Houston Environmental News Update October 10, 2018

The theme of Earth Science Week 2018, being celebrated October 14-20, is “Earth as Inspiration,” emphasizing artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.
Earth Science Week 2018 learning resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring the relationship between the arts and the Earth systems. This year’s theme will promote public understanding and stewardship of the planet, especially in terms of the ways art relates to geoscience principles and issues as diverse as energy, climate change, the environment, natural disasters, technology, industry, agriculture, recreation, and the economy. Among the Houston events:
  • Earth Science Celebration at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Energy Day Festival at downtown’s Sam Houston Park, October 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (see details below)
  • Earth Science Field Trip at HMNS’s Weiss Energy Hall, October 21, noon-3 p.m.
Speaking of environmentally themed art, Mid Main Projects, 3550 Main Street, is exhibiting “Like There is No Tomorrow,” by Lina Dib with Taylor Knapps, through October 31, 2018. This large-scale interactive video installation examines species decline in the Anthropocene. The project includes footage of the Gulf of Mexico’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, one of CEC’s member organizations. In conjunction with the exhibition, on October 15, from 6-8 p.m., Rice University marine biologist Dr. Adrienne Correa will present a free public workshop on coral reef ecosystems in the Gulf  For more information, see the Facebook event.

And on October 13, from 10 am.-5 p.m., the Galveston Children’s Museum is presenting the inaugural Da Vinci Day, a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness featuring local builders, artists, educators, students, crafters, tinkerers and hobbyists seeking to share their creations and ideas. Attendees will explore hands-on activities and use their imagination to create something unique. Galveston Surfrider is partnering with the Turtle Island Restoration Network to show participants how to turn T-shirts into reusable bags. For more information, visit galvestoncm.org.
Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community. We have tried to confirm the events listed below. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts.


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.

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.
Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.


Repair Café Houston
Please consider joining CEC and our partners Transition Houston, the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center, the Houston Peace & Justice Center, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Houston Complete Communities, and TX/RX Labs for the fall Repair Café Houston on October 27, 2018! A Repair Café celebrates fixing through a fun, collaborative, hands-on community event. People bring their broken items for assessment, disassembly and repair. Bring your toolkit and join us to have fun and learn while helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff! Volunteers assess, take apart, and hopefully – REPAIR. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.

Save the Date: EEE on Nov. 7
The next quarterly meeting of the Environmental Educators Exchange will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 4:30 PM at Houston Arboretum. More details coming soon. Sign up for EEE-mails at constantcontact.com.


Harris County Commissioners Court Agenda – October 9, 2018

A meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, in the Courtroom of the Commissioners Court of Harris County for the purpose of considering and taking action on matters brought before the Court. The agenda items include multiple recommendations and requests from the County Engineer, Flood Control District, Grants Department, Fiscal Services & Purchasing Department, and the Commissioners Court itself. The majority of the proposed agenda items concern various forms of flood control and mitigation projects as well as the appropriations requests required to fund them. The entire Harris County Commissioners Court agenda can be found at agenda.harriscountytx.gov. The next meetings is scheduled for October 23, 2018.

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Houston City Council Agenda – October 10, 2018

The City will consider the following agenda items at the Houston City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018, in the City Hall Chamber at 9:00 A.M. The agenda items include the upgrade and rehabilitation of ground water wells, an awarded contract for garbage transport and disposal services for the Houston Airport System, an increase to the maximum final contract amount regarding grounds maintenance services for drinking water operations and wastewater facilities, the appropriation of funds for improved drainage and conveyance of flood waters along Buffalo Bayou, and the reconsideration of two proposed ordinances from previous City Council meetings.

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