Houston Environmental News Update April 17, 2019

New drainage and development reports, CEC summer internships, Spring Plant Sale, and much more

Earth Day Houston was a huge success thanks to the exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors, and the thousands of people who joined us to celebrate at Discovery Green.

During Earth Month, we’re not the only game in town. We encourage you to take advantage of the many cool things to do in the greater Houston/Gulf Coast region–with over 30 event each Saturday in April!. Below are just a few. (Make sure you check with the organizers to see if they are indeed continuing this weekend.)

Of course, Earth Day isn’t a one-day observation; it’s year round. Consider becoming a Sustaining Member and set up a recurring donation. Your support allows us to send our newsletter to you, to help you be part of Earth Day, every day. To make your donation, please visit cechouston.org.

Thank you for helping us strengthen the bonds of the environmental community. Friends like you are the driving force behind the success of the CEC!


CEC NOTES

Summer Internships with CEC

CEC anticipates hiring several volunteer and paid summer interns in 2019.

Typical internships involve Communications and Marketing, Policy & Government Relations, Publications/Journalism, Digital Media, Development, Event Coordination, Business Development and Bookkeeping, and Environmental Education; we are also open to customized internships to meet professional and academic goals. Internships include mentorship and networking opportunities, field trips, camaraderie, and chocolate. To be considered for summer internship opportunities, please submit a cover letter and resume 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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86th Texas Legislature Updates: April 16, 2019

The 86th Legislature House and Senate have been assigning bills to committees, holding public committee hearings, distributing reports on bills, and voting on legislation. Activities are described below.

Public Citizen is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that focuses on protecting health, safety, and democracy. This session, they are closely following House Bill 798, which relates to plot plan requirements for an application for a standard permit for a concrete batch plant issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The bill would require that the plot plan include a distance scale, a north arrow, emission points, and tanks, as well as to benchmark locations in the area of the facility and to indicate if setback or buffer requirements would be met. Public Citizen believes that this bill would ensure that TCEQ has the information it needs to determine if the applicant meets the sitting requirements. For more information about Public Citizen’s Texas office and the issues they follow go to
www.citizen.org.


The last day for House committees to report House Bills and House Joint Resolutions is May 6, 2019. The last day for Senate committees to report Senate and Senate Joint Resolutions is May 18, 2019.

We’d love to know what bills you are watching. Send an email [email protected]

More information about the 86th Texas Legislative session can be found at capitol.texas.gov.

Read more about activities- including filed bills and committee assignments- of the legislature

Houston Environmental News Update April 10, 2019

Earth Day Houston, Houston Green Film Series, Climate Action Plan Community Meetings, Galveston Feather Fest, jobs, and much more

Presented by Green Mountain Energy in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration is designed to educate, inspire and encourage action.

The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, a foodie farmers market, unplugged – a live music acoustic mini-festival, EarthTalks and more, all in a zero-waste footprint. 

While we think Earth Day Houston is pretty darn awesome, we know it is only one of many Earth Day events being celebrated in the region.

Help make it Earth Day every day by supporting the CEC and become a member by simply clicking cechouston.org. Please consider setting up recurring donations and become a Sustaining Member.


CEC NOTES

Houston Green Film Series: Growing Cities

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on April 17, 2019, for Growing Cities, which tells the inspiring stories of intrepid urban farmers, innovators, and everyday city dweller who are challenging the way this country feeds itself (see the trailer), followed by a panel discussion. There will also be a special tour with Dr. Jospeh Novak, director of the Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden, which Houston green film viewers have been watching grow over many months.

5:30 p.m. garden tour, 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by the screening at 7 p.m. and panel discussion at 8 p.m. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, visit Eventbrite.com or the Facebook event. Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com.


Summer Internships with CEC

CEC anticipates hiring several volunteer and paid summer interns in 2019.

Typical internships involve Communications and Marketing, Policy & Government Relations, Publications/Journalism, Digital Media, Development, Event Coordination, Business Development and Bookkeeping, and Environmental Education; we are also open to customized internships to meet professional and academic goals. Internships include mentorship and networking opportunities, field trips, camaraderie, and chocolate. To be considered for summer internship opportunities, please submit a cover letter and resume 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

Continue reading