Both worthy organizations have demonstrated the values we celebrate in our friend Olive in the manner in which they serve the Houston region. It is with great pleasure that we honor them with this award and offer them complimentary booth space at Earth Day Houston so that they can continue to educate the community and promote their causes to festival attendees. Look for Trees for Houston near the CenterPoint Tree Give-away on the Grace Event Lawn and stop by the TWRC booth in the Wildlife Zone. Both organizations will also be featured in upcoming edition’s of the Air Alliance Houston newsletter.
ABOUT TREES FOR HOUSTON:
MISSION STATEMENT: Trees For Houston is a non-profit organization whose simple yet focused mission is to plant, protect, and promote trees throughout the greater Houston area.
A BRIEF HISTORY: Established in 1983, Trees For Houston’s efforts initially centered on planting street trees in the heart of Houston, Texas. As the city grew, so did the need for strategic, large scale tree planting to counteract the often unfortunate impact of expansion on the region’s tree canopy. Throughout our history, we have relied on the generosity of philanthropic organizations, the energy of dedicated board members, the cooperation of public agencies, and the tireless efforts of countless volunteers. Now entering our fourth decade of planting, with nearly a half million trees planted, our organization has evolved into one that grows, plants, and maintains tens of thousands of trees across the greater Houston region area annually. The trees planted have not only beautified our region, but have provided tangible environmental improvements including reduction of air pollution, urban heat and home cooling bills, water pollution and storm water runoff.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION: As Houstonians, we are fortunate to enjoy the beauty that trees provide for our communities, but they also provide more vital functions, such as filtering harsh pollutants from our air, providing energy conserving shade, controlling storm water runoff and providing habitat for animals that depend on them for survival. While retaining street tree plantings as a core element of our organizational mission, Trees For Houston has methodically expanded its reach, which now includes a wide variety of planting projects ranging from esplanades and trails to parks and schools. An equally important objective of our organization is to provide educational opportunities for our current and prospective members and volunteers of all ages to acquire knowledge of the far reaching impact that tree planting can have on the environment for generations to come.
WHAT TO EXPECT TO SEE AT EARTH DAY HOUSTON:
Outreach is an important part of our programming and the opportunity to connect with Houston’s green-focused individuals is a great way to share our mission. Trees For Houston is proud to partner with CenterPoint Energy to provide 10K seedlings to Earth Day Houston participants in addition to educational materials that explain the vital role trees and tree planting have in maintaining a healthy environment. We will also provide information on the volunteer and education presentation opportunities we provide, as well as have a Certified Arborist in attendance to answer tree-related questions.
OTHER CHARITIES TREES FOR HOUSTON ADMIRES:
Two of the many organizations that Trees For Houston admires are Air Alliance Houston and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Both of these organizations are admired for their efforts to educate community members and help provide a healthier environment for Houstonians. Air Alliance’s commitment to improve Houston’s air quality goes hand in hand with the benefits trees provide. They are also devoted to educating communities about local air pollution issues, which is an important part of spreading your mission as a non-profit organization. As an advocacy-based organization, their job is not always easy, but they remain committed to working toward a healthier future for all of Houston. Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s commitment to transforming Houston’s most significant natural resource, Buffalo Bayou, has been evident over the past few years. We admire their ability to work with both the public and private sector to redevelop the bayou and surrounding parkland into the amazing recreational destination it is today. Their ability to transform and revitalize one of our city’s greatest natural resources is truly impressive.
WHAT THEY LOVE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Earth Day Houston is a great way for Trees For Houston and other organizations to share their missions with the community. We have experienced first-hand over the past several years that the ability connect individually with those in attendance at the Earth Day festival is invaluable to our organization. Highlighting our organization and mission in front of thousands of people in a few short hours is a great way to spread the word about the work we are doing. The chance to provide volunteer and education opportunities is also a great way to educate festival participants on how they can get involved with us. ABOUT TWRC:
TWRC Wildlife Center’s mission is to promote environmental conservation through public education and rehabilitation of native Texas wildlife.
Since 1979, TWRC Wildlife Center has been committed to providing quality emergency care and rehabilitation for injured, ill and orphaned wildlife brought to us by the public. Through education, and engaging the public in wildlife-care programs, TWRC continues to make a difference for urban wildlife threatened by loss of habitat.
WHAT TO EXPECT TO SEE AT EARTH DAY HOUSTON:
TWRC Wildlife Center highly values the opportunity to exhibit at Earth Day Houston due to the large numbers of guests that attend. The chance to make face to face contact with so many people gives TWRC a boost in achieving their mission to promote conservation through public education. Guests visiting Earth Day Houston may not all be highly enthusiastic wildlife conservationists, but the overall atmosphere for environmental mindfulness helps guests be even more open to our message. According to the simple AIDA model, taking action is a behavior that comes after you have gained the attention of a guest, fostered their interest in your subject and allowed them the chance to explore that interest as is morphs into a desire or caring attitude. At Earth Day Houston, the positive and supportive festival hosts, well met basic needs of the guests and wide variety of environmental vendors creates a uniquely stimulating atmosphere for guests. This unique atmosphere for excitement about environmental issues makes the vendors’ efforts to catch the attention of their guests and attempt to develop their interest or even encourage them to take action much more effective.
TWRC Wildlife Center would like to present a collection of non-releasable wildlife at Earth Day Houston in order to spread awareness on urban wildlife and our wildlife rehabilitation services. Our non-releasable wildlife, including Eastern Screech Owls, Virginia Opossums, unique reptiles and amphibians, and more, will be available for photographs and up-close viewing.
OTHER CHARITIES TWRC ADMIRES:
TWRC Wildlife Center has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of non-profit organizations over the years, and has continued to be impressed time and again by the dedicated and positive atmospheres fostered by hard-working non-profit staff and volunteers.
In the human sector, we are always honored to support the camp programs for Easter Seals. The wide range of exciting experiences and important services they provide are a benefit to so many members of our community. TWRC Wildlife Center admires Easter Seals for the range and quality of services.
In the animal sector, TWRC Wildlife Center admires the organization and services provided by Citizens for Animal Protection. The unique events and programs at CAPS that focus on public education and pet adoptions are effective and well facilitated.
ONE WAY TWRC MAKES AN IMPACT:
One important message point TWRC strives to promote is the issue surrounding re-nesting of baby birds and squirrels. Of the thousands of baby birds and squirrels TWRC cares for each year, a heavy majority of these animals could have been successfully returned to the parent animal for care. Re-nesting these young animals gives them the care they need while keeping TWRC’s volunteers open to care for more injured or truly orphaned wildlife. To promote this message, TWRC makes ‘Rescue Nests’ with local youth and families from recycled materials. The nest can then be used to return a baby bird or squirrel to the parent in the event it falls out of its own nest.
WHAT THEY LOVE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
At Earth Day Houston, the crowds of guests surrounded by eco-positive vendors in a lovely outdoor setting hum with an overall atmosphere of enthusiasm towards environmental stewardship. Guests that may initially think supportively about our organization have a greater tendency to turn thought into action by signing-up to volunteer with us during or directly following this event. It is also exciting to see so many different eco-positive vendors in one place and watch organizations and event guests begin making connections between the different missions and messages. For example, a guest met our wildlife and heard from us the importance of planting certain plants to support their urban wildlife. They returned later in the day to show us the trees they just purchased from a different vendor that they can use to turn our habitat message into action adding something similar to, “I hope an owl like Iris moves into my tree one day”.