BikeHouston seeks Communications Manager

BH_Bike-Houston_HorzBikeHouston is seeking a Communications Manager to manage the organization’s supporter databases and technology needs, as well as lead communications. The position oversees the 24,000-supporter organization’s website, print publications, e-newsletters, event materials, software needs, and more. This position also oversees online media/press and works with all staff to create a clear identity for the BikeHouston brand, as well as promoting BikeHouston rides, events, membership, and advocacy efforts. Read the full description at http://bikehouston.org/careers/.

Kroger Community Rewards Annual Renewal

krogerDo you shop at Kroger? If so, did you know that your can link your Community Rewards card to the CEC? If you do, CEC will receive a portion of your purchase, with no direct cost to you!

At ww.KrogerCommunityRewards.com, you can link or re-link your card to the CEC using organization # 91091. You must re-enroll annually (starting August 1) to continue giving back to the community starting September 1. Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to get your Plus Card number. If you do not have a Kroger plus Card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Register online at www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com. Take a look at the bottom of your receipt; if you see CEC listed, then THANK YOU for supporting CEC.

Houston Environmental News Update August 17, 2016

Photo Credit: Irene Amiet, Galveston Bay Report Card. Retrieved from www.galvbaygrade.org.

Photo Credit: Irene Amiet, Galveston Bay Report Card. Retrieved from www.galvbaygrade.org.

I was all set to lead off this week’s newsletter by featuring the fabulous work of the Galveston Bay Foundation. Last week, GBF released the 2016 Galveston Bay Report Card and launched their Galveston Bay Water Brigade campaign, and tomorrow they have their annual membership meeting. GBF’s work is still amazing–and highlighted below and in the photo above. First, though, I’d like to tell you a tiny bit about the Climate Reality Training happening here in Houston right now.

I just got back from being inspired by Al Gore’s presentation for the Climate Reality Project. Mr. Gore’s presentation described the climate crisis that is already manifest in our lives, cause for hope, and what needs to be done now. After a standing ovation, Mr. Gore came back with three simple things that we can do do help address the climate crisis*:
  1. Win the conversations. Be brave enough to engage people about the climate crisis, and persistent enough to win the conversation. Don’t be rude or argumentative–be pleasant and persuasive.
  2. Use your spending power. Be thoughtful when you spend your money, and think about the climate. Just as important, use your voice to tell retailers and providers that you want more to be able to purchase responsible products and services.
  3. Be involved in policy decisions. This involves voting, speaking with elected officials, and participating in your community.

This advice applies to just about any environmental issue–but is particularly important for the climate crisis.

If you are interested in a presentation by one of the participants in the training, please let me know and I will be happy to put you in touch with one of them.

-Rachel
rachel@cechouston.org

* Mr. Gore said it better than I did–and I apologize for any discrepancies.


News from Galveston Bay Foundation
Galveston Bay Foundation Quarterly Membership Meeting: Storm Surge Protection

The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2016 Brady’s Landing, 8505 Cypress Street, Houston, TX  77012. The meeting will feature a panel of experts to talk about mitigating hurricane storm surge, and how people who live in the Galveston-Houston Region can prepare themselves to deal with this weather disaster occurrence. Visit www.galvbay.org for a full list of panelists, and email ceverett@galvbay.org for more information. Please RSVP at this link: www.emailmeform.com.

2016 Galveston Bay Report Card
Last week, in partnership with HARC, GBF released the 2016 Galveston Bay Report Card. The report concludes that Galveston Bay scored a grade of C for the second year. That means that the bay and its rivers and bayous are faring well, in spite of significant challenges. Among other changes, the grade for water quality has improved from a B to an A, more information is provided about invasive species and toxins in sediments, and new tools are presented including a Find Your Watershed Tool. The website is engaging, easy to use, and suggests ways you can make a difference. www.galvbaygrade.org

Galveston Bay Water Brigade campaign
The Galveston Bay Foundation, through an effort of the Texas Living Waters Project, invites you to join the Galveston Bay Water Brigade and become a Brigade Member by pledging to conserve water for the Bay. Whether you are an individual, a business or organization, your commitment to conserve water can help ensure the fish and other critters of Galveston Bay get the water they need to survive for years to come. Become a Brigade Member today by taking your pledge atwww.gbwb.org and find money saving tips on how to conserve water. And remember, our Bay can’t live on salt water alone!

CEC NOTES

filmfestival2015marquee_smaller_croppedWild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour
Save the date! CEC will be hosting its third showing of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour on January 25 & 26, 2017, for two nights of inspiring short environmental films.

We will be hosting one final gathering of our film selection committee on Friday, August 25, 2016, at happy hour to watch potential films. If you are interested in helping to pick films for the January showing, please email rachel@cechouston.org.

We will feature two local environmental films at the January showing. To choose the films, we will have a screening on November 16, 2016, as part of the Houston Green Film Series. Mark your calendar! Right now, we are beginning to solicit films about local environmental efforts. Films must be no more than 7 minutes long and must be high-enough quality to be shown on the giant screen at River Oaks Theatre. Please contact rachel@cechouston.org for more information.

Finally, we’d like to give a big shout out to Bayou Land Conservancy, which is hosting a showing of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour tomorrow night at the Alamo Draft House at Vantage Park. They’ll be showing different films than we do, so please consider going and supporting their great organization.

 

Kroger Community Rewards Annual Renewal. Do you shop at Kroger? If so, did you know that your can link your Community Rewards card to the CEC? If you do, CEC will receive a portion of your purchase, with no direct cost to you! At www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com,  you can link or re-link your card to the CEC using organization # 91091. You must re-enroll annually (starting August 1) to continue giving back to the community starting September 1. Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to get your Plus Card number. If you do not have a Kroger plus Card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Register online at www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com. Take a look at the bottom of your receipt; if you see CEC listed, then THANK YOU for supporting CEC.

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