CEC Greater Houston Environmental Summit March 3, 2015

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE. Contact rachel@cechouston.org for  more information.Please join the CEC to learn from some of the most influential members of the environmental community, and network with a great community of environmental influencers.Speakers include:

  • Opening Keynote: Laura Huffman, State Director for the Nature Conservancy
  • Closing Keynote: Dr. Robert Bullard, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University
  • Panelists (Moderated by Lisa Gray of the Houston Chronicle):
    • Dr. Steven Klineberg, Kinder Institute at Rice University: Changing demographics & the Environment
    • Dr. Wayne Klotz, Klotz Associates: Sustainable Infrastructure
    • Ms. Ashley Wadick, TCEQ Houston Region Director: Regulatory Outlook
  • Ms. Elizabeth Love, Houston Endowment, will provide a brief address on environmental philanthropy.

Lunch will be provided by Pat Greer’s Kitchen.


Toyota Green Initiative Presents: TGI Connect featuring Lance Gross

Friday, December 5, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (CST) Houston, Texas

Celebrating five years of partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) is kicking off the SWAC Championship weekend at Texas Southern University in partnership with the School of Public Affairs eMPA program! Join actor Lance Gross, former NFL athlete Will Witherspoon, and other members of the TGI Coalition as they bring conversation, energy, and an opportunity to connect to greener living.

Guests will have the chance to take part in a dialogue about sustainability on college campuses, green entrepreneurship, healthy living, and more. We’ll keep the conversation going immediately following at the TGI Connect Mix with complimentary food, and an exclusive meet and greet opportunity with the TGI Coalition.

Access to this event is limited and a FREE ticket must be reserved in advance. Guests should arrive by 11:45 a.m. to ensure seating and entry to the TGI Connect Mix.

GCCPRD December Public Scoping Meetings




The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) will host a series of public scoping meetings in December 2014 to encourage public participation and feedback in the Storm Surge Suppression Study.

Following three major hurricanes, the last of which (Hurricane Ike) was the most expensive in Texas’ history, Governor Perry issued an Executive Order creating the Governor’s Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal. One of the Commission’s recommendations was to conduct a study to determine how coastal communities can reduce the damage impact of future storms. In conjunction with that recommendation, Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, and Orange Counties formed the GCCPRD as a local government corporation. The GCCPRD is now leading the Storm Surge Suppression Study, a technical, scientific-based effort to investigate opportunities to alleviate the vulnerability of the upper Texas coast to storm surge and flooding.

The study is funded by the Texas General Land Office through a $3.9 million federal Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant that was awarded in September 2013. Since then, the GCCPRD has been collecting and analyzing existing data, and collaborating with other organizations and universities conducting similar work. The Storm Surge Suppression Study will yield a system of alternatives that may consist of a variety of natural, structural, and nonstructural methods. Using these findings, the GCCPRD will recommend a cost-effective and efficient system of flood damage reduction and surge suppression measures to help protect the six-county region. This effort is an opportunity for the GCCPRD to assume a leadership role and work collaboratively with federal, state, local, and public and private institutions to develop a plan that meets the needs of the region and the nation.

Public feedback and participation will be encouraged throughout the duration of the study. Public scoping meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

Thursday, December 4, 2014. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. League City Civic Center, 400 West Walker St., League City, Texas 77573

Tuesday, December 9, 2014. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Harris County Precinct 2, J.D. Walker Community Center, 7613 Wade Rd., Baytown, Texas 77521

Materials, presentation, and format will be the same at all three meetings. The open houses will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Informational displays will be available for public viewing, and GCCPRD representatives will provide information and answer questions. No formal presentation will be made. Materials will be available in English and Spanish.

If hearing impaired or language translation services are needed, please contact the GCCPRD consulting team at 713-868-1043 or at info@gccprd.com by November 26, 2014. GCCPRD representatives will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs.

Comments will be accepted at the public scoping meetings and throughout the duration of the study. Written comments may be mailed to the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District in care of Col. Christopher Sallese at 3100 West Alabama St., Houston, Texas 77098 or emailed to info@gccprd.com.