Houston Environmental News Update October 31, 2018

It’s Halloween, and this evening’s weather is spooky indeed! We hope you and any young ghouls and goblins you know have had a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Also, please don’t forget that early voting for the November 6 elections continues through this Friday, November 2, 2018. Information on how and where to vote can be found at VoteTexas.gov website operated by the Texas Secretary of State. Don’t forget to read the Voters Guide from the League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund!
If you are curious about what some of our state and local elected officials are up to, read the analysis by Taylor Surratt of preparations for the legislature and meetings of the City of Houston, Harris County, and TCEQ.
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

Tales of Houston Women: Houston Women in the Environment
Bayou Preservation AssociationCitizens’ Environmental CoalitionHouston AudubonMemorial Park ConservancyKaty Prairie Conservancy, and UH Libraries are supporting Tales of Houston Women, the Houston History Alliance’s two-month retrospective and celebration displaying the many ways Houston’s women have, are, and will put their mark on local, national and global history. Twenty-one organizations have planned coordinating events, including the following events themed “Houston Women in the Environment”:

Environmental Educators Exchange at Houston Arboretum on Nov. 7, 2018
The next quarterly meeting of the Environmental Educators Exchange will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Houston Arboretum. Join us as we visit the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodlway Drive, in the heart of Memorial Park. We’ll have a guided tour of some of the new features at the park, such as the new boardwalks and ponds, shown in the photo above, at the Woodway Entrance. The entrance includes two ponds, a mile of trails, and 15 acres of savanna restoration. As we tour, we will learn about environmental education initiatives at one of the best outdoor education centers in the region. All are welcome. More details at https://fall18eee.eventbrite.com. Sign up for EEE-mails at constantcontact.com.


Houston Green Film Series: Living the Change

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Nov. 28, 2018, for Living the Change.

Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. (Watch the trailer).

6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by the screening at 7 p.m.. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event.
Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

CEC welcomes Azam Najafi as a management intern

Azam Najafi is a junior at the University of St. Thomas where she is pursuing a masters degree in business management. She was born in Iran and raised in Houston for over ten years. She is looking forward to gaining new skills from CEC that could be put to use in her future career in project management. She loves traveling and exploring new places. Azam also loves the outdoors and learning about new environmental issues going on with the world that she could contribute to. Whenever Azam is not studying or exploring new places she likes trying new food from different places around the world. Azam is excited and looking forward to learning more about the environment and how she can contribute to it.

Houston Environmental News Update October 24, 2018

7 days of being engaged in the community

That cool, damp weather we’ve been feeling this week tells us that we’re — finally — well into fall here in Southeast Texas. And that means that here in the offices of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, we’re welcoming a fresh crop of interns from our local colleges and universities to help in getting out the word about environmental matters and events, and running our daily operations.
We are thrilled that seniors Hannah Jacob, Bill Nguyen, and Stacy Giang have returned to continue their great work. We are also pleased to welcome Bryant Matthews, Aniell Parrales, Dan Phan, Taylor Surrat, and Azam Najafi.
Communications intern Bryant Matthews is pursuing a degree in HVAC/R at Houston Community College. Bryant is working to help companies and people learn to use cleaner and safer products. He believes that working at CEC will help him get a head start and be able to learn better ways to protect our environment.
Event coordination intern Aniell Parrales is a senior at the University of Houston where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Communication Public Relations, and minoring in Business Foundations. She has been very active in coordinating big events at the University of Houston like University of Houston’s oldest tradition Frontier Fiesta, Winter Wonderland and UH Graduate school fair.
Digital media intern Dan Phan is a student at the University of Houston where he is pursuing his degree in Digital Media with an emphasis in Motion Media. He currently serves as the historian for the UH Chapter of Graphics, Communication and Education Association (UHGCEA). His love for the city of Houston and storytelling is what inspires him to spread the culture through video and photo.
Government relations intern Taylor Surratt is currently a senior at the University of Houston where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a minor in Applied Politics. As a government relations intern at CEC, he is looking forward to gaining valuable first-hand experience in observing the relationship between local government and environmental organizations.
Business management intern Azam Najafi is a junior at the University of St. Thomas where she is pursuing a masters degree in business management. She is looking forward to gaining new skills from CEC that could be put to use in her future career in project management, while at the same time learning more about the environment and how she can contribute to it.
We aren’t done hiring, so keep an eye out for more intern welcomes.
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

Repair Café Houston
Please consider joining CEC and our partners Transition Houston, the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center, the Houston Peace & Justice Center, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Houston Complete Communities, and TX/RX Labs for the fall Repair Café Houston on October 27, 2018! A Repair Café celebrates fixing through a fun, collaborative, hands-on community event. People bring their broken items for assessment, disassembly and repair. Bring your toolkit and join us to have fun and learn while helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff! Volunteers assess, take apart, and hopefully – REPAIR. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.


Tales of Houston Women: Houston Women in the Environment
Bayou Preservation AssociationCitizens’ Environmental CoalitionHouston AudubonMemorial Park ConservancyKaty Prairie Conservancy, and UH Libraries are supporting Tales of Houston Women, the Houston History Alliance’s two-month retrospective and celebration displaying the many ways Houston’s women have, are, and will put their mark on local, national and global history. Twenty-one organizations have planned coordinating events, including the following events themed “Houston Women in the Environment”:

Save the Date: EEE on Nov. 7
The next quarterly meeting of the Environmental Educators Exchange will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 4:30 PM at the Houston Arboretum. More details coming soon. Sign up for EEE-mails at constantcontact.com.


COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES