Houston Environmental News Update October 18, 2017

Many of you may know that Hurricane Harvey delivered more than 4′ of water and almost total devastation to the new space under construction for Architecture Center Houston in the historic 1906 B.A. Riesner building in downtown Houston. The space was within 3 weeks of completion when the storm hit and flood mitigation designed specifically for this type of event was not yet fully installed. While insurance will cover some of the expenses, the American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter is hoping to raise $250,000 to cover the cost of the deductible. If you’d like to help, you can donate directly to the rebuild efforts on gofundme.com. You can also support them by participating in this weekend’s popular AIA Home Tour, or any of a number of upcoming events (such as an annual meeting, walking tours, continuing education, the ArCH Film Festival, and the Gingerbread Build Off).

Another of CEC’s member organizations with an architectural focus is celebrating a notable milestone: publication of the 100th issue of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston. Congratulations! Copies will be hitting newsstands soon. In the meantime, you can visit OffCite.com, the digital home for the magazine. In addition to archives of past issues, the sight offers an excellent blog, with many recent articles focusing on Harvey and urban planning. Like AIA, RDA offers many events, including an upcoming gala honoring Linda Sylvan on November 11, 2017. (The banner photo, of the 100th Issue, was taken by Allyn West, who edits and writes for Gray Matters at the Houston Chronicle.)

Speaking of organizations with an architectural focus… On October 26, 2017, the City of Houston’s Green Building Resource Center and the Gulf Coast chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council are hosting an educational seminar to discuss the most effective ways we can do to reverse climate change. This foodie event will feature local experts who will discuss the top four of these solutions: Refrigerant Management, Wind Turbines (onshore), Reducing Food Waste, and a Plant-Rich Diet. RSVPs are required for this seminar and space is limited, so sign up soon.

Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

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Houston Environmental News Update October 4, 2017

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 The theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is “Earth and Human Activity.” This year’s event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration, promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet’s natural systems and processes. Earth Science Week 2017 will be celebrated October 8-14.
Earth Science Week learning resources and activities are engaging young people and others in exploring the relationship between human activity and the geosphere (earth), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life). This year’s theme promotes public understanding and stewardship the planet, especially in terms of the ways people affect and are affected by these Earth systems.
  • Earth Science Celebration at Houston Museum of Natural Science on Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. www.hmns.org orwww.hgs.org
  • Energy Day Festival at Sam Houston Park (downtown) on Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. energydayfestival.org/houston 

We have tried to confirm the events listed below, but not all organizations have updated their websites. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts.


CEC NOTES

CEC soliciting film submissions
Please consider submitting a short film (under 7 minutes) for possible inclusion in CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Film Contest on November 15, 2017. Winning entries will be shown at CEC’s showing of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour on January 24 & 25, 2018.

Support the environment through workplace giving! EarthShare of Texas
Does your employer offer workplace giving? Many companies and businesses that offer workplace giving have charitable campaigns underway. CEC–and several of its member organizations–participate in workplace giving through EarthShare of Texas. Contributions made through these campaigns make a huge difference to the CEC. THANK YOU if you already give!

Check the ESTX website to see if your employer participates. If you would like a speaker to come share information with your workplace or if your employer doesn’t participate, please contact Elizabeth Howley, Business Development Director, EarthShare of Texas: 713-533-8988 or elizabeth@earthshare-texas.org.

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Houston Environmental News Update September 27, 2017

Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

One of our favorite memes at this time of year starts off, “It’s fall in Texas! You know what that means!” The response is that nothing is happening; it’s still 90 degrees outside. I don’t disagree with the assessment of heat. On the other hand, this is when the environmental community in the Houston Gulf/Coast region starts coming out of the summer doldrums.
Some widespread environmental observances we see this week are National Public Lands Day (scroll down to see local events), National Voter Registration Day, World Contraception Day, and the Texas Observance of National Night Out (thank goodness the observation isn’t in August). Last week, we highlighted the International Coastal Cleanup, but we neglected to mention the International Day of Peace, World Water Monitoring Day, and–argh!–talk like a pirate day. (OK, that last one isn’t particularly environmental.)
One observance we would like to highlight this week is National Estuaries Day (or week). The Galveston Bay Estuary is our largest local estuary. The photo above is a recent picture of a dolphin in Galveston Bay. Galveston Bay Foundation, with help from research organizations such as the Environmental Institute of Houston, has been monitoring the dolphin population in the bay, and this photo illustrates their recent report on the Impacts of Hurricane Harvey on the Dolphins of Galveston Bay.
The Galveston Bay Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. In fact, in 1987, the CEC Newsleaf’s August edition started off with an article about the newly incorporated Galveston Bay Foundation.
Galveston Bay Foundation continues to do excellent work to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come. In addition to monitoring the effects of Harvey on the Bay, recent work includes the publication, in collaboration with HARC, of the Galveston Bay Report Card. This year’s grade of a C, writes the Foundation, denotes that Galveston Bay continues to do pretty well for now, but there are issues, and there are actions we can take to ensure the bay’s future prosperity.
Officially established in 1989, the Galveston Bay Estuary Program is one of two estuary programs in Texas and one of 28 National Estuary Programs in the United States. As a non-regulatory program administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, GBEP is charged with implementing The Galveston Bay Plan – a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for Galveston Bay. GBEP is in the process of revising the plan. To learn more about how you can be a part of the process, please visit www.GalvestonBayPlan.com.

Happy National Voter Registration Day! Here in Texas, we’ve got an election on November 7, 2017. The deadline to register in time to vote in the November election is October 10, so you’ve still got time!

Some of our favorite resources for voters are the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area, Texas League of Conservation Voters, and the Environmental Voter Project. Not sure whether you are registered or how to register? You can visit votetexas.gov or contact the voter registrar for your county.


We have tried to confirm the events listed below, but not all organizations have updated their websites. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts.


CEC NOTES

CEC soliciting film submissions
Please consider submitting a short film (under 7 minutes) for possible inclusion in CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Film Contest on November 15, 2017. Winning entries will be shown at CEC’s showing of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour on January 24 & 25, 2018.

Support the environment through workplace giving! EarthShare of Texas
Does your employer offer workplace giving? Many companies and businesses that offer workplace giving have charitable campaigns underway. CEC–and several of its member organizations–participate in workplace giving through EarthShare of Texas. Contributions made through these campaigns make a huge difference to the CEC. THANK YOU if you already give!

Check the ESTX website to see if your employer participates. If you would like a speaker to come share information with your workplace or if your employer doesn’t participate, please contact Elizabeth Howley, Business Development Director, EarthShare of Texas: 713-533-8988 or elizabeth@earthshare-texas.org.

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