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.

CEC NOTES

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.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

Houston Environmental News Update October 3, 2018

CEC relies on interns and volunteers to help run our organization, and we are excited about the team we are assembling for this school year. You might recall Hannah Jacob, Bill Nguyen, and Stacy Giang, all UH seniors who have again returned to help with events, bookkeeping, and communications technology, respectively. And a few weeks ago, we introduced you to Taylor Surratt, who joins us part of the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs Civic Houston Internship Program. Taylor has been busy reporting on environmental activities of the Houston City Council as well as the upcoming Texas Legislature, which officially kicks off in January. Below, you can read about preparations for the General Appropriations Bill which will be proposed in January. Let us know if you will be watching for anything in particular at the State Legislature, City Council, or any of our other local governments.

As people with a particular interest in the environment and making our region healthier, more sustainable and beautiful, we know we have to remain engaged in the political process.

On November 6, elections will be held at the local, state and national levels, including high-profile elections for Texas Governor, U.S. Senator, and Congressional representatives in the crucial midterm election. Counties and municipalities in our region are holding a plethora of important races.

Here in Texas, the deadline to register to vote is October 9, 2018. Not sure whether you are registered or how to register? You can visit votetexas.gov or contact the voter registrar for your county.

When researching how candidates address environmental issues, we recommend long-time CEC member organization, the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area. The website includes important resources including important election dates, videos of conversations with the candidates, and much more.
Like the CEC, the League is supporting Tales of Houston Women, the Houston History Alliance’s two-month retrospective and celebration displaying the many ways Houston’s women have, are, and will put their mark on local, national and global history. The main conference is this Saturday. Twenty-one organizations are planning additional events, including four events of events themed “Houston Women in the Environment,” a collective effort of Bayou Preservation AssociationCitizens’ Environmental CoalitionHouston AudubonMemorial Park ConservancyKaty Prairie Conservancy, and UH Libraries., and starting October 27. Learn more at https://houston-women-in-the-environment.eventbrite.com.
We have tried to confirm the events listed below. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts.

CEC NOTES

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.


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 meeting of the Environmental Educators Exchange will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 4:30 PM at Houston Arboretum. More details coming soon.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

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