Calendar

Jan
17
Wed
2018
Galveston Bay Council’s Quarterly Meeting @ Harris-Galveston Subsidence District
Jan 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Winter Gator Tales @ Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Winter Gator Tales is a free pre-school program. Join WERC for a fun, educational hour geared for young children with an adult.


Schedule

December 27, 2017 – “Ice Melts”

January 3, 2018 – “Fur and Hair”

January 10, 2018 – “Feathers, Beaks, and Eggs”

January 17, 2018 – “Scales and Shells”

January 24, 2018 – “Lizards”

January 31, 2018 – “Worms”

February 7, 2018 – “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”

February 14, 2018 – “Bee My Valentine”

 

Tools & Resources Webinar: Urban Background @ Online
Jan 17 @ 3:00 pm

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Identifying the source of soil contaminants is vital to decision-making during an environmental cleanup. EPA researchers are collecting data that can be used to inform decision-making in urban settings in the Southeastern United States and establish methods that can be used elsewhere.

This webinar will present the methodology developed for collecting a city-wide or urban area background data set and general results of southeastern cities data collected to date, and it also will highlight a case study that used the sampling methodology and data to inform decision making.

Who should attend?

Representatives of state environment and health agencies, tribes, local governments, communities, and others interested in learning about EPA tools and resources available to help inform decision-making.

 

Register here!

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Planning Matters Lunch with the Mayor @ City Hall, Legacy Room
Jan 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Blueprint Houston as they move into their next phase. Mayor Sylvester Turner will present an update on his activities and they will host a conversation about planning the City’s future and using Plan Houston to prepare for the “next million.”  Plan Houston was a great first step – creating commons goals and identifying core strategies. But now, it’s time to move past the plan into action.

Lunch will be served

R.S.V.P. by January 18

 to [email protected]
713-870-2881

Jan
24
Wed
2018
Winter Gator Tales @ Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Winter Gator Tales is a free pre-school program. Join WERC for a fun, educational hour geared for young children with an adult.


Schedule

December 27, 2017 – “Ice Melts”

January 3, 2018 – “Fur and Hair”

January 10, 2018 – “Feathers, Beaks, and Eggs”

January 17, 2018 – “Scales and Shells”

January 24, 2018 – “Lizards”

January 31, 2018 – “Worms”

February 7, 2018 – “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”

February 14, 2018 – “Bee My Valentine”

 

Jan
30
Tue
2018
Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think @ Fondren Library, 4th Floor Kyle Morrow Room at Rice University
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join authors Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher P. Scheitle for the release of their book, Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think (Oxford University Press 2017) for an event sponsored by the Religion and Public Life Program with support from the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University.

Religion vs. Science is based on a five-year study of religious Americans’ views of science, called the Religious Understandings of Science (RUS) study. The RUS study surveyed 10,000 Americans about their views on the relationship between religion and science, as well as specific scientific issues such as stem cell research, evolution and creation, science education, and others. The survey was in addition to more than 300 in-person interviews.  Pastor Lee Hsia of Houston’s First Baptist Church and Rabbi Geoff Mitelman of Sinai and Synapses will moderate the conversation and provide unique perspectives on the book’s content.

RSVP required and will be announced on the website shortly prior to the event.

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Jan
31
Wed
2018
Winter Gator Tales @ Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Winter Gator Tales is a free pre-school program. Join WERC for a fun, educational hour geared for young children with an adult.


Schedule

December 27, 2017 – “Ice Melts”

January 3, 2018 – “Fur and Hair”

January 10, 2018 – “Feathers, Beaks, and Eggs”

January 17, 2018 – “Scales and Shells”

January 24, 2018 – “Lizards”

January 31, 2018 – “Worms”

February 7, 2018 – “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”

February 14, 2018 – “Bee My Valentine”

 

Water Research Webinar: National Stormwater Calculator @ Online
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm

EPA staff conducting water-related research

Stormwater discharges continue to cause impairment of our Nation’s waterbodies. Conventional stormwater infrastructure, or gray infrastructure, is largely designed to move stormwater away from urban areas through pipes and conduit. Runoff from these surfaces can overwhelm sewer systems and end up contaminating local waterways. When stormwater runs off impervious streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and rooftops, it can carry pollutants to streams, rivers, and lakes. Runoff flows can also cause erosion and flooding that can damage property, infrastructure, and wildlife habitat. In addition to runoff problems, impervious surfaces also prevent water from penetrating the soil and recharging groundwater supplies.

Green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, and porous pavement, is becoming an increasingly attractive way to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that flows into wastewater treatment plants or into waterbodies untreated, and to recharge aquifers. It provides many environmental, social, and economic benefits that promote urban livability, such as improved surface water quality, water conservation, and improved aesthetic and property value. EPA researchers have been studying green infrastructure practices and developing models and tools to help communities manage their stormwater runoff and address nutrient impairment.

EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a software application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site. This webinar will introduce the newest features of the Calculator, which is now available as a mobile web application and can be used on smartphones and tablets.

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EPA has also added a cost estimation module that allows planners and managers to evaluate green infrastructure practices based on comparison of regional and national project planning level cost estimates and predicted performance.

Register Here!

Feb
1
Thu
2018
Volunteers Needed for 11th Annual Texas STEM Conference @ Moody Gardens
Feb 1 – Feb 3 all-day
Feb
2
Fri
2018
Volunteers Needed for 11th Annual Texas STEM Conference @ Moody Gardens
Feb 2 – Feb 4 all-day