CEC welcomes Alicia Mein-Johnson as the Environmental Education Specialist

Alicia is the new Environmental Education Specialist for the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition. She will manage the ever-popular Houston Green Films & Festivals, and expand upon HERE in Houston and the Environmental Educators Exchange. Alicia has been a public high school science teacher and coach, including time at Douglas MacArthur High in San Antonio and Energy Institute High in Houston. She has taken hundreds of students on local and international field trips. Currently, she volunteers as the Vice President of the Texas Association for Environmental Education, is a Master Naturalist and a Texas Certified Environmental Educator.

Previously, she led field trips for The Nature Conservancy of Texas, and her favorite location is at the top of Dolan Falls on the Devils River. She earned a B.S. in Biology and Speech Communication from Trinity University, where she also ran Cross Country and Track & Field. In her free time, Alicia gardens for blueberries and butterflies and roots for the Astros baseball team.

Alicia looks forward to increasing environmental literacy within our community, and may be reached at [email protected]

CEC welcomes back Tayler McKenzie as an Environmental Policy Intern

Tayler McKenzie is a returning summer intern who has always called the Houston area home. She is currently a junior attending the University of Houston and is working on majoring in Environmental Science as well as minoring in Political Science. 

In between studying and working, Tayler enjoys exploring the city of Houston; particularly frequenting museums and scouring local restaurants for the world’s best veggie burger. She also strives to keep up with current events in order to further her knowledge and understanding of the world around her. When the current state of the world seems anything but optimistic, Tayler finds solace in writing poetry and aspires to one day be a published author.

Ever since she was young, Tayler knew she had a passion for positive social change in the world around her. Her main concerns are centered around the ever growing issues of climate change and habitat conservation. Tayler will continue to advocate for environmentalism with the hope of sparking change in the world for a better future, not only on behalf of her generation, but for generations to come.

Tayler can be reached at [email protected]

CEC Welcomes Rucha Moharir as Environmental Education Intern

Rucha Moharir is an Environmental Science student at the University of Houston. She was born in Mumbai, India and came to Houston to pursue her higher education in 2015. She has been passionate about environmental issues since childhood, having joined Greenpeace India at the age of 13. She is an avid traveler, influenced by her parents, who, as she was growing up, taught her the importance of being a global citizen and exposed her to as many countries and cultures as they were capable of. She hopes to combine her two passions by becoming a sustainability consultant and traveling internationally to various green destinations for work, which will also help increase her knowledge of environmental issues around the world, and she wishes to use that knowledge to spread awareness among people who don’t have immediate access to such information.

Rucha understands the importance of all citizens being aware of pressing environmental concerns, especially local ones, and the importance of providing resources through which they can educate themselves on how they can do their part in
helping better the local environment. This is why she is very excited to join the CEC and do her part in spreading this awareness. Rucha can be reached at [email protected]