Housing and Community Affairs Committee Agenda – Houston City Council – 04/17/18

The Housing and Community Affairs Committee considered the following agenda item at the April 17, 2018, meeting. The agenda included an approval for advance federal funds from the Texas General Land Office, for $5,000,000.00 in housing construction for homes affected by Hurricane Harvey. Housing & Community Affairs Committee PowerPoint of the meeting can be found here. Continue reading

Houston City Council Agenda – April 17, 2018

This city considered the following agenda items at the April 17, 2018, Houston Council Meeting. The agenda items include lift station renewals, funds appropriated for the NEWPP Expansion, and robotics technology for sewer system inspections. Continue reading

Houston Environmental News Update April 11, 2018

National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, 2018, is dedicated to recognizing and thanking the volunteers who lend their resources to support causes.

Organizations are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand. Searching for volunteering opportunities in your community is relatively easy. Visit volunteermatch.org or volunteerhouston.org to see upcoming volunteer opportunities for your most cared for causes. 18 or under?  Serve for Good, developed by local Houston high school students, lists nearly 100 organizations with volunteer opportunities for children and teenagers.

We have also compiled a list of some of the volunteering opportunities offered by CEC member organizations and their partners:

CEC hopes to hire several volunteer interns this summer, with meaningful work, a mentorship program, field trips, flexible hours, and a constant supply of chocolate. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a resume to [email protected], and await a response after Earth Day.

The banner above is currently the banner photo for the National Volunteer Week page on pointsoflight.org. Organized by Volunteer Houston, this workday benefited MECA Houston‘s 100-year-old school building, where CEC’s office is located. It’s a fun place.


Earth Day Houston
Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon-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.

Tickets Now on Sale: 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. Individual and team tickets are now available on Eventrbite.

Support Earthshare of Texas, CEC, others at H-E-B

Throughout April, remember to give $1, $3, or $5 to EarthShare of Texas when you shop at any H-E-B or Central Market. 100% of those funds go to the 42 environmental charities-including CEC and many of our member organizations-that belong to EarthShare of Texas. Through this partnership H-E-B and its customers have donated almost $1 million to EarthShare of Texas. Help us make that $1 million mark this year.

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.