Going GREEN Lecture - Citizen’s Climate Lobby: How Are We Doing?
Citizen’s Climate Lobby: How Are We Doing?” on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 7pm via Zoom. Our guest speaker is Dr. Barry Friedman, professor of physics at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Friedman is a long-time volunteer and member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Use this Zoom link for the lecture.
Topic: The Citizens’ Climate Lobby organization was created for the purpose of building support in Congress for national bipartisan solutions to climate change. Within the 420 chapters in the U.S., CCL’s primary focus has been carbon fees and dividends. Following enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a new focus has been broadened to include 4 priority areas:
• Price on carbon
• Healthy forests
• Building electrification and efficiency
• Permitting reform
Dr. Friedman will describe and provide motivation for these policy areas using the En-Roads Climate Simulator. He will also show us how to save money under the IRA by applying the Rewiring America IRA savings calculator; an application that helps homeowners determine what rebates are available under the act for upgrades such as battery storage installation, heat pumps, EVs, and roof-top solar.
Speaker: Dr. Friedman is a professor of physics at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. His research background is theoretical solid state and chemical physics. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois and has been a volunteer with CCL more than 8 years.
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. welcomes you to this free presentation via Zoom on Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 pm. Join us to learn more about this increasingly important issue. Use this link for access to this informative presentation: https://zoom.us/j/97504314385
Look forward to seeing you there!
In Person Monthly Member and Board Meeting
At this meeting, you will hear more from Mike Serant, of MicroLife, about ways to preserve our native species by making organic gardening choices. I know you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see fellow members, old and new, in person.
If you joined or renewed your TWG membership since October and haven’t picked up your “Dragon Circle” member’s pin, this will be your last chance to do so for the year.
Go Green-Go Native-Go Organic
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled “Go Green-Go Native-Go Organic; the ‘ins and outs and do’s and don’t of organic gardening. To be held via Zoom at 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 27, 2023. Our own Bob Dailey, Master Gardener and long-time G.R.E.E.N. member, lecturer and author,will be our guest speaker. The Zoom link to the lecture: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86289782095 Or, go to our website at thewoodlandsgreen.org and click on the meetings link in the Sustainability Lecture section.
Topic: Soil is the living layer of earth. The soil biome is one of the most important webs in the world. Without it, plants cannot get the nutrients they need to grow and produce seed and fruit. An acre of good soil can contain about 50,000 earthworms, which deposit about 18 tons of earth per year in the form of castings. That same acre can contain 5,000 pounds of bacteria and fungi, 800 pounds of microscopic arthropods, 300 pounds of protozoa sand 100 pounds of nematodes. The real shocker is that there can be thousands of miles of mycorrhizal fungi in that identical acre.
To put it into another perspective, a gram of good soil can contain several miles of mycorrhizal fungi, up to 10 billion bacterial cells, from 10,000 to 100,000 protozoa. Bob will speak to the importance of enhancing your soils with organic matter, and the detrimental effects of inorganic fertllizers and pesticides.
Speaker; Bob is a master gardener, master naturalist and member of the Pines and Prairies chapter of the NPSOT(Native Plant Society of Texas) . He is a lecturer and writer on many plant topics and has written hundreds of articles, both in print and online, on topics ranging from rainwater harvesting to organic gardening.
He served on an ad hoc committee that developed the water conservation strategy for The Woodlands, a project which he managed for 15 years. During that period, water consumption for single family residences dropped from 200+ gallons to 91 gallons per person per day. As a result his department received the Texas Water Development award for advances in water conservation. Other awards include Water Conservation Leader of The Year from the Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium group – along with Paul Nelson- and Educator of the Year from the Montgomery County Master Gardener Association. In 2015, he was named Master Gardener of The Year by the Texas Master Gardeners Association.
He has advanced training in plant propagation, rainwater harvesting, irrigation and turf grass management from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service. He and his wife, Denise, live in Willis, where he pretends to garden, pretends to write, and pretends to prepare lectures. His website, Gulf Coast Gardening, is now live online.
Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. welcomes you to this free talk via Zoom on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 pm. Hoping Bob will present pictures of their new home in Wills. His yard/garden is an outstanding example of a transformation from standard grass to native plants and vegetables.
HOW TO CONNECT: Click on the following link to gain access to this informative presentation: LINK HERE
Look forward to seeing you there!
Going GREEN Lecture - Why EV Adoption is Good For the Planet
Topic: Evolve Houston is a non-profit organization with a mission of improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the area’s conversion to electric powered vehicles. Recognizing the fact that the transportation sector emits 47% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the area, Casey and Evolve will make the case that air quality can be improved and emissions curtailed by supporting and enabling the Greater Houston Area to increase electric vehicle adoption and will discuss the methods for doing so. To learn more about Evolve, here is the link to their website: http://evolvehouston.org/about-us
Speaker; Casey Brown is the President and Executive Director of Evolve Houston, where he ensures that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach. Casey leads the Evolveteam and works directly with professional, civic, and private organizations to successfully promote the benefits of the electrification of our transportation system. Casey is a graduate of the Colorado Mesa University and holds an MBA from Rice University.
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. welcomes you to attend this free talk via Zoom on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm.
HOW TO CONNECT: Click on the following link to gain access to this informative presentation: LINK
Look forward to seeing you there! Oh! And tell a friend