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Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church

Purpose: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church was chartered in 1960 to serve the growing western suburbs of Houston. Proudly recognized as a Welcoming Congregation (LGBTQ friendly), Emerson Church invites people of all races, ethnicity, ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations to join us. The congregation has the diversity of spiritual beliefs, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations that make Unitarian Universalism such a dynamic faith.…More Details
Work 1900 Bering Drive Houston TX 77057 Work Phone: (713) 782-8250 Website: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church Website

Purpose: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church was chartered in 1960 to serve the growing western suburbs of Houston. Proudly recognized as a Welcoming Congregation (LGBTQ friendly), Emerson Church invites people of all races, ethnicity, ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations to join us. The congregation has the diversity of spiritual beliefs, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations that make Unitarian Universalism such a dynamic faith.

Programs: The Ministry for Earth group is large and active. This group promotes the seventh principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association: “…to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” They learn about environmental issues; advocate public policies to protect the global environment; act locally in our homes, church and city; and connect spiritually with the web-of-all-existence. Specific programs include the Renewable Congregations Campaign, the Ethical Eating and Environmental Justice series,  and Consumption and Sustainability Initiatives. Learn more at Ministry for Earth.

Volunteer Opportunities: Learn more at http://www.emersonhouston.org

Publications: Sign up for weekly email : https://emersonhouston.org/stay-connected/

Karen Van Horn, Business Administrator karen@emersonhouston.org
(713) 782-8250 

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EarthShare of Texas

Purpose: Through collaborative fundraising and partnership building, EarthShare of Texas empowers mission-driven members to pursue positive environmental and health impacts across the Lone Star State for the benefit of all. We support more than 40 of the most respected conservation and environmental organizations in Texas.  From air quality to wildlife rehabilitation to the development of green building technology, our members work to protect our environment.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 144842 Austin TX 78714 Work Phone: (512) 472-5518 Work Phone: (800) GREENTX Website: EarthShare of Texas Website

Purpose: Through collaborative fundraising and partnership building, EarthShare of Texas empowers mission-driven members to pursue positive environmental and health impacts across the Lone Star State for the benefit of all.

We support more than 40 of the most respected conservation and environmental organizations in Texas.  From air quality to wildlife rehabilitation to the development of green building technology, our members work to protect our environment. EarthShare of Texas raises and distributes funds to environmental charities that qualify for membership.

Children’s Activities: Participating organizations provide a variety of children’s programs. Call (800) GREENTX with your requirements.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for volunteer information.

Speakers Bureau: Speakers available for campaign activities and special events.

Director of Membership and Campaigns
Emma Cravey
emma@earthshare-texas.org

Executive Director
Francoise Van Keuren
francoise@earthshare-texas.org

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Environmental Institute of Hou – UHCL

Since 1991, the mission of the Environmental Institute of Houston at University of Houston-Clear Lake has been to advance understanding of the environment through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. Purpose: It serves as a contact point for the community to access the expertise and resources of the university. Additionally, EIH partners with agencies, community and environmental groups, and businesses to conduct research and outreach projects in the Houston region.…More Details
Work 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540 Houston TX 77058-1002 Work Phone: (281) 283-3950 Website: Environmental Institute of Hou – UHCL Website

Since 1991, the mission of the Environmental Institute of Houston at University of Houston-Clear Lake has been to advance understanding of the environment through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach.

Purpose: It serves as a contact point for the community to access the expertise and resources of the university. Additionally, EIH partners with agencies, community and environmental groups, and businesses to conduct research and outreach projects in the Houston region. EIH focuses on four areas: pollution prevention, environmental policy, natural resource conservation, and environmental education.

Dr. George Guillen, Executive Director
(281) 283-3950; guillen@uhcl.edu

Wendy Reistle, Environmental Education Program Coordinator
(281) 283-3045; reistle@uhcl.edu

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EcoRise

Purpose: To inspire a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. EcoRise develops standards aligned, K–12 school-based curricula that focus on sustainability, environmental literacy, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship. The curriculum empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities. EcoRise also provides extensive teacher training and support with the curriculum and offers a Student Innovation Fund for student-driven grant projects.…More Details
Work 1023 Springdale Road, Building 1, Suite J Austin Texas 78721 Work Phone: 512-651-3563 Website: https://www.ecorise.org/impact/

Purpose: To inspire a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. EcoRise develops standards aligned, K–12 school-based curricula that focus on sustainability, environmental literacy, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship. The curriculum empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities. EcoRise also provides extensive teacher training and support with the curriculum and offers a Student Innovation Fund for student-driven grant projects.

Curricula & Programs: 

  • Learn about EcoRise’s growing collection of award-winning, standards-aligned sustainability, green building, and design innovation curricula here
  • Sustainable Intelligence Program: PreK–12 teachers receive access to multiple EcoRise curricula including our flagship Sustainable Intelligence, professional development, and student-driven classroom grants.
  • Green Building Academy: High school CTE teachers receive access to EcoRise’s Green Building Lessons for a Sustainable Future curriculum, educators workshops and mentorship, and opportunities for students to connect to green building and field experiences.
  • Project-Based Learning Academy: This district-wide program provides a suite of training and support programs that shift the traditional paradigms of academic instruction using the PBL pedagogy.
  • Teacher Ambassador Program: EcoRise teachers have the opportunity to join a network of sustainability education leaders as a Teacher Ambassador or Education Fellow and help support and further the green schools movement.

Major Events: Students who receive a grant award for an Eco-Audit project are typically invited to participate in a Regional Student Innovation Showcase which has been expanded to include virtual showcases in 2020. These showcases are hosted each spring across the country to celebrate the next generation of innovators giving them a platform to present their green campus innovations.

Publications: EcoRise Monthly Newsletter

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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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Environmental Educators’ Exchange

Purpose: To provide a network and forum for anyone interested or with expertise in the environment’s natural history, ecology, local environmental issues and especially environmental education in order to facilitate discussion, exchange of ideas, methods, information and events related to environmental education efforts in the Greater Houston Area. Meetings: First Wed.…More Details
Work 1900 Kane St. #111 Houston TX 77077 Work Phone: 713-524-4232

Purpose: To provide a network and forum for anyone interested or with expertise in the environment’s natural history, ecology, local environmental issues and especially environmental education in order to facilitate discussion, exchange of ideas, methods, information and events related to environmental education efforts in the Greater Houston Area.

Meetings: First Wed. of Feb., May, Aug., and Nov. at 4:30 p.m. Locations vary. Call or check Website before attending.

Programs: Can help locate a speaker for your classroom or student group. Train teachers in curriculum planning for environmental issues, grades K-12.

Publications: Member e-mail network pertaining to environmental education in the Greater Houston Area. To join network, send an email to ee@cechouston.org.

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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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Exploration Green Conservancy

The Exploration Green Conservancy, Inc. (EGC) has been formed and incorporated to develop, preserve and protect the land known as Exploration Green (EG).  This area was purchased by the Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) for use as a storm water detention area: the CLCWA created a Master Plan for the area and initially sponsored the formation of the EGC.…More Details
Work Exploration Green Conservancy 2323 Clear Lake City Blvd, Suite 180, Box 256 Houston TX 77062 Work Phone: (281) 317-7535 Website: Exploration Green Conservancy Website

The Exploration Green Conservancy, Inc. (EGC) has been formed and incorporated to develop, preserve and protect the land known as Exploration Green (EG).  This area was purchased by the Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) for use as a storm water detention area: the CLCWA created a Master Plan for the area and initially sponsored the formation of the EGC.

Programs: Reintroducing native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers; creating park amenities including hike and bike trails, athletic fields and park space for children, and supporting flood control and wetlands. Speakers are available to give presentations in the classroom or to student group meetings. Contact website for booking.

Major Events: Town hall meetings, on-site ground-breaking, and festivals.

Volunteer Opportunities: There are numerous volunteer opportunities helping environmental, park, recreation and athletics activities. Examples include tree, shrub and grass planting; event and publicity activities; public and education outreach.

Publications: Website at http://www.explorationgreen.org website and printed information materials.

Frank Weary, Chairman
frank@weary.net

David Sharp, Vice-Chairman

Nicole Cloutier, Media Contact
Nicole-cl@comcast.net

Claire Mules, Community Relations Chair
ClaireMules@hotmail.com

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Energy Corridor District

Purpose: To promote, develop, maintain, and enhance the Energy Corridor District through implementation of projects, services, and initiatives in the realm of public safety, transportation and mobility, infrastructure, streetscape, and economic development. Through active leadership, advocacy, and collaborative efforts, the District works to accelerate area improvements for long-term economic vitality. Meetings: Second Friday of each month in ECD office 14701 St.…More Details
Work 777 N. Eldridge Parkway, Suite 270 Houston TX 77079 Work Phone: (281) 759-3800 Website: Energy Corridor District Website

Purpose: To promote, develop, maintain, and enhance the Energy Corridor District through implementation of projects, services, and initiatives in the realm of public safety, transportation and mobility, infrastructure, streetscape, and economic development. Through active leadership, advocacy, and collaborative efforts, the District works to accelerate area improvements for long-term economic vitality.

Meetings: Second Friday of each month in ECD office 14701 St. Mary’s Lane, Suite 290, 8:30 a.m.

Major Events: Transportation Fairs, 75 Eldridge bus route, Bike to Work Day, ECD Livable Centers Plan, ECD Bicycle Master Plan, Grisby Square Preservation, National Park Service West Houston Trails Master Plan, Spring and Fall Recycling Events.

Elijah J. Williams, Executive Director
ewilliams@energycorridor.org

Robert Rayburn, Landscape Architect
rrayburn@energycorridor.org

Fabiana DeMarie, Urban Planner
fdemarie@energycorridor.org

Rachael Weaver, Office Manager
rweaver@energycorridor.org

Kenzie Copeland, Communications Coordinator
kcopeland@energycorridor.org

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