Houston Environmental News Update March 28, 2018

Not only is CEC getting ready for Earth Day Houston on April 22, 2018, we are also working hard to share all the other Earth Month activities that are happening in the Houston region. If we don’t yet have hundreds of events listed on cechouston.org, it’s because we have a tough time keeping up with everything that’s going on. The image above is just a peek at the first few lines of April (and another view in the image to the right). CEC’s calendar lists events for almost every day of the year–and April has a bumper crop. If we’re missing anything, please send information to [email protected] Read on for more opportunities to get involved.


CEC NOTES

Earth Day Houston: Call for Volunteer Groups

Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. at Discovery Green! Hosted in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration–presented by Green Mountain Energy–is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage action.

  • Over eighty exhibitors and a foodie farmers market with dozens of vendors.
  • Earth Talks: Short, engaging talks from local experts about compelling environmental issues. Speakers include Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, tropical disease expert Dr. Peter Hotez, plastic pollution youth advocates Caolin and Lila, sustainable design house Magpies & Peacocks, NASA, HARC’s Lisa Gonzalez, and more.
  • Compost, recyclables, and trash: Volunteer recycling ambassadors will help visitors make wise disposal choices. While Earth Day Houston 2018 won’t be a zero-waste event, we are setting a baseline for future events by tracking and weighing all garbage destined for the landfill–and measuring waste being diverted for recycling and composting.
  • Make a difference: You will be challenged to make commitments to protecting and improving our environment. And if doing good isn’t enough, we’ll have prizes.
  • Acoustic music and pop-up activities–including live animal and plant demonstrations, story time, an electric car petting zoo, recycling superheroes, and functioning solar panels–throughout the day.
  • Alternative transportation, including bike rides, a bike valet, and Metro passes will be available.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or corporate volunteering, please email [email protected]


Houston Green Film Series: “Disobedience” – April 18, 2018
Climate change is real, and it’s up to the will of the people to reverse its adverse effects. This is the argument that drives Disobedience, produced by the activist organization 350.orgDisobedience introduces us to inspiring groups of people who are advocating for a better way of life for their families, their communities and their planet. For a closer look, watch the trailer. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local activists who will talk about whether, when, and how civil disobedience relating to environmental issues is appropriate for Houston. April 18, 2018, at Rice Media Center. 6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal; 7 p.m. screening. Free to the public, although donations are kindly appreciated. Find more information at the Facebook event.


CEC Joins Newly Formed Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience (CEER)
Twenty-three organizations have recently joined forces to form the Coalition for Environment, Equity and Resilience (CEER). Its mission is to drive community voices into the post-Hurricane Harvey decision-making process to promote equity and resilience by emphasizing land, water, air, waste, and housing policies that reduce human exposure to pollution and strengthen environmental conservation. For more information, visit ceerhouston.org.


Save the Date: Stump the Treehugger
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. We’ll let you know when tickets go on sale.


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

Support Earthshare of Texas, CEC, others at H-E-B

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Today begins EarthShare of Texas’ partnership with HEB. For the next month, remember to give $1, $3, or $5 to EarthShare of Texas when you shop at any HEB or Central Market. 100% of those funds go to the forty-two environmental charities–including CEC and many of our member organizations–that belong to EarthShare of Texas.

Through this partnership HEB 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.

Houston Environmental News Update March 21, 2018

Happy World Water Day!

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. The United Nations writes, “Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes. Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.”

Does that sound familiar? If so, it’s because we have some great organizations working on water-related issues and events, and this newsletter is full of them. Here’s a sample:

Of course, water isn’t the only game in town. Read on for more opportunities to get involved. If I missed something, and I’m sure I did, email the info to [email protected]


CEC NOTES

Earth Day Houston: Call for Exhibitors and Volunteer Groups

Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. at Discovery Green! Hosted in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration–presented by Green Mountain Energy–is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage action. The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, a foodie farmers market, Canned Acoustica, recycling, and more.

The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is currently accepting applications for exhibitors for the Earth Day festival. If you are interested in being a sponsor or corporate volunteering, please email [email protected]


Houston Green Film Series: “Disobedience” – April 18, 2018
Climate change is real, and it’s up to the will of the people to reverse its adverse effects. This is the argument that drives Disobedience, produced by the activist organization 350.org. Disobedience introduces us to inspiring groups of people who are advocating for a better way of life for their families, their communities and their planet. For a closer look, watch the trailer. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local activists who will talk about whether, when, and how civil disobedience relating to environmental issues is appropriate for Houston. April 18, 2018, at Rice Media Center. 6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal; 7 p.m. screening. Free to the public, although donations are kindly appreciated.


Save the Date: Stump the Treehugger
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. We’ll let you know when tickets go on sale.


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