Houston Environmental News Update March 7, 2018

Worried about what to do with the kids? Get back to nature this spring break!

  • Spring Break Camp: Mammals, Friend or Fur? This all day event is for human mammals ages 4-12. Come and learn more about this diverse and fascinating group of creatures and get to know some of the special mammals that live right here in Texas. Visit the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center website to sign up.
  • co-Art Camp – Artist Boat 2018:  Campers ages 5-12 will experience true science and art enrichment with the creation of shark mania Eco-Art, running March 12-16. Each camper will create high quality art projects to inspire people to conserve our Gulf Coast. Visit artistboat.org to learn more, or register by calling 409-770-0722.
  • Spring into Nature–Spring Break Camp in Baytown: We only have one Earth! Discover ways to keep it beautiful and clean. Explore water, land, and air during this week of appreciating Earth’s natural beauty. Learn more and register at Baytown.org.

Of course, this is when the number of environmental outings really ramp up. The Memorial Park Conservancy Brunch Run, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta, Mercer Arboretum’s March Mart, the Tour de Houston, Trash Bash (T), Bayou Greenways Day, the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb, the Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium, Houston ToolBank’s Hammers and Ales, and the Boomin’ and Bloomin’ Attwater Prairie Chicken Festival are just are just a few of the big upcoming events. And then, of course, there’s Earth Day Houston on April 22, 2018. Check out the CEC online calendar for hundreds of events in the area. (And, if we are missing anything, email [email protected] with the scoop.)

Photo Credit: Tiffany Norman of the Houston Parks Board share this photo–from last year’s Bayou Greenways Day. This year’s event, on the 24th, is just one of many amazing events coming up.


Earth Day Houston: Call for Exhibitors, Speakers, and Sponsors

Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon to 6 pm at Discovery Green park! Hosted in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration–presented by Green Mountain Energy–is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage action. The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, a foodie farmers market, Canned Acoustica, recycling, and more.

The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is currently accepting applications for exhibitors for the Earth Day festival. If you are interested in being a sponsor or corporate volunteering, please email [email protected]

Houston Green Film Series: Before the Flood – April 21, 2018
If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. April 21, 2018, at Rice Media Center. 6:30 PM conversation, networking, and a light meal; 7:00 PM screening. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

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.

Don’t forget to vote!

This year, local voters might have the opportunity to participate in three elections (designated as uniform election dates) and potential runoffs.

  • March 6: Primary Election (Early voting: February 20 – March 2)
  • May 5: Uniform Election Date (Register by April 5; early voting April 23 – May 1)
  • May 22: Primary Runoff Election (Register by April 23; early voting May 14 – May 18)
  • November 6: Uniform Election Date (national election; register by October 9; early voting October 22 – November 2)

In statewide primaries, registered voters will decide the candidates that will face off in various state and federal elections. All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 U.S. Senate positions will ultimately be decided by voters in November. Contests include all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives; statewide positions such as governor, attorney general, railroad commissioner, and agriculture commissioner; U.S. representatives; and a U.S. senator. Voters may also weigh in on ballot propositions.

Visit your county’s election webpage to learn more about the election process and view comprehensive sample ballots. You can learn more about voting and registration at votetexas.gov.

If you need some inspiration on why voting is important for our environment, you can learn more from the League of Women Voters of Houston, the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund, the Environmental Voter Project, and the Annette Strauss Institute For Civic Life at UT.

Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee Agenda – Houston City Council – 3/06/18

The Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee considered the following agenda items at the March 06, 2018, meeting. The agenda items includes a list of City of Houston facilities and an estimate cost of damages from Hurricane Harvey for each of these facilities. More information, via PowerPoint, is here. The other item on the agenda is the annual water and sewer rate adjustment, which will take effect on April 1, 2018. The rate adjustment is based on Houston Regional Consumer Price Index and the City of Houston’s population increase. More information about the annual adjustment can be found hereContinue reading