Houston Environmental News Update November 7, 2018

Post election hangover/euphoria? Channel your energy into something tangibly useful: help clean up bandit political yard signs. Reuse and recycling are both options.
Many of us save our signs in hopes that we can reuse them when our favorite political candidate runs again. The CEC uses binder clips to turn the signs into clipboards. One of the most impressive examples of sign reuse we have seen is by the City of Houston ReUse Warehouse, which created a holiday tree from the signs.
Speaking of reuse… The deadline to participate in the @recyclingSTAR Texas Reuse Contest is November 16, 2018, so get working! In 2017, Houston Artist Nestor Topchy won the National Reuse Contest. The photo above, by Dr. Steven Lesser, is of the winning project.
Did you know that many of the yard signs used for political campaigns can be recycled? Most signs are made of corrugated polystyrene plastic resin (labeled #5), which can often be recycled. Check with your recycling provider.
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


Craft Beer and Craft Salad Experiential Dinners

CEC is partnering with Snappy Salads, an eco-loyal company with a mission to leave this world healthier than the way they found it, and Karbach Brewery for two private Craft Beer and Craft Salad Experimental Dinners next week. The first will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at the Snappy Salads West Houston location, 19111 Katy Freeway (see eventbrite.com). The second will be Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Snappy Salads Galleria area location, 1920 Fountain View Drive (see eventbrite.com). Each event is limited to 40 people. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit CEC.

Houston Green Film Series: Living the Change

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Nov. 28, 2018, for Living the Change.

The film explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. (Watch 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.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

Houston Environmental News Update October 31, 2018

It’s Halloween, and this evening’s weather is spooky indeed! We hope you and any young ghouls and goblins you know have had a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Also, please don’t forget that early voting for the November 6 elections continues through this Friday, November 2, 2018. Information on how and where to vote can be found at VoteTexas.gov website operated by the Texas Secretary of State. Don’t forget to read the Voters Guide from the League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund!
If you are curious about what some of our state and local elected officials are up to, read the analysis by Taylor Surratt of preparations for the legislature and meetings of the City of Houston, Harris County, and TCEQ.
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

Tales of Houston Women: Houston Women in the Environment
Bayou Preservation AssociationCitizens’ Environmental CoalitionHouston AudubonMemorial Park ConservancyKaty Prairie Conservancy, and UH Libraries are supporting Tales of Houston Women, the Houston History Alliance’s two-month retrospective and celebration displaying the many ways Houston’s women have, are, and will put their mark on local, national and global history. Twenty-one organizations have planned coordinating events, including the following events themed “Houston Women in the Environment”:

Environmental Educators Exchange at Houston Arboretum on Nov. 7, 2018
The next quarterly meeting of the Environmental Educators Exchange will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Houston Arboretum. Join us as we visit the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodlway Drive, in the heart of Memorial Park. We’ll have a guided tour of some of the new features at the park, such as the new boardwalks and ponds, shown in the photo above, at the Woodway Entrance. The entrance includes two ponds, a mile of trails, and 15 acres of savanna restoration. As we tour, we will learn about environmental education initiatives at one of the best outdoor education centers in the region. All are welcome. More details at https://fall18eee.eventbrite.com. Sign up for EEE-mails at constantcontact.com.


Houston Green Film Series: Living the Change

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Nov. 28, 2018, for Living the Change.

Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. (Watch 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.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

85th Texas Legislature Interim Committee Charges

The various committees within the Texas Senate and House of Representatives are charged with interim duties that they must address between the biennial regular legislative sessions. The 85th Texas Legislature assigned the following interim charges to multiple committees concerning the environment in the state of Texas. This year, many of these interim charges concern the response to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey, in order to better prepare the state for future natural disasters. Other notable interim charges include studying the effects of declining migratory species, identifying methods for the early detection of invasive organisms, evaluating the flood risk in unincorporated rural and suburban areas, examining how emergency alert systems related to hazardous releases are organized, and reviewing local and state zoning and land use regulations. The entire list of the interim committee charges for the Texas House of Representatives can be found at www.house.texas.gov, and for the Texas Senate at www.ltgov.state.tx.us (Round 1, Round 2, issued October 2017).

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