Children’s Environmental Health Day, Unplugged Adventure: Wetland Walk, Youth Conference on Environmental, Green Jobs and more
Remember how you were feeling a year ago, in October 2020? The pandemic raged and the election loomed; most of us vacillated between hope and dread.
Through this tumultuous time, and through the decades, the CEC newsletter has continued to share information about environmental issues, events, and celebrations in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. Highlights from last year’s October 14, 2020 newsletter included Galas Galore, Wild About Houston, Low Carbon Energy Summit, Clean Waters Initiative, UH Energy Symposium, The Policy of Resilience, Big Thicket Day, Livable Places Initiative, Green Jobs, and more.
Since 2021 is the 50th anniversary of CEC’s incorporation, we thought we might look back a little further–to October newsletters from 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, and 1986. CEC is working to create a digital archive of our newsletters to complement the newsletters on our current website and the paper newsletters that are in our physical archives in the University of Houston Library’s special collections and at the Houston Public Library.
We hope you enjoy the opportunity to learn about some of the environmental issues for which progress has been made, and about those issues that continue to be of great concern.
October 12, 2016 (view on cechouston.org)
“Do you ever feel like the environmental community offers too many events in October? The plethora of opportunities to get involved is a good problem to have…” Announcements included:
- Bayou Preservation Association’s 50th anniversary Water Quality Symposium
- Sims Bayou Greenway groundbreaking celebration
- Kicking off the 20-year update of the Galveston Bay Plan
- Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s 10th annual KBR Kids Day
- Proposed Plan for Clean Up of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site site
October 13, 2011 (view as PDF)
“So many choices. So little time.” Announcements included:
- Native Plant Society of Texas Annual Symposium
- 5th Annual Prairie Pandemonium
- Global Climate Change and Infectious Disease
- Bioblitz 2011: Where Everyone Counts!
- 8th Annual Water Symposium
October 6, 2006 (view on Wayback Machine or as PDF)
- West Loop opens after four years
- New bird observation tower in Quintana
- Border Walls
- Solar Home Tour
- Willow Waterhole
- Accidental gas release
October 2001 (view on Wayback Machine or as PDF)
- Reducing Houston’s Heat Island study
- Reflections on 9/11
- Living with Our Watersheds & Tropical Storm Allison
- Black bear conservation
November 1, 1996, Texas Environmental Exchange (view as PDF)
- Special Election Edition
- Ride to Work
- Texas Recycles Day
- A robust calendar of events
October 1991: Texas Environmental News Exchange (view as PDF)
- The murky water of wetland reclamation
- Natural pollution control
- HouZooDoo (elephant, zebra, and rhino)
- Sea turtles
- Computers to monitor vehicle emissions
October 1986: CEC Newsleaf (view as PDF)
- Texas’ first Statewide Coastal Cleanup
- Waterfront Festival
- Texas Legislature’s Clean Air Study Committee
Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
- Through Oct. 15: NAAEE Conference & Research Symposium
- Oct. 21: Teacher Environmental Series: Why Education for Sustainability?
- Nov. 11-13: CAST21
- Dec. 2-3: Texas Children in Nature Network 2021 Summit
Call for submissions: Wild About Houston Green Film Festival
The CEC is proud to host the fourth annual Wild About Houston Green Film Festival this fall. CEC hopes to use this festival to tell local environmental stories, highlight the work of CEC’s member organizations, and to inspire our residents and visitors to make a difference in the environment and our quality of life. The festival will be held virtually to protect the health and safety of our community in these times. We invite you to submit a film for consideration. Films should be specific to the environment in the Houston/Gulf Coast Region, should be no more than seven minutes long, and must be of suitable quality to be shown publicly. View the Submission Guidelines, and make submissions using this Google Form.
Air Champion Social Change Scientists Global Video Contest
McMac Cx Air Champions Social Change Scientists are passionate community influencers, teachers, parents, student innovators, and activists who believe that we have a right to live, learn, work and play in places where we are allowed to know the quality of the air we breathe. Make a 30-90 second video about healthy air, and enter the Air Champions Global Video Contest for a chance to win a state-of-the-art Flow Personal Air Monitor, the chance to have your film shown at the Wild About Houston Film Festival, AND the chance to receive a $1,000 cash prize. Learn more at McMacCx.com/globalvideocontest.
Imagine a Day Without Water Video Contest
The City of Houston Public Works department invites Houston residents to participate in Imagine a Day Without Water Video Contest! This contest is designed to engage all Houstonians in the nation-wide event “Imagine a Day Without Water,” hosted by the Value of Water Campaign. The purpose of Imagine a Day Without Water is to bring attention to the neglected water systems in America. Entrants should create a video–not to exceed 1-minute–exploring or depicting various aspects of what daily life might look like/be affected by an entire day without any water. Enter for the chance to win cash prizes AND the opportunity to have your films shown about the 2021 Wild About Houston Green Film Festival! View the flyer and visit houstontx.gov for more information. Submit videos by Sunday, October 17, 2021, to email@example.com.
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