Environmental Directory

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Central City Co-Op

Purpose: Our mission is to support sustainable, chemical free farming practices through offering both 1) sustainably raised local and 2) certified USDA organic national produce and farm goods to our community at the fairest prices possible. We were founded in September 2001. Publications: Weekly newsletter, sign-up through the website, www.centralcityco-op.org Programs: Co-op markets held every Wednesday, occasional health and nutrition related seminars during Wednesday co-op.…More Details
Work 2515 Waugh Drive (inside Kindred Church) Houston TX 77006 Work Phone: (832) 819-4809 Website: Central City Co-Op Website

Purpose: Our mission is to support sustainable, chemical free farming practices through offering both 1) sustainably raised local and 2) certified USDA organic national produce and farm goods to our community at the fairest prices possible. We were founded in September 2001.

Publications: Weekly newsletter, sign-up through the website, http://www.centralcityco-op.org

Programs: Co-op markets held every Wednesday, occasional health and nutrition related seminars during Wednesday co-op.

Volunteer Opportunities: Plentiful! Mostly Wednesday & Saturday, some committee work and other hours available.

[email protected]

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Armand Bayou Nature Center

Purpose: To preserve 2,500 acres of vanishing coastal prairie, hardwood forest and bayou wilderness habitat and wildlife refuge; to give opportunities to experience and understand the remaining natural ecosystem; to reconnect people with nature. Programs: Year–round adult, child, and family programs including Third Sundays in Nature Series, FREE to the public; Eco-Exploration pontoon boat and canoe trips; guided day and night hikes; Eco-Camp summer and holiday camps; Great Texas Birding Trail Site 81; Teachers can receive SBEC credit for classes.…More Details
Work 8500 Bay Area Blvd Pasadena TX 77507 Other P.O. Box 58828 Houston TX 77258 Work Phone: (281) 474-2551 : (281) 474-2552 Website: Armand Bayou Nature Center

Purpose: To preserve 2,500 acres of vanishing coastal prairie, hardwood forest and bayou wilderness habitat and wildlife refuge; to give opportunities to experience and understand the remaining natural ecosystem; to reconnect people with nature.
Programs: Year–round adult, child, and family programs including Third Sundays in Nature Series, FREE to the public; Eco-Exploration pontoon boat and canoe trips; guided day and night hikes; Eco-Camp summer and holiday camps; Great Texas Birding Trail Site 81; Teachers can receive SBEC credit for classes. Speakers are available to come speak to your classroom or group, contact website or call for booking.

Major Events: Apr. – Earth Day; May – Bayou Boil fundraiser; Oct. – Creepy Crawlers; Nov. – Martyn Farm Harvest Festival; Dec. – Audubon Bird Count

Children’s Activities: Critter Corner, Connections and Bayou Studies classes; naturalist lead and self-guided school field trips; scout programs;

Volunteer Opportunities: Prairie Friday Team, Stewardship Saturday Team, Trail Guides and History Interpreters, Environmental Education Docents, Nature Center Maintenance Crew, Teen Volunteer Corps, BSA Venturing Crew, seasonal prairie and bayou marsh restoration.

Publications: Along the Bayou, Bayou Foliage

 

Tim Pylate: Executive Director
Phone: (281) 474-2551
Email: [email protected]

Heather Millar
Phone: 713 274 2667
Email: [email protected]

Mark Kramer
Phone: 713 274 2672
Email: [email protected]

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Houston Peace and Justice Center

Purpose: The Houston Peace and Justice Center provides networks and resources for organizations and individuals to advance peace and social justice. Programs: Links and resources to various social justice movements happening in the area. Volunteer Opportunities: Fill out an application online to become a volunteer. Speakers Bureau: See website for events and speaker bookings.…More Details
P.O. Box 66234 Houston TX 77266-6234 Work Phone: (713) 900-4752 Website: Houston Peace and Justice Center Website

Purpose: The Houston Peace and Justice Center provides networks and resources for organizations and individuals to advance peace and social justice.

Programs: Links and resources to various social justice movements happening in the area.

Volunteer Opportunities: Fill out an application online to become a volunteer.

Speakers Bureau: See website for events and speaker bookings.

Publications: Blog posts, e-mail newsletter.

HPJC Executive Committee:

Constance Gray, President
Don Cook, Vice President
Brenda Padilla, Recording Secretary
Nic Carlson & Danielle Niangar, Communication Secretaries
Cheryl Crosier, Treasurer
Dave Atwood, At-large
Jasmin Patel, At-large
Joe Marcincowski, At-large
Evan Silverman, Development Director

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The Trust for Public Land

Purpose: The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Programs: Conservation Vision (“Greenprints”); Conservation Finance (public funding); Conservation Transactions (easement and fee acquisitions); Texas Water Protection and Parks Intiative; ParkScore; Parks for People. TPL is active in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston/Galveston and Austin/San Antonio regions.…More Details
Work Lake Jackson Office P.O. Box 4285 Lake Jackson TX 77566 Work Dallas Office 325 N. St. Paul Street Suite 2210 Dallas TX 75201 Work Austin Office 4524 Frontier Trail Austin TX 78745 Work Phone: Lake Jackson: (979) 299-8431 Work Phone: Dallas: (469) 615-5448 Work Phone: Austin: (415) 269-4231 Website: Trust for Public Land Website

Purpose: The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Programs: Conservation Vision (“Greenprints”); Conservation Finance (public funding); Conservation Transactions (easement and fee acquisitions); Texas Water Protection and Parks Intiative; ParkScore; Parks for People. TPL is active in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston/Galveston and Austin/San Antonio regions.

Major Events: Earth Day Dallas.

Publications: Land & People, a semi-annual national magazine; The Trust for Public Land – Texas, a state newsletter; TPL Near You, an electronic newsletter.

 

Scott Parker, Texas State Director
[email protected]

Robert Kent, North Texas Area Director
[email protected]

Mike Lange, Senior Project Manager, Texas Coast
[email protected]

Marlon P. Connley, Houston Program Manager
Tel: (832) 627-7688

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Transition Houston

Purpose: Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.…More Details
Website: Transition Houston Website

Purpose: Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.

About Us: Transition Houston is an official Transition Initiative of the burgeoning Transition movement, #40 of the 100+ official Transition Initiatives in the U.S. The movement has spread world-wide with hundreds of initiatives in the few short years since the first Transition Town began in 2005. Transition Houston is a hub for the Houston region, providing support the transition from oil dependency to local resilience by equipping communities with creative adaptations in areas such as food, energy, health, education, spirit and economy to generate a road map towards sustainable living.

Volunteer Opportunities: We frequently have hands-on projects to create practical manifestations of resiliency, such as Permablitzes, where a yard is transformed using Permaculture principles into a food garden with other elements of self-sufficiency.

Meetings: Transition Houston usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Please check our websites to confirm the meeting date, time and location.

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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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Hermann Park Conservancy

Purpose: Founded in 1992, Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens' organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park, one of Houston's largest and most loved urban parks, where more than six million visitors make memories each year. Beyond raising funds to improve and maintain the Park, the Conservancy oversees strategic planning for Hermann Park’s future as well as programs focused on visitor services, conservation and stewardship, tree care, and operations and maintenance of the McGovern Centennial Gardens.…More Details
Work 1700 Hermann Drive Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 524-5876 Website: Hermann Park Conservancy Website

Purpose: Founded in 1992, Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park, one of Houston’s largest and most loved urban parks, where more than six million visitors make memories each year.

Beyond raising funds to improve and maintain the Park, the Conservancy oversees strategic planning for Hermann Park’s future as well as programs focused on visitor services, conservation and stewardship, tree care, and operations and maintenance of the McGovern Centennial Gardens. For more information on the Conservancy, visit hermannpark.org.

Programs: Corporate sponsorship programs, volunteer programs and community events.

Major Events: Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival (held each March), Part to Port Bike Ride, Run in the Park, Evening in the Park Gala, Hats in the Park Luncheon, and Urban Green young professionals events.

Children’s Activities: Hermann Park Rail Road, Pedal boat rides, family volunteer opportunities, Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival (held each March), Children’s Story Hour (held every Friday in the McGovern Centennial Gardens’ Family Garden).

Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunities are available for individuals, corporations, civic associations, school groups, and families. They range from administrative duties and event preparation to weeding and tree planting. Contact Diane Kerr, for more information.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Doreen Stoller.

Publications: Parkside newsletter, Hermann Park Conservancy e-news.

Doreen Stoller, President
(713)-524-5876 ext. 331
[email protected]

Monique Stitts, Outreach Coordinator, Community & Coorporate Partnerships
(713)-524-5876 ext.376
[email protected]

Diane Kerr, Director of Volunteer Programs
(713)-524-5876, ext. 332
[email protected]
[email protected]

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Council for Environmental Education

Purpose: CEE was founded in 1970 to partner education and natural resource professionals. CEE provides environmental education programs and services that promote stewardship and further the capacity of learners to make informed decisions. Programs: CEE administers Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic nationally, and co-sponsors Project Learning Tree and Project WET. WET in the City focuses on urban water issues.…More Details
5555 Morningside Drive, Suite 212 Houston TX 77005 Work Phone: (713) 520-1936 Website: Council for Environmental Education Website

Purpose: CEE was founded in 1970 to partner education and natural resource professionals. CEE provides environmental education programs and services that promote stewardship and further the capacity of learners to make informed decisions.

Programs: CEE administers Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic nationally, and co-sponsors Project Learning Tree and Project WET. WET in the City focuses on urban water issues. Team WET Schools empowers urban youth to become responsible stewards of our water resources. Flying WILD, bird education for middle schools. CEE’s Growing Up WILD, is an early childhood education program that builds on childrens’ sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. All WILD programs train educators as well to teach content in the classroom.

Publications: For purchase: Project WILD, WILD School Sites Guide, Taking Action Guide, Exploring School Nature Areas video, WET in the City Spanish Language Student Pages, and Water Watchers: Conserving Water at Your Home and School. Available only through a training workshop: Curriculum and Activity Guides such as Project Wild K-12 Activity Curriculum, Flying WILD, and Science and Civics.

Josetta Hawthorne, Executive Director
[email protected]

 

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Artist Boat

Purpose: Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. Programs: Eco-Art Adventures via kayak, vessel, or walking, and summer camps Professional development & environmental stewardship programs, with special opportunities for oil and gas companies Eco-Art Residencies in Schools integrating the arts and sciences to create public sculptures and habitats on campuses Habitat Restoration Adventure Program, focused on stewardship-based learning through dune and coastal prairie preservation Boy and Girl Scout badge classes Classroom presentations and speakers that coincide with curriculum Gulf ‘Coast Education Center: K-Grey can learn about the ecological, social, and economic value of coastal ecosystems.…More Details
Work 2627 Avenue O Galveston TX 77550 : (409) 770-0722 Website: Artist Boat Website

Purpose: Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts.

Programs:

Eco-Art Adventures via kayak, vessel, or walking, and summer camps

Professional development & environmental stewardship programs, with special opportunities for oil and gas companies

Eco-Art Residencies in Schools integrating the arts and sciences to create public sculptures and habitats on campuses

Habitat Restoration Adventure Program, focused on stewardship-based learning through dune and coastal prairie preservation

Boy and Girl Scout badge classes

Classroom presentations and speakers that coincide with curriculum

Gulf ‘Coast Education Center: K-Grey can learn about the ecological, social, and economic value of coastal ecosystems.

Coastal Heritage Preserve – acquiring and preserving 506 acres of barrier island habitat on Galveston Island’s West Bay

Volunteer Opportunities: Public relations, lawyers, accountants, and fundraising experts for board; volunteers needed for after school residency program, board members, publications and press, activities at festivals.

Publications: E-mail newsletter; Website; Quarterly calendar of eco-art and eco-tour kayak adventures.

 

Karla Klay, Executive Director
[email protected]

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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
[email protected]

Kathy Smartt, BTA President
[email protected]

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City of Houston Environmental Health Division

Purpose: HDHHS’ Environmental Health Services division provides a variety of programs and services relating to air and water pollution, occupational health and food establishments. Programs: The Environmental Health Division provides three main programs, which provide support and education to the community, and responds to complaints: Bureau of Community and Children’s Environmental Health-childhood lead poisoning, indoor air quality, occupational health, medical waste, radiation compliance and smoking.…More Details
Houston Health Department 8000 North Stadium Drive Houston TX 77054 Website: City of Houston Environmental Health Division Website

Purpose: HDHHS’ Environmental Health Services division provides a variety of programs and services relating to air and water pollution, occupational health and food establishments.

Programs: The Environmental Health Division provides three main programs, which provide support and education to the community, and responds to complaints:

Bureau of Community and Children’s Environmental Health-childhood lead poisoning, indoor air quality, occupational health, medical waste, radiation compliance and smoking.(832) 393-5141

Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention-air and water quality, landfills, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants, illegal dumping, illicit discharges and storage of solid/hazardous waste.
(832) 393-5730

Bureau of Consumer Health Services-food safety, swimming pool safety, charitable food services, and special waste and complaints.
(832) 393-5100

Patrick Key, Assistant Director
[email protected]

Stephen Williams
Houston Health Department Director
(832)393-5169

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Flower Garden Banks Natl Marine Sanctuary

Purpose: Identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, values, and qualities of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and its regional environment for this and future generations. Programs: Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) Educator Workshop and Scuba Field Experience - annually in July. Workshop information is available at http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/education/workshops.html. Presentations for civic associations, camp programs, and other interested groups - as available Events: Ocean Discovery Day - annually on a Saturday in March (next one is March 12, 2016).…More Details
4700 Avenue U, Building 216 Galveston TX 77551 Work Phone: (409) 621-5151 : (409) 621-1316 Website: Flower Garden Banks Natl Marine Sanctuary Website

Purpose: Identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, values, and qualities of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and its regional environment for this and future generations.

Programs: Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) Educator Workshop and Scuba Field Experience – annually in July. Workshop information is available at http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/education/workshops.html. Presentations for civic associations, camp programs, and other interested groups – as available

Events: Ocean Discovery Day – annually on a Saturday in March (next one is March 12, 2016). This FREE event is designed to introduce residents and visitors to NOAA programs in their community.

Volunteer Opportunities: we do occasionally need volunteers to help with program preparation and Ocean Discovery Day. Interested people can subscribe to the list via our website

Publications: Links to all publications found on website.

Shelley Du Puy, Education Coordinator
[email protected]
(409) 356-0382

Kelly Drinnen, Sanctuary Outreach Specialist,
[email protected]
(409) 356-0388

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Environmental Educators’ Exchange

Purpose: To provide a network and forum for anyone interested or with expertise in the environment’s natural history, ecology, local environmental issues and especially environmental education in order to facilitate discussion, exchange of ideas, methods, information and events related to environmental education efforts in the Greater Houston Area. Meetings: First Wed. of Feb., May, Aug., and Nov.…More Details
Work 1900 Kane St. #111 Houston TX 77077 Work Phone: 713-524-4232

Purpose: To provide a network and forum for anyone interested or with expertise in the environment’s natural history, ecology, local environmental issues and especially environmental education in order to facilitate discussion, exchange of ideas, methods, information and events related to environmental education efforts in the Greater Houston Area.

Meetings: First Wed. of Feb., May, Aug., and Nov. at 4:30 p.m. Locations vary. Call or check Website before attending.

Programs: Can help locate a speaker for your classroom or student group. Train teachers in curriculum planning for environmental issues, grades K-12.

Publications: Member e-mail network pertaining to environmental education in the Greater Houston Area. To join network, send an email to [email protected].

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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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Native Prairies Association of Texas

Purpose: The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. NPAT protects over 2000 acres of native Texas grassland, including over 100 acres of endangered/threatened tall grass prairie. In 2010, NPAT started its first local chapter in Houston to allow members in the metro area to meet and discuss local and regional projects and raise awareness for the organization in the Texas Gulf Coast region.…More Details
415 N. Guadalupe St. PMB 385 San Marcos TX 78666 Work Phone: (512) 772-4741 Website: Native Prairies Association of Texas Website

Purpose: The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. NPAT protects over 2000 acres of native Texas grassland, including over 100 acres of endangered/threatened tall grass prairie. In 2010, NPAT started its first local chapter in Houston to allow members in the metro area to meet and discuss local and regional projects and raise awareness for the organization in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Programs: Presentations for landowners about land conservation methods in Texas; Educational presentations and field trips designed for children and adults; land restoration education and support; development of regional land restoration guides; performed a 95 county survey locating remnant native prairies in Texas.

Publications: Quarterly newsletter, Texas Prairie News; periodic e-mail updates. Back issues are available at http://www.texasprairie.org.

Meeting Times: 4th Wednesday of each month except November and December; Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77074.

Mary Waters, President
NPAT Houston Chapter
http://prairiepartner.org/group/hnpat
[email protected]

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Children’s Museum of Houston’s EcoStation

Purpose: Founded in 1981 to transform communities through innovative, child-centered learning and to develop good environmental stewards for Houston’s future. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sundays Noon - 6 p.m., and open for free every Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. Major Events: Environmentally themed weekends and free family nights throughout the year.…More Details
1500 Binz Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 522-1138 Website: Children\’s Museum of Houston\’s EcoStation Website

Purpose: Founded in 1981 to transform communities through innovative, child-centered learning and to develop good environmental stewards for Houston’s future.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sundays Noon – 6 p.m., and open for free every Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m.

Major Events: Environmentally themed weekends and free family nights throughout the year.

Children’s Activities: More than fifty hands-on activities in the area of environmental science in addition to thirteen other galleries of interactive exhibits for children ages 0-12 years.

School Programs: Field trips for elementary school classes, curriculum. Teacher Workshops available and cooperate with TEKS requirements.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact (713) 535-7209 or http://www.cmhouston.org/volunteers/ for volunteer opportunities.

Publications: Annual report.

Henry Yau, Director of Public Relations and Promotions
[email protected]
(713) 535-7267

Tammie Kahn, Executive Director
[email protected]
(713) 535-7215

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U.S. Green Building Council – Texas Gulf Coast Region

Purpose: The chapter will accelerate the implementation of the best sustainable building practices for our region through collaboration, education and advocacy. Founded in 2003, the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is uniquely positioned to leverage green building industry knowledge with community needs related to the built environment. The chapter connects the built environment to community life indicators and offers the LEED Rating System as a measurement tool to vet whether or not a building is operating at high performance.…More Details
Work 10401 Westoffice Drive Houston TX 77042 Work Phone: (281) 506-3867 Website: U.S. Green Building Council – Texas Gulf Coast Region Website

Purpose: The chapter will accelerate the implementation of the best sustainable building practices for our region through collaboration, education and advocacy. Founded in 2003, the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is uniquely positioned to leverage green building industry knowledge with community needs related to the built environment. The chapter connects the built environment to community life indicators and offers the LEED Rating System as a measurement tool to vet whether or not a building is operating at high performance.

Programs: USGBC offers educational programs to the building industry and public at large, in order to grow both local expertise and the green building market. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

Major Events: Texas Energy Summit

Volunteer Opportunities: Representing almost 1000 individuals, more than 2000 LEED APs, and more than 200 companies, the Texas Gulf Coast Region is based in Houston with a branch in Montgomery County (Piney Woods). The region has many volunteer opportunities – visit the website for details.

David MacLean, Chair
[email protected]
(713) 857- 6499

Maria Perez, Vice President
[email protected]
(713) 356-1330

Caroline Kostak, Secretary
[email protected]
(832) 215-3885

 

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University of Houston: Office of Sustainability

Purpose: The University of Houston Office of Sustainability serves as the hub for campus sustainability efforts. Engaging the campus and community, the office fosters collaboration and educates individuals about social, economic and environmental factors that impact today’s society and generations to come. On-campus sustainability initiatives include academic programs and research, educational events, the campus community garden, single-stream recycling, water bottle refill stations, renewable energy use, sustainable transportation, green building and more.…More Details
Work 4434 University Dr Welcome Center Garage, Suite 151 Houston TX 77204 Work Phone: (832)-842-9051 Website: University of Houston: Office of Sustainability Website Blog: UH Sustainability Blog

Purpose: The University of Houston Office of Sustainability serves as the hub for campus sustainability efforts. Engaging the campus and community, the office fosters collaboration and educates individuals about social, economic and environmental factors that impact today’s society and generations to come. On-campus sustainability initiatives include academic programs and research, educational events, the campus community garden, single-stream recycling, water bottle refill stations, renewable energy use, sustainable transportation, green building and more.

Programs: Sustainability Task Force, Sustainability Meetups, Student Sustainability Team and Campus Community Garden

Events: Cleanup Day, Sustainability Fest, Bike to UH Day, Electronics Recycling Drive, RecycleMania and Earth Week,

Volunteer opportunities: Gardening, Campus and community events, Cleanup events

Publications:  Blog: uhsustain.wordpress.com, The Sustainable Coog Newsletter: http://www.uh.edu/sustainablecoog,

Michael Mendoza, Sustainability Program Manager
[email protected]

Melissa Halstead, Sustainability Coordinator
[email protected]

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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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Levy Park Conservancy

Purpose: Levy Park is a six acre public green space in the Upper Kirby District which recently reopened after a $15 million renovation for the purpose of creating an entertainment and recreation destination for the immediate community and for the people of Greater Houston. The Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority in partnership with the Upper Kirby District Foundation, funded the renovation and Levy Park’s many public amenities.…More Details
Work 3801 Eastside Street Houston TX 77098 Work 3120 Southwest Fwy Suite 102 Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (713) 522-7275 Website: Levy Park Conservancy Website

Purpose: Levy Park is a six acre public green space in the Upper Kirby District which recently reopened after a $15 million renovation for the purpose of creating an entertainment and recreation destination for the immediate community and for the people of Greater Houston. The Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority in partnership with the Upper Kirby District Foundation, funded the renovation and Levy Park’s many public amenities.

Park Amenities: The redeveloped park features curated, year-round programming among native landscaping and botanical gardens and a one of a kind children’s play area. At the Performance Pavilion is the stage and an event lawn that accommodates audiences of up to 3,000 people. The Promenade features a market row, fixed and moveable seating, and power outlets, among tree topiary elements. The Activity Lawn offers space for lawn games, picnicking, as well as a putting green. Additional amenities include tables and chairs, including rocking chairs, a reading room with books and periodicals free to use, outdoor table tennis and foosball, and carts with board games and art supplies. The Play Area offers an overlook boardwalk into the live oak canopy, and interactive garden, a program amphitheater, a climbing wall and community slide, and interactive water features. Levy Park also has a dog park and the community gardens include 27 garden plots and fruit trees.

Programs: Weekly boot camp, yoga, zumba, tai chi, MET Dance for kids and adults, meditation, poetry, events from Young Audiences of Houston, Houston Public Library Story Hour, Houston Museum of Natural Science, lunar and planetary programs, concerts, and film series.