Houston Environmental News Update April 24, 2019

American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2019, Houston City Nature Challenge, World Migratory Bird Day, Green Jobs, and much more

The official Earth Day observance has passed, but don’t forget your friendly environmental advocate, the CEC! We need your support to continue our important work here at the CEC, and it’s not too late to give.

Help make us make Earth Day every day by making a donation. Supporters just like you make this newsletter possible. If you enjoy learning about opportunities to help protect and improve our environment and quality of life, please consider giving. We are thankful for friends like you who help us continue our mission to foster dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast Region.

And, in the meantime, get involved with and support the efforts of CEC’s member organizations who are making a difference–and you only have to scroll down to find out how.

Artist Boat Oppenheimer Bird Observatory Grand Reveal 2019

The banner above highlights the upcoming City Nature Challenge competition in which citizen-scientists across the planet will collect biodiversity observations in and around our cities from April 26-29, 2019. The Houston-Galveston count area is very large and observations can be made via the iNaturalist app anywhere. Last year Houston-Galveston placed No. 2 globally for species observed and we want to get to number one this year. One new idea: check out the new Artist Boat Oppenheimer Bird Observatory which is opening this weekend.

And, if beating other unnamed but inferior cities isn’t enough, Texas Parks & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy in Texas, and Houston Audubon–among others–will glean valuable insights into the state of our wildlife and native plant communities (including Species of Greatest Conservation Need) from these observations. You will be adding to real science and conservation!


CEC NOTES

For the rest of April, remember to give $1, $3, or $5 to EarthShare of Texas when you shop at any HEB or Central Market. 100% of those funds go to the forty-two environmental charities–including CEC and many of our member organizations–that belong to EarthShare of Texas. Through this partnership HEB and its customers have donated almost $1 million to EarthShare of Texas. Help us make that $1 million mark this year!

CEC is a big fan of H-E-B’s environmental initiatives relating to transportation emission reductionsgreen buildingseafood sustainabilityrecycling, composting, and waste reduction; and ongoing support for environmental partners.


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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].


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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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