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Earth Day Houston, Sunday, April 18, 2021
Interested in celebrating Earth Day, electric vehicles, a farmers’ market, green films, and energy? Discovery Green is hosting Earth Day Houston presented by Green Mountain Energy in partnership with Citizens’ Environmental Coalition to educate, inspire and encourage action towards the protection of the environment. Join us on Sunday April 18 from noon – 5 p.m. to participate in the activities listed below:
- Electric Cars. The Houston Electric Auto Association, Harris County Pollution Control, and Green Mountain Energy in partnership with Evolve Houston will be showcasing a variety of electric vehicles. Volunteers will be available to answer questions about switching to an EV and pairing it with solar energy for a clean ride.
- Green Films. A series of short films about Houston’s environment–ranging from sea turtles will be on display at the Anheuser-Busch stage from noon to 3:00 p.m.
- Food. Urban Harvest farmers’ market and Churrascos food truck will be on-site serving healthy snacks and meals.
- Live Mural Painting. Throughout the day, Houston artists will be painting murals that celebrate the richness and diversity of our community, culture, and natural environment. Art will be on display at Discovery Green through October.
- Exhibitors. Almost 20 exhibitors will be sharing information about parks, pollution, plants, plastics, and a plethora of other environmental topics.
- The Nexus of Energy, Climate, and Equity in Houston: Kicking off at 4:00 p.m. with remarks from Mayor Sylvester Turner, a panel of experts and community leaders will examine the freeze in February 2021, how electricity production affects the environment, and what can be done to protect vulnerable populations. The discussion will be held in-person on the Anheuser-Busch stage and livestreamed through Youtube from 4 to 5 p.m. Livestream registration at www.discoverygreen.com/earthday.
Volunteer opportunities still available! Families and groups welcome. Sign up on volunteerhouston.org:
Virtually Wild! Field Trips
Need a virtual field trip about Houston’s environment for your students? Visit hereinhouston.org/virtual-field-trips for live and asynchronous options with the Virtually Wild program.
CEC, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of America, is offering Virtually Wild! programs specifically designed for Girl Scouts. Sign up early to engage your Scout in STEM.
- Oyster Dissection – 4/20
- Grow Your Own Garden – 4/22
- Drones & Forest Management – 4/27
- Careers in Conservation – 4/29
- Drones & Forest Management – 5/4
- Career Exploration & Benefits of Internships – 5/6
The City Nature Challenge is from April 30 – May 2. Be part of an international project, support outdoor learning and exploration, and integrate technology into the classroom. Check out the Educators Toolkit for tips and tricks to host a challenge with your students. Also, check out this video that explains the Houston challenge to students.
Environmental Educators Exchange
Region 4 Education Service Center and our environmental educators are teaming up to create videos about Houston STEM resources for our teachers. If you want to submit a video, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
Engage your students with lessons outdoors. STEM Applications, Project Based Learning, Wildlife Climate Resiliency, Local Data Analysis, Watersheds, and more. Workshops begin on April 8, and over 30 workshops are in the regional summer professional development calendar to connect you with local resources. Sign up today at hereinhouston.org.
- 4/17/21: Texas Wildlife Association Teacher Workshop, 9:00 a.m. Grade K-8 Science teachers, free, up to 6 CPE credits
- 4/24/21: Texas Wildlife Association Teacher Workshop, 9:00 a.m. Grade K-8 Science teachers, free, up to 6 CPE credits
- 4/24/21: EcoRise’s Introduction to Environmental Justice, 9:00 a.m. Grade K-8 Science teachers, free, up to 3 CPE credits
Celebrate Earth Month by shopping at H-E-B and supporting local environmental charities
Add your $1, $3, $5, or $10 donation to EarthShare of Texas at checkout in stores and online at H-E-B & Central Market. EarthShare of Texas supports 38 Texas-based environmental and conservation nonprofits, including the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition. April 14-May 25, 2021.
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Please scroll down to read about public engagement opportunities and notes from our member organizations and the community.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Public Comment Period for the Draft 2022 State Water Plan open through May 26
The Texas Water Development Board will receive public comments on the Draft 2022 State Water Plan until 5 p.m. on May 26, 2021. The TWDB will publish notice in the Texas Register on April 23, 2021, of the Board’s intent to adopt the 2022 State Water Plan later this summer. The Board will receive public comment on the Draft 2022 State Water Plan at a hearing to be held on May 24, 2021, at 1 p.m. The hearing will be held in Austin at the Stephen F. Austin Building, 1700 North Congress Avenue, Room 170, and via GoToWebinar. The draft plan and additional information about the hearing are posted on the TWDB website.
COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES
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