August 25 marks the one-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, believed to be the most devastating storm event, in terms of monetary damages, in U.S. history.
The hurricane, which first caused heavy damage along Texas’s central Gulf coast and then central Texas, then went on to park itself over the greater Houston-Galveston region over several days, unleashing unprecedented amounts of rainfall and creating enormous flooding. Even more sadly, several people lost their lives.
With such a momentous anniversary upon us, it’s no wonder that we will be “inundated” with media stories, opinion pieces, and public events geared around the storm.
As just one example, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center recently released a joint report, co-authored by Jim Blackburn and Phillip Bedient, called “Houston a Year after Harvey: Where We Are and Where We Need To Be.”
Blackburn, a noted environmental attorney, will be the featured speaker at a related Baker Institute event on August 30 called “Houston a Year After Harvey: Ongoing Flooding Challenges and Proposed Solutions.”
Other public events include:
- “Share Your Story with Harvey Memories Project,” co-hosted by the Houston Public Library, August 17 at the Kashmere Gardens Multi-Purpose Center
- “Hurricane Harvey, A Year Later: A Moment of Decision,” featuring William Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, August 22 at Congregation Emanu El
- “The Federal Response to Harvey: One Year Later,” presented by the Texas Tribune, August 30 at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
- “Flooded, Rescued, Resilient: Stories of Strength and Heroism,” presented by the Harvey Memories Project, August 26 at the Tom Bass Park Community Center
- “Houston Stronger: A Path to a More Equitable City,” (including a panel discussion on Harvey recovery), presented by the Baker Institute, August 21 at Ripley House
- “Faith During Harvey: One Year Later,” presented by The Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University, Aug. 30
- “Seeing Harvey: Personal Stories, Public Responses,” an exhibition of photographs from the public, photojournalists, artists and others, presented by FotoFest, on view Sept. 6-Nov. 3
- “HARC People & Nature Speaker Series: Innovative Resilience Financing,” Sept. 12 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- “After the Flood: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey,” an 8-week course offered by Rice’s Glassock School of Continuing Studies, Sept. 27-Nov. 15
If you know of any we’ve missed, please send us a note at [email protected]
Today’s banner image courtesy Glassock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University.
Houston Green Film Series
On September 19, we will be showing Dirt Rich, another excellent film, this time about the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change.
In October, we’ll host “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Let us know if you have a film to submit!
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]