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Public Citizen – Texas

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

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

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

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

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

Adrian Shelley, Executive Director
ashelley@citizen.org

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

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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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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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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.…More Details
Work State of Texas Alliance for Recycling P.O. Box 1317 Austin Texas 78767 Work Phone: (512) 828-6409 Website: 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 info@recyclingstar.org.

Erin Andary, Communications & Programs Manager
erina@recyclingstar.org

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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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The Trust for Public Land

Purpose: The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Programs: Conservation Vision (“Greenprints”); Conservation Finance (public funding); Conservation Transactions (easement and fee acquisitions); Texas Water Protection and Parks Intiative; ParkScore; Parks for People. TPL is active in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston/Galveston and Austin/San Antonio regions.…More Details
Work Lake Jackson Office P.O. Box 4285 Lake Jackson TX 77566 Work Dallas Office 325 N. St. Paul Street Suite 2210 Dallas TX 75201 Work Austin Office 4524 Frontier Trail Austin TX 78745 Work Phone: Lake Jackson: (979) 299-8431 Work Phone: Dallas: (469) 615-5448 Work Phone: Austin: (415) 269-4231 Website: Trust for Public Land Website

Purpose: The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Programs: Conservation Vision (“Greenprints”); Conservation Finance (public funding); Conservation Transactions (easement and fee acquisitions); Texas Water Protection and Parks Intiative; ParkScore; Parks for People. TPL is active in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston/Galveston and Austin/San Antonio regions.

Major Events: Earth Day Dallas.

Publications: Land & People, a semi-annual national magazine; The Trust for Public Land – Texas, a state newsletter; TPL Near You, an electronic newsletter.

Robert Kent, State Director
Robert.kent@tpl.org

Mike Lange, Senior Project Manager, Texas Coast
Mike.lange@tpl.org

Marlon P. Connley, Houston Program Manager
Tel: (832) 627-7688

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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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