Houston Environmental News Update June 12, 2019

National Pollinators Week, Houston Green Film Series: Don’t Panic, I-45 Expansion Meetings, Green Jobs, and more

Pollinators may be best known for making the large array of wildflowers blooming across Texas during spring and summer possible, but they also play a huge part in global food production. Without pollinators like honey bees, we would lose foods like apples, blueberries, coffee, mangoes and tomatoes, to name just a few.

That’s why it’s so important for us to celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 17-23) and Texas Pollinator Week (June 17-23) through events hosted by local organizations in the Houston area. As the human population increases, pollinators will become more and more crucial to feeding billions of people.

Unfortunately, many pollinator species are in decline globally due to habitat destruction, disease, pesticide exposure, and climate change. You can do your part by supporting Texas pollinators, bees, hummingbirds, and moths (among others), by using less pesticides, growing flowers on your property or providing specialized shelters, like bee boxes.

Here are a few local events you can attend to learn more about these helpful species:

  • On Saturday, June 22, at 9 to 10:30 am, join Sheldon Lake State Park rangers and volunteers as they plant important plants for pollinators. Afterwards at 11 a.m., hike through the park with magnifying glasses to discover local insect species. On Sunday, at 11 a.m., there will be a wildflower hike through the park.
  • The Environmental Institute of Houston hosts weekly “Habitat Work Days” and during National Pollinator Week, on June 18, volunteers can help maintain native plant pollinator gardens on UH Clear Lake campus from 9-11 a.m.
  • On June 22, the Katy community will celebrate the grand opening of a butterfly garden at Willow Fork Park. Starting at 9 a.m., Texas Master Naturalist, Diane Russell, will give a talk about the importance of butterfly gardens, which will be followed by a tour of the garden with a discussion of the roles of each plant in the space. This event will also include information on how you can start your own backyard butterfly garden.
  • On Wednesday, June 19, the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association will host a Pollinator Workshop at the Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Preserve. The preserve will be showcased from 6-8 p.m. so visitors can get a chance to see how a fully protected Texas prairie flourishes.

CEC NOTES

Save the Dates: Green Films, Greater Houston Environmental Summit, Environmental Educators Exchange, Earth Day

  • Houston Green Films: Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on June 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by a film at 7 p.m. and panel discussion at 8 p.m. The June feature will be Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population, an infographic extravaganza with world-famous Swedish statistician/showman Hans Rosling. His main message – that our world is profoundly changing in ways most of us simply don’t realize, much of it for the better.
  • Greater Houston Environmental Summit: Friday, August 2, 2019, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston’s Community Resource Center. In addition to excellent presentations, we will again offer small-format table talks. Details and registration will be available early summer 2019.
  • Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
  • The Environmental Educators’ Exchange next quarterly meeting will be on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Candidate Forums and Questionnaires

7 days of being engaged in the community

Are you organizing a candidate forum or questionnaire for the November 2019 election? CEC is gathering information about election-related activities within our environmental communities. Let us know what you are planning, and we’ll keep you in the loop. CEC is interested in either hosting, coordinating, and/or supporting the efforts of local environmental nonprofits leading up to the election. Send your comments to [email protected] Note: the filing deadline for the November City of Houston elections is August 26, 2019.


Interested in serving on the CEC Board or a Committee?

CEC is seeking individuals who might be interested in joining our board of directors in January 2020, or volunteering to serve on one of our committees starting this year. Over the next few months, we are hosting information sessions for prospective board and committee members to learn more about the commitment and opportunities. Upcoming sessions include the evenings of June 24, July 29, September 23, and October 15. For more information, please email [email protected]


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Houston Environmental News Update June 5, 2019

World Oceans Day, Waters of the US, “How’s the Water?” report, Deepwater Horizon, Houston Green Film Series: Don’t Panic, Green Jobs, and more

Saturday, June 8, is World Oceans Day. More than three-quarters of our planet is covered by oceans which, according to The Ocean Project, provide most of the oxygen we breathe, clean the water that we drink, grow the fish that we eat, and help regulate our climate.

This year’s World Oceans Day is focused on plastic pollution, a problem that most heavily affects oceans around the world, as discarded plastic can easily travel from the land to the sea, taking thousands of years to finally break down. Scientists have found that plastic is not just limited to giant, circulating patches of ocean, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Single-use plastics have even been found at a depth of 36,000 feet inside the Mariana Trench, affecting deep sea life. Learn how you and your family can make a difference at this blog post from the NOAA Marine Debris Program.

Below are a few events happening in the Houston-Galveston region to help raise awareness for the environmental issues facing oceans and what residents can do to help.

  • Artist Boat promotes awareness and conservation of the Gulf Coast through fun, educational, and creative public events. This Saturday, June 8, they will host a free celebration of World Oceans Day at Stewart Beach in Galveston from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., including kayak paddling, a Marine Debris Art Contest, and a sandcastle building demonstration.
  • The Houston Museum of Natural Science will host a family festival beginning at noon on Saturday, featuring life-size 2D models of coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico with coral researcher Adrienne Correa, Ph.D. of Rice University, presentations by Rice’s Department of Earth Science, and hands-on stations. Additionally, on Thursday, June 6, Correa will present a screening of the documentary Saving Atlantis, which celebrates the majesty and mystery of coral habitats and sheds light on the dramatic decline of global coral reef ecosystems and the impact on human populations that depend on them.
  • On Thursday, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., from here will be a Galveston Beach Cleanup at Hershey Beach, hosted by Thompson & Co. Public Relations and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. For more information, visit the Facebook event.
  • Galveston’s Moody Gardens will host a three-day celebration from Friday through Sunday featuring several family-friendly activities, including a dive pool, a penguin yoga class, film screenings, and more.
  • Sugar Land Town Square will host a celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon, featuring speakers, crafts, activities, and educational exhibits. This event is free and open to the public.

CEC NOTES

Save the Dates: Green Films, Greater Houston Environmental Summit, Environmental Educators Exchange, Earth Day

  • Houston Green Films: Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on June 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by a film at 7 p.m. and panel discussion at 8 p.m. The June feature will be Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population, an infographic extravaganza with world-famous Swedish statistician/showman Hans Rosling. His main message – that our world is profoundly changing in ways most of us simply don’t realize, much of it for the better.
  • Greater Houston Environmental Summit: Friday, August 2, 2019, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston’s Community Resource Center. In addition to excellent presentations, we will again offer small-format table talks. Details and registration will be available early summer 2019.
  • Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
  • The Environmental Educators’ Exchange next quarterly meeting will be on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Candidate Forums and Questionnaires

7 days of being engaged in the community

Are you organizing a candidate forum or questionnaire for the November 2019 election? CEC is gathering information about election-related activities within our environmental communities. Let us know what you are planning, and we’ll keep you in the loop. CEC is interested in either hosting, coordinating, and/or supporting the efforts of local environmental nonprofits leading up to the election. Send your comments to [email protected] Note: the filing deadline for the November City of Houston elections is August 26, 2019.

Networking & Field Trips for Summer Interns

Are you interested in meeting future environmental leaders and telling them about your important work? CEC will be hosting several interns this summer and would like to arrange field trip, networking, and mentorship opportunities for them. If you are interested in hosting them for a meeting or tour, please let us know. If you are interested in having your environmental interns join CEC’s interns, we’d be delighted to have them join us. Email [email protected] for more information.

Interested in serving on CEC’s Board of Directors or one of its committees?

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Houston Environmental News Update May 29, 2019

National Trails Day, 2019 North American Prairie Conference, BIG Spring Meeting, Green Jobs, Don’t Panic, and more

This Saturday, June 1, we celebrate National Trails Day. Across the country, folks get out to to their favorite trails to do some hiking, volunteer to maintain them, or just enjoy a bit of nature.

Here in the greater Houston region, we have several opportunities to get out there. The Memorial Park Conservancy will host a celebration by leading groups on the South Side trails between 9-11 a.m. to teach them about the ecology of the Park, what makes Memorial Park unique, and the Conservation work going on (see Coalition and Community Notes below).

Beginning at 9 a.m., Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center will host a Creek Bash volunteer activity. Park staff and volunteers will clean up the creek and ponds around Jones Park to improve the environment for future generations (also see below).

You can also check out the City of Houston’s ever-expanding Bayou Greenways 2020. Buffalo Bayou Park is offering a free East Sector Wellness Walk beginning at 9 a.m.

Bayou Land Conservancy is hosting a guided bird walk with Joanne “JoJo” Bradbury on the Spring Creek Nature Trail along the ponds of Creekside Park. RSVP required.

Cullinan Park will host a Cleanup beginning from 8-11 a.m. (The banner photo above is of trails at the park; view more amazing photos at cullinanparkconservancy.org.)

The City of League City will hold its own National Trails Day event at the Dr. Ned and Faye Dudney Clear Creek Nature Center from 9-11 a.m.

If you’re looking for some adventure farther away, you can check out the Lone Star Hiking Trail at Sam Houston National Forest, 50 miles to the north, and at several nearby state parks. The Hiking Project, an online directory, offers a ranked listing of area trails here. Similar lists are available from trails.com and alltrails.com.

Stay tuned for next week’s newsletter featuring a wrap-up of area activities marking World Oceans Day!


CEC NOTES

Save the Dates: Green Films, Greater Houston Environmental Summit, Environmental Educators Exchange, Earth Day

  • Houston Green Films: Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on June 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by a film at 7 p.m. and panel discussion at 8 p.m. The featured film will be “Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population.” Free to the public, although donations are kindly appreciated. Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com. Events are held the third Wednesday of each month. In June, join us for “Don’t Panic,” an infographic extravaganza with world famous Swedish statistician and showman Hans Rosling. His main message – that our world is profoundly changing in ways most of us simply don’t realize – much of it for the better.
  • Greater Houston Environmental Summit: Friday, August 2, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Community Resource Center at the United Way of Greater Houston. In addition to excellent presentations, we will again offer small-format table talks. Details and registration will be available early summer 2019.
  • Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
  • The Environmental Educators’ Exchange next quarterly meeting will be on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Candidate Forums and Questionnaires

7 days of being engaged in the community

Are you organizing a candidate forum or questionnaire for the November 2019 election? CEC is gathering information about election-related activities within our environmental communities. Let us know what you are planning, and we’ll keep you in the loop. CEC is interested in either hosting, coordinating, and/or supporting the efforts of local environmental nonprofits leading up to the election. Send your comments to [email protected] Note: the filing deadline for the November City of Houston elections is August 26, 2019.

Networking & Field Trips for Summer Interns

Are you interested in meeting future environmental leaders and telling them about your important work? CEC will be hosting several interns this summer and would like to arrange field trip, networking, and mentorship opportunities for them. If you are interested in hosting them for a meeting or tour, please let us know. If you are interested in having your environmental interns join CEC’s interns, we’d be delighted to have them join us. Email [email protected] for more information.


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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