CEC seeks Environmental Education Specialist

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The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition has received support to hire an Environmental Education Specialist for two years to connect formal and informal educators with each other and with learners. The Specialist will manage Here in Houston, the Environmental Educators’ Exchange, the Wild About Houston Green Film Festival, and generally connect the environmental education community. The job will include fundraising for these programs and related activities. This is a staff position funded for two years; continuation is dependent upon additional funding. Compensation, including salary, benefits, and a flexible work schedule, will start at $5,000/month, commensurate with experience. Accepting applications until Feb. 15, 2018, or until position is filled. View the full job description (pdf).

Houston Environmental News Update January 23, 2019

Film Festival, Environmental Education Specialist job, Transportation Planning, groundwater, coastal barrier, oiled wildlife, and more 

In our efforts to advocate for a better environment, we sometimes neglect to consider all the ways the built environment, including transportation infrastructure, affects it.
Fortunately, Houston-area residents have opportunities to not only think about it, but to make our voices heard.

Beginning tomorrow, January 24, 2019, and continuing through February 12, the Houston-Galveston Area Council is hosting a series of public meetings on its 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. H-GAC will highlight an expert panel featuring “Transportation 101: What You Need to Know.” The panel will discuss future transportation projects in your area, air quality and transportation conformity, regional resiliency efforts, and when the 2045 RTP draft plan will be unveiled. Participate virtually in a panel discussions via real time. The public comment period for the “2018 Call for Projects” draft selection opened on January 16 and closes on February 28. The comment period for the draft plan of the 2045 RTP and Transportation Conformity will open on March 19 and close on April 16. For more information and a list of the meetings, visit 2045rtp.com.

Starting on Saturday, METRO is coming back to the public in a series of 17 (!) meetings to share the draft long-range transportation plan designed with public input. Meetings will continue through February 13, 2019. Learn more and provide input at metronext.org. Note: the banner image is from metronext.org.

The transportation sector, of course, is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions which lead to climate change. According to the City of Houston’s Climate Action Plan, transportation sources accounted for 47 percent of the 34.3 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) Houston emitted in 2014 (second only to emissions from buildings, at 49%, but ahead of waste at 3%). The City will be engaging the public this spring during community town halls and additional outreach. Learn more about the Plan at greenhoustontx.gov.

Infrastructure is only one aspect of the transportation picture. Via our friends at the Houston Endowment, we pass on the Equity in Transit 2018 Report, released late last year by LINK Houston, which examines the current state of the bus and rail networks in Houston and recommends improvements in expanding access to passengers. For more background, read this Houston Chronicle piece, submitted by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

Speaking of the Kinder Institute, it recently released its own report on transportation, which found that people making a higher wage live closer to their jobs and have more public transportation options than those making lower wages. Give it a read.

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.


CEC NOTES

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour returns to the Bayou City with its unique brand of environmental cinema on January 30 and 31, 2019. Hosted for the fifth straight year by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, this ever-popular film fest will be screened once again at the historic River Oaks Theatre, where up to 450 patrons each night will enjoy ten short films each night highlighting the latest environmental issues. We selected films that showcase the links between beauty, environment, adventure, quality of life, and action.

CEC is using this festival to tell local environmental stories, highlight the work of our member organizations, and inspire our residents and visitors to make a difference in the environment and quality of life. We are especially excited to show the two local films that were winners of the Wild About Houston Green Film Festival: Little Grouse on the Prairie by Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Wildlife Refuge (January 30) and Gregory Lincoln Education Center by Urban Harvest (January 31). The festival tickets are now on sale through Eventbrite.

We invite you to become a sponsor of this exciting event. Sponsorship is an amazing opportunity to align your organization with our community and inspire people to take environmental action where they live. You will also support over 130 local organizations that are part of the CEC, and raise awareness for your own green initiatives. Please contact [email protected] for any inquiries, or visit CEC website.

NOTE: CEC is offering complimentary tickets for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour to currently furloughed U.S. government employees. Furloughed employees can receive two free tickets. To sign up for the tickets, use this link: https://cec-2019wsff.eventbrite.com?discount=Federal

Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com.

CEC seeks Environmental Education Specialist
The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition has received support to hire an Environmental Education Specialist for two years to connect formal and informal educators with each other and with learners. The Specialist will manage Here in Houston, the Environmental Educators’ Exchange, the Wild About Houston Green Film Festival, and generally connect the environmental education community. The job will include fundraising for these programs and related activities. This is a staff position funded for two years; continuation is dependent upon additional funding. Compensation, including salary, benefits, and a flexible work schedule, will start at $5,000/month, commensurate with experience. Accepting applications until Feb. 15, 2018, or until position is filled. View the full job description (pdf).

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Texas Community Watershed Partners seeking Program Coordinator

Texas Community Watershed Partners is hiring a Program Coordinator for its Ecological Restoration Program. The Program Coordinator leads the Wetland Restoration Team volunteer program, which focuses on freshwater restoration projects in the Lower Galveston Bay watershed, forms partnerships and pursues additional restoration projects in a variety of habitats, meets grant requirements and deliverables, maintains project budgets, assists with grant applications, provides outreach opportunities to diverse clientele, operates TCWP wetland nurseries, and carries out wetland vegetation monitoring protocols. For a full job description and application instructions, visit tcwp.tamu.edu.

EDP Renewables hiring for several positions

EDP Renewables North America LLC , a leader in the renewable energy sector which
owns and manages wind and solar farms across North America, is looking to fill several positions in Houston, Abillene and other locations. Among the Houston positions:

For a full listing of available positions, visit recruiting.ultipro.com.