Houston Environmental News Update May 9, 2018

Hooray for Bike Month!

Various organizations are hosting rides and other events throughout the Houston region to celebrate. To learn more about opportunities to get involved, check out some of our favorite Bike Month sites:

Did you know that CEC has an extensive history of planning bike facilities and safety?  Here’s an article from our 1993 newsletter, with a cover article about the near-completion of the City of Houston’s bike plan (see the whole newsletter on Google Drive).

I’ve included a few photos from the seventies, from CEC’s Archives, including a flyer for Bicycle Sundays, a newly opened bike trail along Buffalo Bayou, and the ribbon cutting for the West Loop Bike Trail. Do you recognize anyone in these photos? Let us know!

Finally, we have been trying to locate a copy of the bikeway map that CEC developed in the ’90s. Do you by any chance have a copy you might be willing to share? Send me an email at [email protected]

We’ll see you on the trails!


CEC NOTES


Paid & Volunteer Internships with CEC Houston
CEC hopes to hire several volunteer interns this summer, with meaningful work, a mentorship program, field trips, flexible hours, and a constant supply of chocolate. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a resume to [email protected] We’ve also been notified that we will be able to hire paid interns through the City of Houston’s Hire Houston Youth Program; Houston youth can apply at http://hirehoustonyouth.org/.


Tickets Now on Sale: Stump the Treehugger
CEC’s second annual environmental trivia contest will be a chance to join in friendly competition with other treehuggers at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018. To get the competitive juices flowing, visit Instagram for our weekly Trivia Tuesday contests. Individual and team tickets are now available on Eventbrite.


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 May 2, 2018

 

Ever wonder what species of plants, animals, fungi, and protozoa inhabit our region? The results from the international iNaturalist City Nature Challenge has Houston in the top seven for number of participants, observations, and species observed. In fact, Houston has identified the second highest number of species worldwide, second only to San Francisco–but identification isn’t over yet. The photos shown here are among the observations made during the challenges. See more of the Houston observations at iNaturalist.org.


CEC NOTES


Paid & Volunteer Internships with CEC Houston
CEC hopes to hire several volunteer interns this summer, with meaningful work, a mentorship program, field trips, flexible hours, and a constant supply of chocolate. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a resume to [email protected], and await a response after Earth Day. We’ve also been notified that we will be able to hire paid interns through the City of Houston’s Hire Houston Youth Program; Houston youth can apply at http://hirehoustonyouth.org/.


Tickets Now on Sale: Stump the Treehugger
CEC’s second annual environmental trivia contest will be a chance to join in friendly competition with other treehuggers at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018. To get the competitive juices flowing, visit Instagram for our weekly Trivia Tuesday contests. Individual and team tickets are now available on Eventbrite.


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.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

Houston Environmental News Update April 25, 2018

CEC would like to thank the thousands of visitors, volunteers, exhibitors, speakers, vendors, musicians, and poets who joined us on Sunday for Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration–presented by Green Mountain Energy.

But Earth Month isn’t over!

CEC is pleased to be a partner in the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge 2018, which starts on Friday and runs through Sunday, with multiple events throughout the region. But this is only one of dozens of events happening every week (and sometimes dozens in just one day); CEC’s website calendar has a pretty good list of upcoming events.


CEC NOTES

iNaturalist City Nature Challenge 2018: Houston
Join Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and many others in a fun challenge to see which city can document the most species April 27-30, 2018. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of Houston will count during the challenge. For more information and to download the app, visit inaturalist.org. CEC is proud to be a partner for this challenge. More information about the following events, which are part of the challenge, can be found on Facebook:

  • 4/27/2018, 8:30 am: City Nature Challenge Guided Walks at Houston Arboretum
  • 4/27/2018, 9:00 am: Rice University City Nature Challenge Count with TMN and TNC
  • 4/27/2018, 7:00 pm: Moths Under Moonlight: A City Nature Challenge Adventure
  • 4/28/2018, 9:00 am: Birding and BioBlitz with Houston Audubon
  • 4/28/2018, 9:30 am: Spring Prairie Day with Houston Native Prairies Association of Texas
  • 4/28/2018, 3:00 pm: City Nature Challenge Guided Walks at Houston Arboretum
  • 4/28/2018, 3:00 pm: Group Herping Trip with Bayou Land Conservancy
  • 4/29/2018, 8:00 am: City Nature Challenge Guided Walks at Houston Arboretum
  • 4/29/19: INaturalist Training at Nature Discovery Center

Paid & Volunteer Internships with CEC Houston
CEC hopes to hire several volunteer interns this summer, with meaningful work, a mentorship program, field trips, flexible hours, and a constant supply of chocolate. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a resume to [email protected], and await a response after Earth Day. We’ve also been notified that we will be able to hire paid interns through the City of Houston’s Hire Houston Youth Program; Houston youth can apply at http://hirehoustonyouth.org/.


Tickets Now on Sale: Stump the Treehugger
CEC’s second annual environmental trivia contest will be a chance to join in friendly competition with other treehuggers at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018. To get the competitive juices flowing, visit Instagram for our weekly Trivia Tuesday contests. Individual and team tickets are now available on Eventbrite.


Support Earthshare of Texas, CEC, others at H-E-B
Throughout April, remember to give $1, $3, or $5 to EarthShare of Texas when you shop at any H-E-B or Central Market. 100% of those funds go to the 42 environmental charities-including CEC and many of our member organizations-that belong to EarthShare of Texas. Through this partnership H-E-B and its customers have donated almost $1 million to EarthShare of Texas. Help us make that $1 million mark this year.

CEC is a big fan of H-E-B’s environmental initiatives relating to transportation emission reductions; green building; seafood sustainability; recycling, composting, and waste reduction; and ongoing support for environmental partners.


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.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES