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Coastal Prairie Partnership

Purpose: The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to promote the conservation and restoration of Coastal Prairie ecosystems. Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) is a private, nonprofit collaboration of governmental agencies, non-governmental institutions, private individuals, and landowners working to achieve common conservation and education goals. Our ultimate goal is to help foster a more connected and empowered prairie community in coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 540342 Houston TX 77254-0342 Work Phone: (713)518-0818 Website: Coastal Prairie Partnership Website

Purpose: The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to promote the conservation and restoration of Coastal Prairie ecosystems. Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) is a private, nonprofit collaboration of governmental agencies, non-governmental institutions, private individuals, and landowners working to achieve common conservation and education goals. Our ultimate goal is to help foster a more connected and empowered prairie community in coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana.

Dr. Cassidy Johnson, President
cassidybjohnson@gmail.com

Jaime González, Vice President
jgonzalez@katyprairie.org

Scott Kiester, Secretary
skiester2@gmail.com

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Central City Co-Op

Purpose: Our mission is to support sustainable, chemical free farming practices through offering both 1) sustainably raised local and 2) certified USDA organic national produce and farm goods to our community at the fairest prices possible. We were founded in September 2001. info@centralcityco-op.com director@centralcityco-op.comMore Details
Work 420 E 20th Street, Suite A Houston TX 77008 Work Phone: (832) 819-4809 Work Phone: 832-690-1216 Website: Central City Co-Op Website

Purpose: Our mission is to support sustainable, chemical free farming practices through offering both 1) sustainably raised local and 2) certified USDA organic national produce and farm goods to our community at the fairest prices possible. We were founded in September 2001.

info@centralcityco-op.com

director@centralcityco-op.com

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City of Houston Green Building Resource Center

Purpose: To enable the public to experience and learn more about healthy and energy, water, and material conserving design and construction; also known as Green Building. Steven M. Stelzer, AIA, LEED AP, Program Director steve.stelzer@houstontx.govMore Details
Work Houston Permitting Center 1002 Washington Avenue Houston TX 77002 Work Phone: (832) 394-9050 Website: City of Houston Green Building Resource Center Website

Purpose: To enable the public to experience and learn more about healthy and energy, water, and material conserving design and construction; also known as Green Building.

Steven M. Stelzer, AIA, LEED AP, Program Director
steve.stelzer@houstontx.gov

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City of Houston Environmental Health Division

Purpose: HDHHS’ Environmental Health Services division provides a variety of programs and services relating to air and water pollution, occupational health and food establishments.   Patrick Key, Assistant Director webadmin@houstontx.gov Stephen Williams Houston Health Department Director (832)393-5169More Details
Work Houston Health Department 8000 North Stadium Drive Houston TX 77054 Website: City of Houston Environmental Health Division Website

Purpose: HDHHS’ Environmental Health Services division provides a variety of programs and services relating to air and water pollution, occupational health and food establishments.

 

Patrick Key, Assistant Director
webadmin@houstontx.gov

Stephen Williams
Houston Health Department Director
(832)393-5169

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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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Citizens’ Transportation Coalition

Purpose: Founded in 2004, the CTC is an all-volunteer grassroots transportation advocacy organization. The Citizens’ Transportation Coalition advocates for a broad-based public educational and planning process to identify neighborhood aspirations, influences projects to achieve the best transportation options, and engages our communities in designing a complete multimodal transportation system that serves us all. Dexter Handy, Chair drhandy@aol.com Carol Caul, Advocacy Chair Ed Browne, Science and Technology ChairMore Details
Work P.O. Box 66532 Houston TX 77266-6532 Work Phone: (832) 768-5258 Website: Citizens Transportation Coalition Website

Purpose: Founded in 2004, the CTC is an all-volunteer grassroots transportation advocacy organization. The Citizens’ Transportation Coalition advocates for a broad-based public educational and planning process to identify neighborhood aspirations, influences projects to achieve the best transportation options, and engages our communities in designing a complete multimodal transportation system that serves us all.

Dexter Handy, Chair
drhandy@aol.com

Carol Caul, Advocacy Chair
Ed Browne, Science and Technology Chair

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Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

Purpose: CEC works to connect our environmental community. Our mission is to foster education, dialogue, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. Major Events: Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour (winter), Greater Houston Environmental Summit (early spring) Volunteer Opportunities: Writing, research, clerical, special events, graphic desing, website assistance, tabling, IT consulting.…More Details
Work Visit: 751 Silver St #111 Houston TX 77007 Other Mail: PO Box 702 Houston TEXAS 77001-0702 United States Work Phone: 713-524-4232 Cell Phone: 832-982-2843 Website: CEC Website

Purpose: CEC works to connect our environmental community. Our mission is to foster education, dialogue, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region.

Major Events: Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour (winter), Greater Houston Environmental Summit (early spring)

Volunteer Opportunities: Writing, research, clerical, special events, graphic desing, website assistance, tabling, IT consulting. Public relations, attorneys, accountants, and fundraising experts for board and committees.

Publications:

Annual Environmental Resource Guide

Environmental News Update, a free weekly environmental e-mail newsletter. Please visit cechouston.org to sign up.

Our website, cechouston.org, features a compilation of news headlines, green job postings, a comprehensive calendar of local environmental events of interest to our member groups, and archives of our weekly newsletters.

Information & Referral: CEC serves as a call and email service center to help direct environmental inquiries to appropriate organizations and agencies.

Paige Powell, Interim Executive Director
paige.powell@cechouston.org

Steve Stelzer, President
president@cechouston.org

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Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition

Purpose: A coalition of municipal utility districts, homeowner associations and other community organizations functioning as a steward between the residents, local/state government, land developers and non-profits to work on planning and implementation of improved flood protection and environment preservation throughout the Cypress Creek watershed. Meetings: Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at Lake Forest Utility District, 14223 Lakewood Forest Dr.…More Details
Work 12503 Ramona Drive Cypress TX 77429 Work Phone: (281) 469-5161 Website: Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition

Purpose: A coalition of municipal utility districts, homeowner associations and other community organizations functioning as a steward between the residents, local/state government, land developers and non-profits to work on planning and implementation of improved flood protection and environment preservation throughout the Cypress Creek watershed.

Meetings: Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at Lake Forest Utility District, 14223 Lakewood Forest Dr.

Programs: Flood Protection: Research, consultation, advocacy and education. Preservation: Greenway trails/ park development focused on preservation of floodplain lands. Reforestation projects. Speakers are available to give presentations to your class or student group upon request. Contact website for booking information.

Major Events: Annual meeting featuring guest speakers and forthcoming watershed plans. Sponsor scout reforestation and water quality projects.

Volunteer Opportunities: Both outdoors and indoors. Retired folks in high demand. Grant applications.

Richard D. Smith, President
12503 Ramona Drive
(281) 469-5161

Peter R. Smullen, Vice-President.

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Children’s Museum of Houston’s EcoStation

Purpose: Founded in 1981 to transform communities through innovative, and child-centered learning. The Houston region has one of the largest child populations in the United States and Children’s Museum Houston serves an audience of more than 1 million children and families each year. Children’s Museum Houston is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies on private and public contributions.…More Details
Work 1500 Binz Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 522-1138 Website: Children\’s Museum of Houston\’s EcoStation Website

Purpose: Founded in 1981 to transform communities through innovative, and child-centered learning.
The Houston region has one of the largest child populations in the United States and Children’s Museum Houston serves an audience of more than 1 million children and families each year. Children’s Museum Houston is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies on private and public contributions.

Henry Yau, Director of Public Relations and Promotions
hyau@cmhouston.org
(713) 535-7267

Tammie Kahn, Executive Director
tkahn@cmhouston.org
(713) 535-7215

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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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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.…More Details
Work 1719 Live Oak, #250 Houston TX 77003 Work Phone: (832) 260-5853 Website: Houston Center for Creative Reuse

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.

Ramona Brady
Co-Founder
info@recycledarthouston.org

Cassie Manley
Secretary/Treasurer

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Christmas Bay Foundation

Purpose: To promote increased understanding and appreciation of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and the Texas Gulf Coast; to promote conservation of the natural resources of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and the Texas Gulf Coast; to contribute to the usefulness of the Bay and its tributaries for recreational and commercial purposes; and to sponsor such activities and events as may contribute to the general welfare of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and its tributaries.…More Details
Work Phone: (713)520-0898 Work Phone: 281.802.3597 Website: Christmas Bay Foundation Website Blog: Christmas Bay Foundation Blog

Purpose: To promote increased understanding and appreciation of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and the Texas Gulf Coast; to promote conservation of the natural resources of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and the Texas Gulf Coast; to contribute to the usefulness of the Bay and its tributaries for recreational and commercial purposes; and to sponsor such activities and events as may contribute to the general welfare of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and its tributaries.

 

Jim Olive, Executive Director/Founder
Jim@christmasbayfoundation.org

General Information
info@christmasbayfoundation.org

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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.  More Details
Work 611 Walker Street Houston Texas 77002 United States Work Phone: (713)837-0311 Work Phone: (832)393-8503 Website: Green Houston

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.

 

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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.…More Details
Work 701 Avenida de las Americas Suite 900 Houston TX 77010 Work Phone: (713) 844-9325 Website: Center for Houston’s Future Website

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
(713) 844-9321
mjhin@futurehouston.org

Russell Richard, Vice President, Leadership and Engagement
(713) 844-9323
rrichard@futurehouston.org

Laura Goldberg, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Communications
(713) 844-9327
lgoldberg@futurehouston.org

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