Houston Environmental News Update September 26, 2018

The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition has served as the go-to point of entry for the greater Houston region’s environmental community since its beginning nearly five decades ago. From its earliest years in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the CEC has been a primary resource for connecting what had been a loosely affiliated group of environmental nonprofits and helping them make outreach to the broader community. In those early, pre-Internet days, its primary means for doing so was its newsletter — the print predecessor of the electronic version you’re reading now.
The newsletter offered most of the same features as today’s version, albeit in a different form. The October 1993 edition (a quarter-century ago!) has as its lead article a report from G.H.A.S.P. (a predecessor to today’s Air Alliance Houston) on the implications for the region of the 1990 Clean Air Act.
The issue includes several other news items (including the CEC Environmental Resource Guide receiving an Honorable Mention in the Mayor’s Proud Partners Award competition — this year’s awards are coming up, as you can read below); a monthly calendar of events; listings of environmental conferences and outings; excerpts of environmental news from local news organizations; and CEC membership and volunteer information.
Our newsletter may have changed a bit with the times and technology, but its mission remains the same — helping make sure you are aware of all of the most relevant news and events aimed toward making our region as environmentally healthy and sustainable as possible. We thank you for your continuing interest and support.

CEC NOTES

Harris County Candidate Forum: Equity & Resiliency in Housing & Environment
On Sept. 27, 2018, from 6:30-8 p.m., the HOME coalition and the Coalition for Environment, Equity and Resilience (CEER) will co-host a candidate forum for the Harris County Commissioner Court elections in November, focusing on equitable, transparent, and resilient recovery after Hurricane Harvey. The forum will be held at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. CEC, in its roll as a member of CEER, will be hosting a live stream of the event on Facebook. For more information and to RSVP, visit eventbrite.com.

Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Oct. 17, 2018, 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, followed by the screening at 7:00 pm. 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.

Workplace Giving & EarthShare of Texas
EarthShare Texas logoPlease consider us in your workplace giving program! The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, along with many other organizations doing environmental work in the Houston/Gulf Coast region, is represented in federal, state, and local campaigns by EarthShare of Texas. To make a donation, you can use the following codes in the following campaigns to contribute to EarthShare of Texas and CEC, respectively:

  • State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC): 35500 and 35569
  • Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): 51966 and 26482
  • Houston Independent School District (HISD): 100 and 185
  • City of Houston Combined Municipal Campaign (HCMC): 1400 and 1413

We are represented in many more campaigns; please contact us if you need more information or would like a representative to exhibit or speak at an open enrollment or workplace giving event. And, if your employer or business does not yet have a workplace giving campaign, EarthShare of Texas would be happy to help you set up such a campaign. EarthShare of Texas is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation committed to making environmental support as easy as possible by giving working people the ability to donate through workplace payroll contribution campaigns.

If you already support CEC, EarthShare of Texas, and and its member charities, please know we are grateful for your support.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

Houston Environmental News Update September 19, 2018

Each fall, the environmental community starts buzzing with activity, and this fall is no exception. And a lot of the buzz is about (and in and around) prairies. The 2018 regional celebration of Prairies and Pollinators kicks off this Saturday. September 22, 2018, with four events involving prairie planting, hummingbirds, wetland restoration, and NPSOT’s sold-out Wildscapes Workshop. Events continue into November. Check out the full schedule at prairiepartner.org.

But prairies and pollinators are not the only things abuzz. Read on to learn about Climate Action, Harvey, birding, Jazz at Jones, Harvey, hydrogen cyanide, compost, energy, small homes, street safety, a candidate forum, and much more. Read on for more.


CEC NOTES

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, followed by the screening at 7:00 pm. 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

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour 2019

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Houston’s signature winter event, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, returns to the Bayou City with its unique brand of environmental cinema on January 30 and 31, 2019. Hosted for the fifth straight year by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, this ever-popular film fest will be screened once again at the historic River Oaks Theatrefilmfestival2015marquee_smaller_cropped, where up to 450 patrons each night will enjoy about ten short films each night highlighting the latest environmental issues. We selected films that showcase the links between beauty, environment, adventure, quality of life, and action.

By showing these films, CEC is working to connect individuals and organizations to create a stronger Gulf Coast environmental community. Continue reading