Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee Agenda – Houston City Council – 04/06/18

The Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee considered the following agenda items at the April 3, 2018, meeting. The agenda items include the February 2018 Monthly Financial report, which includes a decrease of $10.7 million in the Dedicated Drainage & Street Renewal Fund, request for advanced funding of $362 million for Disaster Recovery, and a request for fifteen projects submitted to FEMA totaling $68 million. More information on the monthly financial report can be found here. Continue reading

Houston Environmental News Update April 4, 2018

CEC needs your help! We are looking for volunteers–especially corporate and high school groups–to help make Earth Day Houston on April 22, 2018, a huge success. If you have two-and-a-half hours that day, we’d be grateful for your help. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering, and please let us know if you represent a group.

If you can’t wait ’til Earth Day to visit with us, come by the Houston Repair Cafe at TXRX Labs on Saturday, April 7, 2018, where you can get your knives sharpened; bicycles, toys, and small appliances repaired; and clothing mended, among other things. CEC is proud to be a sponsor of this event, hosted by Transition Houston, the Green Building Resource Center, and many other partners.


Earth Day Houston: Call for Volunteer Groups
Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon to 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]

Bring Your Broken Items to Houston’s Repair Cafe
On April 7, 2018, from 1-5 p.m., Houston’s Repair Cafe invites you to bring in a broken item and meet local people who have offered to share their skills to help you make repairs. Acceptable items include clothing, small appliances, and bicycles. If you are interested in volunteering, the Repair Cafe is calling for all handywomen, handymen, handy kids, handy teens and families, tinkerers, and sewers. Volunteers are also needed to guide and assist with general coordination. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.

Support Earthshare of Texas, CEC, others at H-E-B
Today begins EarthShare of Texas’ partnership with H-E-B. For the next month, 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.

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.

Save the Date: Stump the Treehugger
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.

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.

Artist Boat seeks Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant is expected to have a strong foundation in best management practices for nonprofit management to foster and maintain Artist Boat’s growth through development, marketing, and administration. The purpose of this job is to provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director to assure development, marketing, and administrative functions are maintained and leveraged to grow Artist Boat’s donor, volunteer, participant, and employee base. Further, this employee is expected to grow programs through all marketing and development mechanisms available to Artist Boat (website, press releases, public service announcements, marketing and advertising, editorial columns, newsletters, email communications, committee meetings, public relations tools, Float the Boat, annual appeals, maintaining our donor database and mailing list, individual donor cultivation, and other special projects). Due by April 16, 2018 with hiring date by May 7, 2018 at latest. For more information and to apply, visit artistboat.org.