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Texas Community Watershed Partners

Purpose: To provide education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality. Major Events: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Courses, and Classes. Volunteer Opportunities: Restoration Projects, Conservation Projects, Landscape Installation Projects, and Wetland Workdays. Publications:   
  • Can Houston Feed Itself?
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Work 1335 Regents Park Dr., Suite 260 Houston TX 77058 Work Phone: (281) 218-0570 Website: Texas Coastal Watershed Program Website

Purpose: To provide education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality.

Major Events: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Courses, and Classes.

Volunteer Opportunities: Restoration Projects, Conservation Projects, Landscape Installation Projects, and Wetland Workdays.

Publications:   

  • Can Houston Feed Itself?
  • Stormwater Wetlands
  • Is Denser Greener?
  • The Resilient Coast
  • Urban Parks
  • Choices for Growth
  • Texas Coastal Wetland Guidebook
  • 5 Tips for Organic Lawn Care
  • WaterSmart Landscaping
  • Living Shorelines

Charriss York, Stormwater Program Specialist
cyork@tamu.edu

Steve Mikulencak, Planning Programs Leader
smikulencak@tamu.edu

Valeria Keese, Program Coordinator, Resilience and Sustainability Planner
valkrdz@tamu.edu

Formerly known as “Texas Coastal Watershed Program”

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Houston Climate Protection Alliance

Purpose: Houston Climate Protection Alliance connects residents of the greater Houston-Galveston region concerned about global warming so we can learn and act together. Meetings: First Sundays of each month at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore. Time is usually 1:15 p.m., but please call to confirm and for topic information.…More Details
Work 3211 Elmridge St Houston TX 77025-4311 Work Phone: (713) 662-2879 Website: Houston Climate Protection Alliance Website

Purpose: Houston Climate Protection Alliance connects residents of the greater Houston-Galveston region concerned about global warming so we can learn and act together.

Meetings: First Sundays of each month at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore. Time is usually 1:15 p.m., but please call to confirm and for topic information.

Programs: Speakers are available to give presentations to your class or school group.

Tim Mock, Co-Chair
Timcmock@gmail.com
(713) 662-2879

Dr. Louis C. Smith, Co-Chair
lcs@louiscsmith.com
(713) 528-1104

Nancy Edwards, Treasurer
needwards@comcast.net
(713) 661-9737

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Sierra Club – Hou. Regional Group

Purpose: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. Meetings: Second Thurs., 7:30 p.m., St.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 3021 Houston TX 77253-3021 Website: Sierra Club – Hou. Regional Group Website

Purpose: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Meetings: Second Thurs., 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama at Woodhead. OPEN TO PUBLIC.

Major Events: Trips, workshops, outings, and classes; Yard Sale, spring; Annual Auction, at December meeting.

Recreational Outings: Open to members and non-members. See listing on website.

Children’s Activities: Inner City Outings program. Contact Lorraine Gibson at raineygib@aol.com.

Volunteer Opportunities: Issues include water & air quality, watershed, sustainability, energy, forestry, and parks & wildlife; Political Committee endorsements; legislative issues and letter writing; trail maintenance on Lone Star Hiking Trail; training for leading outings.

Publications: Bayou Banner, monthly (call for free copy or print PDF version from website).

Brandt Mannchen, Executive Committee Chair
brandtshnfbt@juno.com

Evelyn L. Merz, Conservation Chair
elmerz@hal-pc.org

Carol Woronow, Bayou Banner and Newsletter Editor,
HSCBanner@gmail.com

Melanie Oldham, Air Quality
oldham_melanie@yahoo.com

Brandt Mannchen, Forestry and Big Thicket
brandtshnfbt@juno.com

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Houston Tomorrow

Purpose: Houston Tomorrow is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Its vision is that on its 200th birthday, the Houston region will be home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States.…More Details
Work 723 Main, Suite #700-52 Houston TX 77002 Work Phone: (713) 523-5757 Website: Houston Tomorrow Website

Purpose: Houston Tomorrow is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Its vision is that on its 200th birthday, the Houston region will be home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States. Founded in 1998.

Meetings: Livable Houston Initiative: noon on the fourth Wed. each month. Houston Food Policy Work Group: 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wed of each month. Distinguished Speaker Series, quarterly.

Programs: Research on growth, development and innovations in the US and the world. Outreach: Public events, discussions, and working with public and private partners. Communication: Produce accessible, useful information.

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact office.

Publications: Free Biannual magazine, Tomorrow. Weekly E-mail newsletter.

David Crossley, Interim Chair
david.crossley@houstontomorrow.org

Alex Mossler, Deputy Director

Caitlin McNeely, Programs Director
caitlin.mcneely@houstontomorrow.org

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Houston Renewable Energy Group

Purpose: HREG is a local chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society, with a mission to further the development of renewable energy and related arts, sciences, and technologies, with concern for the ecological, social, and economic fabric of our community and state. Members support local events, host the Houston Renewable Energy tour, and in general work to educate the community on the benefits of renewable energy.…More Details
Work 1303 Bridle Spur Lane Houston TX 77055 Work Phone: 281-217-8996 Website: Houston Renewable Energy Group Website

Purpose: HREG is a local chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society, with a mission to further the development of renewable energy and related arts, sciences, and technologies, with concern for the ecological, social, and economic fabric of our community and state. Members support local events, host the Houston Renewable Energy tour, and in general work to educate the community on the benefits of renewable energy. We were founded in 2000.

Meetings: Third Thursday of April, July, Oct. See website for details.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call or e-mail info@houstonrenewableenergy.org.

Programs: Teacher workshops are available on issues regarding renewable energy. Speakers from the group are also available to give presentations to a school or student group.

HREG is the local chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society.

Events: Solar Tour

Angela Shen, President

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Public Citizen – Texas

Purpose: To research and recommend policy that will lower electric bills, increase clean and renewable sources of energy, and combats greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global climate change by working to encourage city and state incentives for energy efficiency and to create incentives and mandates for more renewable energy. Programs: Policy programs in are climate change, promoting clean government, fighting dirty energy, advancing energy efficiency in Texas, advancing renewable energy in Texas and student organizing.…More Details
Work 309 East 11th St., Suite 2 Austin Texas 78701 Work Phone: (512) 477-1155 Website: http://www.citizen.org/texas

Purpose: To research and recommend policy that will lower electric bills, increase clean and renewable sources of energy, and combats greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global climate change by working to encourage city and state incentives for energy efficiency and to create incentives and mandates for more renewable energy.

Programs: Policy programs in are climate change, promoting clean government, fighting dirty energy, advancing energy efficiency in Texas, advancing renewable energy in Texas and student organizing.

Publications: Texas Vox Blog, the Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.

Intern Opportunities: Over 300 interns have been trained and mentored in Texas. Contact Stephanie Thomas (sthomas@citizen.org) for more information.

Adrian Shelley, Executive Director
ashelley@citizen.org

Stephanie Thomas, Researcher and Community Organizer–Houston Representative sthomas@citizen.org

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U.S. Green Building Council – Texas Gulf Coast Region

Purpose: The chapter will accelerate the implementation of the best sustainable building practices for our region through collaboration, education and advocacy. Founded in 2003, the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is uniquely positioned to leverage green building industry knowledge with community needs related to the built environment. The chapter connects the built environment to community life indicators and offers the LEED Rating System as a measurement tool to vet whether or not a building is operating at high performance.…More Details
Work 10401 Westoffice Drive Houston TX 77042 Work Phone: (281) 506-3867 Website: U.S. Green Building Council – Texas Gulf Coast Region Website

Purpose: The chapter will accelerate the implementation of the best sustainable building practices for our region through collaboration, education and advocacy. Founded in 2003, the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is uniquely positioned to leverage green building industry knowledge with community needs related to the built environment. The chapter connects the built environment to community life indicators and offers the LEED Rating System as a measurement tool to vet whether or not a building is operating at high performance.

Programs: USGBC offers educational programs to the building industry and public at large, in order to grow both local expertise and the green building market. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

Major Events: Texas Energy Summit

Volunteer Opportunities: Representing almost 1000 individuals, more than 2000 LEED APs, and more than 200 companies, the Texas Gulf Coast Region is based in Houston with a branch in Montgomery County (Piney Woods). The region has many volunteer opportunities – visit the website for details.http://www.usgbctexasgulfcoast.org

David MacLean, Chair
dmaclean@sebesta.com
(713) 857- 6499

Maria Perez, Vice President
maria_perez@gensler.com
(713) 356-1330

Caroline Kostak, Secretary
caroline.kostak@gmail.com
(832) 215-3885

 

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Environmental Defense Fund

Purpose: To preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including the right to clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.…More Details
Work 301 Congress Avenue, Suite 1300 Austin TX 78701 Work Phone: (512) 478-5161 Work Phone: (512) 478-8140 Website: Environmental Defense Fund Website

Purpose: To preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including the right to clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations — as well as with business, government and communities — and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

Programs: Texas Regional Office

 Climate and Air

 Oceans

 Land, Water & Wildlife.

Volunteer Opportunities: Case by case basis.

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact Elena Craft.

Elena Craft, Senior Health Scientist
ecraft@edf.org

Stacy Brick, Media Contact
(512) 691-3454
Email Stacy

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby 3rd Coast Region

Purpose: To build political will for Congress to act on climate change. Program: Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations.…More Details
Work Phone: +1 619-437-7142 Website: Citizens\\\’ Climate Lobby 3rd Coast Region Website

Purpose: To build political will for Congress to act on climate change.

Program: Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.

In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.

Local Chapters:
Atascocita
Galveston
Houston – Briar Memorial
Houston – Heights
Houston – Missouri City
Houston – Montrose – Rice University
Houston – West University
Katy – South
Lake Jackson
League City
Pearland
Sugar Land
The Woodlands

Meetings: Monthly international calls held on the second Saturday of each month at noon central time, contact specific chapters for meeting location and details.

Resources:
CCL Community: CCL’s national social network of volunteers engaged on climate change
CCL University: webinars about climate change, energy, lobbying, outreach, etc.
Major Events:
Annual International Conference in Washington DC (late June)
Annual Regional Conference (in TX, LA, MS, or AL)
Local talks given by volunteers, tabling events, etc.

Volunteer Opportunities: Develop a relationship with your members of Congress, engage the media through letters to the editor/opeds, outreach in the community

Speakers Bureau: Provide speakers upon request.

Third Coast Region (TX, LA, MS) Coordinator: susan.adams@citizensclimatelobby.org

houston@citizensclimate.org

Refer to individual chapter pages for local contact information.

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Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

Purpose: Protection of Texas’ air, water and open spaces. Improving the quality of our environment and our lives by using independent research and tough-minded advocacy to win concrete results for our environment. Program Priorities: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Open Space Preservation, Clean Air and Water, Global Warming.…More Details
Work 200 East 30th St. Austin TX 78705 Work Phone: (512) 479-0388 Website: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center Website

Purpose: Protection of Texas’ air, water and open spaces. Improving the quality of our environment and our lives by using independent research and tough-minded advocacy to win concrete results for our environment.

Program Priorities: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Open Space Preservation, Clean Air and Water, Global Warming. Environmental Policy Development, Legislative Advocacy, Public Education, Media Outreach, Grassroots Organizing, Clean Air Act Enforcement.

Publications: Newsletter, Annual Report, Weekly Email Updates, Bi-weekly audio Podcast on iTunes, Policy Reports: http://www.environmenttexas.org/reports, Legislative Scorecard: http://www.environmenttexas.org/legislature/legislative-scorecard, Blog: http://www.environmenttexas.org/blog

Houston Events: Environmental Leadership Conference and Activist Training, Student Internship Program.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities: Contact (512) 610-0084

Luke Metzger, Director
luke@environmenttexas.org
(512) 479-0388

John Rumpler, Senior Environmental Attorney
john@environmenttexas.org
(617) 747-4306

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Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience (CEER)

Purpose: To raise awareness of the connections between pollution, place and the public's health. CEER envisions a region that is equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically strong; where residents have the opportunity to live, work, learn, play, and pray free from environmental hazards. CEER advocates for public and private investment in protecting communities by cleaning up hazards that contaminate air, water, and land.…More Details
Work 2010 North Loop West, Suite 103 Houston Texas 77018 Work Phone: 713-331-9913

Purpose: To raise awareness of the connections between pollution, place and the public’s health. CEER envisions a region that is equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically strong; where residents have the opportunity to live, work, learn, play, and pray free from environmental hazards. CEER advocates for public and private investment in protecting communities by cleaning up hazards that contaminate air, water, and land. At the same time, these investments must prevent or reduce flooding. 

CEER is a coalition that brings together 25 organizations and their expertise, resources, and tools to meet the needs of communities. They work with communities impacted by environmental pollution, hazards and climate change.

Programs:  CEER hosts candidate forums, town halls, workshops, trainings and calls to action connected to its advocacy campaigns. Advocacy campaigns are organized around CEER’s 8 Point Plan.

  1. Embrace Transparency
  2. Focus on Air 
  3. Focus on Land 
  4. Focus on Water 
  5. Focus on Resource Recovery and Recycling 
  6. Focus on Displaced People
  7. Embrace Resiliency 
  8. Focus on Equity 

 Publications: Creating Lasting Change in a Climate Altered Future; Eyes on the Future, Connected to the Past: Climate Justice in Northeast Houston; Our Local Vision of Just Recovery; Community Conservation

 

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Transition Houston

Purpose: Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.…More Details
Website: Transition Houston Website

Purpose: Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.

About Us: Transition Houston is an official Transition Initiative of the burgeoning Transition movement, #40 of the 100+ official Transition Initiatives in the U.S. The movement has spread world-wide with hundreds of initiatives in the few short years since the first Transition Town began in 2005. Transition Houston is a hub for the Houston region, providing support the transition from oil dependency to local resilience by equipping communities with creative adaptations in areas such as food, energy, health, education, spirit and economy to generate a road map towards sustainable living.

Volunteer Opportunities: We frequently have hands-on projects to create practical manifestations of resiliency, such as Permablitzes, where a yard is transformed using Permaculture principles into a food garden with other elements of self-sufficiency.

Meetings: Transition Houston usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Please check our websites to confirm the meeting date, time and location.

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Healthy Gulf (formerly Gulf Restoration Network)

Purpose: The Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) is a network of environmental, social justice, and citizens’ groups and individuals committed to restoring the Gulf of Mexico to an ecologically and biologically sustainable condition. Within this vision, we see the mission of GRN as one of uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the resources of the Gulf Region for future generations.…More Details
Other P. O. Box 2245 New Orleans LA 70176 Work 935 Gravier Street New Orleans New Orleans LA 70112 Work Phone: (504) 525-1528 Website: Gulf Restoration Network Website

Purpose: The Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) is a network of environmental, social justice, and citizens’ groups and individuals committed to restoring the Gulf of Mexico to an ecologically and biologically sustainable condition. Within this vision, we see the mission of GRN as one of uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the resources of the Gulf Region for future generations.

Programs: Resolve to Restore Louisiana Wetlands, the Gulf Coast is ground zero for the impacts of Global Warming, Save Our Cypress campaign, Save the Bait – Protect Menhaden in the Gulf of Mexico, Natural Defenses – protect our coastal wetlands and barrier islands, Defend our Nature Coast – Florida, Species at Risk, BP Drilling Disaster.

Major Events: Gulf Gathering annual retreat.

Volunteer Opportunities: Internships.

Publications: Gulf Currents – quarterly newsletter blog: http://www.healthygulf.org/blog/

Cyn Sarthou, Executive Director
(504) 525-1528 ext. 202
cyn@healthygulf.org

Ariadne Acevedo, Director of Membership and Community Fundraising
(504) 525-1528 ext. 210
ari@healthygulf.org

Raleigh Hoke, Campaign Director
(504) 525-1528 ext. 204
raleigh@healthygulf.org

Andrew Whitehurst, Water Program Director
504-525-1528 ext. 205
andrew@healthygulf.org

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American Institute of Chemical Engineers, South Texas Local Section

Purpose: To support the membership’s technical objectives through education, service, and fellowship. Meetings: First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m., Sept. through June. Please check the website for speaker, location, and topic. Programs: Continuing education workshops at monthly meetings, which include environmental and process safety. Major Events: Cosponsor Energy Conservation Forum with Texas Industries of the Future twice per year.…More Details
Work One Westchase Center 10777 Westheimer Suite 1075 Houston TX 77042 Website: American Institute of Chemical Engineers Website

Purpose: To support the membership’s technical objectives through education, service, and fellowship.

Meetings: First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m., Sept. through June. Please check the website for speaker, location, and topic.

Programs: Continuing education workshops at monthly meetings, which include environmental and process safety.

Major Events: Cosponsor Energy Conservation Forum with Texas Industries of the Future twice per year. See the website for the date and location.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Matt Kolodney, (713) 767-3752 (work), (713) 471-8956 (cell) or mkolodne@tceq.state.tx.us.

Chair: Dr. Thomas E. Rehm
sts-chairelect@aiche.org

Secretary: Debra McCall
sts-secretary@aiche.org

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