Houston Environmental News Update August 16, 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.

We’d like to call your attention to two great viewing opportunities coming up in the next week.

First, the obvious: the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. I’d like to highlight two related events hosted by CEC member groups:

  • The Children’s Museum of Houston is hosting solar eclipse workshops on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The workshop includes an opportunity for kids to build their very own solar eclipse pin-hole viewer.
  • Levy Park, in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, will be hosting the Eclipse Over Houston viewing party from noon to 2:00 pm on August 21. Join scientists and educators from the LPI, and your community, to witness this historical event you are sure to talk about for many years to come! Safe, solar viewing glasses will be available. **NEVER look directly at the sun without proper viewing equipment.**

Not surprisingly, NASA provides extensive information about the eclipse, including event locations, citizen science opportunities, safety tips, and, at an event hosted at Space Center Houston, speakers from NASA Johnson Space Center.

The second great viewing opportunity is the Wild About Houston Short Film Screening on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Cherrie Flores Garden Pavilion in Hermann Park. The screening will feature 11 short films and a panel of filmmakers and conservationists. RSVP for this free event before seats sell out. CEC is pleased to be a presenting partner of this event, organized by the Coastal Prairie Partnership along with Katy Prairie Conservancy, Native Prairies Association of Texas, and the Houston Green Film Series team.


CEC’s Film Selection Viewing Party 
You are invited to attend CEC’s Film Selection Viewing Parties for the January 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour. Help us select from almost 60 films this year. Drop by the CEC office to watch 5-6 short films and share your thoughts with us the afternoon of Friday, August 18, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in our offices at 751 Silver St. #111 (use the door on Silver St rather than the front door). Contact marina@cechouston.org to RSVP, with any questions, or to be added to the email list.

Houston Green Film Series August Screening
The August screening of the Houston Green Film Series won’t be the same bat time or the same bat place. Instead, it will be on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in Hermann Park, and will feature local wildlife & conservation short films. Maybe even some bats.

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.

Interested in Joining CEC’s Board of Directors?
CEC is soliciting applications for its 2018 Board of Directors. We are looking for people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help with our newsletter and website, events like the Film Festival and the Greater Houston Environmental Summit, fundraising, administration, and connecting our environmental community. It is arguably one of the best ways to learn about the amazing environmental work happening in the Houston region. To apply and learn more, please fill out our Volunteer Application online or send an email to rachel@cechouston.org, and we will follow up with you soon.

Kroger Community Rewards Annual Renewal

Do you shop at Kroger? If so, did you know that your can link your Community Rewards card to the CEC? If you do, CEC will receive a portion of your purchase, with no direct cost to you! At KrogerCommunityRewards.com, you can link or re-link your card to the CEC using organization # 91091. You must re-enroll annually (starting August 1) to continue giving back to the community starting September 1. Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to get your Plus Card number. If you do not have a Kroger plus Card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Register online at www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com. Take a look at the bottom of your receipt; if you see CEC listed, then THANK YOU for supporting CEC.


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