Houston Environmental News Update February 22, 2017

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The CEC office is in a school building* built about 100 year ago in the old Sixth Ward. Our office–a classroom–has a wall of north facing windows. We have natural light and almost never have to turn on the lights. Even better than the lighting, though, is our view. We look out over a playground designed for gatherings and growing–built while Urban Harvest was a tenant. Right now, the fig trees are leafing, the mockingbirds are singing their hearts out, and the bees are going crazy pollinating the citrus and apple trees, which smell divine.

An even more sure sign of the imminent arrival of spring is the proliferation of environmental events. This Saturday alone, CEC has 28 events listed on our event calendar–and we are adding more all the time.

* MECA, who owns and manages the building, provides music, art, tutoring, and counseling, so the halls are often filled with ballet folklorico dancers, art exhibits, mariachi music, and children. Other tenants of the building include nonprofits such as United We Dream (the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation), and studios for Forest Photography, the Film Acting Academy, an opera instructor, a tango school, a yoga school, a percussionist, a language school, and more we haven’t met yet. A giant burr oak frames our view of downtown, which is with walking distance. Buffalo Bayou Park, bike trails, restaurants, and several bus routes are also within a few blocks. Occasionally, we catch sight of caravans of trail riders and wagons on their way to the rodeo. As you might imagine, it is a dynamic place to work.


CEC NOTES

Earth Day Houston 2017

Dozens of Earth Day festivals will be held throughout the Houston area in 2017. We have begun compiling a list of Earth Month events on our calendar.

If you are hosting an Earth Month event (or any environment-related event), please be sure to let us know so we can share it! Information can be sent to news@cechouston.org.

Don’t miss our Environmental Trivia Contest at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, to be hosted by the CEC as part of Earth Month Houston, on April 30, 2017. Tickets will be available soon.

The CEC is also gearing up for the following year’s Earth Day, and is recruiting members for our Earth Day Houston 2018 Planning Committee. To become a part of this exciting event, contact Rachel Powers, Executive Director, at 713-524-4232 or rachel@cechouston.org.

CEC Welcomes One New Team Member: Christie Tran
Read more about our new part-time program coordination intern, Christie Tran. Keep an eye out for more announcements about people joining our team.

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Houston Environmental News Update February 15, 2017

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This week, we choose to highlight the Houston Bike Plan, which is set to go to council next week. With the recent deaths of two cyclists killed by trains, the Houston Bike Plan is even more relevant. In response to the recent deaths, Raj Mankad, Editor of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, recently penned “Want safer streets? Stop looking for a single answer,” which was published in the Houston Chronicles Gray Matter Blog.

Bike Houston Sprocket logoNext week, the Houston City Council is expected to consider approval of the Houston Bike Plan. Not surprisingly, perhaps the biggest advocate of the plan is Bike Houston. You can read Bike Houston’s take on the plan, and find out about how to ride to City Hall to provide input next Tuesday. (You can also join Bike Houston for their the first ever Houston Bike Summit on Feb. 27, 2017.)

Coincidentally, thirty years ago, on Feb. 16, 1987, at its monthly board meeting, the CEC discussed plans to develop comprehensive Houston Hike & Bike Trails. How far we’ve come; how far we have to go. Read more in the CEC Newsleaf from 1987.

CEC NOTES

Earth Day Houston 2017

Dozens of Earth Day festivals will be held throughout the Houston area in 2017. We have begun compiling a list of Earth Month events on our calendar.

If you are hosting an Earth Month event (or any environment-related event), please be sure to let us know so we can share it! Information can be sent to news@cechouston.org.

Don’t miss our Environmental Trivia Contest at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, to be hosted by the CEC as part of Earth Month Houston, on April 30, 2017. Tickets will be available soon.

The CEC is also gearing up for the following year’s Earth Day, and is recruiting members for our Earth Day Houston 2018 Planning Committee. To become a part of this exciting event, contact Rachel Powers, Executive Director, at 713-524-4232 or rachel@cechouston.org.

CEC Welcomes Two New Team Members: Marina Gliha Rossow and Bill Nguyen
Read more about our new part-time Program Director and Bookkeeping Intern, respectively. Keep an eye out for more announcements about people joining our team.

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Houston Environmental News Update February 8, 2017

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EARTH DAY HOUSTON

Dozens of Earth Day festivals will be held throughout the Houston area in 2017. We’ll be compiling a list of Earth Month events on our calendar, and here are a few that we already know about:

  • 4/22/17:
    • HISD Earth Day & Green Institute
    • Earth Day at the Children’s Museum of Houston
    • Armand Bayou Nature Center Party for the Planet
  • 4/29/17: 2017 People’s Climate Movement march

If you are hosting an Earth Month event (or any environment-related event), please be sure to let us know so we can share it! Information can be sent to news@cechouston.org.

Don’t miss our Environmental Trivia Contest at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, to be hosted by the CEC as part of Earth Month Houston, on April 30, 2017. Tickets will be available soon.

*Trivia Question: Which organization hosted the first Earth Day Festival held in Houston, in 1970?

Answer: The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition.

The CEC is also gearing up for the following year’s Earth Day, and is recruiting members for our Earth Day Houston 2018 Planning Committee. To become a part of this exciting event, contact Rachel Powers, Executive Director, at 713-524-4232 or rachel@cechouston.org.

And remember: Every Day Is Earth Day!


CEC NOTES

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour January 25 & 26, 2017

More information soon, but, for now…

Thank you to our Film Festival Sponsors:

   

 

 

 

Thank You to Our Promotional Partners and Door Prize Sponsors:

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