Houston Environmental News Update March 28, 2018

Not only is CEC getting ready for Earth Day Houston on April 22, 2018, we are also working hard to share all the other Earth Month activities that are happening in the Houston region. If we don’t yet have hundreds of events listed on cechouston.org, it’s because we have a tough time keeping up with everything that’s going on. The image above is just a peek at the first few lines of April (and another view in the image to the right). CEC’s calendar lists events for almost every day of the year–and April has a bumper crop. If we’re missing anything, please send information to [email protected] Read on for more opportunities to get involved.


Earth Day Houston: Call for Volunteer Groups

Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. at Discovery Green! 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.

  • Over eighty exhibitors and a foodie farmers market with dozens of vendors.
  • Earth Talks: Short, engaging talks from local experts about compelling environmental issues. Speakers include Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, tropical disease expert Dr. Peter Hotez, plastic pollution youth advocates Caolin and Lila, sustainable design house Magpies & Peacocks, NASA, HARC’s Lisa Gonzalez, and more.
  • Compost, recyclables, and trash: Volunteer recycling ambassadors will help visitors make wise disposal choices. While Earth Day Houston 2018 won’t be a zero-waste event, we are setting a baseline for future events by tracking and weighing all garbage destined for the landfill–and measuring waste being diverted for recycling and composting.
  • Make a difference: You will be challenged to make commitments to protecting and improving our environment. And if doing good isn’t enough, we’ll have prizes.
  • Acoustic music and pop-up activities–including live animal and plant demonstrations, story time, an electric car petting zoo, recycling superheroes, and functioning solar panels–throughout the day.
  • Alternative transportation, including bike rides, a bike valet, and Metro passes will be available.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or corporate volunteering, please email [email protected]

Houston Green Film Series: “Disobedience” – April 18, 2018
Climate change is real, and it’s up to the will of the people to reverse its adverse effects. This is the argument that drives Disobedience, produced by the activist organization 350.orgDisobedience introduces us to inspiring groups of people who are advocating for a better way of life for their families, their communities and their planet. For a closer look, watch the trailer. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local activists who will talk about whether, when, and how civil disobedience relating to environmental issues is appropriate for Houston. April 18, 2018, at Rice Media Center. 6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal; 7 p.m. screening. Free to the public, although donations are kindly appreciated. Find more information at the Facebook event.

CEC Joins Newly Formed Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience (CEER)
Twenty-three organizations have recently joined forces to form the Coalition for Environment, Equity and Resilience (CEER). Its mission is to drive community voices into the post-Hurricane Harvey decision-making process to promote equity and resilience by emphasizing land, water, air, waste, and housing policies that reduce human exposure to pollution and strengthen environmental conservation. For more information, visit ceerhouston.org.

Save the Date: Stump the Treehugger
Stump the Treehugger, CEC’s second annual environmental trivia contest, will be a chance to join in friendly competition with other treehuggers at Saint Arnold Brewing company on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018. To get the competitive juices flowing, visit Instagram for our weekly Trivia Tuesday contests. We’ll let you know when tickets go on sale.

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.

Harris County Commissioners Court Agenda – 3/27/18

The Harris County Commissioners Court considered the following agenda items at the March 27, 2018, meeting. The agenda items include recommendations from the Flood Control District and Pollution Control Services. The items ranged from aesthetics, to purchase of sensing services, projects for channel improvements and purchases for pollution control services. Continue reading

Regulation and Neighborhood Affairs Committee Agenda – Houston City Council – 3/21/18

The Regulation and Neighborhood Affairs Committee called a special joint meeting with Transportation Technology and Infrastructure committee to considered the following agenda items at the March 21, 2018, meeting. The agenda items include a proposal to protect properties that may be affected in a 500 year flood plan, as current building codes are only protected for a 100 year flood plan. More information on the flood plan proposal can be found hereContinue reading