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.
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.
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
Robert Kent, North Texas Area Director
Mike Lange, Senior Project Manager, Texas Coast
Marlon P. Connley, Houston Program Manager
Tel: (832) 627-7688
The Woods Project, Inc.
Purpose: To develop leadership capacity and life skills in low income youth through a series of outdoor education/environmental awareness programs at wilderness sites in the United States. Goals: • To prepare students for college and beyond by fostering life skills and mindsets through outdoor education; • To provide hands-on science lessons in a natural environment; • To empower students to take advantage of leadership opportunities; • To teach students how to adapt to/accept and engage in foreign environments; and • To give students the opportunity to succeed in new endeavors. Our Mantra: Low Cost, High Impact, Volunteer Driven.
Programs: The Woods Project hosts a two-week summer trip to a national park to learn about environmental issues and leadership. They also host smaller weekend trips. After-School programs are available as well. Contact organization for sign-ups. Speakers from the group can also be booked through the website.
Volunteer Opportunities: The Woods Project is a 100% volunteer run organization. Opportunities for leaders to spend two weeks in Yosemite, Donner Pass/Desolation Wilderness, Marin Headlands and Glacier National working with our kids and hiking or backpacking in out-standing country. Volunteer opportunities are also available for weekend outings in the Houston area in spring and fall.
Major Events: The Walk For The Woods held each spring, the Fall Luncheon held each fall.
Natalie Hausman-Weiss, Executive Director
Brittany White, Assistant Director
Kelsey Bechelli, Alumni and School Year Program Manager
Texas Master Naturalists – Heartwood Chapter
Purpose: The Heartwood Chapter is here to create a proactive resource of diverse individuals promoting environmental stewardship through outreach, education and volunteer service benefiting the residents in and around Montgomery and Walker Counties. Founded December 2004.
Meetings: First Wed. of month except Dec. in Classroom Building at WG Jones State Forest, 1328 FM 1488, Conroe, TX.
Programs: Incorporate the theme of sustainable practices into the educational process, with emphasis on the beneficial management of resources and natural ecological processes.
Major Events: Annual Primary Training Classes for those who wish to become Master Naturalists.
Volunteer Opportunities: Waterway and nature trail cleanups, removing invasive species, variety of monitoring activities for waterways, plants, insects and invasive species, workshops and public speaking engagements. Continuous Educational Trainings for adults and youth, primarily forest-based.
Speaker’s Bureau: Yes, contact Teri MacArthur.
Krien VerBerkmoes III, President
Teri MacArthur, Vice President
Andre Houser, Treasurer
Texas Assoc. of Environmental Professionals
Purpose: The Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP), incorporated in 1988, is the premier organization for environmental professionals in the State of Texas. With 300+ local members and a subchapter in Austin, TAEP focuses on the advancement of the environmental profession and providing a forum to discuss environmental issues.
Meetings: Monthly luncheons on the 3rd Thursday at Brady’s Landing.
Programs: Chuck Glore Memorial Scholarship program. In 2011, TAEP awarded a total of $10,000 to students at 5 different schools. Annually support Texas Envirothon and the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston. Young Environmental Professionals (YEP) is a networking opportunity for young people new to the profession.
Major Events: Annual Environmental Challenges and Innovations Conference (ECIC): Gulf Coast (Oct); Winter Holiday Social; Annual Regulatory Update (Jul.).
Volunteer Opportunities: Conference and other event planning committees; TAEP Board of Directors.
Publications: ECIC conference proceedings with abstracts.
Jim Dobberstine, President
Kathleen Garland, Secretary
Mike McClellan, Programs Director
Pamela Embody, Membership Director
Texas Campaign for the Environment
Purpose: Empowering Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy. The TEC envisions a Texas free from pollution. As the largest environmental group in Texas organizing support through door-to-door canvassing, grassroots is both who we are and what we do.
Programs: Advocates for local, state and national policies that hold manufacturers responsible for recycling the toxic products they create (such as electronic waste or “e-waste”); works to strengthen environmental and health standards for Texas landfills; educates residents and builds grassroots support through a year-round neighborhood canvassing program; and works toward recycling for all Houstonians.
Job Opportunities: Full and part-time paid Community Organizer positions available year round.
Volunteer Opportunities: Call Rosanne Barone.
Publications: Annual report and regular email action alerts to TCE members. Visit the website http://www.texasenvironment.org to view past reports and join as a member.
Robin Schneider, Executive Director
Rosanne Barone, Program Director
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.
Can Houston Feed Itself?
Is Denser Greener?
The Resilient Coast
Choices for Growth
Texas Coastal Wetland Guidebook
5 Tips for Organic Lawn Care
Dr. John Jacob, Team Leader/Professor
Charriss York, Stormwater Projects Specialist
Steve Mikulencak, Planning Projects Leader
Mary Carol Edwards, Stormwater Wetland Program Coordinator [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dr. Gautam Nayer, Interim Chair for Admin. of Justice
Dr. Sheri Smith, Interim Chair for Dept. of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
The Nature Conservancy
Purpose: The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and water on which all life depends. With operations in all 50 states and 35 countries, and a staff of 3700 including 600 scientists, we are the world’s largest non-profit conservation organization. Since 1964, TNC in Texas has been protecting our state’s natural landscapes. In Texas, TNC owns 38 preserves and conservation properties and has protected almost 880,000 acres, including 250,000 acres of coastal land alone.
Publications: Electronic state newsletter, bimonthly national magazine.
Major Event: Annual gala.
Speakers Bureau & Children’s Activities: Call the Houston office.
Volunteer Opportunities: TNC has several preserves within an hour of Houston. These preserves have ongoing needs for habitat management, trail maintenance, light carpentry, cleanups, etc. Many activities are appropriate for families and groups. Indoor tasks might include organizing, painting, and clerical work. In the Houston office, volunteers help with special events, fundraising, outreach, marine science research, and clerical tasks.
Laura Huffman, State Director
Houston office information:
Jaime González, Houston Urban Conservation Program Manager
Adriane Arnold, Volunteer Coordinator
(713) 829-7093 (Cell)
(713) 807-8052 (Office)
Texas Wildlife Association
Purpose: Serving Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources.
History: The Texas Wildlife Association was formed in 1985 by a group of ranchers, wildlife managers and hunters dedicated to the conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitat on private lands. Texas is 95 percent private land, and over two-thirds of the United States is privately owned. Texas hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers and conservationists recognized the necessity of working cooperatively with private landowners on wildlife, habitat and conservation issues.
Programs: Conservation Legacy (Youth and Adult Education), Hunting Heritage (Texas Youth Hunting Program and Texas Big Game Awards), and Issues and Advocacy.
Publications: Texas Wildlife magazine, Critter Connections magazine, Critters of Texas Pocket Guides
Education Programs: Conservation Legacy Programs empower and educate Texans with knowledge of fundamental, science-based ecological principles, foster a connection to the land, and facilitate natural resources literacy by creating tangible relationships with the outdoors through our Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.) Youth
Stewardship Initiative. All programs are TEKS-aligned, inquiry-based, and interactive. The majority of programs are offered at no cost to educators across the state. Please visit
http://www.texas-wildlife.org/program-areas/category/conservation-legacy/ for more information about additional programs.
David Yeates, Chief Executive Officer
Quita Hill, Director of Finance and Operations
Lisa Flowers, Director of Programs
Texas League of Conservation Voters Ed. Fund
Purpose: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that educates Texans on and advocates for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat. The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund also works to empower the citizens of Texas to become civically engaged and have a voice in how the decisions on environmental policy which affect their lives are made.
Non-Partisan Voter Participation: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund works independently and in strategic partnership with civic organizations to register voters in Texas in areas with low voter registration numbers.
Hispanic Engagement: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is committed to engaging Hispanics in Texas on issues of conservation.
Conservation Ballot Measures: TLCV-EF supports citizen referendum involving public spaces, parks, and public transportation.
SOAH Sunset Review: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund together with the Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) will be engaging in 2014 and 2015 in a statewide educational campaign around Sunset review of the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).
Elizabeth Doyel, Executive Director
Trees for Houston
Purpose: To plant, protect and promote trees in the greater Houston region.
Programs: Tree Planting; Trees for Schools; Urban Forest Tree Keeper classes in September (adult). Tribute Trees and Tree Giveaways.
Major Events: Arbor Day Awards, Jan.; Root Ball, April; Annual Meeting, May, Sporting Clays Tournament, October.
Children’s Activities: School presentations for all grade levels.
Volunteer Opportunities: Tree planting; taking educational programs into Houston schools; special projects.
Publications: Monthly TreE-mail (online newsletter); quarterly newsletter, Annual Report; Root Ball 2013: Club Coco – March 21, 2013, and the Website,
Barry Ward, Executive Director
Randi Koenig , Development Director
Katherine Bravo, Projects Manager
TWRC Wildlife Center
Purpose: The TWRC Wildlife Center provides an emergency room for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife, as well as a help-line; both the emergency room and the help-line operate 7 days a week. A veterinarian is on staff to assist with training and emergencies and experienced volunteers and staff facilitate initial triage, rehabilitation, release, and education.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers 15 or older are needed to assist with the daily operations of the Center. Duties include: answering the hotline, caring for the education animals, helping with admissions (for 18 and older), office chores, data entry, and general Center maintenance. Baby Bird Program operates from May through August. Squirrel Program operates February through April and August through October. See website for age requirements and details. The Opossum and Pals Program operates from March through October of every year. Animal Caregivers must be over 18 helpers must be at least 14 years of age.
Education Center: Our summer Wildlife Camps and Saturday Workshops for children (7-15 years) focus on wildlife through games, activities, service projects, interactive learning experiences, and hands-on with animals. Programs include Fur, Feathers & Scales, Team Green, The Babble on Birds, and The Rattle on Reptiles. A Day in Harmony with Wildlife, festivals, school visits, scout programs and other community outreach programs spread wildlife awareness.
Anja Machado, Director of Operations
Roslyn Even, Executive Director
Liz Compton, Rehab Coordinator
Paula Jones, Center/Volunteer Coordinator