Houston Environmental News Update October 25, 2017

Go Astros! Go Vote!

  Orbit Houston Astros mascot preseason 2014

This week’s picks (and pics, above) for the week might not be obviously environmental, but who can blame us?

Let’s start with early voting. All Texas voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on seven Texas Constitutional Amendments. Depending on where you live, you may be able to vote on City of Houston bond elections (including one initiative for parks and open space), and candidates for Houston Community College and Houston Independent School District Boards of Trustees. The League of Women Voters of the Houston Area provides non-partisan background information on all of these elections. If you are Harris County, you can view your ballots at harrisvotes.org. Other voters can find their election administrator and links to county voting resources on the State of Texas’ website.

CEC is pleased to be cheering for the Astros in their quest to win the World Series. But who is winning from an environmental perspective? Major League Baseball–including the Astros and the Dodgers–participates in the Green Sports Alliance. The Green Sports Alliance, in partnership with the National Resources Defense Council, works to raise awareness about climate change and the importance of environmental sustainability. The Astros themselves are, like the Dodgers, members of the Alliance. Happily, we all win because of their commitment to sustainability.

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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.

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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 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.