Greater Houston Environmental Summit August 10, 2018

Exploring Hurricane Harvey impacts on our environment and communities – especially in surprising, unexpected ways.

Friday, August 10, 2018
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
at the Community Resource Center of the United Way of Greater Houston

Eventbrite - 2018 Greater Houston Environmental Summit

Annually, CEC hosts a networking and learning event for the extraordinary people who work at or are interested in the work of environmental organizations in the greater Houston region. This year’s program includes:

  • Welcome by Rodney Ellis, Harris County Precinct One Commissioner 
  • Excellent Featured Speakers 
  • Table Talks–A cross between a break-out session and speed networking
  • Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen
  • Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses
  • Great networking
  • A few surprises 🙂
Read on for more information about speakers, table talk leaders, exhibitors, and sponsors.

Continue reading

Houston Environmental News Update July 11, 2018

The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is celebrating this week: the organization was incorporated 47 years ago, on July 14, 1971.
At the time, it was difficult to keep track of the few dozen organizations doing environmental work in the Houston area. To help people stay connected, the CEC published a monthly newsletter that included a calendar of events and a phone list for our member organizations. CEC also hosted events to bring people together to learn about and advocate for environmental issues and opportunities.
CEC is still working to connect our environmental community–through publications like this newsletter, and through events like next week’s showing of the film STRAWS and the Greater Houston Environmental Summit on August 10, 2018 (more info is below). And we keep you connected with well over 100 organizations that are members of the CEC.
Help us celebrate! Please attend one of our upcoming events, share the newsletter with a friend, volunteer, or support us with a financial contribution. How about $47 dollars–one for each year of CEC?


CEC NOTES

Houston Green Film Series: STRAWS
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners for STRAWS (in recognition of Plastic Free July) on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. It’s estimated that daily more than 500,000,000 plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. They’re non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually. Linda Booker’s Straws, with animation narrated by actor Tim Robbins, provides a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution (watch the trailer). Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal. We’ll begin the film promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event.


Please save the date–or even better, register–for CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Summit on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Annually, CEC hosts a networking and learning event for the extraordinary people who work at or are interested in the work of environmental organizations in the greater Houston region.

This year’s program includes:

  • Excellent Featured Speakers — See the full descriptions.
    • Staying Resilient – Recovery of Attwater’s Prairie Chickens post-Harvey,
      Jennifer Romero, Asst. Refuge Manager, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR &
      Hannah Bailey, Curator of Birds, Houston Zoo
    • How Unusual Was Harvey, and Will It Stay That Way?
      John W Nielsen-Gammon, PhD, Texas A&M & Texas State Climatologist
    • A Green Shield: Using Nature to Rebuild a More Resilient Houston for People and Wildlife,
      Jaime González, Houston Urban Conservation Programs Manager, The Nature Conservancy
    • Soil – We Treat It Like Dirt,
      Glen Miracle, Local Farmer & Practitioner of Regenerative Agriculture, Laughing Frog Farm
    • The “Whys” of Water Conservation After Harvey,
      Paula Paciorek, Water Resources Manager, Galveston Bay Foundation,
    • Resiliency Planning in Houston: Understanding Chronic Health Issues from Harvey, Elena Craft, PhD, Sr Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
    • Rebuilding a Resilient Houston
      April Ward, AIA Assoc., LEED GCP, Executive Director, Living Paradigm CDC
    • How to Push Back on the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Hazards Faced by Vulnerable Communities in Houston, Amy Dinn, Managing Attorney, Lone Star Legal Aid
    • Summarizing Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Impacts – the Harvey Map, Stephanie Glenn, PhD, Program Director, Hydrology & Watersheds, HARC
  • Table Talks: Small group discussions with experts on a variety of topics related to our post-Harvey theme, including impacts on our air and water quality, environmental justice initiatives, wildlife and landscape conservation, and efforts to build resiliency for our future.  A cross between a breakout session and speed networking. See full descriptions of table talk hosts.
    • Disaster Recovery & Reuse: Lessons from Recent Storms to Help Lessen Impacts on Landfills
      Keith Koski, Manager, City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse
    • What Grade Would You Give Galveston Bay’s Health?
      T’Noya Thompson, Report Card Coordinator, Galveston Bay Foundation
    • Sea Turtles, Dune Restoration, and Plastic Bags…
      Joanie Steinhaus, Campaign Director, Gulf of Mexico, Turtle Island Restoration Network
    • From Crisis Comes Opportunity
      Anton Edwards, Acquisition Specialist, Avenue C.D.C.
    • Media matters
      Matthew Tresaugue, Manager, Houston Air Quality Media Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund & One Breath Partnership
    • Harvey the Hurricane Hawk and Others…
      Anja Machado, Executive Director, TWRC Wildlife Center
    • How to Push Back on the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Hazards Faced by Vulnerable Communities in Houston: 1) Confronting Nuisances; 2) Permit Challenges; 3) Zoning When there is no Zoning
      Amy Dinn, Managing Attorney, Environmental Justice Team, Lone Star Legal Aid
    • Citizen Science: Microplastics in the Galveston Bay Area
      Theresa Morris, Gulf Program Coordinator, Turtle Island Restoration Network
    • The Harvey Map – More on Environmental Impacts
      Erin Kinney, PhD, Research Scientist, Coastal Ecology, HARC
  • Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses. (See the registration page to reserve your exhibit table.)
  • Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen.
  • A few surprises 🙂

We are grateful to the following sponsors:

Coastal Environments, Inc. & Moore Archaeological Consulting, which are dedicated to the concept of planning for future development, based upon the scientific understanding and aesthetic appreciation of our natural and cultural resources. Through combining the talents of a diverse team of specialists with extensive experience in applied research and planning, we are able to serve government, industry, and private-sector clients throughout the Gulf Coast.

TRUEGRID, which works to challenge conventional thinking and disrupt traditional paving methods; to ultimately create a better, cleaner, less toxic environment for our kids.

Further event details are provided on the Eventbrite Registration page.


CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members

The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open house for potential board members July 31, September 24, and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé 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.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

CEC Greater Houston Environmental Summit 2018 Table Talk Hosts

Annually, CEC hosts the Greater Houston Environmental Summit, a networking and learning event for the extraordinary people who work at or are interested in the work of environmental organizations in the greater Houston region.

Exploring Hurricane Harvey impacts on our environment and communities – especially in surprising, unexpected ways.

Friday, August 10, 2018
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Learn more & register

Table Talks

Small group discussions with experts on a variety of topics related to our post-Harvey theme, including impacts on our air and water quality, environmental justice initiatives, wildlife and landscape conservation, and efforts to build resiliency for our future. A cross between a breakout session and speed networking.

  • Disaster Recovery & Reuse: Lessons from Recent Storms to Help Lessen Impacts on Landfills
    Keith Koski, Manager, City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse
  • What Grade Would You Give Galveston Bay’s Health?
    T’Noya Thompson, Report Card Coordinator, Galveston Bay Foundation
  • Sea Turtles, Dune Restoration, and Plastic Bags…
    Joanie Steinhaus, Campaign Director, Gulf of Mexico, Turtle Island Restoration Network
  • From Crisis Comes Opportunity
    Anton Edwards, Acquisition Specialist, Avenue C.D.C.
  • Media matters
    Matthew Tresaugue, Manager, Houston Air Quality Media Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund & One Breath Partnership
  • Harvey the Hurricane Hawk and Others…
    Anja Machado, Executive Director, TWRC Wildlife Center
  • How to Push Back on the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Hazards Faced by Vulnerable Communities in Houston: 1) Confronting Nuisances; 2) Permit Challenges; 3) Zoning When there is no Zoning
    Amy Dinn, Managing Attorney, Environmental Justice Team, Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Citizen Science: Microplastics in the Galveston Bay Area
    Theresa Morris, Gulf Program Coordinator, Turtle Island Restoration Network
  • The Harvey Map – More on Environmental Impacts
    Erin Kinney, PhD, Research Scientist, Coastal Ecology, HARC

Table Talk host bios (see also Featured Speakers, each of whom will host a table immediately following their presentations):

Keith Koski, Manager, City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse
Keith Koski has worked in design and construction for most of his adult life. He has striven to minimize waste in his projects as much as possible. Since 2009, Mr. Koski has had the privilege to manage the City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse, a component of the Solid Waste Management Department. The Reuse Warehouse accepts building materials from individuals and companies, diverts them from landfills, and gives them to non-profit organizations for free.

T’Noya Thompson, Report Card Coordinator, Galveston Bay Foundation
T’Noya Thompson joined Galveston Bay Foundation as Report Card Coordinator in May 2017.  Born and raised in the Bahamas, T’Noya felt connected to nature at an early age as there was much to explore and learn from. A deep connection to the ocean inspired her to attend Texas A&M University at Galveston where she received a B.S. in Marine Biology in 2005. From there, she began working at Moody Gardens in the Animal Care Department. Over past 12 years, T’Noya served a number of roles at Moody Gardens and connected with the community on various levels. She is currently pursuing a Global Field Project Master’s Degree in Biology at Miami University through Project Dragonfly. T’Noya is passionate about collaborating conservation with community engagement and is excited to apply her experience to GBF. She looks forward to connecting with the community to preserve Galveston Bay for future generation.

Joanie Steinhaus, Campaign Director, Gulf of Mexico, Turtle Island Restoration Network
Joanie Steinhaus is the Campaign Director for Turtle Island Restoration Network in their efforts to protect the Gulf of Mexico. Joanie has been involved with formal and informal education programs for over seventeen years, as a public school teacher and she has worked at informal education sites including the Houston Zoo, Keep Austin Beautiful and the Lower Colorado River Authority. She has extensive experience in the education of youth and adults about stewardship and conservation of our natural resources. Joanie has worked with a variety of organizations, both locally and state-wide, to advance conservation and sustainability issues. Her diverse knowledge and passion about the environment in the Texas area has shown in her outreach work to local politicians, community groups, homeowner associations and the general public to help them understand the value of protecting the local flora and fauna. Joanie currently serves on the Board of Clean Galveston and is a Sanctuary Advisory Member for the Flower Gardens Bank National Marine Sanctuary in a Conservation Seat.

Anton Edwards, Acquisition Specialist, Avenue C.D.C.
Anton Edwards joined Avenue as the Property Acquisition Specialist in 2015 after working 15 years in the real estate industry as an REO property manager. As the in-house agent for Avenue, his role is to acquire and develop single family, multifamily, and construction projects in the Northside and Northline communities of Houston. His current projects include Avenue Park, a 53 unit development of affordable housing; a concrete home in Acres Homes; and developing and implementing new landscaping techniques to mitigate floodwaters. During the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Anton transitioned into the role of Interim Repair Manager for Avenue CDC, coordinating the organization’s response to the growing housing crisis in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  During that time over 20 homes were repaired, and over $100,000 in appliances and household goods were distributed. Anton is a Los Angeles native who graduated from Eisenhower High School in Houston and received a B.A. in Political Science from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. The mission of Avenue CDC is “Building affordable homes and strengthening communities”.

Matthew Tresaugue, Manager, Houston Air Quality Media Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund & One Breath Partnership
Matt Tresaugue handles the day-to-day coordination and organization of the One Breath Partnership, which involves local environmental groups working to reduce air pollution for a healthier and more resilient Houston. He also manages communications for Environmental Defense Fund’s air quality work in Houston. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he previously worked as an award-winning reporter at the Houston Chronicle and newspapers in California.

Anja Machado, Executive Director, TWRC Wildlife Center
Anja Machado is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the center, including administrative, financial, human resources, fundraising, legal, public relations and marketing. Anja has multiple years of experience co-running a non-profit as a Director for United Way, as well as various years of management, communications, and event experience. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing as well as her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of West Florida. Anja moved to Houston two years ago with her Husband and Beagle, and thoroughly enjoys finding out what this wonderful city has to offer. Anja is an avid animal lover and feels right at home at TWRC. In her spare time, she fosters and rescues domestic animals, and is excited to add rehabbing wildlife to the mix.

Theresa Morris, Gulf Program Coordinator, Turtle Island Restoration Network
Theresa is a graduate of Texas A&M University at Galveston, with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Marine Biology. Her master’s thesis focused on marine microbiology, analyzing bacteria of ship ballast water and the locations of ballast water exchange. She also worked at the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston Texas during undergraduate work. After volunteering for Turtle Island Restoration Network, she became the patrol coordinator for the sea turtle nest patrols and eventually the Gulf Program Coordinator. Her work covers research, advocacy, outreach, education and volunteer coordination.

Erin Kinney, PhD, Research Scientist, Coastal Ecology, HARC
Erin Kinney is a Research Scientist at HARC specializing in coastal and wetland ecology. Her research interests include wetland restoration, impacts of land use and eutrophication on coastal systems, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands. Erin graduated with a PhD in biology from the Boston University Marine Program and a BA in environmental and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College. She previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the department of marine biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston and at the Ecosystem Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.