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.

Houston GREEN Film Series @ Rice Media Center
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dr. Maya Klein’s “The Dirt Cure” @ United Way- Greater Houston
Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dr. Maya Klein has a message for parents of small children: Don’t be afraid of dirt! Dr. Klein will speak in-person about her book, “The Dirt Cure,” and how to heal your family by what you eat. Get tickets here. Learn more about Dr. Klein in our blog. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5:30-8 pm, United Way Greater Houston. Presented by OHBA.

Urban Reads: Dr. Kyle Shelton @ Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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!


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.


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


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 ( 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.


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

Sparrow Identification Workshop

with Dr. Cin-Ty Lee


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  Class size is limited to 15 participants.