Transition Houston Meeting: Climate Change: It's warming, It's Us, We're Sure, It's Bad, We can fix it!

Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Climate Change: It's warming, It's Us, We're Sure, It's Bad, We can fix it!

We hope you'll join us for our first Transition Houston meeting of the New Year!

Our meeting will feature a presentation and Q&A by Dr. Larry Kremer, from Citizens Climate Lobby who will present the findings of the Fourth National Climate Assessment report which draws a direct connection between the warming atmosphere and the resulting changes that affect Americans’ lives, communities, and livelihoods, now and in the future.

Climate shapes where and how we live and the environment around us and the Houston Climate Movement is leading the way for local action! Texas, and Houston in particular, face unique risks and challenges due to the impacts of climate change, from flooding to heat to droughts and more. We hope you'll be a part of the journey to address these issues.

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

About Our Speaker

Dr. Kremer obtained his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Utah and his BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a visiting fellow at the Nuclear Physics Institute in Amsterdam Netherlands where identified radioactive sulfur containing molecules produced in particle accelerators.  In post doctoral studies at Yale University he studied reaction products of high energy Tritium atoms with hydrocarbons.  His 38 year industrial career involved many aspects of the chemical and energy industries.  As Senior Technology Advisor at Baker Hughes, he was involved in many areas including handling of hydrocarbons form hydraulic fracturing operations, processing various feed stocks in refineries including biomass based feed stocks, carbon capture and storage, and reducing hazards handling hydrogen sulfide.  He worked on evaluating new technologies, particularly from small stat up companies.

For many years he led the sessions on Desalting at the National AIChE conventions.  He was a Director of the Fuels and Petrochemicals section of AIChE.  He last spoke at an AIChE conference at the Spring Meeting in New Orleans in 2014. Since retiring, he has been an advisor to companies in energy area and working on sustainability. He has over 50 publications and 19 issued US patents.

About Citizens Climate Lobby

The Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) has been working hard to educate and lobby on behalf of climate change and thanks to hard work and support over many years, bipartisan legislation is currently before the Congress! The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 introduced in Congress by two Republicans and three Democrats. This historic bipartisan bill would enact carbon fee and dividend into law when passed.

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Transition Houston Meeting: Resilience and Hope in Extraordinary Times

Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We invite you to our first gathering of 2017 on Tuesday, February 7th.

We'll be viewing a short film focused on inspiring ways to find and create resilience and hope in extraordinary times. During our follow-up discussion, we'll be asking for your input to guide our activities for the coming year.

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Transition Houston Meeting! Tuesday, August 2nd - Growing Food in Uncommon Places

Date: 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Do you or someone you know live in a food desert? How can we bring quality food to our communities?

Join us to learn more about Rob Finley, a Guerrilla Gardener who serves the community by teaching people the power of growing your own food.

We’ll also hear how youth from Houston’s East End Green Belt Conservation Corps are making a difference locally! They’ve planted over 100 fruit trees and in association with Houston Parks and Recreation, will be breaking ground on a community garden in Herman Brown Park to bring quality food to our Houston communities which serves as a catalyst for good nutrition and encouraging community development.

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Join Us for RePurposing Houston!

Date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

ReUse, ReDuce, ReCycle

Have a project in mind, but just need a few materials to make it happen? There is no such thing as "away". When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere! Finally, recycling and reuse of materials comes to Houston.

Please join us for the upcoming Transition Houston meeting as we hear from Caroline Kostak, the owner of the RePurpose Depot and Keith Koski, the manager of the City of Houston's ReUse Warehouse who will present the emerging market for used building materials and household products. Both will share details of their work helping people rebuild their homes and lives after Hurricane Harvey.

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098. Map to location

Caroline Kostak is the owner of RePurpose Depot, a residential deconstruction and reclaimed building materials company. She is also a LEED AP-Homes and a LEED Green Rater and helps people achieve LEED certifications for their homes. She is the vice chair and Green Schools Committee chair for the US Green Building Building Council Texas Gulf Coast region. Prior to deciding to save the world through Green Building, Caroline was a Flight Controller at NASA, helping to build the International Space Station. In her spare time, she teaches leadership development and yoga.



Keith Koski has worked in design and construction for most of his adult life. He has striven to minimize waste in his projects as much as possible. Since 2009, Keith has had the privilege to manage the City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse, a component of the Solid Waste Management Department. The Reuse Warehouse accepts building materials from individuals and companies, diverts them from landfills, and gives them to non-profit organizations for free.

We hope to see you there! Bring a friend!

       

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Houston Stronger: A Path to A More Equitable City

Date: 
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 8:00am - 11:00am

Cities across the country are facing increasing social and economic inequality, and Houston is no exception. Despite Houston’s strong economic growth, income inequality has sharply increased over the past 30 years, and worker wages have been nearly stagnant over that same time period. Inadequate economic opportunities and a widening economic divide combine with racial and ethnic discrimination to place a particular burden on communities of color, preventing them from having the full opportunity to share in Houston’s success.

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Transition - It's Up to You

Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Are you feeling curious? Critical? Excited? Daunted?

The Transition movement is made up of people like you who are already feeling the benefit of connecting with others to take care of themselves, their community and the planet.

Transition - It's Up to You

We hope you'll join us at the next Transition Houston meeting as we explore local issues and how to raise awareness enabling us to make informed decisions in November and beyond. Educating and empowering members within our communities and our elected officials is an integral part of bringing about the changes we need. By continuing to learn, share and take action with one another, we can transform our present and our future.

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

Between the things we can do as individuals, and the things government and business can do to respond to the challenges of our times, lies a great untapped potential. It's about what you can create with the help of the people who live in your street, your neighbourhood, your town.

If enough people do it, it can lead to real impact, to real jobs and real transformation of the places we live, and beyond!

We hope to see you there! Bring a friend!

Quoting Rob Hopkins, one of Transition's founders - "For years, in the green movement, we have held that we are right, that we have the answers … [But] many of the answers we need are to be found in people who we might, in a more judgmental moment, be seen as being part of the 'system', including business people, lawyers, church groups, local history groups, and thousands of ordinary people with busy lives, bills to pay and children to raise."

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Transition Houston Meeting: Complete Communities

Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Join us at our upcoming Transition Houston meeting!

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

At this month's meeting, Misty Staunton, the Team Lead for Houston's District 2, will be presenting Complete Communities which is about improving neighborhoods so that all of Houston’s residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities while ensuring existing residents can stay in homes that remain affordable.

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Transition Houston Meeting: Houston at Risk - The Issue of Climate Change and Steps for Local Action

Date: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Climate Change and Houston ActionJoin us at our upcoming Transition Houston meeting!

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

The Houston Climate Movement is leading the way for local action on climate change. Texas, and Houston particularly, faces unique risks and challenges due to the impacts of climate change, from flooding to heat to droughts and more.

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Transition Houston Meeting: Cohousing - Creating Intentional Community / Learn About Houston's First Official Cohousing Project

Date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Join us for our final meeting of the year!

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

Are you interested in the concept of building a cohousing community in Houston, one of the most wonderfully diverse and dynamic cities in the country? Cohousing Houston will be presenting their initiative to develop the first ever cohousing community in Houston.

What is Cohousing?

Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods, and share common facilities and good connections with neighbors. All in all, they stand as innovative and sustainable answers to today’s environmental and social problems.

We hope to see you there!

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Transition Houston Meeting: If you’re not for Zero Waste, how much are you for?

Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Join Transition Houston on Tuesday, May 2nd as we welcome Melanie Scruggs of the Texas Campaign for the Environment who will present details of Houston’s adoption of a Zero Waste Plan!

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

What is Zero Waste?

The big picture, long-term goal to eliminate 90% of waste or more from landfills and incinerators is often called “Zero Waste.” This has many benefits because the way we manage our resources impacts the environment on so many levels.

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