvement, and planning and resource management activities. Manages the Galveston Bay Estuary Program office by establishing and tracking program goals and objectives that are communicated to/and by staff through meetings to facilitate implementation of the program and Galveston Bay Plan. Coordinates development and implementation of appropriate grant applications, work plans, contracting activities, and budgets to accomplish statutory responsibilities, goals, and objectives. Performs supervisory functions such as hiring and performance management, and develops staff through training and identification of needed skills for each job function. Manages the daily operations of the GBEP, including planning, coordinating, and directing staff efforts to ensure the accomplishment of program goals and objectives consistent with the agency’s strategic plan and within budget guidelines. Represents the GBEP as a Program of the TCEQ in National Estuary Program activities to ensure a good standing of the Program. Oversees and/or participates in outreach activities to various stakeholder groups, as well as public and private entities. Read the full job description at tceq.texas.gov.

Houston Environmental News Update August 15, 2018

August 25 marks the one-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, believed to be the most devastating storm event, in terms of monetary damages, in U.S. history.

The hurricane, which first caused heavy damage along Texas’s central Gulf coast and then central Texas, then went on to park itself over the greater Houston-Galveston region over several days, unleashing unprecedented amounts of rainfall and creating enormous flooding. Even more sadly, several people lost their lives.

With such a momentous anniversary upon us, it’s no wonder that we will be “inundated” with media stories, opinion pieces, and public events geared around the storm.

As just one example, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center recently released a joint report, co-authored by Jim Blackburn and Phillip Bedient, called “Houston a Year after Harvey: Where We Are and Where We Need To Be.”

Blackburn, a noted environmental attorney, will be the featured speaker at a related Baker Institute event on August 30 called “Houston a Year After Harvey: Ongoing Flooding Challenges and Proposed Solutions.”

Other public events include:

And, of course, if you live in Harris County, you have the opportunity to vote in a $2.5 Billion flood control bond election on August 25, 2018, or vote early between now and August 21, 2018. Find out more at Harrisvotes.com. More info below.

If you know of any we’ve missed, please send us a note at [email protected]

Today’s banner image courtesy Glassock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University.

CEC NOTES


Houston Green Film Series

On September 19, we will be showing Dirt Rich, another excellent film, this time about the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change.

In October, we’ll host “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Let us know if you have a film to submit!

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.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

Harris County Commissioners Court Agenda – 08/14/18

The Harris County Commissioners Court Agenda considered the following agenda item at the August 14, 2018, meeting. The agenda included:

Recommendations from the county engineer that the court approve certain projects, decrees of public necessity and convenience, acquisition of specific properties, and authorizing eminent domain if necessary:

  • 245 tracts for the Hurricane Harvey Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Disaster recovery project in all precincts for the flood control district
  • 2 tracts Red Bluff Road evacuation route project in Precinct 2
  • 2 tracts for Cypress Greenway in Precinct 4.

Recommendations that the County Judge execute amendments and partnership agreements with:

  • Costello, Inc., in the amount of $329,119 for engineering services for improvements to the Brays Bayou pedestrian bike bridge near Stella Link and Glen Harbor in Precinct 1.
  • LJA Engineering, Inc., in the amount of $304,790 for engineering services for improvements to the Cypress Creek Greenway north and south hike and bike trails at the SH-249 underpass in Precinct 4.
  • Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 423 for the submerged storm sewer system agreement serving Balmoral, Section 15 in Precinct 2.
  • Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 489 for the submerged storm sewer system agreement serving Bridgeland Parkland Village, Section 19 in Precinct 3.
  • Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 489 for the submerged storm sewer system agreement serving Bridgeland Summit Point Crossing, Section 4 street dedication in Precinct 3.
  • Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 5 for the submerged storm sewer system agreement serving Copper Ridge at Indian Trails, Section 1 in Precinct 4
  • BIO/WEST, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $100,000, with a $100 retainer fee, for environmental consulting services in support of county-wide district projects

Recommendation for approval of changes in contracts with:

  • AAA Asphlat Paving Inc., for final constructions of Archbishop Fiorenza Park on North Bank Trail at Windchase Boulevard in Precinct 3, with an addition of $954 to the contract amount

Recommendation for authorization to retain financial surety, and repair and maintain infrastructure for:

  • Taylor Morrison of Texas, Inc., in the amount of $2,010 for Alder Trails, Section 9 in Precinct 3.

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