CEC relies on interns and volunteers to help run our organization, and we are excited about the team we are assembling for this school year. You might recall Hannah Jacob, Bill Nguyen, and Stacy Giang, all UH seniors who have again returned to help with events, bookkeeping, and communications technology, respectively. And a few weeks ago, we introduced you to Taylor Surratt, who joins us part of the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs Civic Houston Internship Program. Taylor has been busy reporting on environmental activities of the Houston City Council as well as the upcoming Texas Legislature, which officially kicks off in January. Below, you can read about preparations for the General Appropriations Bill which will be proposed in January. Let us know if you will be watching for anything in particular at the State Legislature, City Council, or any of our other local governments.
As people with a particular interest in the environment and making our region healthier, more sustainable and beautiful, we know we have to remain engaged in the political process.
On November 6, elections will be held at the local, state and national levels, including high-profile elections for Texas Governor, U.S. Senator, and Congressional representatives in the crucial midterm election. Counties and municipalities in our region are holding a plethora of important races.
Here in Texas, the deadline to register to vote is October 9, 2018. Not sure whether you are registered or how to register? You can visit votetexas.gov or contact the voter registrar for your county.
When researching how candidates address environmental issues, we recommend long-time CEC member organization, the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area
. The website includes important resources including important election dates, videos of conversations with the candidates, and much more.
Like the CEC, the League is 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. The main conference is this Saturday. Twenty-one organizations are planning additional events, including four events of events themed “Houston Women in the Environment,” a collective effort of Bayou Preservation Association
, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition
, Houston Audubon
, Memorial Park Conservancy
, Katy Prairie Conservancy
, and UH Libraries
., and starting October 27. Learn more at https://houston-women-in-the-environment.eventbrite.com
We have tried to confirm the events listed below. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts.
Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Oct. 17, 2018, for “Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Email [email protected] if you have a film to submit.
6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by the screening at 7:00 pm. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.
Workplace Giving & EarthShare of Texas
Please consider us in your workplace giving program! The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, along with many other organizations doing environmental work in the Houston/Gulf Coast region, is represented in federal, state, and local campaigns by EarthShare of Texas. To make a donation, you can use the following codes in the following campaigns to contribute to EarthShare of Texas and CEC, respectively:
- State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC): 35500 and 35569
- Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): 51966 and 26482
- Houston Independent School District (HISD): 100 and 185
- City of Houston Combined Municipal Campaign (HCMC): 1400 and 1413
We are represented in many more campaigns; please contact us if you need more information or would like a representative to exhibit or speak at an open enrollment or workplace giving event. And, if your employer or business does not yet have a workplace giving campaign, EarthShare of Texas would be happy to help you set up such a campaign. EarthShare of Texas is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation committed to making environmental support as easy as possible by giving working people the ability to donate through workplace payroll contribution campaigns.
If you already support CEC, EarthShare of Texas, and and its member charities, please know we are grateful for your support.
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.
Save the Date: EEE on Nov. 7
The next meeting of the Environmental Educators Exchange will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 4:30 PM at Houston Arboretum. More details coming soon.
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