Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston












  • Stewardship of the Waters
  • Stewardship of the Plants
  • Stewardship of the Animals
  • Stewardship of the Soil

Past Events

Making Houston a Resilient City – How Houses of Worship Can Help


Jim Blackburn, speaker

Sunday, May 6, 4 p.m., online & Congregation Emanu El

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to consider the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies and changing consumer preferences and needs.

The future of Houston as a serious competitor in the global marketplace lies in many of the choices that will be made in the next few years. Are we ready to take our place as a truly world-class city, showing the way for the world, or will we be left behind? Houses of worship will have a key role to play in resilience.  Resilience requires knowledge and the will to find a different way, and spiritual conviction and strength are absolutely necessary to achieve this.

In this presentation, Jim Blackburn will discuss the scope of current problems, some ideas to bring resilience to our community in the future, and the role of houses of worship could play in realizing this future.  But, this future can only be achieved by personal commitment and action, and to reach it, we all are going to have to come together and act for the common good, a great challenge for the faith community.

Jim is a Professor in the Practice in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm (SSPEED) Center and a Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute. He is both an environmental lawyer and planner and has written two books about the Texas coast. 

  Congregation Emanu el is located at 1500 Sunset Blvd. For more information, please contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com.



NEW Spring 2018 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

Sun, April 29, 2018

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM CDT

 

The Gathering Place

5310 South Willow Dr

Houston, TX 77035


Calling people of all faiths or no faith at all in Houston to care for our shared environment during Earth Month.

We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by mulching around plantings, planting native plants & removing trash at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill levels, so bring the whole family, your neighbors and your friends.

Meet at The Gathering Place, 5310 South Willow Dr., Houston 77035 to sign in. Metro bus line 7 stops nearby and line 49 is not far. Tools/supplies will be provided.

This event is organized by Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Congregation Brith Shalom, and the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston, in partnership with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy. The conservancy requires signing of a waiver to participate.

Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com for more information.




Solarize Houston for Houses of Worship (& Their Members)
Sunday, April 8, 2:30 p.m.

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to learn how you and/or your house of worship can go solar for less by leveraging the Solarize Houston program. Solarize Houston is a program of the Houston Renewable Energy Group, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting renewable energy solutions and businesses. Solarize Houston is a group purchasing program for rooftop solar, which achieved discounts of 20% on rooftop solar purchases for participants when it was held in 2016 & 2017. As people of faith, one of our missions is to care for this amazing planet on which we co-exist. We have urged our houses of worship to conserve energy, to recycle, and to weatherize. We are ready and excited by the next step - bringing renewable energy into play to further reduce our carbon footprint. Learn how we collectively might bring solar to our many places of worship, as well as our members' homes and businesses. You may attend this event in person at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Dr., or online, via web meeting. The speaker, Dori Wolfe, is founder of two solar energy companies, and has worked to bring community solar projects to fruition since 2012. She will explain the details of rooftop solar power generation, how you/your house of worship may benefit, and how you/your house of worship can go solar thru the Solarize Houston program. PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing will also be covered, a very attractive financing option for houses of worship & other commercial properties.

Justice Advocacy Workshop


Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church,
2353 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX
and online (simultaneously), via web meeting

Sun, March 4, 20182:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to attend a Justice Advocacy Workshop taught by experts from TX Impact, an Austin-based interfaith justice advocacy organization. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston is a Houston affiliate of Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, a sister organization of TX Impact.

Learn how to effectively raise your voice for the voiceless! This training will also cover plans & preparation for advocacy during Faith Climate Action Week in April (April 14 - April 22). The training will be recorded, so if you can’t make it, you can still get a copy of the training recording to review later. Metro bus lines 41 & 27 stop near the church.

Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Houston Museum of Natural Sciences 

This lecture will focus on the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies and changing consumer preferences and needs. The future of Houston as a serious competitor in the global marketplace lies in many of the choices that will be made in the next few years. Are we ready to take our place as a truly world-class city, showing the way for the world, or will we be left behind? 

 
Reducing Waste Generation in Houses of Worship

Sunday, February 4, 2 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Houston TX
Lisa Brenskelle, speaker

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston, a Houston affiliate of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, invites you to attend a talk on Reducing Waste Generation in Houses of Worship.  

Learn how you can reduce waste generated from building operations, events, grounds maintenance, worship services & more. Many tips can also be applied to waste reduction in the home. This talk will be given by Lisa Brenskelle, Lutherans Restoring Creation Team leader for the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

The talk takes place at First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn in Houston, and simultaneously online, via web meeting.  There will be time for Q&A afterward.  


2018 Kick-Off Event

January 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm CST

Free and open to the public


The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to their 2018 Kick-Off Event at 1st Unitarian Universalist Church.

If you can’t attend in person, join us on Facebook Live (like us at: https://www.facebook.com/faithandenvironmenthouston/).

We will hear from faith leaders of a variety of faiths on the relationship between their faith and the natural world. There will be a presentation on the top ten free environmental resources for houses of worship.

We will recap activities from 2017, and discuss plans for 2018. You'll get an opportunity to provide your input into 2018 planning via a survey. And, we ask those who can do so to bring some snacks to share for our break-out sessions, during which we'll get to know each other better. We'll provide beverages to accompany the snacks. People of all faith are encouraged to attend, as are representatives of local environmental non-profits that would like to work with people of faith on environmental issues.

 

Sun, January 7, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST


1st Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77004

Becoming Carbon Neutral

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites the interested public to attend a lecture on Becoming Carbon Neutral. Many in the faith community are concerned about climate change and our individual and institutional contribution to its cause.  To address our role in climate change, we all need to understand and then implement carbon neutral design.  In this presentation, Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawyer & planner, Professor in the Practice in Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, co-director of Rice’s SSPEED Center and a faculty scholar of the Baker Institute, will help us understand what carbon neutral design is for our faith institutions as well as ourselves by understanding our various carbon footprints and how to avoid, minimize and then offset our carbon dioxide emissions.  

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston is the Houston chapter of TX Interfaith Power & Light, a division of TX Impact.  

Becoming Carbon Neutral is free, and will take place on Sunday, August 9 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, Robertson Hall, as well as online, via web meeting.  The lecture will be recorded, so if you can’t make it, you can still get a copy of the recording to review later. The University of St. Thomas is located at 3800 Montrose Blvd. in Houston.  Metro bus lines 82, 25 & 56 stop nearby.  For more information, please contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com.

Easy Energy & Water Conservation for Houses of Worship

Sunday, June 4, 2017


The June meeting of the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston will feature a talk on Easy Energy & Water Conservation for Houses of Worship. Lisa Brenskelle, who leads a ministry focusing on environmental stewardship for the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will speak. You are invited to attend either in person at the University of St. Thomas, Robertson Hall, Room 213, or online, via web meeting.

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston is the Houston chapter of TX Interfaith Power & Light, a division of TX Impact, an Austin-based interfaith justice advocacy organization.

The talk will be recorded, so if you can’t make it, you can still get a copy to review later. For more information, please contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com.




NEW Walk Gently on Earth

Free and open to the public;
Sunday, June 10, 1:30 p.m.
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church & online


Last fall, world religious leaders presented the interfaith climate declaration, Walk Gently on Earth, to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bonn. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to a talk about the declaration by Imaad Khan, of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy (TICPP), who was there. Imaad will discuss the presentation of the declaration, its message, and how houses of worship and their members can leverage this initiative. Walk Gently on Earth invites people of faith to lead the world in adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

The focus for 2018 is in transforming three areas of our lives: energy use; food consumption; and travel. This talk takes place at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church and online, via a simultaneous web meeting. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 1900 Bering Dr. in Houston.

Please register for this event;

Texas Interfaith Power and Light, the environmental program of TICPP, has joined this initiative. For more information on the Walk Gently on Earth initiative, see their site at:

For more information about this talk, please contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com.


NEW All Earth is Waiting – An Advent Retreat 

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 7 p.m. – Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. 

Cramer Retreat Center 
1800 Meadow Edge Lane 
Spring, TX 77388 

Escape from the frenzy of the start of the “Christmas shopping season” on an intimate, 24-hour retreat in the beauty of God’s good creation at the Cramer Retreat Center. This retreat invites you to get ready for the coming of Christ by exploring familiar Advent themes: hope, preparation, joy and peace, with the reconciliation of heaven and earth in mind. Consider how all creation longs for the coming of Christ, and how we are called to witness the Incarnation in our care of all God’s created world and all God’s creatures. Enjoy a time of renewal, reflection, recreation, and restoration on this retreat. The retreat is open to adults, and to youth 10+, when accompanied by an adult. Plan now to participate! Retreat cost is $60 (+ ticketing fees), which covers 3 meals on Saturday, overnight lodging & a reception on Friday evening. Space is limited, so please register early. For more information, contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com.