Houston Environmental News Update September 12, 2018

Water You Doing Next Week?

With all the rain we’ve had lately, it’s fitting that several worthy and fun activities being held over the next ten days look to water for inspiration. The first is Adopt-A-Beach, the semiannual beach-cleanup marathon that brings together thousands of volunteers to improve the health of our coastline.

This season’s Adopt-A-Beach event, which is sponsored by the Texas General Land Office and is a part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, will be held on Saturday, September 15, with several opportunities in the Houston-Galveston region. For a full listing and to register, visit eventbrite.com.

This just happens to coincide with National Estuaries Week (Sept. 15-22), now celebrating its 30th anniversary. There are four related events in the region, which you can find on an interactive map at estuaries.org.

That popular sandy-toes gathering is an unofficial lead-in to Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, which kicks off Monday. During P2 Week, residents, environmental groups, and businesses come together to highlight their pollution prevention and sustainability activities and achievements, expand their current pollution prevention efforts, and commit to new actions.

As an aside, and in keeping with our watery theme, Wednesday just happens to be International Talk Like A Pirate Day (avast, ye mateys!). And on that note, CEC member group Artist Boat has protected land in the vicinity of Jean Lafitte’s old boneyard, on the West End of Galveston. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Jean’s ghost won’t hijack any artists’ boats as they carry out environmental education tours on the waterways of Galveston.

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CEC NOTES

Houston Green Film Series
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, for a screening of Dirt Rich, which explores the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change (see the trailer). Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon draw-down, which many believe is the only viable solution for reversing the effects of runaway global warming in a timely manner. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal. We’ll begin the film promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event.

Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on October 17, for “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Email [email protected] if you have a film to submit.

6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal
7:00 p.m. film screening, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists to be announced.
Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members
The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open houses for potential board members September 24 and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé to [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 September 5, 2018

Connecting our environmental community since 1971.

Incorporated in 1971, the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is an alliance of over 130 diverse nonprofit, governmental, professional, conservation, advocacy, and educational organizations whose activities impact our environment and quality of life in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. One of our most-prominent founders, environmental activist Terry Hershey, helped incorporate the CEC because she recognized the need for communication and environmental advocacy in the Houston area.

Our mission is to foster education, dialogue, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. Our vision is an environmental community recognized as a vital part of the fabric of our society.

We connect concerned individuals and community leaders with opportunities to become involved, take action, and make a difference. We share, support, and enhance their efforts and environmental advocacy. We do this through our programs, which include events that enhance understanding, and publications that give a balanced perspective on environmental issues.

Events like our annual Greater Houston Environmental Summit, the Houston Green Film Series and Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, and Earth Day Houston in partnership with Discovery Green provide unique opportunities for experts and the public to communicate and collaborate on the critical environmental challenges we face today.

Our weekly Houston Environmental News Update provides some 5,000 subscribers with the latest environmental news, events, and job opportunities. Our Environmental Resource Guide, the only publication of its kind in the region, details the missions and activities of hundreds of organizations working to protect and improve the environment.

An indispensable link to the environmental community, the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition has provided opportunities to create a better world for over 45 years.

The banner image above is a collage of photographs from our archives at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Julia Ideson Building of Houston Public Library, which contains materials from the late 1960s to 1986. Additional records of the CEC are included in the special collections at the Houston History Archives, located and managed by the University of Houston. For additional historical information about the CEC, please visit the CEC records at the Houston History Archives. Next week, we’ll be talking about pirates and water quality.


CEC NOTES

Houston Green Film Series
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, for a screening of Dirt Rich, which explores the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change (see the trailer). Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon draw-down, which many believe is the only viable solution for reversing the effects of runaway global warming in a timely manner. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal. We’ll begin the film promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event.

Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on October 17, for “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Email [email protected] if you have a film to submit.

6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal
7:00 p.m. film screening, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists to be announced.
Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members
The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open houses for potential board members September 24 and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé to [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 August 29, 2018

Well, sometimes we are just stumped trying to figure out what topic to use to lead off the newsletter.
Harvey, which is certainly top of the mind, is a possible topic. Voters in Harris County approved $2.5 billion in bonds to finance flood damage reduction projects in Harris County. Harris County Flood Control District will prioritize, plan, and build projects with the bond funding – and promises to provide transparent tracking of progress on those projects along the way. Let’s make sure that the environmental community continues to be part of the discussion. Meetings commemorating the one-year anniversary of Harvey continue, and some great events are described below.
While in Houston we are thinking about immense volumes of water from Harvey, people in other parts of the state are likely thinking about a lack of water. Abnormal dryness or drought are currently affecting about 74% of the state’s population, including areas in the west and south of the region, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Remember the 2010-2015 Texas drought?

The anniversary of the National Wilderness Act is coming up on Monday, and might be a lead topic. Texas is home to six federally designated wilderness areas, and five of them are in in east Texas: Big Slough, Indian Mounds, Little Lake Creek, Turkey Hill, and Upland Island, all under the purview of the USDA Forest Service. (Guadalupe Mountains wilderness area is much further west.) The hiking trail at Little Lake Creek can be accessed near Conroe, and might make a good day trip, once it’s a little cooler out.

Speaking of cooler… The advent of September makes as all hope for cooler weather. We chose the photo of wood ferns, above, in part to help you envision cooler weather. We also chose it to highlight the upcoming Wildscapes Workshop & Native Plant Sale, hosted by the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter on September 22, 2018. Sign up quickly, as the event is almost sold out! Stay cool!


CEC NOTES

Houston Green Film Series

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on September 19, 2018, for a screening of Dirt Rich, which explores the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change (see the trailer). Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon draw-down, which many believe is the only viable solution for reversing the effects of runaway global warming in a timely manner. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal. We’ll begin the film promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event.

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on October 17, for “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Email [email protected] if you have a film to submit!
6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal
7:00 p.m. film screening, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists to be announced.Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members
The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open houses for potential board members September 24 and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé to [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