Memorial Park Conservancy seeks Native Plant Grow-Out Intern

The goal of the Native Plant Grow-Out Research Program is to build a relationship between Masters/Undergraduate students and Memorial Park staff in the management and operations of greenhouse and to inform ecological restoration and park care. The objective is to bring academic skills and resources to Memorial Park, benefiting all Houstonians. Continue reading

Houston Environmental News Update September 5, 2018

Connecting our environmental community since 1971.

Incorporated in 1971, the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is an alliance of over 130 diverse nonprofit, governmental, professional, conservation, advocacy, and educational organizations whose activities impact our environment and quality of life in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. One of our most-prominent founders, environmental activist Terry Hershey, helped incorporate the CEC because she recognized the need for communication and environmental advocacy in the Houston area.

Our mission is to foster education, dialogue, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. Our vision is an environmental community recognized as a vital part of the fabric of our society.

We connect concerned individuals and community leaders with opportunities to become involved, take action, and make a difference. We share, support, and enhance their efforts and environmental advocacy. We do this through our programs, which include events that enhance understanding, and publications that give a balanced perspective on environmental issues.

Events like our annual Greater Houston Environmental Summit, the Houston Green Film Series and Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, and Earth Day Houston in partnership with Discovery Green provide unique opportunities for experts and the public to communicate and collaborate on the critical environmental challenges we face today.

Our weekly Houston Environmental News Update provides some 5,000 subscribers with the latest environmental news, events, and job opportunities. Our Environmental Resource Guide, the only publication of its kind in the region, details the missions and activities of hundreds of organizations working to protect and improve the environment.

An indispensable link to the environmental community, the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition has provided opportunities to create a better world for over 45 years.

The banner image above is a collage of photographs from our archives at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Julia Ideson Building of Houston Public Library, which contains materials from the late 1960s to 1986. Additional records of the CEC are included in the special collections at the Houston History Archives, located and managed by the University of Houston. For additional historical information about the CEC, please visit the CEC records at the Houston History Archives. Next week, we’ll be talking about pirates and water quality.


Houston Green Film Series
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, for a screening of Dirt Rich, which explores the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change (see the trailer). Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon draw-down, which many believe is the only viable solution for reversing the effects of runaway global warming in a timely manner. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal. We’ll begin the film promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event.

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
7:00 p.m. film screening, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists to be announced.
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.


Memorial Park Conservancy seek Native Landscape Technician

The Memorial Park Conservancy is seeking a Native Landscape Technician. This person will be responsible for maintaining native landscapes within Memorial Park, including native gardens, bioswales, savanna, and forested environments, as directed by the Conservation Director and Native Landscape Supervisor. The Native Landscape Technician will coordinate with Conservation Coordinators and volunteers to maintain sustainable landscapes.

For a full job description, including duties and responsibilities, qualifications, required abilities, and instructions for applying, visit