Houston Environmental News Update January 19, 2022

Rachel’s departure, Wild & Scenic Film Fest Jan 29, The Energy Transition, Bald Eagles of Houston, Houston Arbor Day, Permaculture, Bird Survey, Green Jobs and more


A note from Rachel Powers, CEC’s Executive Director:

It has been my profound pleasure and privilege to serve the environmental community as the executive director of the CEC for the past nine years (and as a volunteer for nine years before that). My last day on staff will be on Friday, February 4, 2021. 

However, I’m not leaving entirely! I will be leaving with a supportive, capable, and committed board in place, along with a fabulous team of staff, interns, and volunteers. I will transition into the role of an advisor and mentor for CEC’s staff, board, and interns, as CEC evolves into an even stronger organization. I will volunteer, donate, attend events, and serve as a member of CEC’s communications committee and advisory council as I prepare for my next adventure.

I am proud of the accomplishments of the CEC over the past several years. With the help of staff, contractors, volunteers, and interns, we have continued the 50-year legacy of CEC’s newsletter, expanded the reach of our websites and social media, strengthened our commitment to environmental justice, coordinated environmental training and resources for educators and students, connected job searchers with job openings, hosted tens of thousands of event participants, launched Houston Green Films & Festivals, welcomed hundreds of volunteers, spoken with dozens of media outlets, coordinated collaborative grants, supported the launch of several brand new environmental organizations, and participated in numerous policy initiatives. 

I am especially proud of our interns, who inspire me every day with their commitment, curiosity, diversity, accomplishment, and desire to change the world. They have overcome adversity; graduated from high school, community college, university, and graduate school; won national and international awards; landed jobs with CEC member organizations and at the White House (!); and have come back to tell me of their adventures. (Hint.)

My resignation is part of a larger trend. The Great Resignation has hit nonprofit organizations especially hard; the nonprofit workforce has shrunk more than most industries, even though the demand for services has only increased. CEC has been growing and adapting, but support from our readers will be critical to our continued success. I hope you will consider joining me in making a donation to the CEC–to celebrate CEC’s accomplishments and to help ensure our future.

It has been an honor and a joy to meet and work with so many of you. Keep doing good.



CEC NOTES

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour January 29, 2022

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour is returning to Houston on January 29, 2022. Hosted by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, this year’s film fest will be a hybrid event, taking place both online and masked-in-person at MATCH to accommodate everyone’s COVID safety preferences. Virtual viewing will be available through February 3, 2022.

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Houston Environmental News Update January 12, 2022

MLK Day of Service, Wild & Scenic Jan. 29, After the Spill, Native Plant Society of Texas Executive Director Meg Inglis, Faithful Resilience, Memorial Park Land Bridge and Prairie Project, Arbor Day Events, Green Jobs and more

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the March on Washington, he described a “fierce urgency of now.” More than 50 years later, his words have renewed meaning. They remind us that we are stronger when we march forward, together. The global pandemic and events of 2020 and 2021 have opened our eyes wider to the inequity in our world. The time is now to act with swift urgency to deliver on the promise of Dr. King’s example and mission. Through service we can build more equitable and just communities to underpin racial equity, expand civic opportunities, and foster respect for individual differences. 

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 17, 2022, is the national day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

National initiatives related to MLK National Day of Service include:

Local environmental groups in the Houston region offer a vast array of opportunities to volunteer and to serve our community. Not sure where to start?

Locally, you might start by looking on VolunteerHouston.org, which lists opportunities with CEC and many of its member organizations and community partners, including (organizations in bold have events planned for Monday): 

Additional resources for finding volunteer opportunities include:

  • Serveforgood.org–A resource developed by local teens for teens.
  • VolunteerMatch.org–Many organizationsalso post opportunities on this national site, where you can search for both local and virtual opportunities.
  • Allforgood.org, a service of the Points of Light volunteer organization.
  • EarthShare of Texas provides, among other things, suggestions for corporate volunteer groups.

Among our favorite calls are inquiries about volunteer opportunities; with a community of almost 150 member organizations, CEC can suggest great volunteer opportunities for everyone. If you are new to town or new to environmental volunteering, please get in touch.

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#VolunteerHouston
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#houstonvolunteers⁣⁣
#civicengagement⁣⁣
#servicelearning
#MLKDay
@americorps @TheKingCenter @volunteerhouston @beapointoflight @volunteerhouston



CEC NOTES

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour January 29, 2022

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour is returning to Houston on January 29, 2022. Hosted by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, this year’s film fest will be a hybrid event, taking place both online and in person at MATCH to accommodate everyone’s COVID safety preferences.

SPONSORS

Become a supporter today.

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors:


Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Engage your students with lessons outdoors or virtually. Sign up today at hereinhouston.org.


Please scroll down to read about public engagement opportunities and notes from our member organizations and the community.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

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Houston Environmental News Update January 5, 2022

Looking back and ahead, Wild & Scenic Film Fest, Bird Walk, Recycling & Sustainability Day, Honey Bee Ecology, Climate Solutions 101, Green Jobs and more

Great Horned Owl iNaturalist Photo 172502762, (c) Cin-Ty Lee, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)

The ability of Great Horned Owls to rotate their heads 270 degrees is akin to the Roman God Janus, whose two faces looked towards beginning and endings; towards the past and towards the future.

For this first newsletter of 2022, we are taking the perspective of both the great horned owls and Janus. Last week we invited you to help us look back on 2021, and we shared our readers’ thoughts about the most significant environmental accomplishments, controversies, issues, news, and events in the greater Houston region in 2021.

This week, we invite you to look ahead to 2022. How do you see the environment and our community changing in 2022? And, perhaps more importantly, how will you be part of that change?



CEC NOTES

Save the Date: Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour January 29, 2022

Please plan to join CEC–in person at MATCH or online–on January 29, 2022, for CEC’s 7th screening of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour. Tickets available soon!


Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Engage your students with lessons outdoors or virtually. Sign up today at hereinhouston.org.


Please scroll down to read about public engagement opportunities and notes from our member organizations and the community.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

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