Houston Environmental News Update May 30, 2018

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, a direct result of the Trails for America report Johnson had tasked the Department of the Interior to develop three years earlier. “The forgotten outdoorsmen of today are those who like to walk, hike, ride, horseback, or bicycle. For them we must have trails as well as highways,” he said in a 1965 speech. “Old and young alike can participate. Our doctors recommend and encourage such activity for fitness and fun.”

Johnson’s advice a half-century ago is just as relevant today, and residents of the greater Houston area will have no dearth of opportunities to enjoy hiking and biking on Saturday, June 2, 2018, as we mark National Trails Day. Foremost among them may be the city’s burgeoning Bayou Greenways 2020 project, including the massively popular Buffalo Bayou Park and several other newly developed greenways throughout the city. At Memorial Park, you can celebrate while helping clean up the park’s trails. REI is sponsoring a similar event at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center .

Other regional events will be held at:

Folks can get outside the big city to enjoy any number of other hiking and biking opportunities, including the Lone Star Hiking Trail * at Sam Houston National Forest, 50 miles to the north, and at several nearby state parks. The Hiking Project, an online directory, offers a ranked listing of area trails here. Similar lists are available from trails.com and alltrails.com.

On Tuesday, June 5, we celebrate World Environment Day, an occasion through which the United Nations encourages “worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.” First held in 1974, the theme for this year’s event is reducing plastic pollution.

Here at home, our world-renowned nondenominational worship space, the Rothko Chapel, will observe World Environment Day at 6 p.m. with a “Twilight Meditation” led by local environmental poet Martha Serpas focusing on “the paradoxes of water.” Attendees are invited to bring an image of water to place inside the Chapel upon entering for the meditation. For more information and to RSVP, visit rothkochapel.org.

And speaking of water, stay tuned for next week’s newsletter featuring a wrap-up of area activities marking World Oceans Day!

* The banner photo above is just a tiny bit of the 129-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail, a National Recreation Trail, which meanders the breadth of the Sam Houston National Forest.


CEC NOTES

HAAPIFEST: Poisoning Paradise film
CEC is pleased to be a promotional partner and panelist for the June 5, 2018, showing of Poisoning Paradise as part of the Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival. Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines. Discover what’s at stake for Hawaii from local activists, scientific experts and healthcare professionals as they expose the effects of environmental injustice on a local population. Join the international debate about pesticides that is raging around the world, as well as the people’s movement to hold corporations and governments accountable for poisoning planet Earth. The Festival begins on May 31, and runs through June 8, 2018.

Houston Green Film Series: Evolution of Organic

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners for Evolution of Organic on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Arrive at 6:30 for conversation, networking, and a light meal. We’ll begin the film promptly at 7:00. Mark Kitchell’s Evolution of Organic brings us the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. Not just a history, the film looks forward to exciting and important futures: the next generation who are broadening organic; what lies “beyond organic”; and carbon farming and sequestration as a solution to climate change – maybe the best news on the planet. Learn more on Facebook.

On July 18, plant to join us for STRAWS, in recognition of Plastic Free July.


Please save the date–or even better, register–for CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Summit on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Annually, CEC hosts a networking and learning event for the extraordinary people who work at or are interested in the work of environmental organizations in the greater Houston region.

This year’s program includes:

  • Excellent Keynote and Featured Speakers: Will be announced soon!
  • Table Talks: Small group discussions with experts on a variety of topics related to our post-Harvey theme, including impacts on our air and water quality, environmental justice initiatives, wildlife and landscape conservation, and efforts to build resiliency for our future.  A cross between a breakout session and speed networking.
  • Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses. (See the registration page to reserve your exhibit table.)
  • Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen.
  • A few surprises 🙂

Further event details are provided on the Eventbrite Registration page.


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] will start introducing you to our interns later this week.

CEC is looking to collaborate with our community to provide opportunities for interns–both CEC’s interns and interns with our member organizations–to learn about the issues and initiatives that make our environmental community so vibrant and important. If you would be willing to provide a tour or mentoring meeting with some amazing interns, or if you have an intern who might be interested in participating in such opportunities, please contact [email protected]


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 May 16, 2018

Stump the Treehugger, CEC’s second annual environmental trivia contest, is this Sunday, May 20, 2018, at St. Arnold Brewing Company. You read this newsletter, so you know you like knowing stuff about the environment, so this fun event is for you.

And for those of your acquaintances who are not old enough for trivia at Saint Arnold, here are some summer camp ideas.

Not surprisingly, the Houston region offers a variety of summer camp programs with environmental themes. I haven’t sent my kids to all of the following camps, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the following:

If you know of another camp about environment or sustainability, please let us know ([email protected]). Also, if you are with a camp looking for environment/sustainability resources (field trip opportunities, camp-room visits, education trunks, etc.), we can provide suggestions.
Banner Note: The photo above is the Student Conservation Association’s Houston Community Program, one of The SCA’s great summer (and school-year) programs for teens and young adults.

CEC NOTES

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.


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/.


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 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.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES