Calendar

Jan
17
Wed
2018
Climate Action Planning @ Green Building Resource Center
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Houston Climate Movement! Come hear about what climate action planning can do for the City of Houston. After Harvey the need to act on climate has become crystal clear in Houston. We can both reduce emissions and prepare for extreme weather events, and ground this work in equity and economic justice. Experts will discuss past efforts and talk about what could be done moving forward to plan for and create a sustainable and resilient Houston.

When: January 17th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Green Building Resource Center, 1002 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas 77002. We’ll be on the 2nd Floor.
Who: You! Together we are working toward a better future for all in the Greater Houston area.

Jan
25
Thu
2018
Prairie Seed Collecting @ Cherie Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas, or HNPAT, meets monthly on 4th Thursdays of the month, most months (check calendar), at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in the McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park! (1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004. Parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum); 6:30 p.m. Refreshments; 7:00 p.m. Meeting Starts. Meetings are free and open to the public. Come and learn with us about our native prairies!

 

Jan
26
Fri
2018
HREG’s Solar Workshop @ TXRX
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This free workshop addresses the basics on how to install and operate a solar system.  It covers topics such as solar array types, costs of equipment and labor, permitting, energy savings, and reliability.   The instructor Bill Swann is an expert in solar energy and has built many of his own solar systems.  This workshop is ideal for all people as Bill can answer the simplest and most technical of questions.  If you want to learn more about solar, this is the workshop for you.

Solar Workshop Handout  –> Houston Solar Resource   (Click on Houston Solar Resource twice to pull up pdf.)

The is a free, public workshop. Street parking available. To RSVP,  email Bill Swann.   [email protected]

 

For more information, visit houstonrenewableenergy.org.

Gigatechnology: Developing Sustainable Urban Infrastructure to Solve Gigaton Problems @ University of Houston, Classroom and Business Building (CBB), Room 106
Jan 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

John. C. Crittenden

 

JOHN C. CRITTENDENDirector of the Brook Byers Institute of Sustainable Systems, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar of Sustainable Systems, and Hightower Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Gigaton problems refer to those most severe problems challenging humanity, which can often be measured at the “gigaton (billion tons)” scale. For example, the annual world energy consumption is around 12 billion tons of oil equivalent (Gtoe), 80% of that from nonrenewable fossil fuels. The combustion of these fossil fuels emits approximately 29 billion tons (Gton) of CO2. In addition, the world uses more than 79 Gton of materials each year, only about 29% of which are renewable. These gigaton problems call for solutions which can meet the gigaton scale, or gigaton solutions.

Urban centers are the largest complex, adaptive gigatechnology systems that humans create and within which humans manipulate mass and energy. They are the largest infrastructures in which human manipulate matter and energy. Design of more sustainable and resilient urban system can solve the gigaton problems. A new transformative science for gigatechnologies has been established called, ”Infrastructure Ecology,” with new engineering standards, protocols, tools, and workers to apply its laws and rules for building cities that are sustainable, resilient, equitable, and efficient.

Read more about Gigatechnology and Sustainable Infrastructure.

 

Jan
31
Wed
2018
Going Green Sustainability Lecture: “The Quiet Invasion” @ Houston Advanced Research Center
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

THE QUIET INVASION

A Guide to the Invasive Species of Galveston Bay
And The Lower Galveston Bay Watershed

Most of us have heard at least something about the many invasive species
that have been introduced into, and are causing problems in, our region;
the Chinese tallow tree, the Muscovy duck, and Kudzu to name just a few.
But did you know that there are now more than 90 such species
occupying, or threatening the Galveston Bay Area?

Dr. Erin Kinney of HARC will be speaking about the Quiet Invasion, a guide to the invasive species of Galveston Bay and its watershed. She will also speak about the Quiet Invasion website (www.galvbayinvasion.org) and the new paperbacked field guide. Both have been updated to include all 95 species that are current invaders or threats to our area. Erin will introduce new features of the website, as well as the field guide, which will be available to those who attend the talk. She will also let us know what we as individuals and organizations can do to diminish the impact of this increasing threat.

We hope you’ll join us for this interesting and informative discussion.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

For more information, visit thewoodlandsgreen.org.

Nature Discovery Center’s Sparrow Identification Workshop – Lecture @ Nature Discovery Center
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

Sparrow Identification Workshop

with Dr. Cin-Ty Lee

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Dr. Cin-Ty Lee has volunteered to teach a bird identification workshop as a fundraiser to help support birding programs at the Nature Discovery Center. All proceeds will go directly to NatureDiscovery Center programs. Dr. Lee’s workshop will feature a one evening sparrow identification lecture, followed by an all-day field trip to several places in the greater Houston area to look for some of our over-wintering sparrows.


Workshop Dates

Lecture: Wednesday, January 31 at 7 pm at the Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401

Field Trip: Saturday, February 3 at 7 am and continue through lunchtime, with the possibility of going longer if people want to keep birding. Car-pooling is recommended. Specific birding locations will be selected by Dr. Lee closer to the date of the field trip.


Cost: $65 – NDC members; $90 – non-members

Advanced registration required. Register online at my-ndc.org/activities/sparrows/  Class size is limited to 15 participants.

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Nature Discovery Center’s Sparrow Identification Workshop – Field Trip @ several places in the greater Houston area
Feb 3 @ 7:00 am

Sparrow Identification Workshop

with Dr. Cin-Ty Lee

logo

Dr. Cin-Ty Lee has volunteered to teach a bird identification workshop as a fundraiser to help support birding programs at the Nature Discovery Center. All proceeds will go directly to NatureDiscovery Center programs. Dr. Lee’s workshop will feature a one evening sparrow identification lecture, followed by an all-day field trip to several places in the greater Houston area to look for some of our over-wintering sparrows.


Workshop Dates

Lecture: Wednesday, January 31 at 7 pm at the Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401

Field Trip: Saturday, February 3 at 7 am and continue through lunchtime, with the possibility of going longer if people want to keep birding. Car-pooling is recommended. Specific birding locations will be selected by Dr. Lee closer to the date of the field trip.


Cost: $65 – NDC members; $90 – non-members

Advanced registration required. Register online at my-ndc.org/activities/sparrows/  Class size is limited to 15 participants.

What to Bring & Wear: Lots of water & drinks, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, binoculars and bird books. Layered clothing, hat, closed-toed shoes.

Feb
7
Wed
2018
Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association (HANPA) Monthly Meeting @ Edith L. Moore Sanctuary headquarters library
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm
Feb
17
Sat
2018
Urban Harvest’s Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop @ University of St. Thomas, Room TBD
Feb 17 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

There are many reasons for starting a community garden: creating a strong sense of community and stewardship; developing a community’s identity and spirit; providing a space for communities to grow safe, nutritious food; empowering communities with the knowledge to grow their own food and offering education and support to manage the food they grow and their own health. In this 4-hour comprehensive workshop, the presenters will take you through the process of building community, setting goals and exploring funding options, to the nuts and bolts of creating the garden and helping to ensure its sustainability. Morning snacks and drinks will be provided – please bring your own sack lunch. The last portion of the class will include a tour of Plant It Forward Farm located near the campus. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is from 8:30 -8:45. Workshop to start at 8:45. There are no refunds on classes.

PARKING

Parking is available in Moran Garage (campus map: #26), corner of West Alabama and Graustark Street; there may be a $2 charge. There are parking lots at corner of West Alabama and Yoakum and Branard and Montrose.

 

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.