Environmental Directory

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Big Thicket Association

Purpose: To work for the preservation of the flora and fauna of the Big Thicket area; To promote the conservation of the natural resources and natural beauty of the Big Thicket; To promote and to fund research contributing to knowledge of the Big Thicket; To publish or support publication of cultural and scientific Big Thicket literature; To support the operation and expansion of the Big Thicket National Preserve; and To manage the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station.…More Details
700 North St., Ste 79 Beaumont TX 77701 : (409) 790-5399 Website: Big Thicket Association Website

Purpose: To work for the preservation of the flora and fauna of the Big Thicket area; To promote the conservation of the natural resources and natural beauty of the Big Thicket; To promote and to fund research contributing to knowledge of the Big Thicket; To publish or support publication of cultural and scientific Big Thicket literature; To support the operation and expansion of the Big Thicket National Preserve; and To manage the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station.

Meetings: 2nd Sat. in Jan., April, July, and Oct. at the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station in Saratoga. Please check website for location changes.

Major Events: Neches River Rally (canoe & Kayak event 1st weekend after Labor Day), Big Thicket Day (2nd Sat. in Oct.),  Eco Tours on the Neches River (every Sat. from March through Nov. plus private Charters), All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory by Thicket of Diversity, Science cafes, Field Trips, Hikes and Seminars. Environmental classes for area schools

Volunteer Opportunities: Citizen/Scientist work with the Thicket of Diversity, assistance with BioBlitz and hikes.

Publications: Big Thicket Bulletin, quarterly. Available on website

 

Bruce Walker, Executive Director
[email protected]
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Mona Halvorsen, Director Thicket of Diversity
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Kathy Smartt, BTA President
[email protected]

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Texas Coastal Watershed Program

Purpose: To provide education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality. Major Events: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Courses and Classes. Volunteer Opportunities: Restoration Projects, Conservation Projects, Landscape Installation Projects and Wetland Workdays. Publications: Can Houston Feed Itself?More Details
1335 Regents Park Dr., Suite 260 Houston TX 77058 Work Phone: (281) 218-0570 Website: Texas Coastal Watershed Program Website

Purpose: To provide education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality.

Major Events: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Courses and Classes.

Volunteer Opportunities: Restoration Projects, Conservation Projects, Landscape Installation Projects and Wetland Workdays.

Publications:

Can Houston Feed Itself?
Stormwater Wetlands
Is Denser Greener?
The Resilient Coast
Urban Parks
Choices for Growth
Texas Coastal Wetland Guidebook
5 Tips for Organic Lawn Care
WaterSmart Landscaping
Living Shorelines

Dr. John Jacob, Team Leader/Professor
[email protected]

Charriss York, Stormwater Projects Specialist
[email protected]

Steve Mikulencak, Planning Projects Leader
[email protected]

Mary Carol Edwards, Stormwater Wetland Program Coordinator                                  [email protected] 

 

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Last Organic Outpost

Purpose: The Last Organic Outpost generates healthy communities and establishes a local food economy in Houston’s under-served neighborhoods through urban farming and farm-based art & education. They empower communities through sustainable agriculture that teaches residents to produce safe, healthy and accessible food for all. They envision growing ‘Food Everywhere’ and seeding an Urban Agricultural District that cultivates our region’s food and supports local farmers to thrive despite economic, environmental, health and social challenges.…More Details
P.O. Box 962 Houston TX 77001 P.O. Box 962 Houston TX 77001 : (832) 422-8407 Website: Last Organic Outpost Website

Purpose: The Last Organic Outpost generates healthy communities and establishes a local food economy in Houston’s under-served neighborhoods through urban farming and farm-based art & education. They empower communities through sustainable agriculture that teaches residents to produce safe, healthy and accessible food for all. They envision growing ‘Food Everywhere’ and seeding an Urban Agricultural District that cultivates our region’s food and supports local farmers to thrive despite economic, environmental, health and social challenges.

Programs: The Emile Street Community Learning Farm is located in Houston’s 5th Ward at 711 Emile St, Houston. Last Organic Outpost is also focusing efforts on the 5th Ward food desert with the following objectives:

Outreach – Initiate the growth of Food Everywhere by building home gardens and a neighborhood-wide orchard of fruit & nut trees in homes and public spaces.

Farming – Establish a local food economy by training farmers in non-conventional, but sustainable, environmentally sound methods, establish community farms and encourage farm and local food related businesses in the Fifth Ward.

Education – Host community events where we teach residents about healthy nutrition, urban agriculture, and sustainability.

Volunteer Opportunities: farming at the farm, help organize outreach and plan our projects, writers, web/software development, contacts, research and more. Contact [email protected] to find out about our meetings.

Publications: Visit our website to sign up for our newsletter.

Joe Icet, Founder

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Texans for Clean Water

Purpose: Texans for Clean Water is a coalition of business leaders and citizens who are committed to protecting the waterways. Through education, prevention and collaboration, we can eliminate floatable litter: including drink containers, polystyrene to-go containers and plastic bags, from Texas waterways. In doing so, we will generate economic prosperity and improve water quality for all Texans and Texas wildlife.…More Details
1901 Lexington St. Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (281) 783-9015 Website: Texans for Clean Water Website

Purpose: Texans for Clean Water is a coalition of business leaders and citizens who are committed to protecting the waterways. Through education, prevention and collaboration, we can eliminate floatable litter: including drink containers, polystyrene to-go containers and plastic bags, from Texas waterways. In doing so, we will generate economic prosperity and improve water quality for all Texans and Texas wildlife.

Programs: Speakers are available to talk about strategies to improve water quality by reducing, discarding, and appropriate alternatives to: plastic bags, polystyrene to go containers, and other AWAY FROM HOME packaging. Texans for Clean water also works to support municipal and statewide legislation to prevent land based litter from becoming marine debris.

Speakers: Contact

Mary Wood
[email protected] 

Volunteers Opportunities: Help to spread the message that litter is a problem in Texas. What’s your favorite tool to get the word out? Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter?  Whatever it is, click here for our latest post on Facebook and relay it out to your audience.

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Galveston Ornithological Society

Purpose: This Ornithological Society is a group of friends of all ages in Galveston County, Texas, who share a love for learning about birds. Programs: We have meetings and classes and birding trips like the Water Bird Workshop or Shorebird Seminar. Members have day and overnight field trips to observe birds in their natural setting.…More Details
Work 3903 Shaman Road Galveston TX 77554 Work Phone: (409) 370-1515 Website: Galveston Ornithological Society Website

Purpose: This Ornithological Society is a group of friends of all ages in Galveston County, Texas, who share a love for learning about birds.

Programs: We have meetings and classes and birding trips like the Water Bird Workshop or Shorebird Seminar. Members have day and overnight field trips to observe birds in their natural setting. The Society offers several trips away from Galveston during each year. Participants have gone to far away bird hot spots such as Venezuela, Arizona, South Texas, Florida, Alaska, the Yucatan, the Galapagos and many other locations. Additional trips planned for the future include Africa, Tierra del Fuego and Cape May.

Membership: It’s easy to join the Galveston Ornithological Society and it’s free. Just email Jim and you can also receive his bird pictures and commentary.

Publications: Galveston Bay’s first nature newspaper, “GULLS n HERONS”, is the inspiration of The Galveston Ornithological Society. Informative and instructive articles on nature, such as bird watching, reptiles, fishing, etc., are included in all issues, and it includes color pictures of Gulf Coast birds and other creatures.

Jim Stevenson, Executive Director

[email protected]

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Keep Kingwood Green

Purpose: To educate and advocate for recycling in the Lake Houston area (and other issues as appropriate). Non-profit 501c3, all volunteer organization. Major Projects: Participation in Kleenwood, Nature Fest, YMCA events, Kingwood Farmers Market, and other recycling events in the area. We work with the City of Houston, Humble ISD and other governmental units to facilitate and educate about recycling.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 5125 Kingwood TX 77325 Work Phone: (713) 206-0558 (please leave a message) Website: Keep Kingwood Green Website

Purpose: To educate and advocate for recycling in the Lake Houston area (and other issues as appropriate). Non-profit 501c3, all volunteer organization.

Major Projects: Participation in Kleenwood, Nature Fest, YMCA events, Kingwood Farmers Market, and other recycling events in the area. We work with the City of Houston, Humble ISD and other governmental units to facilitate and educate about recycling. We hold public meetings, publish Green Columns and recycling brochures, host a “Where Can I Recycle” website and “hotline” and help local businesses “go green.”

Speakers Bureau: Speakers available for community groups and schools, mostly on recycling topics. Contact: Candy Bowman.

Herlinda Gonzalez, President of the Board
[email protected]

Brigitte Collee, VP/Development Director
[email protected]

Susan Pollard, Secretery/Community Association Liaison
[email protected]

John Cotter, Treasurer
[email protected]

Candy Bowman, Education Director
[email protected]

Katrin McManis, Board Member, Special Projects,
[email protected]

Uma Rajendram, Board Member, Special Projects,
[email protected]

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Coastal Prairie Partnership

Purpose: The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to promote the conservation and restoration of Coastal Prairie ecosystems. Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) is a private, nonprofit collaboration of governmental agencies, non-governmental institutions, private individuals, and landowners working to achieve common conservation and education goals. Our ultimate goal is to help foster a more connected and empowered prairie community in coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana.…More Details
P.O. Box 540342 Houston TX 77254-0342 : (713)518-0818 Website: Coastal Prairie Partnership Website

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Purpose: The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to promote the conservation and restoration of Coastal Prairie ecosystems. Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) is a private, nonprofit collaboration of governmental agencies, non-governmental institutions, private individuals, and landowners working to achieve common conservation and education goals. Our ultimate goal is to help foster a more connected and empowered prairie community in coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana.

Programs: Southern Plains and Prairies Conference, Attwater Prairie Chicken Week, PrairiePartner.org- a clearinghouse for prairie information, plant propagation workshops, teacher education, prairie restoration projects, and facilitation of prairie action meetings.

Major Event: Southern Plains and Prairies Conference

Volunteer Opportunities (ion website): Tabling events, electronic newsletter assistance, Facebook assistance, assistance with annual conference.

Speaker’s Bureau: Yes. Please contact Jaime Gonzalez at 281-660-6683.

Publications (on website): Coastal Prairie Plant Growers’ Handbook and others.

Video Content (on website): YouTube channel and prairiepartner.org/video.

Dr. Cassidy Johnson, President
[email protected]

Jaime González, Vice President
[email protected]

Scott Kiester, Secretary
[email protected]

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National Parks Conservation Association

Purpose: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. NPCA was established in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service. Stephen Mather, the first director of the Park Service, was one of our founders. He felt very strongly that the national parks would need an independent voice—outside the political system—to ensure these places remained unimpaired for future generations.…More Details
9654c Katy Freeway, #252 Houston TX 77055 Work Phone: (713) 702-0767 Website: National Parks Conservation Association Website

Purpose: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. NPCA was established in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service. Stephen Mather, the first director of the Park Service, was one of our founders. He felt very strongly that the national parks would need an independent voice—outside the political system—to ensure these places remained unimpaired for future generations.

Programs: Locally, the NPCA is working to develop the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. The Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area would include sites spanning four coastal counties: Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, and Chambers. This region boasts natural areas, outdoor recreation opportunities, and historical sites. The proposed area would be built around a core of existing sites through coordinated management by public, private, and nonprofit landowners. A National Recreation Area for the Upper Texas Coast would include only those public and private land owners who voluntarily chose to participate.

Volunteer Opportunities & Speakers Bureau: Contact Victoria Herrin

Victoria Herrin, Campaign Director, Texas Gulf Coast
[email protected]

Suzanne Dixon, Regional Director
[email protected]

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Rice Design Alliance

Purpose: Dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite, and active programs to initiate physical improvements. By sponsoring lectures, seminars, symposia, exhibits, and tours, RDA seeks to involve the public. Volunteer Opportunities: Docents needed for house tour, gala, and other events.…More Details
Rice University 6100 Main Street Anderson Hall, Room 149 Houston TX 77005 P.O Box 1892 Houston TX 77251-1892 Work Phone: (713) 348-4876 : (713) 348-5924 Website: Rice Design Alliance Website

Purpose: Dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite, and active programs to initiate physical improvements. By sponsoring lectures, seminars, symposia, exhibits, and tours, RDA seeks to involve the public.

Volunteer Opportunities: Docents needed for house tour, gala, and other events.

Publications: Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, published quarterly, Ephemeral City: Cite Looks at Houston (2003, UT Press).

Maria Nicanor, Executive Director
(713) 348-3288
[email protected]

Angie Chen, Interim Executive Director
(713) 348-5583
[email protected]

Raquel Puccio, Administrative Coordinator
(713) 348-4876
[email protected]

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Nature Discovery Center

Purpose: To ignite life-long curiosity, understanding, and respect for nature through education. Programs: Year –round classes and camps for 3 – 10 year olds; on and off-site programs for schools: field trips, science exhibit loans, teacher professional development; in-class live animal presentations; in-class, hands-on Science on the Go! Lesson for 3rd-5th graders; scout advancement programs and birthday party live animal programs.…More Details
7112 Newcastle Bellaire TX 77401 Work Phone: (713) 667-6550 Website: Nature Discovery Center Website

Purpose: To ignite life-long curiosity, understanding, and respect for nature through education.

Programs: Year –round classes and camps for 3 – 10 year olds; on and off-site programs for schools: field trips, science exhibit loans, teacher professional development; in-class live animal presentations; in-class, hands-on Science on the Go! Lesson for 3rd-5th graders; scout advancement programs and birthday party live animal programs. For adults: migration season guided birding walks and spring coastal birding bus trip; monthly lecture series; first Wednesday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. Children’s Activities: Discovery Rooms, Nature Story Time, pre-school and elementary classes & camps, Scout programs, birthday party programs.

Major Events: Home Tour/Spring Fling (Spring), Earth Day (Apr), Pumpkin Patch (Oct); Twilight in the Park (Nov.); Holiday Market (Dec).

Volunteer Opportunities: Special events; field trip docents; animal care; gardening; help with art and craft projects, camp counselors, Discovery Room docents.

Speakers Bureau: Yes.

Henry Owen, Executive Director
[email protected]

Anne Eisner, Program Coordinator
[email protected]

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Houston Tomorrow

Purpose: Houston Tomorrow is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Its vision is that on its 200th birthday, the Houston region will be home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States. Founded in 1998.…More Details
723 Main, Suite #700-52 Houston TX 77002 Work Phone: (713) 523-5757 Website: Houston Tomorrow Website

Purpose: Houston Tomorrow is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Its vision is that on its 200th birthday, the Houston region will be home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States. Founded in 1998.

Meetings: Livable Houston Initiative: noon on the fourth Wed. each month. Houston Food Policy Work Group: 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wed of each month. Distinguished Speaker Series, quarterly.

Programs: Research on growth, development and innovations in the US and the world. Outreach: Public events, discussions, and working with public and private partners. Communication: Produce accessible, useful information.

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact office.

Publications: Free Biannual magazine, Tomorrow. Weekly E-mail newsletter.

David Crossley, Interim Chair
[email protected]

Alex Mossler, Deputy Director
[email protected]

Caitlin McNeely, Programs Director
[email protected]

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Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center

Purpose: A 312-acre, Harris County Precinct 4 nature park dedicated to environmental and natural history, education, wildlife conservation, and passive recreation. It opened in 1982. Programs: Wide variety of weekday tours and free weekend educational programs, ranging from the lifestyles and customs of local early settlers to the environmental benefits of nature. Teacher workshops and training programs are offered as well.…More Details
20634 Kenswick Drive Humble TX 77338 Work Phone: (281) 446-8588 Website: Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center Website

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Purpose: A 312-acre, Harris County Precinct 4 nature park dedicated to environmental and natural history, education, wildlife conservation, and passive recreation. It opened in 1982.

Programs: Wide variety of weekday tours and free weekend educational programs, ranging from the lifestyles and customs of local early settlers to the environmental benefits of nature. Teacher workshops and training programs are offered as well.

Major Events: Arbor Day Celebration – 3rd weekend in January; Homestead Heritage Day – 2nd Saturday in February; NatureFest – 1st Saturday in March; Pioneer Day – 2nd Saturday in November

Children’s Activities: Wide variety throughout the year, including Summer Nature Camp, Tadpoles Club, and scout programs. Playground with separate toddler section. Field trips are available to the park for your class or student group.

Volunteer Opportunities: Trail guides, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, greenhouse help, office aide.

Publications: Bi-annually the Update – Harris County Precinct 4 Parks.

Darlene Conley Hostetler, Director
[email protected]

Mark Seegers, Media Contact
(713) 816-6444
[email protected]

Al Barr, Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]

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Houston Parks Board

Purpose: The Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects and advocates for parks in the Greater Houston region. Programs: Parkland acquisition and park capital improvement projects; collaboration with other green groups; neighborhood partnership program; commemorative benches and reforestation fund for Houston-area parks. One of the most exciting initiatives to come along in recent years is the Bayou Greenways Initiative.…More Details
300 North Post Oak Lane Houston TX 77024 Work Phone: (713) 942-8500 : (713) 942-7664 Website: Houston Parks Board Website

Purpose: The Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects and advocates for parks in the Greater Houston region.

Programs: Parkland acquisition and park capital improvement projects; collaboration with other green groups; neighborhood partnership program; commemorative benches and reforestation fund for Houston-area parks.

One of the most exciting initiatives to come along in recent years is the Bayou Greenways Initiative. As we continue to successfully serve our mission of adding equitably distributed parkland to the greater Houston area, we have joined several other public and private partners to embark upon this bold initiative focusing on Houston’s bayous, specifically the potential of connected greenways and park spaces along ten of our major bayous.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Executive Director.

Publications: Annual Report.

Beth White, President and CEO

 

Rachel Compton, Public Relations
[email protected]

Tina Clayton, Development Coordinator

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Energy Corridor District

Purpose: Represent property owners, businesses, and residents in the district, serving as a liaison with local, state, and federal governments and agencies to improve public safety, transportation, parks and trails, and business development to enhance the district. Meetings: Second Friday of each month in ECD office, 8:30 a.m. Major Events: Transportation Fairs, 75 Eldridge bus route, Bike to Work Day, ECD Livable Centers Plan, ECD Bicycle Master Plan, Grisby Square Preservation, National Park Service West Houston Trails Master Plan, Spring and Fall Recycling Events.…More Details
777 N. Eldridge Parkway, Suite 270 Houston TX 77079 Work Phone: (281) 759-3800 : (281) 709-6215 Website: Energy Corridor District Website

Purpose: Represent property owners, businesses, and residents in the district, serving as a liaison with local, state, and federal governments and agencies to improve public safety, transportation, parks and trails, and business development to enhance the district.

Meetings: Second Friday of each month in ECD office, 8:30 a.m.

Major Events: Transportation Fairs, 75 Eldridge bus route, Bike to Work Day, ECD Livable Centers Plan, ECD Bicycle Master Plan, Grisby Square Preservation, National Park Service West Houston Trails Master Plan, Spring and Fall Recycling Events.

Clark Martinson, General Manager
[email protected]

Robert Rayburn, Development & Natural Resource Director
[email protected]

Ali Lamkahouan, Finance and Economic Development Manager
[email protected]

Rachel Weaver, Community Relations Coordinator
[email protected]

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Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

Purpose: CEC works to connect our environmental community. Our mission is to foster education, dialogue, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. Major Events: Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour (winter), Greater Houston Environmental Summit (early spring) Volunteer Opportunities: Writing, research, clerical, special events, graphic desing, website assistance, tabling, IT consulting.…More Details
Work Visit: 751 Silver St #111 Houston TX 77007 Other Mail: PO Box 702 Houston TEXAS 77001-0702 United States Work Phone: 713-524-4232 Cell Phone: 832-982-2843 Website: CEC Website

Purpose: CEC works to connect our environmental community. Our mission is to foster education, dialogue, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region.

Major Events: Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour (winter), Greater Houston Environmental Summit (early spring)

Volunteer Opportunities: Writing, research, clerical, special events, graphic desing, website assistance, tabling, IT consulting. Public relations, attorneys, accountants, and fundraising experts for board and committees.

Publications:

Annual Environmental Resource Guide

Environmental News Update, a free weekly environmental e-mail newsletter. Please visit cechouston.org to sign up.

Our website, cechouston.org, features a compilation of news headlines, green job postings, a comprehensive calendar of local environmental events of interest to our member groups, and archives of our weekly newsletters.

Information & Referral: CEC serves as a call and email service center to help direct environmental inquiries to appropriate organizations and agencies.

Rachel Powers, Executive Director
[email protected]

Mr. Maurilio “Moe” Flores Sanchez, President
[email protected]

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Keep Pearland Beautiful

Purpose: The vision of Keep Pearland Beautiful is that Pearland will be the cleanest and most beautiful city in Texas. Major Projects: Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon, Cheers for Volunteers, Environmental Awards Dinner. Yard Wise Demonstration Garden, Adopt A Spot, Community Greening. KPB Education methods include: speaking to groups, bringing environmental programs to schools, training teachers, sponsoring our annual Environmental Fair and informing people about Environmental responsibility.…More Details
5800 Magnolia St. Pearland TX 77584 Work Phone: (281) 489-2795 : (281) 994-9735 Website: Keep Pearland Beautiful

Purpose: The vision of Keep Pearland Beautiful is that Pearland will be the cleanest and most beautiful city in Texas.

Major Projects: Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon, Cheers for Volunteers, Environmental Awards Dinner. Yard Wise Demonstration Garden, Adopt A Spot, Community Greening. KPB Education methods include: speaking to groups, bringing environmental programs to schools, training teachers, sponsoring our annual Environmental Fair and informing people about Environmental responsibility.

Speakers Bureau: Speakers will come out and give a presentation to your classroom or school group

Andrew Miller, Executive Director
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Lenora Tollefson, Administrative Assistant
[email protected]

Henry Donley, Recycling Coordinator
[email protected]

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Public Citizen – Texas

Purpose: To research and recommend policy that will lower electric bills, increase clean and renewable sources of energy, and combats greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global climate change by working to encourage city and state incentives for energy efficiency and to create incentives and mandates for more renewable energy. Programs: Policy programs in are climate change, promoting clean government, fighting dirty energy, advancing energy efficiency in Texas, advancing renewable energy in Texas and student organizing.…More Details
Work 309 East 11th St., Suite 2 Austin Texas 78701 Work Phone: (512) 477-1155 Website: http://www.citizen.org/texas

Purpose: To research and recommend policy that will lower electric bills, increase clean and renewable sources of energy, and combats greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global climate change by working to encourage city and state incentives for energy efficiency and to create incentives and mandates for more renewable energy.

Programs: Policy programs in are climate change, promoting clean government, fighting dirty energy, advancing energy efficiency in Texas, advancing renewable energy in Texas and student organizing.

Publications: Texas Vox Blog, the Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.

Intern Opportunities: Over 300 interns have been trained and mentored in Texas. Contact Stephanie Thomas ([email protected]) for more information.

Adrian Shelley, Executive Director
[email protected]

Stephanie Thomas, Researcher and Community Organizer–Houston Representative [email protected]

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City of Houston Office of Sustainability

Purpose: The City of Houston's sustainability office encourages green development and lifestyles across the city by carrying out green projects, educating on pressing environmental issues, and promoting sustainable products and services. Green Projects: Bikeways Program- The Houston Bikeways Program is a partnership among the Public Works & Engineering, Planning & Development, Parks & Recreation and Health & Human Services Departments and often coordinates with METRO, Houston Parks Board, Houston-Galveston Area Council and other partners.…More Details
901 Bagby Houston Texas 77002 United States Work Phone: (713)837-0311 Work Phone: (832) 393-8503 Website: Green Houston

Purpose: The City of Houston’s sustainability office encourages green development and lifestyles across the city by carrying out green projects, educating on pressing environmental issues, and promoting sustainable products and services.

Green Projects:

Bikeways Program- The Houston Bikeways Program is a partnership among the Public Works & Engineering, Planning & Development, Parks & Recreation and Health & Human Services Departments and often coordinates with METRO, Houston Parks Board, Houston-Galveston Area Council and other partners. The program aims to make Houston a safer, healthier, and more bike-friendly city.

Brownsfields Redevelopment Program- The redevelopment of Brownfields benefits the communities in which they are located in many ways. By removing blight and facilitating environmental cleanup, redeveloping Brownfields address environmental, public health, and safety concerns. Redeveloping previously developed sites and reusing existing infrastructure, utilities, and roads allows open space and undeveloped land to be preserved.

City Hall Farmers Market- The public can enjoy a variety of locally prepared ready-to-eat or packaged to-go foods, pick up farm-fresh weekly groceries and at the same time support sustainable food, all amidst Houston’s dramatic downtown urban setting.

Green Building Resource Center- A project of the Department of Public Works and Engineering, offers economical, sustainable building solutions for the public through over 50 educational displays, a library of information, and samples of recycled materials to provide strategies for green building and in-home energy conservation..

For more information of these green projects and others, visit http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/cityprojects.html

Lara Cottingham, Deputy Assistant Director

Larissa Williams, Energy Manager

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Houston Wilderness

Purpose: Houston Wilderness is a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests that acts in concert to protect, preserve and promote the unique biodiversity of the region’s precious remaining ecological capital from bottomland hardwoods and prairie grasslands to pine forests and wetlands. Programs: Collaborative Access Program, Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, Collaborative Grant Organizing, Wilderness Passport, ecosystems services, and Get Out Here Houston.…More Details
550 Westcott Street, Suite 305 Houston TX 77007 Work Phone: (713) 524-7330 : (713) 524-7331 Website: Houston Wilderness Website

Purpose: Houston Wilderness is a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests that acts in concert to protect, preserve and promote the unique biodiversity of the region’s precious remaining ecological capital from bottomland hardwoods and prairie grasslands to pine forests and wetlands.

Programs: Collaborative Access Program, Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, Collaborative Grant Organizing, Wilderness Passport, ecosystems services, and Get Out Here Houston.

Volunteer Opportunities: Speaking engagements

Publications: Houston Atlas of Biodiversity; Family Passport; Ecotourism & Wellness Passport

Programs: Collaborative Access Program, Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, Collaborative Grant Organizing, Wilderness Passport, ecosystems services, and Get Out Here Houston.

Volunteer Opportunities: Speaking engagements

Publications: Houston Atlas of Biodiversity; Family Passport; Ecotourism & Wellness Passport

Deborah January-Bevers, President & CEO
[email protected]
713-524-7330 x 205

Rita Cash, Controller
[email protected]
713-524-7330 x204

Brittany Nicholson, Environmental Policy Specialist
[email protected]
713-524-7330 x206

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Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs

Purpose: The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs has a reputation as a comprehensive center for sound academic research. Scholars focus on a broad range of topics, including voting behavior, American foreign policy and international relations, political communication, criminal justice attitudes and behavior, police violence, environmental justice, race and crime, race and governance, policy studies, leadership, E-government, homeland security, urban transportation, housing and community development, Diaspora studies, environmental planning, economic development and the fiscal responsibility of urban governments.…More Details
3100 Cleburne Street Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 313-6849 Website: Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Website

Purpose: The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs has a reputation as a comprehensive center for sound academic research. Scholars focus on a broad range of topics, including voting behavior, American foreign policy and international relations, political communication, criminal justice attitudes and behavior, police violence, environmental justice, race and crime, race and governance, policy studies, leadership, E-government, homeland security, urban transportation, housing and community development, Diaspora studies, environmental planning, economic development and the fiscal responsibility of urban governments.
Check online for information about degrees offered at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Programs: Research, Policy Advocacy, Campus Sustainability Initiatives, Educational Seminars, Lectures, and Workshops

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer and student internships; study abroad

Dr. Michael Adams, Interim Chair for Dept. of Political Science
(713) 313-7760
[email protected]

Dr. Gautam Nayer, Interim Chair for Admin. of Justice
(713) 313-4809
[email protected]

Dr. Sheri Smith, Interim Chair for Dept. of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
(713) 313-4807
[email protected]