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This month marks the return to school for students and teachers alike. While many will bemoan the end of summer vacation, school provides a unique opportunity to educate students about the importance of environmental issues and what they can do to help. Here are just a few resources that any educator can use to build environmental literacy:
- Houston Environmental Resources for Educators (HERE): This local resource provides information about the Greater Houston region, including ecosystems, watersheds, and sustainability. Visit HERE’s website or Facebook page to find help with transportation for field trips, reservations for educational trunks, and local environmental films.
- Every Kid in a Park: Sponsored by many U.S. government agencies to provide FREE access for fourth graders to federal parks, lands, and waters.
- Texas Children in Nature: Concerned with the decreasing amount of time that children are spending outdoors, this grassroots network of over 375 local organizations helps parents and educators “find local nature-based activities, green spaces, zoos, nature centers, and parks.”
- The Texas Association for Environmental Education and North American Association for Environmental Education promote professional development, and accelerate environmental literacy through civic engagement. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education, which set the standards for high-quality environmental education programs and materials.
- Also be sure to read the TEAA’s Texas Environmental Literacy Plan. It “serves as a framework to coordinate statewide efforts of formal and informal educators to provide lifelong opportunities for all Texans, regardless of age, culture, and circumstances, to become stewards of our natural resources.”
- The EPA, National Education Association, and the National Science Foundation also provide classroom resource pages that make it easier to plan activities around environmental topics.
Houston Green Films: Hot Grease
The Houston Green Film for September 18 will be Hot Grease, the surprising story of how the biodiesel industry is turning an ostensibly worthless raw material — spent kitchen grease — into a green energy source capable of fueling all the trains, ships, and trucks across the country (see this clip). Socializing from 6:30 p.m., film at 7 p.m.
Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival
Join CEC, the Houston GREEN Film Series, Rice Media Center and additional partners on October 16, 2019, for “Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival.” We will showcase local short films that tell environmental stories. Please watch the contenders on the CEC YouTube Channel, and give a thumbs up to your favorites to see them on the big screen. Submit a film for consideration via our Google Form. Secure a ticket today, or register to host an exhibit table, via Eventbright.
Earth Day Houston
Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Opportunities to volunteer, sponsor, and exhibit will be available soon.
Candidate Forums and Questionnaires
Are you organizing a candidate forum or questionnaire for the November 2019 election? CEC is gathering information about election-related activities within our environmental communities. Let us know what you are planning, and we’ll keep you in the loop. CEC is interested in either hosting, coordinating, and/or supporting the efforts of local environmental nonprofits leading up to the election. Send your comments to [email protected] Note: the filing deadline for the November City of Houston elections is August 26, 2019. CEER Houston will be hosting a mayoral candidate forum on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Interested in serving on the CEC Board or a Committee?
CEC is seeking individuals who might be interested in joining our board of directors in January 2020, or volunteering to serve on one of our committees starting this year. We are hosting information sessions for prospective board and committee members to learn more about the commitment and opportunities. Upcoming sessions include the evenings of September 23, and October 15. For more information (including directions to our top secret world headquarters), please email [email protected]
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