Sign Up for Reliant Eco-Share, Support CEC

CEC is pleased to be a beneficiary in the Reliant EcoShareProgram, a way that Texans can support the CEC and offset their own carbon production at the same time. Reliant and EarthShare of Texas partner to offer a program that allows Reliant customers to help reduce their carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets. And for each customer-purchased offset, Reliant makes a contribution to EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations, including CEC! The support from the Reliant EcoShareProgram is significant, and provides necessary funding to support CEC’s website, newsletter, and events. For information about how to sign up, visit the EcoShare webpage.

Houston Environmental News Update July 28, 2021

National Farmers Market Week, Join CEC’s Board, Electric Busses, My Scenic Houston Photo Contest, Houston Audubon’s Flock Together Photo Contest, Great American Outdoors Day, Gulf Coast Green, Green Jobs and more

This year, National Farmers Market Week is officially celebrated from August 1-7. Fortunately for the greater Houston community, there is no shortage of markets in our area.

Supporting farmer’s markets is a way to support our environment. Considering food typically travels 1,500 miles to arrive at your plate, there are large amounts of natural resources that contribute to this process, which in turn, contributes to pollution and trash (due to extra packaging). However, food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances in addition to using farming techniques that minimize the impact on the earth. While the feel-good features of farmers markets are not guaranteed, you are able to talk to the farmers to get the dirt on their farming practices.

Here is a list of some local markets so you can visit them yourself:

Central City Co-Op – Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (6 p.m. on Wed., 3 p.m. on Sun.) While technically not a farmers market, Central City Co-Op, founded in 1998, is Houston’s local, sustainable marketplace and oldest existing organic Co-Op. Just over a year ago, it moved and expanded its hours. It offers fresh produce, meat, dairy, and prepared foods from many local farmers. (It’s also a great place to grab a coffee and meet a friend.) 

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CEC NOTES

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Engage your students with lessons outdoors. Over 30 workshops are in the regional summer professional development calendar to connect you with local resources. Sign up today at hereinhouston.org.


Breaking Through – How to Build A Strong, Sustainable Nonprofit

Presented by the Executive Service Corps of Houston and Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Breaking Through – How to Build A Strong, Sustainable Nonprofit is a free, robust, six-month business training program for nonprofit organizations with a multifaceted approach including workshops, mentoring/coaching, and development of of a business plan. Topics covered include governance, financial management, marketing and branding, fundraising, volunteers, insurance, IT, HR, and disaster planning. Apply now for a July program start date. Special consideration given to CEC’s member and partner organizations. Download the flyer and simple application.


Montopolis: The Living Coast

We are excited to announce that The Living Coast event, planned for last year but postponed, has been rescheduled for Sep. 18, 2021, at MATCH. The Living Coast performance by Montopolis combines original music, live narration, and cinematic images of the Texas gulf coast. Surfers and sailors, shrimpers and oilmen, poets and scientists all share their stories about this complicated region of serene beauty, vast industry, and incredible contradictions. All ticket sales will be donated to the Matagorda Bay Foundation and the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition.  Tickets now available.


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CEC seeks Part-Time Environmental Education Interns

The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is an alliance of diverse nonprofit, governmental, and educational organizations whose activities impact our environment and quality of life in the Houston-Galveston area. The CEC was incorporated in 1971, after a group of visionary citizens hosted the first Earth Day in Houston in 1970. The CEC’s mission is to foster dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf-Coast Region. 

Overview:

In Fall 2021, the intern will assist with implementation of an after-school environmental education program at one Pasadena ISD middle/intermediate school. This program is managed by CEC in partnership with Galveston Bay Foundation and Artist Boat. Students will learn about Galveston Bay through guest speakers and outdoor activities. Students will help plan and implement a service project on campus. They will help paint a mural to be displayed in the community.

The intern will be expected to assist with and attend all aspects of this project, including:

  • Two-day professional development workshop for teachers on August 4 & 5, 2021 (optional)
  • Four field trips for middle schoolers the week of August 9, 2021 (preferred)
  • Assist students in planning a symposium in December 2021
  • Book five guest speakers
  • Coordinate materials
  • Be on-site at the middle school two days a week from about 4 – 7 p.m. starting the week of August 29 and ending the week of December 6, 2021. Opportunities to continue in the spring semester may be available.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds and we employ a culturally diverse staff. Reliable transportation is a must. Pay $15/hour, up to 180 hours.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Desire to learn more about the teaching profession
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic
  • Professional demeanor in person, by email, and on the phone
  • Ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of internal and external individuals
  • Computer and internet skills, including knowledge of Google Apps and Microsoft Office and preferably website development, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Reliable transportation; valid driver’s license preferred 

Skills to be learned or enhanced:

  • How to be a teacher
  • How a nonprofit works and contributes to the community
  • Establishing community relationships
  • Networking relationships with environmental non-profit organizations in the region

Email resume and cover letter to: renae@cechouston.org.