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


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.


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Houston GREEN Film Series @ Rice Media Center
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Environmental Volunteer Coordinators Networking Meeting @ CEC Office
Jan 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Caring for the Plants that Care for Us @ Online
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship.

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At the January web meeting, we welcome Jaime Gonzalez, Community Conservation Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy, who will address Caring for the Plants that Care for Us. 

He will discuss the importance of native plants for biodiversity, water absorption, carbon sequestration, the economy, and creating a sense of place.  He will link the well-being of ecosystems to human well-being. Jaime will also discuss the work of Katy Prairie Conservancy to restore native prairie, “re-wild” Houston with pocket prairies, offer citizen conservation opportunities and a new initiative to encourage residents to plant the “nine natives” in their yards. Jaime will give details on using these native plantings on your property, will provide resources and outlets for getting native plants, and will even delve into the ethics of saving wildlife by providing native plant habitat. After his talk, there will be time for Q&A to answer your native plant questions. 

A generous donor has pledged a donation to the Katy Prairie Conservancy if at least 10 people sign up for and attend Jaime’s talk.  Please register for this talk, and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting.  Contact Lisa Brenskelle at [email protected] with any questions.

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation @ online
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature.

The Creation Care Team Mission Statement:  Being earth keepers is foundational to our Christian vocation. The Creation Care Team encourages members of Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church to incorporate care for creation into the congregation’s full life and ministry.


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

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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.

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MaTTS Project — Webinar Series @ Online
Feb 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) Project invites you to participate in its upcoming webinar series. This series of three webinars (see below) will focus on how to incorporate marine technology builds, ocean exploration expeditions, and live content into your classroom curriculum.

During each webinar, Inner Space Center (ISC) staff and MaTTS Project Teacher Leaders will present an overview of the MaTTS Project, ocean exploration activities, and various marine technology builds.  Learn how to incorporate these topics into your classroom curriculum.

Webinar Series Schedule

Monday, December 18, 2017, 3-4pm Eastern

Ocean Exploration Topic: Connecting Your Classroom to Live Expeditions
Technology Build: Basic Observation Systems

Monday, February 5, 2018, 3-4pm Eastern

Ocean Exploration Topic: Recent Technological Advancements
Technology Build: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 3-4pm Eastern

Ocean Exploration Topic: 2018 Expeditions
Technology Build: Hydrophones/Oceanographic Sensors

Please use this link to register for one or more of the webinars in this series. Once registered, information on how to connect will be sent, via email, within a week of the scheduled webinar.