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League of Women Voters of Houston

Purpose: To foster a thriving democracy by engaging all people in the political process through nonpartisan information sharing, passionate civic engagement, and providing opportunities to participate in the democratic process. Meetings: Meetings discuss various policy issues. Visit lwvhouston.org for upcoming meetings dates and events. Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with Voters Guide, voter registration, serve on committees, online newsletter e-voter.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 270269 Houston TX 77277 Work Houston TX Work Phone: (713) 784-2923 Work Phone: (713) 784-2984 Website: League of Women Voters of Houston

Purpose: To foster a thriving democracy by engaging all people in the political process through nonpartisan information sharing, passionate civic engagement, and providing opportunities to participate in the democratic process.

Meetings: Meetings discuss various policy issues. Visit lwvhouston.org for upcoming meetings dates and events.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with Voters Guide, voter registration, serve on committees, online newsletter e-voter. For information, email lwv@lwvhouston.org

Publications: Monthly newsletter, voter guide before each election.

MaryJane Mudd, President, League of Women Voters of Houston
mjmudd@lwvhouston.org

Graci Garces, Secretary

Katie Campbell, Treasurer

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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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Sheldon State Park and Envir. Learning Center

Purpose: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is a 2,800-acre outdoor education and recreation facility located in northeast Harris County. It offers year round adult and family programs and activities as well as field trip opportunities for students of all ages. Beginning in 2003, the park is became an important restoration site for tall grass prairie.…More Details
Work 1410 Garrett Rd. Houston TX 77044 Work Phone: (281) 456-2800 Website: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Purpose: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is a 2,800-acre outdoor education and recreation facility located in northeast Harris County. It offers year round adult and family programs and activities as well as field trip opportunities for students of all ages. Beginning in 2003, the park is became an important restoration site for tall grass prairie. The park is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lake, its banks, and levees are open from sunrise to sunset.

Programs: The park offers a variety of nature and ecology programs to organized groups on a reservation basis. Park staff and volunteers provide programs on nature/ecology, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing in two stocked ponds (fishing poles provided), pond ecology, native plant gardening, hunter education, composting and recycling. Programs range in time from one to two hours each.

Events: For a complete listing of the park’s daily events, please visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sheldon-lake/park_events

Activities: Sheldon Lake is open every day to public fishing with appropriate licenses. Birding, wildlife/nature study, hiking, and fishing for children. The park includes a 0.5-mile self-guided nature trail that passes 28 naturalized ponds that contain alligators and other wildlife. (Binoculars are recommended for best viewing.) Free catch-and-release family fishing is permitted for children accompanied by adults, in the two fishing ponds. Alternative energy technologies and green building techniques (photovoltaic, solar hot water, wind turbine and ground coupled-geothermal) are demonstrated at the Pond Center. A wildscape demonstration garden shows techniques for using native plants and wildflowers to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your backyard.

Volunteer Opportunities: For information on volunteer opportunities at Sheldon Lake, contact the park at (281) 456-2800

 

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BikeHouston, Inc.

Purpose: The mission of BikeHouston is to promote safe bicycling and to improve the quality of life in the Houston area.  Goals -secure equitable access to regional facilities, lands and roads -educate the public about rights and responsibilities of bicyclists -promote public awareness of the personal and community benefits of cycling Meeting Time: Varies, see website.…More Details
Work 616 Hawthorne Houston TX 77006 Website: BikeHouston, Inc.

Purpose: The mission of BikeHouston is to promote safe bicycling and to improve the quality of life in the Houston area. 

Goals
-secure equitable access to regional facilities, lands and roads
-educate the public about rights and responsibilities of bicyclists
-promote public awareness of the personal and community benefits of cycling

Meeting Time: Varies, see website.

Programs: Offer a free bike safety class to teach people how to ride bikes, how to ride safely in traffic, and how to drive safely.

Major Events: Houston Moonlight Bicycle Ramble, Bike Month and Bike to Work Day in May; Effective Cycling (adult safety/skills) classes.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are welcome to join any aspect of the organization, especially the Moonlight Bicycle Ramble and other rides.

Joe Cutrufo. Executive Director
info@bikehouston.org

 

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Save Buffalo Bayou

Purpose:  To educate the public and public officials about proper land management on our many streams, drawing on the latest science, and to advocate for enlightened flood and erosion control and drainage policies and practices that respect the natural process of our local bayous and creeks, their floodplains and watersheds, the trees and vegetation growing on their banks, all of which are so vital for the health of our waters, our environment, and us.…More Details
Work 4121 Mandell #3 Houston Texas 77006 Website: http://www.savebuffalobayou.org

Purpose:  To educate the public and public officials about proper land management on our many streams, drawing on the latest science, and to advocate for enlightened flood and erosion control and drainage policies and practices that respect the natural process of our local bayous and creeks, their floodplains and watersheds, the trees and vegetation growing on their banks, all of which are so vital for the health of our waters, our environment, and us.

Programs: Paddle with geologist Tom Helm on a two-hour floating class down a historic nature area on Buffalo Bayou. Learn about our 18,000-year-old bayou, about the formation of the bluffs and sandstone rocks during the last ice age, and see how the sand moves downstream, why the way the river looks the way it does, and much more. Classes can be scheduled any day of the week for small groups; larger groups can schedule for weekends only.

Frank C. Smith, Jr., Board Founding President

Susan Chadwick, Executive Director

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Bayou City Waterkeeper

Purpose: To protect and restore the integrity of our bayous, rivers, streams, and the bays through advocacy, education, and action. Bayou City Waterkeeper (formerly Galveston Baykeeper) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure that every waterway is swimmable, fishable, and drinkable from Lake Livingston through the Bayous of Houston down to Galveston Bay.…More Details
Work 2010 N Loop West #275 Houston TX 77018 Work Phone: 2815018493 Website: Bayou City Waterkeeper

Purpose: To protect and restore the integrity of our bayous, rivers, streams, and the bays through advocacy, education, and action.

Bayou City Waterkeeper (formerly Galveston Baykeeper) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure that every waterway is swimmable, fishable, and drinkable from Lake Livingston through the Bayous of Houston down to Galveston Bay. Bayou City Waterkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a global environmental movement which began in 1966 with the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association and grew to encompass waterways around the world.

Programs: Pollution Hotline, Wetland Watch, Save Our Gulf.

Volunteer Opportunities: We need citizens to report pollution and possible Clean Water Act violations. We also need administrative, fundraising and community event volunteers.

Publications: The Bay Times, an electronic newsletter.

Speakers Bureau: Pesticides 101, Where Have All the Wetlands Gone? and wetland education to municipalities. Contact website for booking a speaker for your classroom or student group.

Jordan Macha is the Executive Director and Waterkeeper
jordan @bayoucitywaterkeeper.org

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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.…More Details
Work One Westchase Center 10777 Westheimer Suite 1075 Houston TX 77042 Website: American Institute of Chemical Engineers Website

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 mkolodne@tceq.state.tx.us.

Chair: Dr. Thomas E. Rehm
sts-chairelect@aiche.org

Secretary: Debra McCall
sts-secretary@aiche.org

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Vegan for Life

Purpose: Vegan for Life’s mission is to educate the public about the benefits of a plant-based diet, including the prevention of unnecessary killing and mistreatment of animals, protection of the environment, and good health. Vegan for Life aims to increase recognition of veganism as an effective approach that individuals can take to help save the planet and spread compassion.…More Details
Work 4626 Redstart St. Houston TX 77035 Work Phone: (832) 202-3806 Website: Vegan for Life Website

Purpose: Vegan for Life’s mission is to educate the public about the benefits of a plant-based diet, including the prevention of unnecessary killing and mistreatment of animals, protection of the environment, and good health. Vegan for Life aims to increase recognition of veganism as an effective approach that individuals can take to help save the planet and spread compassion. Some measures of success are the number of people who choose to be vegan, and the accommodation of vegans in restaurants, stores, and other institutions. In addition to outreach and educational efforts, Vegan for Life selectively conducts lawful actions towards preventing practices that harm non-human animals.

Events and Actions: Outreach campaigns; helping students form new vegan organizations; Guided discussions, presentations, and guest speaker engagements; activist training and educational programs; community building.

Volunteer Opportunities: Vegan for Life needs vegan interns or volunteers to maintain  documentation and web presence, assist in event preparation, and handle such communication tasks as invitations and follow-up phone calls. Any creative vegan with dedication and professionalism can have opportunities to turn good ideas into effective actions.

Michael Battey, President
michael@vegan-for-life.org

Virginia Miller, Vice President and Treasurer
virginia@vegan-for-life.org

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SPARK School Park Program

Purpose: The SPARK School Program works with schools and neighborhoods to develop community parks on public school grounds. In the past 30 years, SPARK has built over 200+ community parks throughout the Houston/Harris County area. Each park is unique, with its design based on ideas and needs of the school and surrounding neighborhoods. While all of the parks are different, a typical park consists of modular playground equipment, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables, trees, an outdoor classroom, and a public art component.…More Details
Work 900 Bagby St., 2nd Floor Houston TX 77002 Work P.O. Box 1562 Houston TX 77251 Cell Phone: (832) 393-0911 Website: SPARK School Park Program Website

Purpose: The SPARK School Program works with schools and neighborhoods to develop community parks on public school grounds. In the past 30 years, SPARK has built over 200+ community parks throughout the Houston/Harris County area. Each park is unique, with its design based on ideas and needs of the school and surrounding neighborhoods. While all of the parks are different, a typical park consists of modular playground equipment, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables, trees, an outdoor classroom, and a public art component. SPARK Parks are available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.

Programs: SPARK has built 200+ community parks in twelve different school districts throughout the Houston area.  Each park is designed based on ideas and needs of the school and surrounding neighborhoods. While all of the parks are different, a typical park consists of modular playground equipment, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables, trees, an outdoor classroom, and a public art component.

Publications: SPARK Art calendar

Kathleen Ownby, Executive Director
(832) 393-0911
Kathleen@sparkpark.org

Elizabeth Howley, Assistant Director
(832) 393-0910
elizabeth@sparkpark.org

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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 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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Armand Bayou Nature Center

Purpose: To preserve 2,500 acres of vanishing coastal prairie, hardwood forest and bayou wilderness habitat and wildlife refuge; to give opportunities to experience and understand the remaining natural ecosystem; to reconnect people with nature. Programs: Year–round adult, child, and family programs including Third Sundays in Nature Series, FREE to the public; Eco-Exploration pontoon boat and canoe trips; guided day and night hikes; Eco-Camp summer and holiday camps; Great Texas Birding Trail Site 81; Teachers can receive SBEC credit for classes.…More Details
Work 8500 Bay Area Blvd Pasadena TX 77507 Other P.O. Box 58828 Houston TX 77258 Work Phone: (281) 474-2551 Work Phone: (281) 474-2552 Website: Armand Bayou Nature Center

Purpose: To preserve 2,500 acres of vanishing coastal prairie, hardwood forest and bayou wilderness habitat and wildlife refuge; to give opportunities to experience and understand the remaining natural ecosystem; to reconnect people with nature.

Programs: Year–round adult, child, and family programs including Third Sundays in Nature Series, FREE to the public; Eco-Exploration pontoon boat and canoe trips; guided day and night hikes; Eco-Camp summer and holiday camps; Great Texas Birding Trail Site 81; Teachers can receive SBEC credit for classes. Speakers are available to come speak to your classroom or group, contact website or call for booking.

Major Events: Apr. – World Migratory Bird Day; May – Fundraising Dinner and Auction; Oct. – Creepy Crawlers; Nov. – Martyn Farm Harvest Festival; Dec. – Christmas Bird Count

Children’s Activities: Critter Corner, Connections and Bayou Studies classes; naturalist lead and self-guided school field trips; scout programs;

Volunteer Opportunities: Prairie Friday Team, Stewardship Saturday Team, Trail Guides and History Interpreters, Environmental Education Docents, Nature Center Maintenance Crew, Teen Volunteer Corps, BSA Venturing Crew, seasonal prairie and bayou marsh restoration.

Publications: Along the Bayou, Bayou Foliage

Tim Pylate: Executive Director
Phone: (281) 474-2551
Email: tim@abnc.org

Heather Millar
Phone: 713 274 2667
Email: heather@abnc.org

Mark Kramer
Phone: 713 274 2672
Email: mark@abnc.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 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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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.…More Details
Work 4434 University Dr Welcome Center Garage, Suite 151 Houston TX 77204 Work Phone: (832)-842-9051 Website: University of Houston: Office of Sustainability Website Blog: UH Sustainability Blog

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.

Publications:  Blog: uhsustain.wordpress.com, The Sustainable Coog Newsletter: http://www.uh.edu/sustainablecoog.com

Michael Mendoza, Sustainability Program Manager
713-743-8089
mjmendoza4@uh.edu

Melissa Halstead, Sustainability Coordinator
mjhalste@uh.edu

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Scenic Houston

Purpose: Scenic Houston works to eliminate visual blight because all Houstonians are entitled to a green, uncluttered, visually appealing city. Scenic Houston promotes sign control, billboard reduction, freeway landscaping, scenic byway development, and enhanced design standards for public projects. Our success improves the quality of life for all Houstonians. Major Events: Scenic Visionary Awards Dinner, October.…More Details
Work 5615 Kirby Dr., # 645 Houston TX 77005 Work Phone: (713) 629-0481 Work Phone: (713) 629-0485 Website: Scenic Houston Website

Purpose: Scenic Houston works to eliminate visual blight because all Houstonians are entitled to a green, uncluttered, visually appealing city. Scenic Houston promotes sign control, billboard reduction, freeway landscaping, scenic byway development, and enhanced design standards for public projects. Our success improves the quality of life for all Houstonians.

Major Events: Scenic Visionary Awards Dinner, October.

Volunteer Opportunities: Young Friends Initiatives, Scenic Action network, assisting with special events, outreach. Contact the office for more information.

Publications: Scenic Views e-newsletter, legislative alerts as needed, brochures, articles, blog.

Heather Houston, 713-629-0481
heather@scenichouston.org

Annamarie Saavedra
annamarie@scenichouston.org

Blanca Ortega
blanca@scenichouston.org

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Preservation Houston

Purpose: To promote the preservation and appreciation of Houston’s architectural and cultural historic resources through advocacy, education, and committed action; thereby creating economic value and developing a stronger sense of community. Regular Meetings: Walking tours, second Sunday of each month. Programs: Preservation advocacy, Historic Neighborhoods Council, Realtor programs, heritage education program, heritage tourism promotion, Museum of Houston digital archive and online museum.…More Details
Work 3272 Westheimer, Suite 2 Houston TX 77098-1008 Work 3272 Westheimer, Suite 2 Houston TX 77098-1008 Work Phone: (713) 510-3990 Website: Preservation Houston Website

Purpose: To promote the preservation and appreciation of Houston’s architectural and cultural historic resources through advocacy, education, and committed action; thereby creating economic value and developing a stronger sense of community.

Regular Meetings: Walking tours, second Sunday of each month.

Programs: Preservation advocacy, Historic Neighborhoods Council, Realtor programs, heritage education program, heritage tourism promotion, Museum of Houston digital archive and online museum.

Major Events: Good Brick Awards, Jan./Feb.; National Preservation Month Luncheon, May.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tour docents and ticket sellers. Research and photography of buildings.

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact Ramona Davis

Formerly Greater Houston Preservation Alliance.

David Bush; Acting Executive Director
dbush@preservationhouston.org

Kathleen Nuzzo, Preservation Services Coordinator
knuzzo@preservationhouston.org

Jim Parsons; Programs Director
jparsons@preservationhouston.org

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Sierra Club – Hou. Regional Group

Purpose: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. Meetings: Second Thurs., 7:30 p.m., St.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 3021 Houston TX 77253-3021 Website: Sierra Club – Hou. Regional Group Website

Purpose: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Meetings: Second Thurs., 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama at Woodhead. OPEN TO PUBLIC.

Major Events: Trips, workshops, outings, and classes; Yard Sale, spring; Annual Auction, at December meeting.

Recreational Outings: Open to members and non-members. See listing on website.

Children’s Activities: Inner City Outings program. Contact Lorraine Gibson at raineygib@aol.com.

Volunteer Opportunities: Issues include water & air quality, watershed, sustainability, energy, forestry, and parks & wildlife; Political Committee endorsements; legislative issues and letter writing; trail maintenance on Lone Star Hiking Trail; training for leading outings.

Publications: Bayou Banner, monthly (call for free copy or print PDF version from website).

Brandt Mannchen, Executive Committee Chair
brandtshnfbt@juno.com

Evelyn L. Merz, Conservation Chair
elmerz@hal-pc.org

Carol Woronow, Bayou Banner and Newsletter Editor,
HSCBanner@gmail.com

Melanie Oldham, Air Quality
oldham_melanie@yahoo.com

Brandt Mannchen, Forestry and Big Thicket
brandtshnfbt@juno.com

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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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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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