Houston Environmental News Update September 23, 2020

The Condor and The Eagle: Climate Justice Film. Bird Week Movie Night, Hummingbird Xtravaganza, Workplace Giving, Bioblitzes, Circular Economy, I-45 Video Game, be CEC’s Neighbor, Green Jobs, and more

Join CEC for the Houston virtual premiere of the award-winning film, The Condor and The Eagle, on September 30, 2020.

Not only is Houston one of the leading industrial cities in the country, it is also one of the pollution capitals in North America. With this status comes environmental racism – leaving low-income and minority residents with unsafe living conditions. The Manchester neighborhood is one example of this; this region is bombarded with pollution and poverty. The residents in this area are exposed to high levels of environmental pollution, leaving them with a 22% higher cancer risk than others in Houston. 

This film explores the ongoing collective climate awakening and the need for urgent change. Follow along with four Indigenous leaders who embark on a trans-continental journey from the Canadian plains, to the Manchester neighborhood of Houston, to deep in the heart of the Amazonian jungle. Their path takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey; one where they will discover the power of their shared voices. 

Local Environmental Justice leaders at the forefront of this fight will join us after the premiere of The Condor and The Eagle for a Q&A session. 

Get ready to come together to build effective social movements and support the fight to defend the heart of our planet. For tickets and more information, visit the ticket page

In a follow-up event on October 6, 2020, join CEC for a virtual event, allowing students to meet with professionals who make saving the planet their life work. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions, learn how to pursue a green career, and inquire about internships/job shadowing opportunities. Learn more and volunteer as a mentor at eventbrite.com.

Please scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community.


CEC NOTES

Support the environment through workplace giving

If you work for employers such as the City of Houston, the State of Texas, or HISD, among many other public and private workplaces, remember that the fall is campaign season for most employee workplace giving programs. Employees are offered the chance to select from many charitable organizations to support through payroll contributions. You can give to CEC via EarthShare of Texas, as one of 60 local, regional and national environmental organizations supported by EarthShare of Texas. You can designate individual organizations or let EarthShare of Texas divide it equally among their participating organizations. A complete list of participating workplaces is available at www.earthshare-texas.org. For more information about EarthShare of Texas, including information about how your organization can offer workplace giving, please visit www.earthshare-texas.org or call 800-GREENTX. Look for the the CEC’s code number under the EarthShare of Texas heading in workplace giving campaign literature at all state agencies (035569), at HISD (0111) and at the City of Houston (1413). Please consider CEC in your workplace giving program!


Houston’s Virtual Green Job Program

At this unique program on October 6 from 3-5 p.m, students will have a chance to meet in small groups with professionals who make saving the planet their life work. Ask questions, learn how to pursue a green career, and inquire about internships/job shadowing opportunities. CEC is also seeking professionals to participate. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.


Tickets on Sale: Wild About Houston Green Film Festival

The CEC is proud to host the third annual Wild About Houston Green Film Festival on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The festival will tell the story of local environmental issues, their champions and how you can make a difference. The festival will be held virtually to protect the health and safety of our community in these times. Stay tuned for additional promotions. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com.


Trivia Night: Water World

Join CEC and Houston Public Works for a night of fun as we test your knowledge of water use around the world. We’re also raising money for the Houston Water Aid to Elderly Residents (WATER) Fund, which provides assistance to senior citizens in need. Learn more and sign up on eventbrite.

Be CEC’s Neighbor at MECA

CEC’s office is at MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling for the Arts) in the historic Dow School in the Old Sixth Ward off of Memorial Drive just outside of downtown. Studios (aka classrooms) are available, including one right next to CEC! (We might even share our conference room.) Learn more at meca-houston.org or email [email protected] to get the scoop.


COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

We have endeavored to confirm the opportunities listed below. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts, particularly in light of concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Houston City Council Agenda – September 22, 2020

The city will consider the following agenda items at the Houston City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, 2020, and will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams at 1:30 PM. Public comment will be allowed Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by teleconference. The agenda includes items related to funding for emergency lime tank cleaning and repair, design and construction of new trails along Buffalo Bayou that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, water meter replacement for Houston Public Works, funding for Lake Houston redevelopment, several expansions of Municipal Utility Districts, awarding the contract for the installation of new energy optimization tools and other improvements at the East Water Purification Plant, among other topics.

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Houston Environmental News Update September 16, 2020

Shiver me timbers! Estuaries, Pollution, Coasts, Galv Bay Grade, Voter Education & Registration, Bird Week Movie Night, Galveston Bay Report Card, Voter Education Forum, Houston Botanic Garden Opening, Hummingbird Xtravaganza, Bike to Work Week, Green Jobs, and more

Ahoy, Mateys! This week, we enjoy celebrating the sillier side of pirate lore on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is observed on Saturday. While pirates certainly have their less savory side, they had some of the best opportunities to observe Galveston Bay and our coasts–our theme for this week’s newsletter. In addition to ITLPD, over the next week or so we can observe International Coastal Cleanup Day, National Estuaries Week, National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, and National Voter Registration Day. (Okay, that last one isn’t directly related to pirates, coasts, or estuaries, but perhaps to pollution, clean-ups, and the turning of the tide….)

International Coastal Cleanup Day: Ocean Conservancy is looking forward to safely celebrating the 2020 ICC this year–together apart–for our communities and for our ocean. The Ocean Conservancy is asking ocean lovers everywhere to #CleanOn. CEC was one of the local coordinators, along with KUFH and Armand Bayou Nature Center, for the first Texas Coastal Cleanup, in 1986, when nearly 3,000 people converged on state beaches to collect over 91 tons of trash.

The Texas General Land Office, which still coordinates coastal cleanups in Texas, recently announced its new publication, “A Guide to Living Shoreline in Texas.”

National Estuaries Week: Galveston Bay is one of 28 estuaries–where freshwater from rivers mix with saltwater from the sea–located in the U.S. that are designated as places of national significance. Curious about how Galveston Bay is doing?

This week, Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) released the 2020 Galveston Bay Report Card, which assesses the health of the bay and its ecosystem. The categories and indicators are graded like a school report card, with “A” being the best possible grade and “F” being the lowest possible grade. This year, the Overall Grade is “C.” Other categories include: Human Health Risks (C), Habitat (D), Water Quality (A), Coastal Change (C), Wildlife (C), and Pollution Events and Sources (C). To read the full report, visit galvbaygrade.org or download the PDF version.

National Pollution Prevention Week is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, which is aimed at reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of nontoxic or less toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream. You can learn more on the EPA website, or join the Pollution Prevention University webinar series offered by the EPA and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

Speaking of coasts and the Ocean, the Only One Collective (founded by Blue Sphere FoundationLonely Whale, and SeaLegacy) today announced the launch of Only One, a digital platform developed as a home for stories, solutions, and community action to protect the ocean, tackle the climate crisis, and fuel the movement for a more just, equitable planet. The platform uses world-class creative content and meaningful calls to action to drive impact. 

Last week, we shared information about Houston Audubon’s #HoustonBirdWeek, which is in full swing. And, if you have a building over three stories high, keep up with their Birdcast Lights Out Action Alerts during fall migration, when nearly a billion birds will migrate through our region.

This coming Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. If you have not yet registered to vote, please do so. If you cannot register to vote–because you already have or you are ineligible to do so–you can still encourage other people to register to vote. 60% of eligible voters are never asked to register. You don’t have that excuse. Register now! #voteready

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CEC NOTES

Our Environment, Your Vote: A Voter Education Forum

On Sept. 17, 2020, from 6-7:30 p.m., the Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience; Mi Familia Vota; the Houston Sierra Club; LINK Houston, the CEC, and other organizations will present an online voter education and civic engagement forum to provide all the information citizens need to vote in the upcoming elections. It will also focus on which elected positions that have an impact on the environmental issues that many Texans care about. For more information, see the Facebook event.


Bird Week Virtual Movie Night

Celebrate Houston Bird Week, led by Houston Audubon’s Young Professionals Advisory Council, with a virtual movie night. Tune in on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. The first thirty minutes is especially designed for children, and features a live Q&A with the star of the movie Wild Birds. The second part of the program includes three inspiring, short films and a panel discussion hosted by Houston Audubon. Order free tickets online at eventbrite.com.


Environmental Educators Exchange Meetups

CEC’s Environmental Educators Exchange Virtual Meetups will resume on Sept. 25 from 9-9:30 a.m. Join us for a chance to connect with fellow educators, swap stories and help one another navigate digital EE programming. Sign up on the Google Form to get a meeting link.  


TAEE Conference registration now available

CEC is proud to partner with the Texas Association for Environmental Education to host a virtual conference on September 25 & 26, 2020. CEC encourages all of our environmental educators to register and actively participate. Highlights include a special session for pre-service teachers, a preview of a new Texas wildlife movie, and a focus on quality virtual programming. Please share the opportunity within your own networks, and contact [email protected] if you have any questions. Learn more at taee.org and register online.


Tickets on Sale: The Condor and the Eagle

On September 30, 2020, the Houston Green Film Series presents the Houston Premiere of “The Condor and the Eagle.” The film features Indigenous People at the forefront of the environmental justice movement as they promote intercultural dialogue and build new models for sustainability.⁣ The film is both empowering and inspiring, and features stories from right here in Houston. Join us for a panel discussion afterwards. Find full details and purchase tickets here.


Houston’s Virtual Green Job Program

At this unique program on October 6 from 3-5 p.m, students will have a chance to meet in small groups with professionals who make saving the planet their life work. Ask questions, learn how to pursue a green career, and inquire about internships/job shadowing opportunities. CEC is also seeking professionals to participate. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.


Tickets on Sale: Wild About Houston Green Film Festival

The CEC is proud to host the third annual Wild About Houston Green Film Festival on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The festival will tell the story of local environmental issues, their champions and how you can make a difference. The festival will be held virtually to protect the health and safety of our community in these times. Stay tuned for additional promotions. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com.


Future CEC Event


COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

We have endeavored to confirm the opportunities listed below. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts, particularly in light of concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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