2017 Environmental Year in Review

We asked you, our readers, to tell us what you might put on a list of the most significant environmental accomplishments, controversies, issues, news, and events in the greater Houston region impacting the environment.

Here’s what you’ve shared with us (in no particular order):

  • Passing the City of Houston Bike Plan
  • Negotiation of a new recycling contract for the City of Houston
  • San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Record of Decision: Full Removal (read more from the Galveston Bay Foundation and the EPA, which is hosting a meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)
  • People’s Climate March (and Women’s March & Science March)
  • Climate change & related flooding/storm surge threat (pre-Harvey)
  • Proposed widening of I45, which is proposed to cover Little White Oak and impose even greater air quality, noise pollution, and lack of connectivity burdens on a large, mostly disadvantaged part of Houston
  • Federal judge orders Exxon to pay $20 million penalty for violations of Clean Air Act at Baytown refinery and chemical plants
  • At the Texas Legislature:
    • Preventing a ban on local reusable bag regulations (see commentary from Texas Campaign for the Environment, one of many advocated pounding the pavement in Austin earlier this year)
    • Efforts to remove municipalities’ ability to regulate local issues such as tree preservation that are essential to combating urban heat island effect
  • In Washington DC:
  • Terry Hershey’s legacy lives on (see article in Houston Chronicle)
  • The Great Blizzard of 2018 (not really a blizzard, but enough to make snowmen)
  • Harvey (here are a few of the early articles relating Harvey and the environment)

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Houston Environmental News Update December 27, 2017

It’s almost the new year*, so now’s a perfect time to invest in the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition. After all, what are the holidays for if not giving?

We hope you’ll remember all the valuable work the CEC has done in 2017 to connect our environmental community and donate today and gain access to some great benefits. With any gift of $40 or more, you will become an individual member of the CEC and gain access to some great benefits:

  • Our weekly newsletter, the indispensable Houston Environmental News Update
  • Our Environmental Resource Guide, your source for invaluable information on each environmental group in the Gulf Coast region
  • Discounted tickets to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the Greater Houston Environmental Summit, and the Stump the Treehugger environmental trivia contest
  • Continuously updated listings of the most environmentally-friendly jobs in the region

Your gift helps us carry out our mission of fostering education, dialogue, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region.

We appreciate your support and look forward to partnering with you to connect our environmental community in 2018!

Sincerely,

Rachel Powers
Executive Director


Banner Photo Notes: The photo above was taken at Lake Livingston State Park, one of several local state parks that are hosting First Day Hikes, part of the national First Day Hikes initiative. The First Day Hikes events range from brisk strolls on scenic trails, bike rides, short treks with four-legged family members, bird walks, beachcombing, campfires, paddles, and full moon walks to more strenuous hikes for experienced visitors. Local hikes are are being held at

Last year, 75 state parks hosted 121 First Day Hikes event across Texas. More than 3,700 participants walked, paddled and biked 7,600 miles at a Texas State Park. A complete list of First Day Hike events can be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s calendar page. Photo © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


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Houston Environmental News Update December 20, 2017

Happy holidays from your friends at the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition!

As you know, the CEC is dedicated to protecting the fragile environment of our Houston/Gulf Coast region. But to continue our important work, we need the assistance of generous people like you.

CEC carries out a variety of crucial initiatives, such as producing our weekly e-newsletter, Houston Environmental News Update; providing our friends with a continuous listing of environmental jobs in the Houston/Gulf Coast region; hosting unique annual events like the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, our Greater Houston Environmental Summit, and–with our partners–Earth Day Houston.

Without the generous donations of friends like you, the CEC would not be able to continue these vital efforts. That’s why, as we near the end of 2017, I’m asking you to consider making a holiday gift to the CEC. To make a donation in any amount, please click here.

Let’s redouble our efforts in the new year to preserve our water, air, land, and wildlife.

Sincerely,

Rachel Powers
Executive Director

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly took the photo above of Houston and the Gulf Coast as the International Space Station flew overhead.


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