Armand Bayou Nature Center seeks Executive Director

Anticipating the retirement of the current Executive Director in mid-2018, the Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) Board of Trustees seeks to hire a new executive officer in early 2018 to assure a smooth transition in leadership.

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer for ABNC and has broad authority to lead the operations of the nature center to achieve its mission and goals. Primary responsibilities include strategic leadership and planning; philanthropic resource development and fundraising; stakeholder relationships and communications, and public relations; and ABNC operations and natural resource management/administration. The Executive Director manages an annual budget of roughly $ 1,000,000.  A full job description can be found at www.abnc.org.  To apply, email cover letter and resume to tom@abnc.org.  Please reference the position in the subject of the email.

Houston Environmental News Update October 18, 2017

Many of you may know that Hurricane Harvey delivered more than 4′ of water and almost total devastation to the new space under construction for Architecture Center Houston in the historic 1906 B.A. Riesner building in downtown Houston. The space was within 3 weeks of completion when the storm hit and flood mitigation designed specifically for this type of event was not yet fully installed. While insurance will cover some of the expenses, the American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter is hoping to raise $250,000 to cover the cost of the deductible. If you’d like to help, you can donate directly to the rebuild efforts on gofundme.com. You can also support them by participating in this weekend’s popular AIA Home Tour, or any of a number of upcoming events (such as an annual meeting, walking tours, continuing education, the ArCH Film Festival, and the Gingerbread Build Off).

Another of CEC’s member organizations with an architectural focus is celebrating a notable milestone: publication of the 100th issue of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston. Congratulations! Copies will be hitting newsstands soon. In the meantime, you can visit OffCite.com, the digital home for the magazine. In addition to archives of past issues, the sight offers an excellent blog, with many recent articles focusing on Harvey and urban planning. Like AIA, RDA offers many events, including an upcoming gala honoring Linda Sylvan on November 11, 2017. (The banner photo, of the 100th Issue, was taken by Allyn West, who edits and writes for Gray Matters at the Houston Chronicle.)

Speaking of organizations with an architectural focus… On October 26, 2017, the City of Houston’s Green Building Resource Center and the Gulf Coast chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council are hosting an educational seminar to discuss the most effective ways we can do to reverse climate change. This foodie event will feature local experts who will discuss the top four of these solutions: Refrigerant Management, Wind Turbines (onshore), Reducing Food Waste, and a Plant-Rich Diet. RSVPs are required for this seminar and space is limited, so sign up soon.

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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Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: October 17, 2017

Featured Articles:

  1. The river is a monster’ Brazos River takes homes, roads, bridges in ever-changing paths  (Emily Foxhall – Houston Chronicle, 10/08/17. Photo by Mark Mulligan – Houston Chronicle.)  Swollen by torrential rains, the Brazos threatened hundreds of homes — even whole towns and subdivisions — in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties, changing its path once again…. A house that had teetered on the river’s edge fell partially over the bank. Massive trees slipped down the cliffs. Bridges, roadways and rail lines took yet another beating. Harvey added at least another $1 million to the $20 million or more in repairs already designated to protect the local infrastructure. http://www.houstonchronicle.com
  2. Houston’s Curbside Recycling Could Resume in November, Turner Says (Joseph Fanelli – Houston Press, 10/12/2017. Photo from Mayor Sylvester Turner Facebook page.)
    “With more than 1 million cubic yards of debris picked up from Hurricane Harvey, Houston Solid Waste Management is eyeing November to resume curbside recycling pickup in the city, Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference on Wednesday.” http://www.houstonpress.com
  3. Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan (Michael Biesecker and Adam Beam- Associated Press)                                                      “A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration’s move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s drive to curb global climate change. “The war on coal is over,” Pruitt declared….” http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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