Houston Environmental News Update February 22, 2017

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The CEC office is in a school building* built about 100 year ago in the old Sixth Ward. Our office–a classroom–has a wall of north facing windows. We have natural light and almost never have to turn on the lights. Even better than the lighting, though, is our view. We look out over a playground designed for gatherings and growing–built while Urban Harvest was a tenant. Right now, the fig trees are leafing, the mockingbirds are singing their hearts out, and the bees are going crazy pollinating the citrus and apple trees, which smell divine.

An even more sure sign of the imminent arrival of spring is the proliferation of environmental events. This Saturday alone, CEC has 28 events listed on our event calendar–and we are adding more all the time.

* MECA, who owns and manages the building, provides music, art, tutoring, and counseling, so the halls are often filled with ballet folklorico dancers, art exhibits, mariachi music, and children. Other tenants of the building include nonprofits such as United We Dream (the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation), and studios for Forest Photography, the Film Acting Academy, an opera instructor, a tango school, a yoga school, a percussionist, a language school, and more we haven’t met yet. A giant burr oak frames our view of downtown, which is with walking distance. Buffalo Bayou Park, bike trails, restaurants, and several bus routes are also within a few blocks. Occasionally, we catch sight of caravans of trail riders and wagons on their way to the rodeo. As you might imagine, it is a dynamic place to work.


Earth Day Houston 2017

Dozens of Earth Day festivals will be held throughout the Houston area in 2017. We have begun compiling a list of Earth Month events on our calendar.

If you are hosting an Earth Month event (or any environment-related event), please be sure to let us know so we can share it! Information can be sent to news@cechouston.org.

Don’t miss our Environmental Trivia Contest at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, to be hosted by the CEC as part of Earth Month Houston, on April 30, 2017. Tickets will be available soon.

The CEC is also gearing up for the following year’s Earth Day, and is recruiting members for our Earth Day Houston 2018 Planning Committee. To become a part of this exciting event, contact Rachel Powers, Executive Director, at 713-524-4232 or rachel@cechouston.org.

CEC Welcomes One New Team Member: Christie Tran
Read more about our new part-time program coordination intern, Christie Tran. Keep an eye out for more announcements about people joining our team.

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CEC is pleased to welcome Christie Tran as a Program Coordination intern

Christie Tran is studying hospitality management at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. She’ll be putting her studies to good use as she helps CEC plan events such as the Environmental Trivia Contest on April 30, 2017. Christie is excited to gain experience with event planning and to make connections within the community. When she is not studying, Christie loves kayaking, camping, and tasting different types of food from around the world. We are delighted to have her working with us, and we value her diligence and enthusiasm. Christie can be reached at christie.tran@cechouston.org.

CEC is pleased to welcome new bookkeeping intern Bill Nguyen

CEC is pleased to welcome Bill Nguyen, a student from the University of Houston, to our team. Bill is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Houston. Bill is aiming to work in an alternative energy firm to promote and encourage a more clean energy that would reduce the use of nonrenewable energy. At CEC, Bill will be learning new skills while helping with regular bookkeeping, tax preparation, end-of-year reporting, and budgeting. He believes that working at CEC will help him get a head start and be able to understand the bookkeeping that is required in an environmental group. Should you have any concerns or interests, please feel free to contact Bill by email at Bill.Nguyen@cechouston.org.