We’re busy getting ready for the Greater Houston Environmental Summit on Friday, so we don’t have an in-depth lead article for you today. We hope you will join us at the Summit, as it is a great event.
The photo above is of the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Preserve, and was provided to illustrate just one of the great talks at the Summit: Staying Resilient – Recovery of Attwater’s Prairie Chickens Post-Harvey, given by Jennifer Romero, Asst. Refuge Manager, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR & Hannah Bailey, Curator of Birds, Houston Zoo.
In last week’s newsletter, our list of farmers markets was not complete. Here are a few more, courtesy of our readers. Thanks to all who sent these additions!
- Farmers Market Partners in Missouri City – 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, in two locations.
- Energy Corridor Farmers Market – Every Saturday from 9am to 1 pm. The market manager, Kenzie, is one of CEC’s fabulous volunteers in her spare time. Please forgive us, Kenzie, for leaving this out last week!
- Meyerland Farmers Market–although this market is currently on hiatus, recovering from Harvey.
- Sienna Community Farmers Market – Monthly Markets on Sundays 1pm to 5pm, and occasional Saturday evening markets
All this, just in time for “National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbors Porch Day.” (Send us an email if you are in search of a porch.)
Regardless of whether you are a zucchini fan, you’ll probably love the food at the Greater Houston Environmental Summit, catered by Pat Greer’s Kitchen. See the menu below.
Please register for CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Summit on Friday, August 10, 2018. Buy your tickets now!
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 Commissioner Rodney Ellis
- Excellent Featured Speakers
- Table Talks: A cross between a breakout session and speed networking. See full descriptions of table talk hosts.
- Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses.
- Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen.
Continental BreakfastScones from Angela’s OvenCoconut Chia Pudding with Granola and fresh fruitTea and Coffee with all the fixins
LunchHibiscus Tea and WaterSlow cooked, barbecued jackfruit and veggiesHoppin’ John – made with Texas: rice, black-eyed peas, and okraSalad – Market MixTomatoes, Cucumbers, and Basil PestoPimento Geez with Celery and Tomato Basil KrackerStrawberry Geezcakeand, of course, lots of giant hugs!
- A few surprises 🙂
We are grateful to the following sponsors:
Register at Eventbrite.
Houston Green Film Series
At the next edition of the Houston Green Film Series, on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, we’ll be showing Rodents of Unusual Size (see the trailer), a highly acclaimed film about the impact of nutria on coastal wetlands along the Gulf. (The film title might sound familiar if you are a fan of The Princess Bride.) Panelists will include Shannon Tompkins, who covers outdoor recreation and natural resource issues for the Houston Chronicle, and Linda Tschirhart-Hejl, the district supervisor for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension-Texas Wildlife Services and an expert on nuisance wildlife management. We’ll announce the other panelists next week. This film is NOT TO BE MISSED!
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, 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]
We have tried to confirm the events listed below, but not all organizations have updated their websites. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts.
- Public comment on Texas State Expenditure Plan for RESTORE Act funds sought through Aug. 27
In July, the RESTORE Council posted online Texas’s draft State Expenditure Plan (SEP), developed pursuant to the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act. Public comment on the SEP will be accepted through 5 p.m. Central Time on Monday, August 27, 2018. Due to the devastating and long-range effects of Hurricane Harvey, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker have determined this first Texas SEP will focus on hurricane recovery efforts that include ecological and economic, as well as resiliency-related programs. The draft Texas SEP is available at restorethetexascoast.org. Written comments should be submitted electronically to [email protected] by the end of the comment period.
- Early voting in Harris County Flood Control District Bond Program election continues through Aug. 21
Harris County is holding a bond election for the Harris County Flood Control District. Registered voters will be asked to vote on August 25, 2018 (with early voting August 8-21) on up to $2.5 billion in bonds for flood risk reduction projects throughout the county. Find detailed information about proposed projects for each of the county’s watersheds, including an interactive map, at hcfcd.org.
- Harvey Recovery Open House
On August 9, 2018, from 6-8 p.m., Harris County Precinct One, the Harris County Flood Control District and Harris County Community Services are co-hosting a Harvey Recovery Open House at the Sheldon ISD Administration Building, 11411 C.E. King Parkway. Attendees will hear directly from representatives about the Harris County Flood Control District bond program and other future Harvey recovery programs like housing repairs, home buyouts and relocation assistance, drainage, disaster assistance and other issues.
- Cedar Bayou Watershed Partnership Public Meeting
On August 9, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Cedar Bayou Watershed Partnership will hold a public meeting at the Eddie V Gray Wetlands Center, 1724 Market Street, Baytown. The meeting will cover water quality in Cedar Bayou, flood reduction efforts in the area, funding for septic system/OSSF repair and replacement, and actions being taken to improve conditions in the community. For more information, visit cechouston.org.
- Galveston Rain Barrel Workshop
On August 11, 2018 from 9:30-11 a.m., the Galveston Bay Foundation will host a Rain Barrel Workshop at the Bryan Museum Observatory, 1315 21st Street, Galveston. The workshop will include a presentation on the environmental benefits of collecting rainwater, and instructions and tips. Participants will not set up the rain barrel at the workshop but instead will receive the tools to go home and do so. For more information and to register, visit galvybay.org.
- HREG “Own Your Power” workshop
On August 11, 2018, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG) will hold a “Own Your Power” workshop at the City of Houston’s Green Building Resource Center, 1002 Washington Avenue. The workshop will explore efficient living, reducing carbon footprints, batteries for resiliency, and electric vehicles. The event will be kid-friendly. Snacks will be provided. For more information, visit houstonrenewableenergy.org.
- McGovern Centennial Gardens Volunteer Orientations
On August 15 and 18, 2018, from 9:30-11 a.m, Hermann Park Conservancy will host a orientations for prospective volunteers at the McGovern Centennial Gardens. Participants will learn about the Conservancy’s background, details of volunteer opportunities, and get a tour of McGovern Centennial Gardens, and hands-on demonstration. For more information and to register, visit hermannpark.org.
- Urban Riparian, Stream Restoration Workshop
On August 16, 2018, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop on conducting stream restoration projects in and around the Houston area. The morning session will be in the Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. The afternoon session will be outdoors along a branch of Upper Panther Creek and will involve learning stream surveying techniques. Registration for the workshop is $100 and includes all training materials, lunch and a certificate of completion. Attendees must register by August 13. For more information and to register, visit twri.tamu.edu.
- UCS presents “The Risks of Rising Seas on our Coasts”
On August 16, 2018, from 7-8 p.m., representatives of the Union of Concerned Scientists will host a presentation focusing on their recently released report, “Underwater,” examining the impact of tidal flooding and sea level rise on coastal real estate. There will also be a discussion of ways to use science-based resources to convince federal elected officials to take action on climate change. The event will be held at Emerson Unitarian-Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Drive. For more information, see the Facebook event.
- Climate Change Town Hall
On August 18, 2018, from 1:30-4 p.m., Houston Climate Movement and the Union of Concerned Scientists will co-host a “Climate Change Town Hall” at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 Jensen Drive. During the event, HCM representatives will discuss how climate change is impacting Houstonians, and UCS will discuss their recent “Underwater” report (see above) on the relationship between climate change and chronic flooding. For more details and to register, visit eventbrite.com.
- H-GAC celebrates Commute Solutions Month in August
Commute Solutions’ partners in the eight-county Houston-Galveston Transportation Management Area are celebrating Commute Solutions Month in August. The Houston-Galveston Area Council, along with some of the region’s transit service providers, will host several public outreach events at park and ride facilities to show appreciation to commuters for their current participation in carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, or rail. These events will educate commuters, employees, and residents about alternative modes of transportation instead of driving alone, and will call them to awareness and action during August. For more information, visit findasmarterwaytowork.org.
- Houston Cities H2O Challenge continues through September 28
The Houston Cities H20 Challenge, sponsored by the Galveston Bay Foundation, in partnership with the Texas Living Waters Project, The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency and the City of Pearland, continues through September 28. The Challenge is a friendly competition designed to engage area residents and businesses in water conservation. For more information, visit gbwb.org.
- TV: Texas Parks & Wildlife
Broadcast on KUHT Channel 8 at 3 p.m. each Saturday and on municipal access cable channels in Baytown, Deer Park, Houston, Texas City, Galveston, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Seabrook, Sugar Land, and on HCC TV. More info on the TPWD website (* indicates a segment about the Houston area). For a preview, visit TPWD’s YouTube Page.
- Hunting to honor the memory of Navy SEAL aspirant Jacob Krebs
- Protecting corridors for mammals and birds on the Texas-Mexico border
- The threatened Red-Crowned Parrot finds a home in South Texas
- Additional Upcoming Events:
- 8/19-23/18: 2018 EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference (Albuquerque, NM)
- 8/22/18: Hurricane Harvey, A Year Later: Moment of Decision
- 8/22/18: Texas Solar Activity in 2018
- 8/23/18: H-GAC Regional Recycling Roundtable
- 8/23/18: Houston Arboretum Docent Naturalist Open House
- 8/25/18: AIA Sandcastle Competition
- 8/26-30/18: National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration
- 8/26/18: “Sustainability at Rice University” webinar
- 8/27/18: Mercer Arboretum Tropical Garden Re-Opening
- 8/27/18 (Deadline): Public comment on EPA’s NAAQS ozone review
- 8/29/18: HARC “Energy Efficiency 101” workshop
- 8/30/18 Houston a Year after Harvey: Ongoing Flooding Challenges and Proposed Solutions
- 8/31/18: Houston Stronger: A Path to a More Equitable City
- 8/28-31/18: Texas Recycling Summit 2018
- 9/6/18 (Deadline): Park to Port Bike Ride early registration
- 9/6/18: UH Sustainability Meetup: Soil Biology and Conservation
- 9/6/18 (Deadline): Children’s Environmental Health Symposium (Dallas)
- 9/12/18: Summer Salon: Smart Cities
- 9/12/18: HARC People & Nature Series: Innovative Resilience Financing
- 9/17/18: Second Annual State of TxDOT
- 9/19/18 (Deadline): Letter of Intent for Gulf Research Program resilience grants
- 9/25/18: NPSOT 2018 2018 Wildscapes Workshop
- 9/26/18: Children’s Summit 2018: Community Design for Our Next Generation
- 9/27/18: After the Flood: Lesson from Hurricane Harvey (course begins)
- 9/28/18 (conclusion): Houston Cities H2O Challenge
- 9/28/18 (Deadline): 2019 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards applications
- 9/27-28/18: Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2018
- 9/28/18: HARC “Energy Efficiency Tools and Resources” workshop
- 10/5-7/18: Texas Association for Environmental Educators Fall Conference (Palestine, Texas)
- 10/9-11/18: Renewable Energy Markets (REM) 2018
- 10/13/18: 2018 KBR Kids Day
- 10/27/18: BikeHouston Moonlight Ramble
- 10/30/18: HARC “Building the Business Case for Energy Efficiency” workshop
- 11/8/18: Buffalo Bayou Partnership Gala: Color Outside the Lines
- 11/17/18: Rice Design Alliance Gala Honoring Judge Ed Emmett
- 11/27/18: Giving Tuesday & Big Give Houston