2020 Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival

夏目奈奈In 2015, the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition brought the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour to Houston for the first time, selling out the first showing and sharing the festival with an audience of thousands in following years. Despite the enthusiastic reception, CEC quickly realized that, while the WSFF was inspiring and meaningful, it did not showcase local environmental stories, issues, and heroes. 

夏目奈奈So CEC decided to create its own, local green film festival.

The CEC is proud to virtually host the third annual Wild About Houston Green Film Festival on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

CEC would like to use this festival to tell local environmental stories, highlight the work of CEC’s member organizations, and to inspire our residents and visitors to make a difference in the environment and our quality of life.

Two of the films shown at October’s Wild About Houston Green Film Festival will be selected to be shown at the WSFF in January 2021. More importantly, CEC hopes to expose a broader audience to local environmental stories and to honor the top films. 

The CEC is inviting local organizations and groups to share films that focus on environmental stories and how you are making a difference in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. If you are interested in showcasing your film during the Wild About Houston Green Film Festival, please review our submission guidelines and submit your film using our Google Form.

Houston Environmental News Update June 24, 2020


The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is excited to begin introducing our 2020 summer interns! Interns and volunteers are critical to the success and growth of the CEC, helping with our publications and events, researching local environmental issues, connecting with our member organizations, and building new programs. While we value for their help, we are even more grateful for the privilege of working with future leaders and environmental advocates who inspire us with their enthusiasm about pressing environmental issues such as environmental justice and climate change.

Our interns are creating films, training teachers, translating curriculum into Spanish, producing film festivals, administering Salesforce, surveying member organizations, analyzing policy, working with volunteers, and supervising social media. They are high school, college, and graduate students from around the globe. They are attending weekly mentorship meetings with local environmental leaders. They are reading and sharing information about environmental news and history. They are learning first hand about nonprofit management. They raise goats, register voters, produce award-winning films, lead student chapters of professional organizations, run blogs, work at Space Center Houston, teach bouldering, explore parks, debate competitively, bake desserts, talk politics, volunteer extensively, and dream big. They will change our world.

This year, we are pleased to be hosting three interns who are part of the prestigious Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Please join us in welcoming these wonderful interns.

Please scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community.


Trivia Night: Stump the Treehugger

On June 25, 2020, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., join CEC for a night of fun as we highlight the great work of some of our member organizations. Topics include: Air Quality, Bayous, Houston Ecology and Environmental Justice (in light of recent events, we’d like to put a spotlight on this subject). Prizes provided by the American Association of Zoo Keepers, Houston Chapter. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.

Call for submissions: Wild About Houston Green Film Festival

The CEC is proud to host the third annual Wild About Houston Green Film Festival on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. CEC hopes to use this festival to tell local environmental stories, highlight the work of CEC’s member organizations, and to inspire our residents and visitors to make a difference in the environment and our quality of life. The festival will be held virtually to protect the health and safety of our community in these times. We invite you to submit a film for consideration. Films should be specific to the environment in the Houston/Gulf Coast Region, should be no more than seven minutes long, and must be of suitable quality to be shown publicly. Find the Submission Guidelines here, and make submissions here.

CEC Volunteer Info Session June 30 will be held online

CEC seeks individuals who might be interested in volunteering to help with our website and newsletter, plan events, design graphics, serve on one of our committees (programs, communications, finance, fundraising and development, membership, and governance) this year, or possibly joining our board of directors in January 2021. The next info sessions will be held June 30. For more information, please email [email protected], or join us online at Google Hangouts.


We have endeavored to confirm the opportunities listed below. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts, particularly in light of concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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CEC welcomes Ana Gonzalez as Environmental Education Intern

Ana Gonzalez

Ana Gonzalez just graduated from Texas Southern University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She will be entering the field of education in hopes of making a positive difference in her community. She is interested in continuing her education to pursue a Masters in Educational Administration. Ana is very passionate about helping students be successful. 

In her free time, she volunteers at church, and a local animal shelter. Ana loves reading, traveling, trying new things, and photography. She hopes to travel the world one day. Ana loves spending a lot of time outdoors. Her favorite activities outdoors include running, riding bikes, and playing tennis.

This summer, Ana will aggregate, create and translate lessons for the HEREinHouston.org website, and help educators from CEC member organizations with programming.

Ana is working at the CEC as part of the prestigious Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program, organized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The goals of the programs are:

  • To heighten the awareness and encourage the participation of minorities, women, and economically disadvantaged college/university students regarding environmental-related issues and policies.
  • To develop a diversified work force within Texas’ environmental agencies and private corporations by promoting employment opportunities for students exploring future careers in environmental and related fields.
  • To train and equip students as environmental professionals and future leaders.

She can be reached at [email protected]