Please note that several of the following events have other events following them a few days later, which relate directly to them. Mention of them is included in the first event’s description. Enjoy! Thanks.
January 17, 2015 – (Houston) – 15th Annual Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale – Urban Harvest
January 21, 2015 – (Houston) – Houston Green Film Series: Short Films for Safe Streets – Air Alliance Houston, Emerging Professionals of the Houston USGBC, Houston Tomorrow, the RiceEnvironmental Club, and Transition Houston
January 21, 2015 – (Austin) – Advanced International Building Technologies – deeper green options – Design~Build~Live
January 25, 2015 – (Houston) – Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 1 – Urban Harvest, Permaculture Guild of Houston
January 29, 2015 – (Houston) – The Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour – CitizensEnvironment Coalition
15th Annual Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale
When: Saturday, January 17th , 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (or until we sell out)
Where: Rice University, Greenbriar Lot
Location: 5600 Greenbriar Drive, Houston TX 77005
Cost: free and open to the public (but you buy the trees!)
In case you didn’t know, the Annual Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale is The Event of the year!! Many varieties of citrus will be available at the 2015 Fruit Tree Sale. An issue of importance for growers of citrus is maintaining healthy trees to protect your citrus from “greening”. Find out all about it… Citrus Greening: Get the Facts Updated!
For more information on both the Sale please go to: urbanharvest.org/fruit-tree-sale
Houston Green Film Series, Short Films For Safe Streets
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9 pm
Where: Rice Media Center
Location: just inside the #8 entrance on the south side of the Rice Campus at University and Stockton
Cost: $5 suggested donation, includes light meal
This will be a night of short films from StreetFilms.org, with Pedestrian Pete, and more. Complete Streets can transform the Houston region and we can have some fun doing it. Following the film, we’ll hear from representatives from three different City of Houston Departments who are all working on making your life more comfortable and safe on the streets of Houston.
The panel includes:
Amar Mohite, City of Houston Planning & Development Department
Carra Moroni, City of Houston Health & Human Services Department
Jeff Weatherford, City of Houston Public Works & Engineering Department
And will be moderated by Jay Blazek Crossley, Houston Tomorrow
Dinner provide by Dr. Pat Speck and Dry Bones Cafe
6:30 – 7:00 Networking and Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 The films
8:30 – 9:00 Panel Discussion
Open to the public. $5 suggested donation. The Houston Green Film Series is a partnership of Air Alliance Houston, Emerging Professionals of the Houston USGBC, Houston Tomorrow, the Rice Environmental Club, and Transition Houston.
For more information, please go to: facebook.com/events/1545748532343731/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Advanced International Building Technologies – deeper green options When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: 4477 S Lamar Blvd. #600 Austin, TX 78745
Cost: free and open to the public
There is a lot of “greenwashing” in the sustainable building arena these days as companies feel the pressure to jump on the bandwagon. Sadly, many of the products really aren’t green. Even sadder, many of the products in our country meet some definition of “green” but are still terribly unhealthy for people and the planet.
The presentation will start with an introduction to “BauBiology” and the growing need to evolve “green” towards “clean” building. Next will be the “BreathingWall” concepts as they apply to addressing mold and trapped toxins in modern buildings. (Seewww.breathingwalls.com for a preview.) Then some of the few truly non-toxic and fully “breathable” construction options available to North Americans will be described, including mineral paints and magnesium oxide (MgO) products. For more information, please go to: designbuildlive.org and look for Monthly Presentations.
There will also be a site visit on Saturday, January 24, to explore two projects — an all-MgO FEMA trailer suitable for people with multiple chemical sensitivities and a new 2800 square foot completed home with MgO exterior –- will be described. See details of the site visit under “upcoming workshops” on the DBL homepage: designbuildlive.org
For more information, please go to: designbuildlive.org and look for Monthly Presentations
DBL is a volunteer-run educational organization providing valuable information, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated. No RSVP required. For more details, email them via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.
Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 1: SLTP 1
When: Sunday, January 25th , 2015
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Important NOTE: This class is a prerequisite for SLTP2 (see below) and all other Permaculture (PC) classes, including the Designing Our Green Homes and Communities Through Permaculture Series (below).
In SLTP 1, the design principles of Permaculture (PC) are explained, observed and illustrated in a series of breakout sessions at a home and garden remodeled to reflect PC sustainability principles. This garden has cisterns, many types of fruits, vegetables, habitat plants, a small area for collecting excess rain and a remodeled home that includes many features to reduce energy consumption. Instructors are members of the Permaculture Guild of Houston, which is a group of people who have completed 92 hours of Permaculture classes to become Certified Permaculture Designers.
Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 2 will be held 2/01/2015 12noon – 4:30 pm, It will be on the University of Houston Main Campus, Room & Bldg TBA. Cost: $50. It will be a classroom presentation, where participants carefully explore principles demonstrated in the Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 1 (SLPC 1) class, look at issues connected with larger rural sites, and begin the design of a farm/home site that connects and integrates food with housing and nature. SLPC 2 is designed to complete what is begun in SLPC 1.
Reminder: Sustainable Living classes 1 and 2 are prerequisites to attend the rest of the permaculture class series, which includes the Designing Our Green Homes and Communities Through Permaculture Series, which starts Saturday 2/7/15.
For more information on this and all Urban Harvest classes, please go to:urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour
When: Thursday, January 29th , 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9 pm
Where: The River Oaks Theatre
Location: 2009 W Gray St Houston, TX 77019
Cost: $12 or $15 & membership specials
You can expect a night of Environmental Inspiration as CEC host the First Ever Houston screening of The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour! A selection of nine films will cover a variety of issues which will increase community understanding of the connection we share with the planet and our roles as stewards of the environment in which we live.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour partners with environmental groups across the country to host the festival as a way to outreach into their communities and bring together an audience of diverse affiliations. The groups use the festival as a tool to raise awareness for their campaigns, bring the issues featured in these films to the local level to show how global issues affect everyone, and inspire everyday Americans to join in with local community efforts to become active effective advocates for the natural environment locally.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival held each January in Nevada City, California is a kick-off for Wild & Scenic On Tour which travels to more than 140 communities and continues to grow every year. The Film Festival is a call to action. At Wild & Scenic, film-goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet.
The 4-day event features over 100 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement.
Tickets for the Houston event: General Admission (Early Bird $12) $15, and membership specials
for more information, please go to: cechouston.org and/or wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/on-tour/