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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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

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Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: April 3, 2019

Why do Texas officials need a disaster to police polluters? [Editorial]

(Houston Chronicle, Updated 03/31/2019. Photo by Godofredo A. Vasquez)

“Routinely accepting companies’ excuses for unauthorized pollution makes it easy for them to skirt state laws, avoid sanctions and endanger Texans’ health without us ever knowing. Pretty much the only time Texas polluters are held seriously accountable is when the harm they’ve caused is so obvious, so egregious, it’s written in the sky — quite literally in the case of the recent ITC chemical fires.” houstonchronicle.com

KMCO Crosby plant fire won’t be the last if Texas doesn’t police polluters [Editorial]

(The Editorial Board – Houston Chronicle, Updated 04/02/2019. Photo by Godofredo A. Vasquez)

“Another hellish plume of black smoke. Another captive community ordered to shelter in place. Another chemical plant with a long history of regulatory violations. Only this time, the fire was deadly. People across the Houston region can be forgiven for feeling a bit of déjà vu Tuesday afternoon as live local news coverage depicted fiery scenes at a chemical plant in Crosby owned by KMCO LLC. Law enforcement said one person had been killed and two were LifeFlighted to the hospital.” houstonchronicle.com

Equity matters. Houston needs to protect everyone from flooding. [Opinion]

(Iris Gonzalez – Houston Chronicle, 03/26/2019. Photo by Marie D. De Jesús)

“For decades, federal dollars for flood control have been spent in Houston and Harris County using federally mandated criteria that pay out to the properties with high value, regardless of how many — or few — people are protected. One consequence is that some areas, and some people, are at higher risk of flooding than others. Those federally mandated criteria have left some communities behind.” houstonchronicle.com

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