CEC welcomes American YouthWorks as a new member

CEC Houston is pleased to welcome American YouthWorks as one of CEC’s newest member organizations.  

Established in 1975, their purpose is to provide opportunities for youth to grow and serve. Founder Richard Halpin began AYW as a GED and literacy program for incarcerated youth of Austin. The organization now serves the entire community of Austin, helping young people realize their full potential with primary programs of YouthBuild Austin (1997) and Texas Conservation Corps (1993).

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Houston Environmental News Update January 16, 2019

National Day of Service, Lunar Eclipse Observances, Film Festival, Environmental Education Specialist job, Rice Environmental Analysis Program,Regional Transportation Plan meetings, and more 

We’d like to call your attention to three special observances in the coming week. First, late on Sunday night, weather permitting, we will be able to take in the total lunar eclipse, this time called a “super blood wolf moon.” Find a detailed timeline on timeanddate.com. In addition to just going outside and looking into the sky, you could get up-close views at the Rice University Campus Observatory and the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George Observatory with the Meetup group Houston Area Trails & More. Let’s hope for a clear sky! (Thanks to Rachel Glazner for sharing this photo of the moon.)

Next, Monday, January 21, marks both the national observance of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the associated Day of Service. Local environmental groups in the Houston region offer a vast array of opportunities to volunteer and to serve our community. Interested in volunteering? Here are some of our favorite resources for finding local environmental volunteering opportunities:

  • VolunteerHouston.org–opportunities with CEC and several of its member organizations, including Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy, Mercer Botanic Garden, TWRC Wildlife Center, Memorial Park Conservancy, Nature Discovery Center, Recipe for Success, Armand Bayou Nature Center, BikeHouston, Galveston Bay Foundation, Hermann Park Conservancy, and the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas.
  • VolunteerMatch.org–Many organizations, including most of the above, also post opportunities on this national site, where you can search for both local and virtual opportunities.
  • Serveforgood.org–A resource developed by local teens for teens.
  • EarthShare of Texas provides, among other things, suggestions for corporate volunteer groups.
  • CECHouston.org–Volunteer with CEC! In 2018, dozens of volunteers contributed almost 2000 hours of their time helping with everything from this newsletter to selecting films for our upcoming film festival to board service. Keep an eye out for our upcoming call for volunteers for Earth Day Houston, to be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Discovery Green.

Among our favorite calls are inquiries about volunteer opportunities; with a community of almost 150 member organizations, CEC can suggest great volunteer opportunities for everyone. 

Finally, we’d like to draw your attention to National Squirrel Appreciation Day, also celebrated on January 21. Did you know that the Houston area is home to three species of squirrel? The fox squirrel, gray squirrel, and flying squirrel are all found in the Houston area, experts at the Houston Zoo confirmed. The National Wildlife Foundation helpfully provides this list of seven ways to celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day, along with some resources on how to learn more about our furry friends. A wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina created the observance, according to the National Day Calendar. Two of CEC’s member organizations focus their efforts on rehabilitation: TWRC Wildlife Center and the Wildlife Center of Texas (see oiled wildlife event, below), and many more organizations include rehab among their activities. (And almost all of them can use volunteers!)

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.

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).

CEC welcomes Rice Environmental Analysis Program
CEC is pleased to welcome the Rice Environmental Analysis Program as one of our newest member organizations. The Rice Environmental Analysis Program is a cross-disciplinary effort to incorporate courses from environmental science, earth science, statistics, chemistry, ecology, and evolutionary biology, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, economics, computer science, and sociology. The program is geared to teach students rigorous methods that are needed by industrial and governmental organizations to deal with environmental issues. Graduates are prepared with skills and knowledge valuable to environmental consulting firms, energy production companies, and government agencies. Read more at cechouston.org.

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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).