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.

  • Staying Resilient – Recovery of Attwater’s Prairie Chickens post-Harvey,
    Jennifer Romero, Asst. Refuge Manager, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR &
    Hannah Bailey, Curator of Birds, Houston Zoo
  • How Unusual Was Harvey, and Will It Stay That Way?
    John W Nielsen-Gammon, PhD, Texas A&M & Texas State Climatologist
  • A Green Shield: Using Nature to Rebuild a More Resilient Houston for People and Wildlife,
    Jaime González, Houston Urban Conservation Programs Manager, The Nature Conservancy
  • Soil – We Treat It Like Dirt,
    Glen Miracle, Local Farmer & Practitioner of Regenerative Agriculture, Laughing Frog Farm
  • The “Whys” of Water Conservation After Harvey,
    Scott Jones, Director of Advocacy, Galveston Bay Foundation,
  • Resiliency Planning in Houston: Understanding Chronic Health Issues from Harvey, Elena Craft, PhD, Sr Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Rebuilding a Resilient Houston
    April Ward, AIA Assoc., LEED GCP, Executive Director, Living Paradigm CDC
  • How to Push Back on the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Hazards Faced by Vulnerable Communities in Houston, Amy Dinn, Managing Attorney, Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Summarizing Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Impacts – the Harvey Map, Stephanie Glenn, PhD, Program Director, Hydrology & Watersheds, HARC

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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Houston Environmental News Update August 15, 2018

August 25 marks the one-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, believed to be the most devastating storm event, in terms of monetary damages, in U.S. history.

The hurricane, which first caused heavy damage along Texas’s central Gulf coast and then central Texas, then went on to park itself over the greater Houston-Galveston region over several days, unleashing unprecedented amounts of rainfall and creating enormous flooding. Even more sadly, several people lost their lives.

With such a momentous anniversary upon us, it’s no wonder that we will be “inundated” with media stories, opinion pieces, and public events geared around the storm.

As just one example, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center recently released a joint report, co-authored by Jim Blackburn and Phillip Bedient, called “Houston a Year after Harvey: Where We Are and Where We Need To Be.”

Blackburn, a noted environmental attorney, will be the featured speaker at a related Baker Institute event on August 30 called “Houston a Year After Harvey: Ongoing Flooding Challenges and Proposed Solutions.”

Other public events include:

And, of course, if you live in Harris County, you have the opportunity to vote in a $2.5 Billion flood control bond election on August 25, 2018, or vote early between now and August 21, 2018. Find out more at Harrisvotes.com. More info below.

If you know of any we’ve missed, please send us a note at [email protected]

Today’s banner image courtesy Glassock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University.


Houston Green Film Series

On September 19, we will be showing Dirt Rich, another excellent film, this time about the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change.

In October, we’ll host “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Let us know if you have a film to submit!

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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