Houston Environmental News Update February 19, 2020

Vote! Picnic for the Park, The Messenger at Discovery Green, Environmental Career Forum, Houston Youth Climate Forum, Green Jobs, and more


Unless you live under a rock–which is especially difficult in the gumbo ‘soil’ in much of our region–you know that early voting has started in advance of the Super Tuesday primary elections on March 3, 2020. In addition to national races (president, senator, representatives), we have the opportunity to vote on many statewide and local candidates. 

Not sure whether you are registered or how to register? You can visit votetexas.gov or contact the voter registrar for your county (listed below).

As always, we encourage you to visit the League of Women Voters of Houston to learn more about candidates. The League, which is celebrating 100 years of service, is nonpartisan organization that believes in the power of every person to create a more perfect democracy–and they have a great voters guide.

Speaking of voting, CEC had the opportunity to hear from former Vice President Al Gore, as he launched the Climate Reality Action Fund’s nonpartisan Vote Your Future: Vote Climate at Texas Southern University with Dr. Robert Bullard earlier today. This campaign is building a national movement of climate voters, mobilizing young people, parents, and professionals across America to vote for their future and vote for real climate solutions. Start by registering to vote, then voting, and encouraging other people to vote (which you can do even if you are unable to vote). It was inspiring! 

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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Earth Day Houston

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


Conservation, Ecology, and Environmental Science Career Forum

On Feb. 22, 2020, from 9 a.m.-noon, the Houston Community College’s Southeast Campus will host the 4th Annual Conservation, Ecology, and Environmental Science Career Forum. Local experts will share their career pathway experiences, and offer tips and advice to help students navigate the transition to the working world. For more information and to register, visit constantcontact.com.



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Houston Environmental News Update February 12, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day, Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training, Green Film: The Need to GROW, 20th Annual Fruit Tree Sale, Green Jobs, and more


So, it’s nearly Valentine’s Day. Again. Depending on where you happen to be in your love life at the moment, the holiday could be a genuine opportunity to celebrate one of life’s greatest experiences, or a cynical, commercial means to sell candy and flowers.

Oops, sorry, we got a little carried away there. We’re sure that you will enjoy Valentine’s Day with your loved one. And, thankfully, our region offers a wealth of opportunities to mark the occasion while also celebrating the environment.

  • Through Feb. 17, the Houston Museum of Natural Science offers “Endless Love,” an opportunity to name, er, a cockroach after your Valentine.
  • On Feb. 14, Buffalo Bayou Partnership is offering “Cupid Cruises” aboard the Spirit of the Bayou pontoon boat.
  • On Feb. 14 and 15, Houston Zoo is offering “For the Love of Wildlife,” an adults-only opportunity to spend the night at the zoo and learn all about the wildlife, with a romantic dinner included.
  • On Feb. 15, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center offers “Tapas on the Trails,” where you can enjoy tapas-sized dishes paired with carefully chosen wine and beer and a romantic walk on softly lit trails.
  • At Discovery Green, you can take an “Urban Bird Walk” to see the real wildlife of downtown, in conjunction with the park’s “Paloma” art installation.
  • And don’t forget, it’s never too late to give the gift that makes a difference for our oceans and marine wildlife, including through the Turtle Island Restoration Network, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, and Houston Zoo.

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.


CEC NOTES

Earth Day Houston

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


Houston GREEN Film: The Need to GROW

Join CEC, the Rice Media Center and other partners on Feb. 19, 2020, for the next installment of the Houston Green Film Series. This month’s film is The Need to GROW, produced and narrated by Rosario Dawson, which tells the story of three very different leaders working to address the problems associated with industrial agriculture (see the trailer). Socializing will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film at 7 p.m. and a panel discussion afterward. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com. Sign up for additional news about the Houston Green Film Series on our Constant Contact form.

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Houston Environmental News Update February 5, 2020

Earth Day Houston deadlines, Green Film: The Need to GROW, Surfside Chats, CCL Regional Conference, Green Jobs, and more

Presented by Green Mountain Energy in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration is designed to educate, inspire and encourage action. The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from citizen science to alternative energy to recycling methods, a foodie farmers market, unplugged – a live music acoustic mini-festival, EarthTalks and more, all in a zero-waste footprint. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Featuring exhibits, bands, food, speakers, and more, the 2020 celebration promises to inspire, educate, and motivate. And it supports Discovery Green’s mission of providing free events that promote a healthy environment and sustainable operations.

How can you be involved?

  • Exhibit! Register by Feb. 14, 2020 to be an exhibitor at earthdayhouston.org/exhibit/. Opportunities are available for nonprofits and government agencies; small, local businesses; and corporations with a commitment to the environment.
  • Sponsor! Our sponsors range value the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and our community.Benefits include unique access to the green family market, exposure of you organization to over 10,000 festival attendees, and community stewardship and volunteer opportunities.The sponsorship deadline to be included in all promotion materials is March 1, 2020; view sponsorship information at earthdayhouston.org/sponsor.
  • Volunteer! Opportunities are available for both individuals and groups. Sign up at earthdayhouston.org/volunteer.
  • Plan to Attend! Save the date 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.


CEC NOTES


Houston GREEN Film: The Need to GROW

Join CEC, the Rice Media Center and other partners on Feb. 19, 2020, for the next installment of the Houston Green Film Series. This month’s film is The Need to GROW, produced and narrated by Rosario Dawson, which tells the story of three very different leaders working to address the problems associated with industrial agriculture (see the trailer). Socializing will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film at 7 p.m. and a panel discussion afterward. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com. Sign up for additional news about the Houston Green Film Series on our Constant Contact form.

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