Houston Environmental News Update April 14, 2021

Earth Day, Career Fairs, Professional Development for Teachers, Houston 2020 Visions: Green Corridors, Fireflies, Rain Barrel Workshop, Biodiversity Loss, Nature4Health Week, Green Jobs and more

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:


CEC NOTES

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.    

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 alicia@cechouston.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

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.
#MyEarthMyTexas #EarthMonth #EarthWeek #EarthDay #ShopLocal #HelpingHere #Texas

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

We have endeavored to confirm the opportunities listed below. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts, particularly in light of concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Houston Botanic Garden seeks Summer Camp Teachers

The Houston Botanic Garden is seeking two seasonal, part-time camp teachers for its new half-day BotaniCamp, which will be held June 14-August 6, 2021. Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, experienced educators comfortable teaching a variety of STEAM topics to K-5 students. These non-exempt positions will be responsible for class preparation; teaching and assisting with classes and daily activities; ensuring the safety and physical well-being of campers; maintaining daily communication with parents; gathering and inputting feedback for weekly reports; and working with the Garden’s education department to provide a high-quality summer camp experience. For the full job description and application instructions, visit hbg.org.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership seeks Venue and Visitor Services Supervisor

The Buffalo Bayou Foundation is seeking a Venue and Visitor Services Supervisor for Buffalo Bayou Park. The Supervisor will be responsible for managing a comprehensive
welcome/hospitality, special event and concession rental program at Buffalo Bayou Park, a 2.3- mile 160-acre green space just west of downtown is one of Houston’s most iconic
green spaces and one of the country’s great urban parks. The Superviosr is headquartered at the park’s Wortham Insurance Visitor Center on Sabine Street at the eastern edge of the park. For the full job description and application instructions, visit buffalobayou.org.