Going Green Sustainability Lectures 2021

Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
2021 Galveston Bay Report Card: What it tells us and how we can protect the Bay 
Erin Kinney, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scientist at HARC
Zoom Link to Meeting: Click HERE
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The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture: “The 2021 Galveston Bay Report Card: What it tells us and how we can protect the Bay”. The presentation will be seen on Zoom on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.  

 

The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) have published the Galveston Bay Report Card on the overall health of the Bay. The Bay is an important economic and ecosystem component of the Houston region. The report card calls attention to what puts Galveston Bay at risk and includes recommendations on how people can help preserve the Bay.

 

The Woodlands area is upstream of Galveston Bay and thus affects it. This lecture and discussion will focus on the recent analysis of the quality of the Bay, why it is important, and what actions can be taken in The Woodlands area to help. 

Erin Kinney, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at HARC specializing in coastal and wetland ecology. Her research interests include wetland restoration, impacts of land use and eutrophication on coastal systems, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Geothermal: Emission Free Electricity in Texas 
EarthBridge Energy 
Derek Adams, PhD, Paul Lundy, & Gus Perez
YouTube Link to Video of Meeting: Click HERE
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The community is invited to learn about the truly GREEN energy from the heat beneath our feet!

  • Learn what Geothermal Energy is, the many uses of this inexhaustible, renewable resource, and where it is successfully being harnessed today

  • How Geothermal can accelerate the energy transition

  • How we can get to net-zero emissions by 2050

  • Geothermal can provide reliable, emission-free, weather-proof electricity, 24/7/365

 

EarthBridge Energy will explain the science behind Geothermal and show how various technologies can enable widespread adoption of this renewable resource critical for a lower carbon world.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
USGS Annual Groundwater Table Data
How Are We Doing? 
Jason Ramage
Hydrologist
USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled “USGS Annual Groundwater Table Data: How Are We Doing?” The  lecture will be held on Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The presentation will be by Mr. Jason Ramage of the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
 
Zoom Link HERE
For more details, click HERE
Thursday, March 24, 2022
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bird Friendly Communities:
What's good for birds is also good for people 
Our speaker is Lisa Gonzales,
Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Texas
For Details click HERE 
For Video click HERE
Plastic and the
Circular Economy


The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring this Going Green lecture as part of an ongoing series of sustainability presentations.
For additional information, click
HERE  
Thursday, February 24
7:00 pm.


VIDEO of Meeting
Our speaker is Jennifer Ronk, Senior Sustainability Manager for Dow’s Plastics and Packaging.
Monday, June 7, 2021 - 8:00 pm
En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator – How to Use
Roger Ingersoll
Citizens’ Climate Education
& Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Zoom Link
 
The En-ROADS simulator allows users to test strategies to address climate change via an interactive on-line tool. The simulator is over 10 years in the making, and has been co-developed by Climate Interactive and the MIT Sustainability Initiative. It is a hopeful, scientifically-grounded, peer-reviewed and action-oriented experience for anyone wanting to explore how human actions and government policies can impact the climate crisis. En-ROADS workshops have been run for the U.S. Congress, the Energy Transition Forum in London, HSBC bank, the U.S. Climate Action Network, the UN Secretary-General’s Office, and many others. 

Roger will give an overview of the En-ROADS simulator and how it can be used as a role-play game, or a policy workshop.  Attendees will be able to explore for themselves the consequences of energy choices, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding of the many factors impacting climate. Learn more:

 

Speaker: Roger Ingersoll a Woodlands, Civil/Geotechnical engineer who after 33 years retired from ExxonMobil where he worked on arctic, coastal, and offshore projects worldwide. Roger has been a member of Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby, is Co-group Leader and Grasstops Lead of TX08 Woodlands-Huntsville Chapter, and active in CCL’s Conservative Caucus, and Catholic Action Teams.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Spring Creek Watershed Partnership
Rachel Windham
Houston-Galveston Area Council

Video of Meeting: HERE

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Photographic Journey Through the Nature Trails of The Woodlands Area
Bill Bass
Bayou Land Conservancy Board Member
View Presentation HERE

Bill Bass is lover of nature and a most excellent and avid photographer. In his talk, he will bring both to us in the form of a slide show that will emphasize the importance of preserving our natural spaces, and images of the Spring Creek Nature Trail, a 14-mile, multi-use path along Spring Creek offering stunning views and a chance to see nature “up close”. For more information, click HERE
Our speaker, Ms. Rachel Windham, will discuss the interconnectivity of local watersheds and some of the common challenges impacting the quality of water in lakes, streams, and other water bodies throughout the region, including our own Spring Creek. She will also outline strategies for responding to these challenges that can be carried out at individual, local, and regional levels. As an example, she will highlight progress made by the Spring Creek Watershed Partnership—a community led organization working to improve water quality in Spring Creek and its tributaries through the development of a Watershed Protection Plan. Rachel will also tell us how we as individuals can have input into the process and what we can do to help implement the Plan. 
           Ms. Windham is a Planner in the Community and Environmental department at the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Since joining the department in 2019, she has worked on watershed projects focused on improving water quality through reductions in contaminant loads from point and non-point sources. By disseminating data-driven water quality management strategies to area stakeholders and state partners, she coordinates public participation in watershed protection. Before joining the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Rachel accrued over 10 years of experience as a researcher on multiple water quality and environmental projects in the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed. She is a proud alum of the Texas A&M University Galveston Campus where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Master of Marine Resources Management degrees.
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
2020 Galveston Bay Report Card
Dr. Erin McKinney, HARC 
Link to Video of Lecture

 The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled “2020 Galveston Bay Report Card; How We Can Help” to be held via Zoom at 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 25, 2021. Dr. Erin Kinney, Houston Advanced Research Center (“HARC”) will be our guest speaker. 

Dr. Kinney will be presenting on the most recent annual Galveston Bay Report Card and how the Bay is connected to local creeks, rivers, and bayous.. Dr. Kinney will be covering what we can learn about the impacts of Spring Creek and the West and East Forks of the San Jacinto River watersheds on the Bay and what each of us can do to protect our waterways, our watersheds, and ultimately the Galveston Bay ecosystem. 

 

Dr. Kinney is a Research Scientist at HARC, specializing in coastal and wetland ecology. Her research interests include wetland restoration, impacts of land use and eutrophication on coastal systems, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands. Erin graduated with a PhD in biology from the Boston University Marine Program and a BA in environmental and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College. She previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the department of marine biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston and at the Ecosystem Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Embracing Renewable Energy:
Conroe ISD's Plan
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Thursday, January 21, 2021 • 7:00 p.m.
 
The Conroe Independent School District (CISD) now has a solar array at Stockton Jr. High School. Mr. Easy Foster will speak about the solar array at Stockton Jr. High School plus how CISD decided to do the project, related educational curricula, and the district’s future renewable energy plans.  Click HERE for details.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
USGS Annual Groundwater Table Data
How Are We Doing? 
Jason Ramage
Hydrologist
USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center
Our speaker, Jason Ramage, will present updates of the current year (2020) of regional water-levels in the Gulf Coast Aquifer system for the Houston-Galveston region. Particular focus will be given to conditions in Montgomery County. The lecture also focuses on the short and long-term changes in water-levels and subsidence, which is measured by extensometers across the region.  
For more detail, click HERE
Bayou Land Conservancy:
Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, October 22, 2020
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Our speaker, Becky Martinez, oversees land project management and strategic planning for land conservation at the Bayou Land Conservancy. She will talk about the lands that BLC, working with willing landowners, has protected over the last 20 years and their Strategic Conservation Plan to protect lands in the future. For more detail, click HERE  
Feral Swine: Challenges & Control
February 20, 2020 • 7:00 p.m.
HARC, 8801 Gosling Road 
This lecture is full and no longer accepting registrations.
Speaker: Chris Watts
Wildlife Damage Management Biologist
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
DETAILS
in partnership with
The Woodlands Township