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Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program

Purpose: Our mission is to make the Houston Zoo a leader in conservation as it relates to the survival of threatened wildlife, wise use of natural resources, and the appreciation of our natural world by zoo visitors. Publications: Members quarterly Wildlife Magazine. Major Events: Conservation Gala, Call of the Wild Speakers Series, Earth Day, Feast with the Beasts, Zoobilee, Zoo Boo, Spotlight on Species Weekends.…More Details
Work 6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston TX 77030 Work Mailing Address: 1513 Cambridge Houston TX 77030 Work Phone: (713) 533-6500 Website: Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program Website

Purpose: Our mission is to make the Houston Zoo a leader in conservation as it relates to the survival of threatened wildlife, wise use of natural resources, and the appreciation of our natural world by zoo visitors.

Publications: Members quarterly Wildlife Magazine.

Major Events: Conservation Gala, Call of the Wild Speakers Series, Earth Day, Feast with the Beasts, Zoobilee, Zoo Boo, Spotlight on Species Weekends.

Children’s Activities: Educational programming, Wild Winks, Summer and Winter Camps, Zoomobile Outreach Programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Houston Zoo Volunteer Programs for individuals and corporations: education@houstonzoo.org or (713) 533-6549.

Peter Riger,
Vice President of Conservation and Education

Renee Bumpus,
Conservation Programs Manager

Jackie Wallace,
Director of Public Relations

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Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Purpose: To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programs for the community. Major Events: Jan - Arbor Day; Youth Tennis classes begin Feb - Salt Grass Trail Ride; Adult sports leagues begin Mar - Tour de Houston, Metal & Muscle Expo; Lake Houston Wilderness Apr - Houston Children’s Festival, Japan ­Festival, Houston International Festival May - Challenge Day, Summer Pool Opening June - Summer Food Program begins, Golf Tourn; Hershey Track & Field Meet Jul - Freedom Over Texas; Houston Pops July 4th Celebration Oct - Asian-American Festival; Wildflower seed planting Nov - Via Colori Dec - Heritage Society Candlelight Tour, Holiday Tree Lighting Year round - Lake Houston Park Nature Center events School year - After School Enrichment Program Volunteer Opportunities: Oneika McCarthy (832) 395-7030 oneika.peters@houstontx.gov Publications: Activities Catalog - Winter/Spring Issue Dec 1, Summer Issue Apr 1, and Fall Issue Aug 1.…More Details
Work 2999 South Wayside Houston TX 77029 Work Phone: (832) 395-7000 Website: Houston Parks and Recreation Department Website

Purpose: To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programs for the community.

Major Events:

Jan – Arbor Day; Youth Tennis classes begin
Feb – Salt Grass Trail Ride; Adult sports leagues begin
Mar – Tour de Houston, Metal & Muscle Expo; Lake Houston Wilderness
Apr – Houston Children’s Festival, Japan ­Festival, Houston International Festival
May – Challenge Day, Summer Pool Opening
June – Summer Food Program begins, Golf Tourn; Hershey Track & Field Meet
Jul – Freedom Over Texas; Houston Pops July 4th Celebration
Oct – Asian-American Festival; Wildflower seed planting
Nov – Via Colori
Dec – Heritage Society Candlelight Tour, Holiday Tree Lighting
Year round – Lake Houston Park Nature Center events
School year – After School Enrichment Program

Volunteer Opportunities: Oneika McCarthy
(832) 395-7030 oneika.peters@houstontx.gov

Publications: Activities Catalog – Winter/Spring Issue Dec 1, Summer Issue
Apr 1, and Fall Issue Aug 1.

Member: Commission for Accreditation of Park & Recreation Agencies.

Steve Wright, Director
(832) 395-7050
steve.wright@houstontx.gov

Estella Espinosa, Division Manager, Communications
(832) 395-7022
estella.espinosa@houstontx.gov

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Houston Botanic Garden

Purpose: To establish and sustain a premier botanic garden to promote public appreciation and understanding of plants, gardens, and conservation of the natural world through education and scientific enquiry. Through discovery, education and the conservation of plants and the natural environment, the HBG aims to enrich lives, serve as a model for sustainability, and inspire all who visit to become environmental stewards.…More Details
Work 3701 Kirby Drive Suite 992 Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (713) 715-9675 Website: Houston Botanic Garden website

Purpose: To establish and sustain a premier botanic garden to promote public appreciation and understanding of plants, gardens, and conservation of the natural world through education and scientific enquiry. Through discovery, education and the conservation of plants and the natural environment, the HBG aims to enrich lives, serve as a model for sustainability, and inspire all who visit to become environmental stewards.

Programs: Current programs entail fundraising and implementation of Phase I of the Houston Botanic Garden master plan. Once open, partnerships with area schools and universities will make the garden an exceptional classroom, and HBG looks forward to partnering with garden clubs and many civic organizations across the City of Houston.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact the general email for volunteer opportunities.

Claudia Gee Vassar, President and General Counsel

Brent E. Moon, Horticulture Manager

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Houston Wilderness

Purpose: Houston Wilderness is a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests that acts in concert to protect, preserve and promote the unique biodiversity of the region’s precious remaining ecological capital from bottomland hardwoods and prairie grasslands to pine forests and wetlands. Programs: Collaborative Access Program, Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, Collaborative Grant Organizing, Wilderness Passport, ecosystems services, and Get Out Here Houston.…More Details
Work 550 Westcott Street, Suite 305 Houston TX 77007 Work Phone: (713) 524-7330 Work Phone: (713) 524-7331 Website: Houston Wilderness Website

Purpose: Houston Wilderness is a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests that acts in concert to protect, preserve and promote the unique biodiversity of the region’s precious remaining ecological capital from bottomland hardwoods and prairie grasslands to pine forests and wetlands.

Programs: Collaborative Access Program, Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, Collaborative Grant Organizing, Wilderness Passport, ecosystems services, and Get Out Here Houston.

Volunteer Opportunities: Speaking engagements

Publications: Houston Atlas of Biodiversity; Family Passport; Ecotourism & Wellness Passport

Deborah January-Bevers, President & CEO
Deborah@houstonwilderness.org
713-524-7330 x 205

Sean Stone, Advancement Director
Sean@houstonwilderness.org

Jose Alducin, Environmental Programs Facilitator
Jose@houstonwilderness.org

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Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Purpose: To provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals. Programs: Adult classes on nature, wildlife, art, photography, food and wine, and more. We also offer family programs, special events, Memberships, private group tours, guided nature hikes, citizen science opportunities, a Nature Shop, and rentals.…More Details
Work 4501 Woodway Drive` Houston TX 77024-7708 Work Phone: (713)-681-8433 Website: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Website

Purpose: To provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals.

Programs: Adult classes on nature, wildlife, art, photography, food and wine, and more. We also offer family programs, special events, Memberships, private group tours, guided nature hikes, citizen science opportunities, a Nature Shop, and rentals. See website for details

Major Events: Arbor Day in January, Tapas on the Trails in February, Earth Day in April, Alfresco Gala in April, Native Plant Sale in spring and fall, Pup Crawl in spring, Bingo events in summer, ArBOOretum in October, Arbor Cup Golf Tournament in October.

Children’s Activities: Tyke Hikes for 18 months – 3 years, Home School for 5-12 years, Summer, Winter and Spring Break Camps for 4-12 years, Boy and Girl Scout programs, Guided Field Experience & Discovery Room programs for school groups, Birthday Parties.

Volunteer Opportunities: We use individual volunteers for conservation, gardening, Discovery Room, lobby/gift shop,special events, educational programs, outreach events and more. Group Opportunities available.

Publications: Website; quarterly Program Guide, e-newsletter: the Leaflet.

Debbie Markey, Executive Director
(713)-366-0371
dmarkey@houstonarboretum.org

Christine Mansfield, Marketing and Development
(713)-366-0426
cmansfield@houstonarboretum.org

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Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum

Purpose: To enhance, enable, and integrate sustainable use of land and water for the Houston area’s continued growth and economic vitality. Maintaining the pace of growth and development in the greater Houston area requires that those with a vested interest adopt new ideas and employ new methods that will insure that growth can be sustained.…More Details
Work Phone: (832) 456-1000 Website: Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum Website

Purpose: To enhance, enable, and integrate sustainable use of land and water for the Houston area’s continued growth and economic vitality.

Maintaining the pace of growth and development in the greater Houston area requires that those with a vested interest adopt new ideas and employ new methods that will insure that growth can be sustained. The forum seeks to engage the broadest possible range of constituent groups, in a collaborative effort that focuses on practical application rather than abstract theory in the exploration of incremental answers to some of the Houston area’s most significant land/water sustainability issues.

Major Projects: Host events such as the Low Impact Design Competition and facilitate events such as the International Low Impact Development Conference and the EPA Region 6 MS4 Stormwater Conference.

Meetings: Monthly meetings of the Forum are held at a rotating roster of conference facilities offered by supportive agencies and organizations located throughout the area. These educational sessions present speakers who have expertise or experience to share on land/water sustainability issues, and many of the speakers come from the constituencies that make up the Forum. In-depth multi-day events, with speakers and workshop leaders from across the country are also a part of the annual slate of programming.

Robert Adair, Steering Committee Chair
adair@ecosvs.com

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Houston History Archives (UH-HHA)

Purpose: Founded 2005 as part of the Houston History Project (now the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative), UH Center for Public History, UH-HHA is a public repository for books, documents, oral histories, and images related to the Houston region’s growth and development from 19th century to present. Particular areas of collection interest include energy development, environmental history and activism, and documentation of Houston’s ethnic diversity and activism.…More Details
Work University of Houston 4333 University Drive Houston TX 77204-2000 Work Phone: (713) 743-9750 Website: Houston History Archives Website

Purpose: Founded 2005 as part of the Houston History Project (now the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative), UH Center for Public History, UH-HHA is a public repository for books, documents, oral histories, and images related to the Houston region’s growth and development from 19th century to present. Particular areas of collection interest include energy development, environmental history and activism, and documentation of Houston’s ethnic diversity and activism. (see websites:
http://www.houstonhistoryarchives.org
http://www.info.lib.uh.edu/p/Houston-history-archives)

Environmental Collections Open to the Public: The Outdoor Nature Club, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Bayou Preservation Association, Scenic Houston, The Park People, the papers of Sarah and Army Emmott, Terry Tarlton Hershey’s papers (a partial accession). Kay B. Crooker Papers, Hana Ginzbarg Papers, Collections still in processing include Terry Tarlton Hershey’s Papers, papers of Dr. David Marrack, Brandt Mannchen, and the Keep Houston Beautiful records.

Consider donating your collections of environmental, city planning, or development history to UH-HHA where records and papers will be preserved, studied, and available to the public. Let your organization’s accomplishments become part of Houston’ history!

Speakers: Presentations on Houston’s environmental past

Mr. Christian Kelleher
Head of Special Collections
cdkelleh@central.uh.edu
713-743-0346

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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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Houston Community ToolBank

Purpose: The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that stewards an inventory of tools for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. With year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and facility and grounds maintenance, the ToolBank provide resources to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Houston area.…More Details
Work 1215 Gazin Street Houston TX 77020 Work Phone: (713) 674-0262 Work Phone: (832) 981-TOOL (8665) Website: Houston Community ToolBank Website

Purpose: The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that stewards an inventory of tools for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. With year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and facility and grounds maintenance, the ToolBank provide resources to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Houston area. Access to ToolBank tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission.

Programs: Tools are deployed in many different capacities to organizations with mission critical areas such as community and school gardens, home repair, green space clean-up, tree planting, playground builds, and much more. The ToolBank offers knowledgeable staff to help member organizations plan a productive and positive project experience.

Membership is free and open to all nonprofit/charitable/tax exempt organizations. Members pay a handling fee equal to 3% of the retail value of the tool per week for up to 8 weeks. To become a member, apply online at http://www.houstontoolbank.org/borrow-tools.

Visit http://www.houstontoolbank.org to learn more about the Houston Community ToolBank and its upcoming events.

Erika Hornsey, Executive Director
erika.hornsey@toolbank.org

Nancy Clippard, Facility & Program Manager
nancy.clippard@toolbank.org

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Houston Urban Gardeners

Purpose: Houston Urban Gardeners’ mission is to create an informed active gardening community of people growing their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs year-round in Metro Houston. They do this through programs on all aspects of growing food.  Programs:  Monthly meetings on topics such as:
  • leaving a legacy of better soil
  • eating organic wholesome food with a known history
  • getting more production with less time and having more fun
  • getting to know like-minded people and sharing what you know with others
  • restoring respect for the earth and the environment
  • forming a gardening support network/community
  • feeling good because you can share food with hungry people
  • supporting our local Houston economy by buying supplies from local vendors
Meetings: HUG meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm at the West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (1475 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019) in the Montrose/River Oaks area near Waugh Drive.…More Details
Work 2339 South Blvd. Houston TX 77098 Website: Houston Urban Gardeners Website

Purpose: Houston Urban Gardeners’ mission is to create an informed active gardening community of people growing their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs year-round in Metro Houston. They do this through programs on all aspects of growing food. 

Programs:  Monthly meetings on topics such as:

  • leaving a legacy of better soil
  • eating organic wholesome food with a known history
  • getting more production with less time and having more fun
  • getting to know like-minded people and sharing what you know with others
  • restoring respect for the earth and the environment
  • forming a gardening support network/community
  • feeling good because you can share food with hungry people
  • supporting our local Houston economy by buying supplies from local vendors

Meetings: HUG meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm at the West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (1475 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019) in the Montrose/River Oaks area near Waugh Drive. Visit their website for more information.

Volunteer opportunities: Audio recording, program planning, project proposals, fundraising and PR.

info@houstonurbangardeners.org

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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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Houston Electric Auto Association

Purpose: The HEAA is a non profit (501 c3) organization of electric vehicle owners, hobbyists, educators and enthusiasts. Dedicated to promoting the use of electric vehicles (EV’s) as an environmental and energy alternative. We are a chapter of the nationwide Electric Auto Association (EAA), and hold regular monthly meetings, public displays, car shows and “tech” sessions to exchange information.…More Details
Work Houston Electric Auto Association 205 Roberts St. Houston Texas 77003 Work Phone: 713-927-6997 Website: Houston Electric Auto Association

Purpose: The HEAA is a non profit (501 c3) organization of electric vehicle owners, hobbyists, educators and enthusiasts. Dedicated to promoting the use of electric vehicles (EV’s) as an environmental and energy alternative. We are a chapter of the nationwide Electric Auto Association (EAA), and hold regular monthly meetings, public displays, car shows and “tech” sessions to exchange information.

Programs: HEAA Club Meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Publications: Sign up to join the community.

Dave Hanson, President
832-425-0780
houstontxeaa@gmail.com

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Houston Parks Board

Purpose: The Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects and advocates for parks for everyone.  HPB is driven by the vision of thriving parks and communities for everyone forever.

Programs: Parkland and greenspace acquisition; park capital improvement projects; collaboration with other green groups; Neighborhood Partnership Program; 50/50 Park Partners Challenge; Volunteer Program.…More Details
Work 300 North Post Oak Lane Houston TX 77024 Work Phone: (713) 942-8500 Website: Houston Parks Board Website

Purpose: The Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects and advocates for parks for everyone.  HPB is driven by the vision of thriving parks and communities for everyone forever.

Programs: Parkland and greenspace acquisition; park capital improvement projects; collaboration with other green groups; Neighborhood Partnership Program; 50/50 Park Partners Challenge; Volunteer Program.

Bayou Greenways 2020: HPB, in partnership with the City of Houston and Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and in coordination with Harris County Flood Control District, is currently leading the transformational $220 million project to complete a 150-mile network of connected parks and trails along Houston’s major waterways.

Beyond the Bayous: Beyond the Bayous is the shared vision of HPB and its cross-sector partners for expanding Greater Houston’s public realm to improve greenspace equity and connectivity between parks, homes and jobs; increase public access to parks; and enhance the environmental health of communities.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Executive Director. https://houstonparksboard.org/get-involved/request-a-speaker

Publications: All annual reports are published on HPB’s website. To view the reports as well as videos about HPB’s impact, click here.

Beth White, President and CEO bethwhite@houstonparksboard.org

Lisa Kasianowitz, Outreach Manager lisa@houstonparksboard.org

General Email Address: info@houstonparksboard.org

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HARC

Purpose: HARC (the Houston Advanced Research Center) is a nonprofit research hub providing independent scientific analysis. HARC focuses on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish. Programs: HARC’s research focuses on air, water, energy, and resilience. Current research programs include Air Quality Science, Clean Energy Research, Hydrology and Watersheds, Energy Efficient Buildings, and the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program.…More Details
Work 8801 Gosling Road The Woodlands TX 77381 Work Phone: (281) 364-6000 Website: HARC

Purpose: HARC (the Houston Advanced Research Center) is a nonprofit research hub providing independent scientific analysis. HARC focuses on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.

Programs: HARC’s research focuses on air, water, energy, and resilience. Current research programs include Air Quality Science, Clean Energy Research, Hydrology and Watersheds, Energy Efficient Buildings, and the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program.

Publications:

HARC Blog (http://www.harcresearch.org/features)

HARC Monthly e-Newsletter (http://www.harcresearch.org/news)

Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program Monthly Newsletter (http://efdsystems.org/index.php/efd-montlly-newsletter/)

Project related publications

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact Lisa Gonzalez

Lisa Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer
(281) 364-6044
lgonzalez@HARCresearch.org

Mustapha Beydoun, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
(281)364-6046
mbeydoun@harcresearch.org

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Houston Audubon Society

Purpose: To advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. Founded in 1969. Meetings: with speakers are held the second Thursday of alternate school months: Sept, Nov, Jan, March, & May at United Way Center at 50 Waugh Drive. See website for details. Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association (HANPA) meetings: Third Wednesdays of each month, Sept-May, 7 p.m., HAS headquarters.…More Details
Work Headquarters – Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary 440 Wilchester Blvd. Houston TX 77079 Other Education Headquarters – Raptor and Education Center 3997 River Drive Houston TX 77017 Work Phone: (713) 932-1639 Headquarters/Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary Work Phone: (713) 640-2407 Raptor and Education Center Website: Houston Audubon Society Blog: Houston Audublog

Purpose: To advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. Founded in 1969.

Meetings: with speakers are held the second Thursday of alternate school months: Sept, Nov, Jan, March, & May at United Way Center at 50 Waugh Drive. See website for details. Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association (HANPA) meetings: Third Wednesdays of each month, Sept-May, 7 p.m., HAS headquarters.

Programs: Live bird outreach programs for schools, civic groups, libraries; field trips; guided tours of the Edith L. Moore Bird Sanctuary; birding classes. Children’s Activities: Community Outreach Programs, Bayou Buddies, Titmouse Club, Summer Camp, Family Nature Explore Club. Girl Scout badge programs and Girl/Boy Scout service projects.

Major Events: Spring Migration at High Island sanctuaries; Birdathon (Mar-Apr.); Annual gala “Avian Affair”; Christmas Bird Counts; Bird Week (end of Sept.)

Volunteer Opportunities: Gardening, trail guides, field research, trail crew, clerical, advocacy, events, photography, video editing, education, data entry, event support, translating, Young Professionals Advisory Council.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Mary Anne Weber maweber@houstonaudubon.org

Houston Audubon Society includes Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties.

Helen E. Drummond, Executive Director
hdrummond@houstonaudubon.org
713-932-1639 ext. 107

Rachel Schipul, Operations Manager
rschipul@houstonaudubon.org
713-932-1639 ext. 104

Lauren Miheli, Volunteer Coordinator
lmiheli@houstonaudubon.org
713-932-1639 ext. 102

 

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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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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.…More Details
Work 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120 Houston TX 77027 Work Mailing Address: P.O. Box 22777 Houston TX 77227-2777 Work Phone: (713) 627-3200 Website: Houston-Galveston Area Council Website

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
(713) 993-4560
jeff.taebel@h-gac.com

Kathy Janhsen, Principal Program Coordinator
Kathy.janhsen@h-gac.com
(713) 993-2423

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Houston Access to Urban Sustainability

Purpose: The HAUS Project was formed in late 2010 to provide affordable, sustainable, cooperative housing in the accessible, urban core of the Houston region within close proximity of Houston’s growing light rail transit system. Our goal is to open 5 green coops in 5 years. The mission of HAUS Project is to Provide affordable housing operated cooperatively by residents.…More Details
Work 3015 Richmond Ave, Suite 201 Houston TX 77098 Website: Houston Access to Urban Sustainability Website

Purpose: The HAUS Project was formed in late 2010 to provide affordable, sustainable, cooperative housing in the accessible, urban core of the Houston region within close proximity of Houston’s growing light rail transit system. Our goal is to open 5 green coops in 5 years.

The mission of HAUS Project is to
Provide affordable housing operated cooperatively by residents.
Provide greener, more sustainable lifestyle options.
Educate the general public about cooperative organizational principles and greener, more sustainable lifestyle options.
Assist other cooperative and sustainability efforts in the Houston region and elsewhere.

Programs: The first house, Rosalie, opened on January 1, 2011 in Midtown and now houses ten people in its ten rooms. We’ve since expanded to include a second 15-bedroom house on Ruth St. We intend to develop houses of various sizes and appropriate for various lifestyle options, including at least one student focused house, and at least one house appropriate for children and families.

Volunteer Opportunities: We are always looking for future members and are especially looking for people who are excited about being on the front lines of developing our next house. Come over ANY Sunday – Wednesday at 7pm for dinner (bring $5 to cover your food costs) and we’d love to have you. E-mail membership@hausproject.org to let them know that you’re coming.

Marissa Ramos, Member Co-Coordinator and Board Representative

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Houston Canoe Club

Purpose: Established in 1964, the Houston Canoe Club’s members are interested in all types of paddlesport from canoeing to kayaking, quietwater, whitewater, touring and racing. We do it all and have fun doing it. Canoe safety presentations are available for school groups. Meeting Time: 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77074.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 925516 Houston TX 77292-5516 Work Phone: (832) 909-3843 Website: Houston Canoe Club

Purpose: Established in 1964, the Houston Canoe Club’s members are interested in all types of paddlesport from canoeing to kayaking, quietwater, whitewater, touring and racing. We do it all and have fun doing it. Canoe safety presentations are available for school groups.

Meeting Time: 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77074.

Volunteer Opportunities: Waterway clean-ups, habitat restoration, boating race safety/judging, water quality issues.

Publications: Monthly newsletter, The Waterline.

Bob Naeger, Commodore
bob.naeger@gmail.com

 

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Houston Peace and Justice Center

Purpose: The Houston Peace and Justice Center provides networks and resources for organizations and individuals to advance peace and social justice. Programs: Links and resources to various social justice movements happening in the area. Volunteer Opportunities: Fill out an application online to become a volunteer.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 66234 Houston TX 77266-6234 Work Phone: (713) 900-4752 Website: Houston Peace and Justice Center Website

Purpose: The Houston Peace and Justice Center provides networks and resources for organizations and individuals to advance peace and social justice.

Programs: Links and resources to various social justice movements happening in the area.

Volunteer Opportunities: Fill out an application online to become a volunteer.

Speakers Bureau: See website for events and speaker bookings.

Publications: Blog posts, e-mail newsletter.

HPJC Executive Committee:
Jeff Reese, Executive Director
Janis Richard, President
Alyssa Burgin, Communication Secretary
Erica Sezonow, Treasurer
Dave Atwood, At-large
Joe Marcincowski, At-large
Shawn McFarland, At-large
Evan Silverman, Development Director

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