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American Youthworks Conservation Corps & AmeriCorps

Purpose: American YouthWorks provides young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others. Programs:
  • YouthBuild Austin is a youth services program that combines academics with career training, leadership development, and community service. For more information visit http://americanyouthworks.org/programs/youthbuild/
  • Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) is a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps accredited program that empowers young people through AmeriCorps service, conservation, education, and jobs training.
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Work 5906 Canal Street, TX Houston Texas 77011 Work Phone: (512) 744-1900 Website: American Youthworks

Purpose: American YouthWorks provides young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others.

Programs:

  • YouthBuild Austin is a youth services program that combines academics with career training, leadership development, and community service. For more information visit http://americanyouthworks.org/programs/youthbuild/
  • Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) is a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps accredited program that empowers young people through AmeriCorps service, conservation, education, and jobs training. TxCC provides trained crews to help accomplish conservation project needs. For more information visit http://americanyouthworks.org/programs/txcc/

Major Events:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, National Trails Day, National Public Lands Day and more can be found on their website

Publications:
Subscribe to their Newsletter.
https://americanyouthworks.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=56ac73a023b37f56e8a5dfa09&id=21f74873c3

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer to work with young people in YouthBuild or Texas Conservation Corps. Individual and group opportunities are available. Some volunteer opportunities include service days, tutoring, and mentorships.

Speaker’s Bureau: Guest speakers are welcome to share their career path and experience with students to inspire and inform participants about various career fields.

Ericus Adams, TxCC Houston Program Manager
eadams@americanyouthworks.org
832-450-9353

Eliza Montana, Senior Director of Operations
emontana@americanyouthworks.org

David Clauss, YouthBuild Austin Program Director
dclauss@americanyouthworks.org

Jody Karr, Texas Conservation Corps Program Director
jkarr@americanyouthworks.org

 

 

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Brays Bayou Association

Purpose: To reduce the risk of flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed. Meetings: Open meetings are held the third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room, The Gathering Place, 5410 South Willow Drive, 77035 Major Events: Annual meeting in March. Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Charles Goforth.…More Details
Work 4999 W. Bellfort Houston TX 77096 Work Phone: (713) 723-7230

Purpose: To reduce the risk of flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed.

Meetings: Open meetings are held the third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room, The Gathering Place, 5410 South Willow Drive, 77035

Major Events: Annual meeting in March.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Charles Goforth.

Speakers Bureau: Speakers available to give presentations in classrooms or to groups. Contact Charles Goforth.

Publications: Articles in various media.

Charles Goforth, President, Acting Treasurer
Goforth@VonnieCobbRealtors.com
713-667-6234

Don Hickle, Secretary
dchickle@att.net

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Houston Tomorrow

Purpose: Houston Tomorrow is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Its vision is that on its 200th birthday, the Houston region will be home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States.…More Details
Work 723 Main, Suite #700-52 Houston TX 77002 Work Phone: (713) 523-5757 Website: Houston Tomorrow Website

Purpose: Houston Tomorrow is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Its vision is that on its 200th birthday, the Houston region will be home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States. Founded in 1998.

Meetings: Livable Houston Initiative: noon on the fourth Wed. each month. Houston Food Policy Work Group: 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wed of each month. Distinguished Speaker Series, quarterly.

Programs: Research on growth, development and innovations in the US and the world. Outreach: Public events, discussions, and working with public and private partners. Communication: Produce accessible, useful information.

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact office.

Publications: Free Biannual magazine, Tomorrow. Weekly E-mail newsletter.

David Crossley, Interim Chair
david.crossley@houstontomorrow.org

Alex Mossler, Deputy Director

Caitlin McNeely, Programs Director
caitlin.mcneely@houstontomorrow.org

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Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

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

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

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

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

Publications:

Annual Environmental Resource Guide

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

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

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

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

Steve Stelzer, President
president@cechouston.org

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Trees for Houston

Purpose: To plant, protect and promote trees in the greater Houston region. Programs: Tree Planting; Trees for Schools; Urban Forest Tree Keeper classes in September (adult). Tribute Trees and Tree Giveaways. Major Events: Arbor Day Awards, Jan.; Root Ball, April; Annual Meeting, May, Sporting Clays Tournament, October. Children’s Activities: School presentations for all grade levels.…More Details
Work 104 N. Greenwood St. Houston TX 77011 Work P. O. Box 270477 Houston TX 77277 Work Phone: (713) 840-8733 Work Phone: (713) 840-8734 Website: Trees for Houston Website

Purpose: To plant, protect and promote trees in the greater Houston region.

Programs: Tree Planting; Trees for Schools; Urban Forest Tree Keeper classes in September (adult). Tribute Trees and Tree Giveaways.

Major Events: Arbor Day Awards, Jan.; Root Ball, April; Annual Meeting, May, Sporting Clays Tournament, October.

Children’s Activities: School presentations for all grade levels.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tree planting; taking educational programs into Houston schools; special projects.

Publications: Monthly TreE-mail (online newsletter); quarterly newsletter, Annual Report; Root Ball 2013: Club Coco – March 21, 2013, and the Website: http://www.treesforhouston.org.

Barry Ward, Executive Director
barry@treesforhouston.org

Randi Koenig , Development Director
randi@treesforhouston.org

Katherine Bravo, Projects Director
katherine@treesforhouston.org

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City of Houston Environmental Health Division

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

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

 

Patrick Key, Assistant Director
webadmin@houstontx.gov

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

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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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