Houston Environmental News Update January 17, 2018

The CEC’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one week away!

We invite you to join us at the  2018 W&SFF On Tour to be held at the historic River Oaks Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, January 24 & 25, 2018.

Twenty films will be shown over two nights, and will tell compelling stories about border walls, ecological restoration in Texas, endangered bumblebees, plastic pollution, organic farming, sea turtles, activism, and making a difference in your community. 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. While the films tell stories from around the world, we are especially excited about the local films we are showing.

Houston, at What Cost?
In Bianca Ibarra’s neighborhood on Houston’s east side, the smokestacks are simply a given, part of the landscape. This three-minute video details how air pollution damages hearts and lungs and offers ways for young people to help solve the problem. Bianca’s movie won a prestigious prize sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund for high school students in the Houston area.

Urban Pocket Prairies:
Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter.

Purchase your tickets now, before we sell out!

Eventbrite - Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour - January 2018

Thank you to our festival sponsors: Hayley Pallister, Lawrence Spence, Judge Steven Kirkland, Richard Barton, and the following:

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.

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CEC Welcomes Keith Valor as a Professional Writing Intern

Keith’s dog Dopey.

Keith Valor is an intern from University of Houston-Downtown, and is excited to be a part of the CEC team! A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Keith will graduate from UHD this spring with a B.S. in Professional Writing. He lives in Tomball with his brother and uncle. He loves movies, video games, reading, and going to the park with his dog, Dopey. Keith wants to be more active in politics and the environment, and feels the CEC is a great place to start. He is looking forward to serving his community and the environment while developing skills for success!

Houston City Council Agenda – January 17, 2018

This city considered the following agenda items at the January 17, 2018, Houston Council Meeting. The agenda items include final payments for various contract work in the city of Houston. Continue reading