Houston Environmental News Update September 20, 2017

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.

Are you interested in preserving and improving the condition of our state’s unique coastal regions? If so, be sure to join your fellow environmentalists for the Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup, to be held this Saturday, September 23, 2017, along the Gulf Coast from Beaumont to the Rio Grande Valley. Organized by the Texas General Land Office, this fall’s cleanup unfortunately will have fewer participating sites than originally planned due to a sneaky villain named Harvey.

Held each year since 1986, The Adopt-A-Beach program helps keep Texas beaches clean; educates Texans about harmful debris in our coastal waters; and enlists support for state, national, and international action to combat coastal pollution. Among those who launched this popular program more than 30 years ago was none other than the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition.

Coordinating the Bolivar Peninsula segment of the inaugural cleanup event, in September 1986, was Ginger Hobart of the CEC and Mary Ann Young. These team leaders directed the efforts of 400 dedicated volunteers, who collected 20,000 pounds of trash. (Check out the newsletter from 1986!) The statewide cleanup–which became the International Coastal Cleanup–was sponsored by what is now the Ocean Conservancy.

Today, the Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup is held twice a year, in the fall and spring. To participate in this weekend’s event, you can register at texasadoptabeach.org. Thanks for supporting clean Texas beaches!

Current sites include

  • Morgan’s Point in Harris County, coordinated by the Galveston Bay Foundation
  • The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve
  • Galveston Island, Galveston Island Park Board
  • Sea Rim State Park.

According to the GLO, if you have already signed up for the cleanup online, you will receive notification of whether your site will be participating. If your site has been canceled, you will receive instructions on how to re-register.

Additional clean-up events are listed below.


We have tried to confirm the events listed below, but not all organizations have updated their websites. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts.


CEC NOTES

CEC soliciting film submissions
Please consider submitting a short film (under 7 minutes) for possible inclusion in CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Film Contest on November 15, 2017. Winning entries will be shown at CEC’s showing of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour on January 24 & 25, 2018.

Support the environment through workplace giving! EarthShare of Texas
Does your employer offer workplace giving? Many companies and businesses that offer workplace giving have charitable campaigns underway. CEC–and several of its member organizations–participate in workplace giving through EarthShare of Texas. Contributions made through these campaigns make a huge difference to the CEC. THANK YOU if you already give!

Check the ESTX website to see if your employer participates. If you would like a speaker to come share information with your workplace or if your employer doesn’t participate, please contact Elizabeth Howley, Business Development Director, EarthShare of Texas: 713-533-8988 or elizabeth@earthshare-texas.org.

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Memorial Park Conservancy seeks Conservation Coordinator

The Conservation Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Memorial Park ecological restoration efforts at the direction of the Conservation Manager. The Conservation Coordinator will assist in the conversion, installation, and year-round operations & maintenance of the Park’s ecological restoration areas, including: upland forests; riparian forests; savannah; wet prairie/savannah; wetlands/ponds; native prairie. The Conservation Coordinator will operate equipment and coordinate contract work in cooperation with conservation crew and operators, field staff, interns, and volunteers. For more information, visit www.memorialparkconservancy.org.

Houston Environmental News Update September 13, 2017

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.

It is hard to comprehend the vast impact of Harvey in our region. The personal toll of Harvey is immeasurable. The environmental consequences will not be clear for many years.

We’ve put together a list of just a few of the recent headlines about environmental issues related to Harvey. It’s a long list which does justice to neither environmental catastrophes not media coverage thereof.

Here are a few of our takeaways:

  • If it were easy (and cheap), it would have been done
  • The caliber of journalists reporting in Houston is inspiring
  • Elected officials in Texas have been quoted talking about climate change and raising taxes in the same conversation
  • If you thought a 30-pound alligator snapping turtle on Memorial Drive was bizarre, it’s nothing compared to the purported ‘fang-tooth snake eel’ that washed up in Texas City

If you have any favorite articles that we missed, please send a link to news@cechouston.org. (And, yes, we are big newspaper fans.)

We have tried to confirm the events listed below, but not all organizations have updated their websites. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts.


CEC NOTES

CEC soliciting film submissions Please consider submitting a short film (under 7 minutes) for possible inclusion in CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Film Contest on November 15, 2017. Winning entries will be shown at CEC’s showing of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour on January 24 & 25, 2018.


Houston Green Film Series: From the Ashes
Air Alliance Houston, with support from National Geographic, is sponsoring this month’s featured green film: the documentary “From The Ashes” followed by an expert panel conversation.
Wednesday, September 20, 0217. 6:30pm conversation, networking, and a light meal. 7:00pm screening. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated.
What is the true cost of coal?
From the Ashes explores the complexities of the coal industry and its impact on the environment, economy and public health,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic channels.
This film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often-heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, health and climate. With 7,500 U.S. deaths from coal pollution each year, the film invites audiences to learn more about this dying industry and how it impacts their everyday lives.

Interested in Joining CEC’s Board of Directors?
CEC is soliciting applications for its 2018 Board of Directors. We are looking for people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help with our newsletter and website, events like the Film Festival and the Greater Houston Environmental Summit, fundraising, administration, and connecting our environmental community. It is arguably one of the best ways to learn about the amazing environmental work happening in the Houston region. To apply and learn more, please fill out our Volunteer Application online or send an email to rachel@cechouston.org, and we will follow up with you soon.


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