Houston Environmental News Update March 13, 2019

Climate Action Plan Community Meetings, Earth Day Houston, A Fierce Green Fire, lots of jobs, and more

We’d like to call your attention to a few notable dates:

The deadline to apply to be an exhibitor at the region’s premier celebration of Earth Day is on Monday, March 18, 2019. 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. More information is available below, or at earthdayhouston.org.

The deadline to apply for a paid summer internship with the CEC through Hire Houston Youth is on March 23, 2019. To be considered for additional paid and unpaid summer internship opportunities, please submit a cover letter and a link to your Linkedin profile (or your résumé) to [email protected]. More information is below.

The deadline at the Texas Legislature for the unrestricted filing of bills and joint resolutions–except in special circumstances–was March 8, 2019. When the deadline had passed, a total of 7,281 bills and joint resolutions had been filed–an increase of almost 10% compared to last session two year ago. Read this week’s update, “Texas Legislative Updates,” at cechouston.org.

The first opportunity to participate in a Community Meeting in support of the City of Houston’s Climate Action planning process is next Tuesday, March 19, 2019. More info and additional meeting dates are–you guessed it–below. (The banner photo above is from HARC, which is providing technical support for plan development.)

Finally, the CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2020 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). We will be hosting informational meet and greets for potential board members March 25, May 28, July 22, September 24, and October 14, 2019. If you are interested and would like more information about these meetings and the board application process, please send an email with a link to your Linkedin profile (or your résumé) to [email protected] More info at cechouston.org/volunteer.


Earth Day returns to Discovery Green in 2019! Exhibitor Deadline March 18.

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. This year’s event will be held on April 14 from 12 to 5 p.m.

How can you be involved?

  • Exhibit! Register by March 14 to be an exhibitor at earthdayhouston.org/exhibit/. Opportunities are available for nonprofits and government agencies; small, local businesses; and corporations with a commitment to the environment.
  • Sponsor! Our sponsors range value the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and our community.Benefits include unique access to the green family market, exposure of you organization to over 10,000 festival attendees, and community stewardship and volunteer opportunities.
  • Volunteer! Opportunities are available for both individuals and groups. Sign up at earthdayhouston.org/volunteer.
  • Plan to Attend! Save the date on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

The Earth Day celebration at Discovery Green isn’t the only game in town. If you know of an observance in the greater Houston region, please let us know at [email protected]

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Houston Green Film Series: A Fierce Green Fire

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on March 20, 2019, for A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,
the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name, the film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. (See 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.

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.

With much gratitude for the generosity of the City of Houston’s Hire Houston Youth program, CEC has the opportunity to offer paid internships, for which youth ages 16-24 may apply through hirehoustonyouth.org by March 23, 2019. To be considered for additional paid and unpaid 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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CEC Welcomes ASLA as a Returning Member Organization

The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is pleased to welcome into our fold the Houston-Gulf Coast Section of the American Society of Landscape Architects as a returning member organization.  

The Texas Chapter of ASLA was established in 1978, after having been part of a previous chapter, known as the Southwest chapter, that was created in 1959. ASLA was a member of the CEC as early as 1974!

ASLA: Texas Chapter
P.O. Box 170125
Austin, TX 78717
(512) 663-6629

[email protected]
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Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: March 6, 2019

Post-Hurricane Harvey, NASA tried to fly a pollution-spotting plane over Houston. The EPA said no.

(Susanne Rust and Louis Sahagun – Los Angeles Times, 03/05/2019. Photo by Al Seib.)

In the weeks after Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic sweep through the Houston area, fifteen hundred miles west in the high desert city of Palmdale, NASA scientists were preparing to fly a DC-8, equipped with the world’s most sophisticated air samplers over the hurricane zone to monitor pollution levels. However, when both the state of Texas and the EPA told the scientists to stay away, they were stunned as many of them had flown similar missions in the past, including over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. latimes.com

The insect apocalypse is coming to Texas [Opinion]

(Michael S. Engel, The Washington Post – Houston Chronicle, 03/05/2019. Photo by Kathy Adams Clark.)

“The National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, encompasses 100 acres of subtropical bushlands along the banks of the Rio Grande. It’s a refuge for more than 200 species of pollinating butterflies, as well as thousands of other species – flowers, birds, mammals and countless other insects. The administration’s plan to build a border wall through the sanctuary will effectively destroy it.” houstonchronicle.com

With one tweak, the Green New Deal could be great for Houston [Opinion]

(Victor B. Flatt – Houston Chronicle, 03/02/2019. Photo by Marie D. De Jesus.)

“The ink already spilled over the Green New Deal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey is enough to make your head spin. The resolution itself tries to address many issues: not just climate change, but also concerns about income inequality, jobs, health care, minority communities, labor rights, other environmental concerns and infrastructure. These other issues aside, the climate goals in the resolution are pointed in the right direction, not just for the nation as a whole, but for Houston, as well. In fact, with one minor tweak, the Green New Deal could help spur growth and innovation in the energy industry that calls Houston home.” houstonchronicle.com

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