CEC Outreach Programs & Roundtables

The Visions for a Greener Houston 2012 environmental summit, was hosted by the CEC on February 9, 2012. Attendees participated in a series of thematic working sessions designed to foster CEC member collaboration, and focused on formulating collaborative tactical and actionable goals for improving the Houston Gulf Coast region’s natural and built environment. The Visions for a Greener Houston 2012 document is a summary of group discussions and input over the eight broad environmental topic areas covered in CEC’s Summit. The summit was intended to identify synergies and to foster
dialogue, collaboration and action by our community as a whole. We welcome
your input and comments to share with the group, and especially invite news
of your activities and progress in these subject areas, in order to promote
increased collaboration of efforts.

The CEC Visions for a Greener Houston document is the product of CEC’s unique
one‐day summit, sponsored by Green Bank and Reliant, and attended by over
125 of the region’s environmental leaders, representing over 50 active
environmental agencies and organizations. As the region’s premier agency
dedicated to fostering dialogue, education and collaboration across the
breadth of environmental concerns, CEC organized this vital and timely
opportunity for environmental leaders to assemble and identify tangible,
actionable items for the regional community to embrace throughout 2012. The
summit focused on key discussion topics, including: Transportation, Urban
Development and Blight; Air, Water, and Food Quality and Supply; Land,
Waterways and Flooding; Energy, Waste and Green Building. The document
summarizes ideas formulated in all eight sessions, offering insight for
improving the region’s natural and built environment throughout 2012. The
Visions document was presented to the City of Houston, the Houston-Galveston
Area Council, Harris County, the media and the public on Thursday, June 7,

The City of Houston’s Sustainability Director, Laura Spanjian, is currently
working to implement a city‐wide sustainability strategy. Laura noted that
“The CEC Summit and its proceedings is a strategic resource for Houston and
a logical starting point for the City of Houston when determining our
sustainability priorities. We hope to engage and draw upon the breadth of
experience throughout the environmental community, and we are already
looking forward to the 2013 summit”.

It is CEC’s goal that the Visions document be utilized by public agencies to
identify and prioritize issues, form partnerships with environmental
agencies, and collaborate on the achievable action items identified to
accomplish common goals.

June 8, 2012, article in the Houston Business Journal: Citizens’
Environmental Coalition unveils Visions for a Greener Houston report

Roundtable: Parks, Trails and Increasing Green Space (September 18, 2012)

The CEC Discussion Roundtable on Parks, Trails and Increasing Green Space
within the City Limits was held on Tuesday, September 18. This meeting was
not just for parks groups — topics included info about new developments,
land acquisitions, and plans for parks, bayou greenway initiatives,
trails, the upcoming parks referendum, current program plans among CEC
member groups, and more. A lot of information was provided from various
groups — Check out the meeting notes and a contact list of attendees. We encourage you to share among your contacts and continue the conversation! Many thanks to the City of Houston’s Green
Building Resource Center and Steve Stelzer for providing a great venue,
and special thanks to all of our participants!

Summary: Growing Houston’s Green

Roundtable: The State of Waste & Recycling (August 21, 2012)

CEC hosted another discussion roundtable designed to foster dialogue and
enhance communication and collaboration among our member groups, for the
betterment of our community as a whole. Topics included info about the
Bottle Bill, plastic bag and bottle ordinances, City of Houston efforts
and plans for the near future, statewide recycling rates, and more.

Summary: The
State of Waste

Discussion leaders included:

  • Sarah Mason, CEC Board Member and City of Houston Solid Waste
  • Tyson Sowell, Texas Campaign for the Environment
  • Patsy Gillham, Plastic Pollution Texas and the Texas Bottle Bill
  • Erin Livingston, Houston-Galveston Area Council

Roundtable: The Air We Breathe (August 9, 2012)

Summary: The Air We Breathe

Roundtable: Metro’s General Mobility Referendum (July 17, 2012)

CEC hosted a forum for CEC member groups and friends to learn more about
and discuss Metro’s continuing allocation of 25 percent of transit taxes
for ‘general mobility,’ and the likely environmental impacts of their

Roundtable: Across the Katy Prairie on Highway 99

Summary: Across the Katy Prairie on Hwy. 99