Houston Environmental News Update November 13, 2019

America Recycles Day & Week, Prairies & Pollinators, Spring Creek Nature Trail Field Trip, SPARK Parks Week, Green Jobs, and more

This Friday, November 15, is America Recycles Day–a program of Keep America Beautiful— and part of National Recycling Week.

You can celebrate ARD in many ways by accepting a recycling challenge, or by participating in the following events:

Two years ago, when we wrote about America Recycles Day, we were celebrating the return of recycling in the City of Houston after Harvey. The City of Houston has since entered into a new recycling contract, has begun sending recyclables to a new facility, and restarted collection of glass. Hooray!

Unfortunately, the amount of contamination in the recyclables collected by the City is high, and high contamination means less will be recycled and the value of the recyclable materials is less. By being a better recycler, you can help the City of Houston, or any recycling program, be more successful. The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Department wants all Houston residents to recycle every bottle, can, piece of paper and cardboard they have within their home; and to look for ways to reduce their waste and recycling generation by buying fewer single-use items. “If we could achieve this, we would have a very successful program!” writes Deputy Director Sarah Mason.writes Sarah Mason, the City of Houston’s Recycling Division Manager.Unfortunately, the amount of contamination in the recyclables collected by the City is high, and high contamination means less will be recycled and the value of the recyclable materials is less. By being a better recycler, you can help the City of Houston, or any recycling program, be more successful. The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Department wants all Houston residents to recycle every bottle, can, piece of paper and cardboard they have within their home; and to look for ways to reduce their waste and recycling generation by buying fewer single-use items. “If we could achieve this, we would have a very successful program!” writes writes Sarah Mason, the City of Houston’s Recycling Division Manager.

So how can you do better? Make sure containers are “clean and empty” before tossing them in the recycle cart. Include “bottles, jugs and tubs” from the “kitchen, bath and laundry” areas of the house–this helps define the plastic items more easily than the number of the resin codes.

Beware of wishcycling! Some things you HOPE are recyclable, but present challenges that make recycling infeasible. Common wishcycling problems include items that are made of plastic (ex: toys, forks, pens, etc.) but are either not the right size, shape, or density to be recovered in a Material Recovery Facility (MRF–or recyling facility). Equally problematic are items made from more than one material or type of plastic. Other items dirtying up the recycling stream include yard waste, food, clothes, and “tanglers” such as wires, cords and hoses. And, of course, plastic bags and films should be recycled at a collection station, commonly found at grocery stores and hypermarkets.

Here’s a list of other recycling programs and resources:

And since we’re talking about recycling… CEC arranged to divert 70% of recyclables and compostables away from the landfill at Earth Day Houston. Based on results from 2018, in 2019 we were able to provide compostable alternatives to the most commonly tossed items (non-recyclable plastic cutlery). If you are interested in helping to develop the zero waste plan for Earth Day Houston, please email [email protected] to be added to the planning group.


CEC NOTES

Green Films: How to Tell Your Story with Film & Video

Join CEC, the Rice Media Center and other partners on Nov. 20, 2019, for the next installment of the Houston Green Film Series. CEC is hosting a panel discussion on “How to Tell Your Story with Film & Video.” Do you have an environmental story to tell with film or video? Pitch your idea to a dozens of aspiring and experienced filmmakers at November gathering, or email your ideas to [email protected]

The Green Film Series is taking a break in December, but please join us at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 28 and 29, 2020. Tickets now on sale!


Earth Day Houston: Exhibitor Registration now available

Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020.


CEC welcomes new Interns

Here at CEC, we have recently welcomed three outstanding new interns. Marketing Intern Angie Chicas is a senior at the University of Houston where she is pursuing a B.S. in Digital Media, and a minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Environmental Health Intern Anushka Mukund is a senior at the University of Houston and is pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Public Health. Policy & Government Relations Intern Scarlett Ramon is a junior at the University of Houston and is pursuing of a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Studio Art. Click on their names to learn more about these ambitious and environmentally dedicated young people!


Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

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Houston Environmental News Update November 6, 2019

GuideStar Platinum, Prairies & Pollinators, Galas Galore, Future of Plastic, Green Jobs, and more

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is pleased to announce that it has earned a Guidestar Platinum Seal by adding information to our nonprofit profile on GuideStar. By sharing these important metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress. We’re proud to have earned a Platinum Seal to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the highest level of transparency, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic information about our missions, programs, leadership, etc.; in depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and vision, and the progress we are making toward our mission.

CEC’s mission is to foster education, dialogue, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston / Gulf Coast region. In short, we work to connect our environmental community.

Check out our profile at guidestar.org. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Foundation Center and GuideStar have joined forces to become a new nonprofit called Candid. Learn more at candid.org.  


CEC NOTES

Green Films

Join CEC, the Rice Media Center and other partners on Nov. 20, 2019, for the next installment of the Houston Green Film Series. CEC is hosting a panel discussion on “How to Tell Your Story with Film & Video.” Do you have an environmental story to tell with film or video? Pitch your idea to a dozens of aspiring and experienced filmmakers at November gathering, or email your ideas to [email protected]

The Green Film Series is taking a break in December, but please join us at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 28 and 29, 2020. Tickets now on sale!


Earth Day Houston: Exhibitor Registration now available!

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people took to the streets and college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand greater protections for our planet. This first Earth Day sparked the passage of major environmental legislation in the U.S. including the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

October 22 marked six months to Earth Day, and on this day, CEC is pleased to announce its support for Earth Day 2020 and the EARTHRISE movement, which will mobilize across the globe. Together, we fight for a cleaner, safer, more just and sustainable world that protects and supports all of us.

Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020.


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Houston Environmental News Update October 30, 2019

Happy Halloween, #oursharedhou, Election Day, Prairies & Pollinators, ITC impacts public forum, Green Jobs, and more

Don't boo. VOTE.

Happy Halloween! We hope you and any young ghouls and goblins you know have had a safe and enjoyable holiday. 

Don’t forget that early voting for the November 5 elections continues through this Friday, November 1, 2018. Information on how and where to vote can be found at VoteTexas.gov website operated by the Texas Secretary of State. Don’t forget to read the Voters Guide from the League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund! You can also read the Houston mayoral candidates’ responses to the questionnaire from CEERhouston.org (also posted on the Texas Campaign for the Environment website).

Our Shared Home. Caring for our environment is caring for Houston. Voting is one way to care for our shared home. for more information visit harrisvotes.com. #oursharedhou

Please consider the environment especially when you vote this fall. Floods do not discriminate. Air pollution doesn’t care what you do for a living. The threats posed by climate change to our continued prosperity, the future of our shared home, impact us all. And they’re here. We have always been able to come together when faced with a crisis. Now’s the time.
Caring for the environment is caring for Houston.  Learn more at oursharedhou.org.

Thinking about orange, we join many baseball fans tonight as we wonder whether tonight’s game will be a trick or a treat. Go Astros!


CEC NOTES

Green Films

Join CEC, the Rice Media Center and other partners on Nov. 20, 2019, for the next installment of the Houston Green Film Series. CEC is hosting a panel discussion on “How to Tell Your Story with Film & Video.” The Green Film Series is taking a break in December, but please join us at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 28 and 29, 2020.


Environmental Educators’ Exchange: Kickerillo Mischer Preserve

Please join the CEC’s Environmental Educators’ Exchange on Nov. 6, 2019 at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve for the fall meeting of the Environmental Educators’ Exchange. Attendees will have the chance to meet Sarah Coles, the new State Coordinator for Texas Children in Nature. Come and go as your schedule allows. Canoe from 3:30 – 5 pm., network from 5 – 5:45 p.m., and take a night hike from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Our goal is to provide a space to rejuvenate, network, and learn about trends in environmental education. All are welcome (including children). Find more information on Facebook or Eventbrite or contact [email protected].

Earth Day Houston

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people took to the streets and college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand greater protections for our planet. This first Earth Day sparked the passage of major environmental legislation in the U.S. including the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

October 22 marked six months to Earth Day, and on this day, CEC is pleased to announce its support for Earth Day 2020 and the EARTHRISE movement, which will mobilize across the globe. Together, we fight for a cleaner, safer, more just and sustainable world that protects and supports all of us.

Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020.


Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

Continue reading