State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)
Purpose: To advance recycling through partnerships, education, and advocacy for the benefit of Texas.
Major Events: Annual Texas Recycling Summit– September 9-11, 2019 at the El Tropicano Hotel on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.
Texas Compost Summit– will take place October 2019. Date and location TBD.
Publications: STAR is helping Texans to learn more about the recycling industry through free informational webinars and quarterly e-newsletters. Sign up to receive e-newsletters on the STAR website or by emailing email@example.com.
Erin Andary, Communications & Programs Manager
Texas Campaign for the Environment
Purpose: Empowering Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy. The TEC envisions a Texas free from pollution. As the largest environmental group in Texas organizing support through door-to-door canvassing, grassroots is both who we are and what we do.
Programs: Advocates for local, state and national policies that hold manufacturers responsible for recycling the toxic products they create (such as electronic waste or “e-waste”); works to strengthen environmental and health standards for Texas landfills; educates residents and builds grassroots support through a year-round neighborhood canvassing program; and works toward recycling for all Houstonians.
Job Opportunities: Full and part-time paid Community Organizer positions available year round.
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes.
Publications: Annual report and regular email action alerts to TCE members. Visit the website http://www.texasenvironment.org to view past reports and join as a member.
Robin Schneider, Executive Director
City of Houston Office of Sustainability
Purpose: The City of Houston’s sustainability office encourages green development and lifestyles across the city by carrying out green projects, educating on pressing environmental issues, and promoting sustainable products and services.
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. 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
John Rumpler, Senior Environmental Attorney
Texans for Clean Water
Purpose: Texans for Clean Water is a coalition of business leaders and citizens who are committed to protecting the waterways. Through education, prevention and collaboration, we can eliminate floatable litter: including drink containers, polystyrene to-go containers and plastic bags, from Texas waterways. In doing so, we will generate economic prosperity and improve water quality for all Texans and Texas wildlife.
Programs: Speakers are available to talk about strategies to improve water quality by reducing, discarding, and appropriate alternatives to: plastic bags, polystyrene to go containers, and other AWAY FROM HOME packaging. Texans for Clean water also works to support municipal and statewide legislation to prevent land based litter from becoming marine debris.
Volunteers Opportunities: Help to spread the message that litter is a problem in Texas. What’s your favorite tool to get the word out? Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter? Whatever it is, click here for our latest post on Facebook and relay it out to your audience.
Purpose: A volunteer membership service organization dedicated to creating land trusts of scenic habitat conservation preserves currently at 6,000 acres. Includes permanent protection and restoration of the 1,058-acre John M. O’Quinn I-45 Scenic Estuarial Corridor, the natural marsh gateway to Galveston; the contiguous 1,840 acres of native coastal prairie and wetland habitat on the Virginia Point Peninsula Preserve, and 3,000+ acres as stewards of conservation easement prairies/wetlands on north West Galveston Bay. SG provides archeological protection of National Register Pending 1860 Fort Hebert, the naval origination of the “Battle of Galveston” and 6 other important historical sites on VPPP.
Major Events: Partnership cleaning events, April and September, with GLO in Adopt-A-Beach/Estuary and Rivers, Bays N’ Bayous March Trash Bash, along with volunteer day maintenance, coastal erosion projects, prairie and Galveston Bay shoreline plantings, controlled burns, herbiciding, oyster work, participating in bird surveys, including Great Texas Bird Classic, Christmas Bird Count, with other outings and registration at Reitan Point in the preserve.
Birders, fishers, paddlers, kayakers, researchers, and other visitors are welcome every day for non-intrusive public uses. Vehicles, hunting, dumping and fireworks are not permitted.
Evangeline Loessin Whorton, Founder and Chairman
Networking Guild – “Friends of the Preserve” Site partner GCBO
Keep Houston Beautiful
Purpose: To achieve sustainable community improvement by providing programs that educate the public, combat blight, prevent litter, minimize waste and beautify Houston’s public spaces.
Programs: Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Ditch Program; weekend cleanups and tool lending library; community beautification and edible community garden projects; civic leader and teacher training workshops. Teacher worksheets are available on the website for classroom use. Speakers are available, contact Amy Reed.
Major Events: Mayor’s Proud Partners
Awards and Luncheon; Great American Cleanup; Keep Houston Beautiful Day; Annual Bar Association Cleanup; Texas Recycles Day; Home Run for Astros Tree Plantings; America Recycles Day.
Children’s Activities: Keep Schools Beautiful Day; Lucky the Ladybug; Storm water Curriculum; Keep America Beautiful’s Water in Place Curriculum.
Volunteer Opportunities: Clean up and beautification weekend workdays, clerical, artists, special event information booths.
Publications: Clean Neighborhoods Manual; Guide to Earth Quilt Gardens; Recycling Activity Book for Kids; A Guide to Creating Environmental Outdoor Learning Centers; Enewsletter; Adopt-an-Esplanade Guide.
Amy Reed, Executive Director
Mike Aden, Warehouse Technician
Living Paradigm Community Dev. Corp
Purpose: The mission of Living Paradigm is to empower people by creating home ownership of shelters erected from reclaimed materials. These dwellings will be environmentally responsible and healthy places for those that inhabit them and will contribute to the culture, vitality, and individuality of the community.
Living Paradigm addresses the social, economic and environmental basis of sustainable living by building low-cost homes (under $50k), with volunteer or apprenticeship labor, using materials that would otherwise go to the landfill.
Programs: Living Paradigm has begun a homesteading program for affordable, reclaimed materials housing. We also have a “Resource Rescue Co-op,” which is a team of volunteers that help obtain the materials needed to build the homes.
Major Events: Major events include tours of reclaimed materials homes, construction volunteer educational workshops, and deconstruction events.
Volunteer Opportunities: Construction, deconstruction, resource rescue co-op, grant writing, general administrative.
Speakers Bureau: Speakers available to discuss a variety of topics. Please call or visit our website for further details.
Publications: ReNews, a free e-mail newsletter service. To sign up to receive this newsletter, please go to http://www.livingparadigm.org.
T. Leon Preston II, Board President
April Ward, Executive Director
Kate Cairoli, Director of Landscape Architecture & Resiliency
Purpose: The The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is a tax-deductible 501 (c)(3) educational organization that promotes natural resource conservation, recycling, solid waste reduction, safe and sensible care of our air and water resources, and other responsible actions that protect the environment and its inhabitants.
Meetings: Board & Members Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., second tuesday of each month, location specified on website.
Programs: Lecture series on sustainability; A Walk in the Woods; Woodlands Landscaping Solutions; 3R Bazaar; Buy Recycled Boutique; Adopt-a-Path; GREEN Student Ambassadors.
Major Events: Annual Earth Day GREENUP; Texas Recycles Day; Feeding the Dragon Village Challenge; Waterfest.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed for events, recycling, and conservation activities. See website for details. http://www.thewoodlandsgreen.org
Publications: The Dragon Circle, published three times per year.
Paul Nelson, President
Rob Dushek, Vice President
Kathie Herrick, Secretary
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. See the website for the date and location.
Speakers Bureau: Contact Matt Kolodney, (713) 767-3752 (work), (713) 471-8956 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Dr. Thomas E. Rehm
Secretary: Debra McCall
Texas Community Watershed Partners
- Can Houston Feed Itself? …
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.
- 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
Steve Mikulencak, Planning Programs Leader
Valeria Keese, Program Coordinator, Resilience and Sustainability Planner
Formerly known as “Texas Coastal Watershed Program”
SPLASh (Stopping Plastics and Litter Along Shorelines) educates grades 5-12 on marine debris & trash pollution in the Houston-Galveston coastal ecosystems. We facilitate TEKS-supported, interactive lessons virtually or in-person and offer off campus trash clean ups and data collection activities! Contact email@example.com for more information!
Galveston Bay Foundation
Purpose: To preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries for present users and for posterity. Galveston Bay Foundation’s balanced programs in advocacy, conservation, education, and research strive to ensure that Galveston Bay remains a beautiful and productive place for generations to come.
Programs: Educational presentations; community events; habitat restoration and conservation; trash cleanups; wetland permit review, responding to proposed actions in the bay area. Speakers are available for presentations to your classroom, contact for booking.
Major Events: Marsh Mania; Bay Day; Bike Around the Bay; GBF Luncheon; Trash Bash; Redfish Raft-Up, Rain Barrel Workshops.
Children’s Programs: Get Hip to Habitat; Bay Day; Bay Ambassadors; Children’s Art Calendar.
Volunteer Opportunities: The success of GBF can be directly attributed to the support we received from volunteers. Visit GBF’s website to find out more about our ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Publications: GBF Gazette, GBF E-News, Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide, Children’s Art Calendar.
Bob Stokes, President
(281) 332-3381 ex-211
Nicole Scanlin, Director of Development
(281) 332-3381 ex-213
Database and Administrative support
University of Houston: Office of Sustainability
Purpose: The University of Houston Office of Sustainability serves as the hub for campus sustainability efforts. Engaging the campus and community, the office fosters collaboration and educates individuals about social, economic and environmental factors that impact today’s society and generations to come. On-campus sustainability initiatives include academic programs and research, educational events, the campus community garden, single-stream recycling, water bottle refill stations, renewable energy use, sustainable transportation, green building and more.
Programs: Sustainability Task Force, Sustainability Meetups, Student Sustainability Team and Campus Community Garden
Events: Cleanup Day, Sustainability Fest, Bike to UH Day, Electronics Recycling Drive, RecycleMania and Earth Week,
Volunteer opportunities: Gardening, Campus and community events, Cleanup events.
Michael Mendoza, Sustainability Program Manager
Melissa Halstead, Sustainability Coordinator
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. 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.
- Embrace Transparency
- Focus on Air
- Focus on Land
- Focus on Water
- Focus on Resource Recovery and Recycling
- Focus on Displaced People
- Embrace Resiliency
- 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.
Center for Recycled Art
Purpose: Founded in 2009, our mission is to reduce the amount of reusable material in Houston’s landfills, to promote environmental awareness, to stimulate creativity, and to provide opportunities to create recycled art.
Programs: Divert reusable clean scrap from Houston’s solid waste stream and make it available at low cost to educators and non-profits in the Greater Houston area. Promote awareness and stimulate creativity through workshops, creative reuse demonstrations and speakers.
Major Events: Monthly Teacher Warehouse shopping event for educators and other non profits.
Children’s Activities: The Center for Recycled Art hosts structured activities for school groups and other nonprofit organizations. Programs are designed in conjunction
with your group’s leadership and may be easily tailored to ongoing classroom curriculum. Each class offers an age-appropriate opportunity to express creativity and complete the project in the allotted time. Programs may be held at your location or at the Texas Art Asylum, near downtown. Speakers available for all ages, Contact Ramona Brady for booking.
Volunteer Opportunities: Receiving and sorting Houston’s cast-offs, de-constructing mechanical and electrical items; creating inspiration projects from cast off materials, demonstrating/leading creative reuse projects.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Purpose: The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens. Key governmental services include transportation planning, disaster resiliency, cooperative purchasing, homeland security, workforce development, air and water quality planning, forecasting, and mapping.
Programs: H-GAC engages in a variety of collaborative environmental planning efforts including watershed protection, solid waste management and air quality for sustainable development. It is also actively involved in education and public awareness programs, including Commute Solutions and NuRide, the Clean Waters Initiative, Regional Recycling Roundtable.
Volunteer Opportunities: H-GAC offers year-round volunteer opportunities through our Texas Stream Team volunteer water monitoring program, as well as at a one-day Trash Bash waterway cleanup event. For more information on opportunities, visit http://www.h-gac.com/go/getinvolved.
Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning
Kathy Janhsen, Principal Program Coordinator
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.
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
(713) 857- 6499
Maria Perez, Vice President
Caroline Kostak, Secretary
Center for Houston’s Future
Purpose: Center for Houston’s Future (CHF) works to address matters of highest importance to the long-term future of the greater Houston region, by engaging diverse leaders, providing impactful research, and defining actionable strategies. The Center for Houston’s Future furthers the Houston region as a top global community in which to work and live. The Center brings business and community together to innovate leadership, inform the public about critical indicators and the groundwork to be carried out to create and maintain a competitive and sustainable future.
Programs: Center for Houston’s Future works to inform and engage citizens in the creation of Houston’s future, assisting the region in the development of a culture and practice of long-range regional planning, opportunity/issue identification, broad diverse community input, consensus building, and problem solving. Through Summer Salons, Community University Programming, Summits, and Roundtable Discussions, Center for Houston’s Future brings business and community together to innovate for lasting regional impact. Business/Civic Leadership Forums are conducted twice yearly to build passionate civic leaders as diverse as the region itself, leveraging participants’ business and leadership skills to drive lasting change.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help organize and run the Center’s Annual Indicator Symposium at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Volunteers, who are subject matter experts, participate in ‘data groups’ that oversee the development of the Center’s Indicator Reports.
Publications: Counting on Quality of Life: An Environment Indicator Report (2007), Counting on Quality of Place: Air Quality, Parks & Trails, and Trees (2009), Counting on Quality of Place: Water Quality, Water Supply, and Green Buildings (2010), Human Capital: Early Childhood Development, K-12 and Workforce Preparedness (2012), published yearly with updated indicators. Past studies and reports include air quality, billboards, green buildings, litter and graffiti, parks & trails, abandoned lots, trees, water quality, water supply, human capital development and resource use.
Brett Perlman, President and CEO
Russell Richard, Vice President, Leadership and Engagement
Laura Goldberg, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Communications
Purpose: Cultivating thriving communities through gardening and access to healthy, local food.
Programs: Every year, Urban Harvest conducts more than 100 classes on a variety of subjects ranging from canning vegetables to living sustainably through permaculture principles. We offer advice, education, and services to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with information to build and maintain a successful and sustainable school garden program. The Urban Harvest Farmers Markets bring the bounty of the garden to Houstonians several times a week year round, rain or shine. Urban Harvest supports more than 130 community gardens planted with a variety of goals. Urban Harvest provides gardening advice through classes, programs, books, and extensive resources online.
Major Events: Fruit Tree Sale.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are essential for Urban Harvest to fulfill its mission. Whether as a Farmers Market assistant or volunteering at a school garden build, we need your help!
Publications: Quarterly Planting Guide; Monthly Newsletter; Book: Year Round Vegetables, Fruits, and Flowers for Metro Houston by Bob Randall, Ph. D.
Janna Roberson, Executive Director
Libby Kennedy, Director of Strategic Partnerships
The CEC has a searchable, web-based version of the Environmental Resource Guide. You may also download older versions of the printed guide below.
Archived Resource Guides