Take Care of Texas Video Contest Voting
Jan 11 – Jan 25 all-day

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The Take Care of Texas Video Contest is a fun way for young people to learn about protecting the environment and come up with creative ways to share this knowledge with others! Students film a 30-second video that shows positive ways to Take Care of Texas. The students that submit the best videos can win great prizes, awarded by the contest sponsor, Waste Management of Texas, Inc.

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The public has an opportunity to pick their favorite videos January 11 through 25, 2018. A panel of TCEQ staff and representatives from Waste Management Texas will choose the first, second, and third place winners from each of the grade groups. Winners will be announced February 20, 2018.

Click here to vote!

H-GAC’s Brown Bag Lunch Series @ Houston-Galveston Area Council
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 Driverless Vehicles:  Are You Ready?

SAVE THE DATE for the January 22, 2018 Brown Bag Lunch Series
              H-GAC Offices, 2nd Floor, Rm B, Houston, TX 77027
                                                 Noon-1:00 P.M.
Sam Lott, P.E., will be discussing “What the Future Holds for Fully Automated/Autonomous Vehicles: Evaluating Mobility Benefits, Infrastructure Gaps and Transit Applications.”
Sam is affiliated with Texas Southern University (TSU) Center for Transportation Training and Research and recently formed his a consulting firm called Automated Mobility Services, LLC. Sam’s presentation will cover:
  • Automated/connected roadway vehicle technology – mobility challenges and benefits
  • Infrastructure gaps that must be filled to support automated vehicle technology
  • Transit applications with fully automated operations
  • Early deployment of automated transit in Houston’s urban districts
Bring your lunch, bring a friend, and join us for this most interesting presentation!

Natural Resources Advisory Committee Meetings @ Houston-Galveston Area Council
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: HGAC – 2nd Floor – Conference Room B

An agenda and more information will follow shortly.


Nominations for Chair and Vice Chair

In the meantime, we are currently accepting nominations for a new Chair and Vice Chair. Nominees must only be current Committee members. Both will agree to serve a two year term. At the end of that term, the Vice Chair will become the new chair. Please contact us if you have any questions, or one of our emeritus leadership members like past chairs Dennis Caputo, Carole Lamont, or Steve Hupp or past Vice-chair Pudge Wilcox. Nominations can be made by contacting Justin at 713-499-6653 or 832-746-2140 (c).

We hope to see you all there!


If you are unable to attend in-person, H-GAC also provides the following alternatives.

  • Webinar – (webinar link coming soon).
  • Phone only – Call 713-481-0090 (same number as webinar). When prompted, enter passcode 1067870, then press #.

Visit HGAC’s page for this event!

River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayou 2018 Trash Bash @ Various locations
Mar 24 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Every year, thousands of volunteers gather along Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment by participating in the largest, single-day waterway cleanup in the state of Texas, the River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash®.

​In 2018, Trash Bash will celebrate its 25th consecutive cleanup, an accomplishment that dedicated volunteers should be proud of. If you’d like to join in on the fun and do a lot of good for your community, check out which site you’d like to volunteer at and have a waiver signed before the day of the event so you can register.


Volunteers Needed. Since its inception, nearly 106,000 volunteers have almost 2,200 tons of trash, 16 tons of recyclable materials, and 10,709 tires. Find out how to volunteer and promote a healthy Galveston Bay watershed at one of our cleanup locations.

Become a Sponsor. Trash Bash® is made possible through generous contributions and support by sponsors. Check out the various sponsorship levels and benefits that make it possible for your organization to become a Trash Bash® partner and make a positive impact on local waterways. The deadline to be included on printed materials is January 31, 2018.


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