CEC Greater Houston Environmental Summit 2018

Exploring Hurricane Harvey impacts on our environment and communities – especially in surprising, unexpected ways.

Friday, August 10, 2018
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
at the Community Resource Center of the United Way of Greater Houston

Eventbrite - 2018 Greater Houston Environmental Summit

Annually, CEC hosts a networking and learning event for the extraordinary people who work at or are interested in the work of environmental organizations in the greater Houston region. This year’s program includes:

  • Welcome by Rodney Ellis, Harris County Precinct One Commissioner 
  • Excellent Featured Speakers 
  • Table Talks–A cross between a break-out session and speed networking
  • Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen
  • Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses
  • Great networking
  • A few surprises 🙂
Read on for more information about speakers, table talk leaders, exhibitors, and sponsors. Speaking of sponsors, we’d like to thank this year’s sponsors:

Welcome by Rodney Ellis, Harris County Precinct One Commissioner — See more.

Excellent Featured Speakers — See the full descriptions.

Table Talks: Small group discussions with experts on a variety of topics related to our post-Harvey theme, including impacts on our air and water quality, environmental justice initiatives, wildlife and landscape conservation, and efforts to build resiliency for our future. A cross between a breakout session and speed networking. See full descriptions of table talk hosts.

  • Disaster Recovery & Reuse: Lessons from Recent Storms to Help Lessen Impacts on Landfills
    Keith Koski, Manager, City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse
  • What Grade Would You Give Galveston Bay’s Health?
    T’Noya Thompson, Report Card Coordinator, Galveston Bay Foundation
  • Sea Turtles, Dune Restoration, and Plastic Bags…
    Joanie Steinhaus, Campaign Director, Gulf of Mexico, Turtle Island Restoration Network
  • From Crisis Comes Opportunity
    Anton Edwards, Acquisition Specialist, Avenue C.D.C.
  • Media matters
    Matthew Tresaugue, Manager, Houston Air Quality Media Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund & One Breath Partnership
  • Harvey the Hurricane Hawk and Others…
    Anja Machado, Executive Director, TWRC Wildlife Center
  • How to Push Back on the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Hazards Faced by Vulnerable Communities in Houston: 1) Confronting Nuisances; 2) Permit Challenges; 3) Zoning When there is no Zoning
    Amy Dinn, Managing Attorney, Environmental Justice Team, Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Citizen Science: Microplastics in the Galveston Bay Area
    Theresa Morris, Gulf Program Coordinator, Turtle Island Restoration Network
  • The Harvey Map – More on Environmental Impacts
    Erin Kinney, PhD, Research Scientist, Coastal Ecology, HARC

Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses. (See the registration page to reserve your exhibit table.)

Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen.

Continental Breakfast
Scones from Angela’s Oven
Coconut Chia Pudding with Granola and fresh fruit
Tea and Coffee with all the fixins
Hibiscus Tea and Water
Slow cooked, barbecued jackfruit and veggies
Hoppin’ John – made with Texas: rice, black-eyed peas, and okra
Salad – Market Mix
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Basil Pesto
Pimento Geez with Celery and Tomato Basil Kracker
Strawberry Geezcake
and of course, lots of giant hugs!

A few surprises 🙂

Further event details are provided on the Eventbrite Registration page.


We are grateful to the following sponsors:

The Powis Firm PLLC is a full service law firm that provides general counsel services, including litigation, for non-profits and small businesses. It specializes in advocacy services in the conservation and environmental space and provides strategic direction for campaigns or programs for a variety of Gulf Coast non-profits. Jen Powis with The Powis Firm was recently named by Houstonia Magazine as a Top Lawyer for Non-profits.

HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. HARC is focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.

Lower Brazos Riverwatch: Defending the Brazos, Waco to the Gulf.

Coastal Environments, Inc. & Moore Archaeological Consulting, which are dedicated to the concept of planning for future development, based upon the scientific understanding and aesthetic appreciation of our natural and cultural resources.

TRUEGRID, which works to challenge conventional thinking and disrupt traditional paving methods; to ultimately create a better, cleaner, less toxic environment for our kids.

Interested in sponsoring the event?  Several opportunities are available – Click HERE for details.

CEC wishes to thank photographer Jim Olive for sharing the photo at the top of this page with CEC–and his ongoing support for environmental initiatives in the greater Houston region.

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Each fall, the environmental community starts buzzing with activity, and this fall is no exception. And a lot of the buzz is about (and in and around) prairies. The 2018 regional celebration of Prairies and Pollinators kicks off this Saturday. September 22, 2018, with four events involving prairie planting, hummingbirds, wetland restoration, and NPSOT’s sold-out Wildscapes Workshop. Events continue into November. Check out the full schedule at prairiepartner.org.

But prairies and pollinators are not the only things abuzz. Read on to learn about Climate Action, Harvey, birding, Jazz at Jones, Harvey, hydrogen cyanide, compost, energy, small homes, street safety, a candidate forum, and much more. Read on for more.


Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on October 17, 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.

CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members
The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open houses for potential board members September 24 and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé to [email protected]

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.


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