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Thank you so much to everyone that tuned in for our first-ever virtual Environmental Summit and Trash to Treasure Awards Ceremony! Having you support events such as this gives us hope that our movement is growing. Be sure to check out the entire T2T gallery to see all the incredibly moving artwork that was created! Also, register for our newsletter, tag us on social media with any GHP-related posts, and register for any or all of our 48 environmental workshops to be entered into our giveaways all throughout April & May!

Green Hope Project POR VIDA!

 

Thank you to our Speakers:

Veronica Escobar - US Congresswoman

Michael Reynolds - Earthship Architect

Ellen Smyth - ESD Managing Director

 

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VIEW THE TRASH TO TREASURE AWARDS CEREMONY BELOW.

​Continue enjoying the fun!!!! Sign up for one of our workshops. Once you register you will get an email with the meeting location or link. Check out what we have in store for our beloved El Paso!

  • Kid and family workshops, where science and art supplies will be provided to attendees!

  • Outdoor workshops at state parks!

  • Composting workshops!

  • Gardening workshops!

  • Solar cooking workshops!

  • Advocacy workshops!

If you or someone you know is interested in getting more information about attending our Environmental Summit, please sign up for our newsletter and follow our social media accounts!

Thank you to our sponsors, partners & donors!

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PLANTS ON THE BRAIN

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Nora E. Reyes - Artist

El Paso Community Foundation & West Texas Urban Forestry Council

A very special thank you to all of the Environmental Summit Action Committee members who helped make this possible. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! ​

Judy Ackerman from Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition

Meghan Curry from Insights

Sarah Elena Dillabough from Eco El Paso / Quantum Engineering Consultants / Frontera Land Alliance / Open Space Advisory Board / West Texas Urban Forestry Council

Kevin Floyd from El Paso Audubon, Centennial Museum, and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

Maryflor Garcia from The Frontera Land Alliance

Elizabeth Preza from EPCC

Martha Koester& Lilly Adriano from Environmental Services Department

Gertrud Konings

April Lopez from El Paso Water

Ivan Nino from Court Administrator for the 388th Judicial District Court with Honorable Judge Gonzalez presiding.

Lydia Pagel from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Jennifer Ramos-Chavez from Insights

Janae Reneaud Field from The Frontera Land Alliance

Anne Stephan from National Park Service, Chamizal National Memorial

Jazmine Venegas from the office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar

Cindy Williams retired librarian

Gary Williams

2021 Environmental Summit Workshops Recorded
just for you!

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The Guided Hike- Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve at Resier Canyon

Workshop- Hike

Sun, April 18th/8:30-10:30am/2hours

In Person - mask required (the address will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public

Presenters: Maryflor Garcia with The Frontera Land Alliance

Workshop Focus: Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve at Resler Canyon educational hike. People will learn about the native plants in our region and the importance of conserving open spaces. Must register for this event. Free hike capped at first 10 people. Once this max has been reached, you will be put on a waiting list, in case of cancellations. Registrants will be notified if they were in the first 10 to sign up. Masks will be required. CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Helping Wildlife

Presentation

Sun, April 18th/1:00-2:00pm/1hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public

Presenters: Julie Ito Morales with Stick House Sanctuary

Workshop Focus: Helping wildlife, wildlife concerns in our neighborhoods and what to do if you find wildlife in need.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Indoor Gardening & Self-Reliance Through Off-Grid Living

Presentation & Discussion

Sun, April 18th/3:00-4:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public

Presenters: Emily Johnston with Earthship Biotecture

Workshop Focus: A presentation of Earthship greenhouse styles, foods that grow well indoors, closed systems that reduce reliance on outside inputs such as composting, humanure, production of soil amendments and other green technologies will be discussed.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Earthship Academy

Presentation

Fri, April 23rd/5:00-6:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, General Public                                                 Presenters: Polina Fateeva with Earthship Biotecture

Workshop Focus: Earthship Academy programs and Community outreach scholarship. A Q&A will follow. ***This is the workshop to attend, if you are interested in entering the Green Hope Project essay contest to get a free Academy course, where you will be trained on how to make an Earthship, while staying in the Earthship community in Taos, NM! Visit www.greenhopeproject.org for essay contest details.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Trash Cleanup Along the Playa Drain Trail

Cleanup

Sat, April 24th/9:00-11:00am/2 hours

In Person - mask required (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public

Presenters: Miguel Fraga with Paso del Norte Trail /Quantum Engineering Consultants 

Workshop Focus: Help us cleanup trash along the Playa Drain Trail segment of the Paso del Norte as part of National Celebrate Trails Day. Participants will also learn about green infrastructure storm water harvesting and wildlife habitats along the trail! 

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Solar Cooking in El Paso

Presentation & Discussion

Sat, April 24th/9:00-9:30am/30 min

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public

Presenters: Cindy Williams

Workshop Focus: This presentation will address solar cooking in El Paso, with a Q@A at the end.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Do You Know What to Throw in Your Blue Bin?

Presentation

Sat, April 24th/10:00-11:00am/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public

Presenters: Martha Koester with Environmental Services Department

Workshop Focus: Do you know what to throw in your blue bin? Please join ESD’s Outreach Team for a presentation on recycling basics!

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Environmental Justice in El Paso

Presentation

Sat, April 24th/11:00am-12:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, General Public, Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Veronica Carbajal

Workshop Focus: 1) historic segregation in El Paso 2) neighborhoods dealing with the environmental consequences of historic segregation 3) what justice might look like for those neighborhoods.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Environmental History of Paso Del Norte Through a Policy Lens

Presentation & Discussion

Sat, April 24th/12:30-2:00pm/1.5 hrs

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public & Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Dominic Chacon

Workshop Focus: I would like to do a presentation/power mapping exercise on the environmental history of El Paso and the current apparatus.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Eco El Paso

Presentation, Discussion & Promotion

Sat, April 24th/2:30-3:30pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, General Public, and Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Shelby Ruff with Eco El Paso

Workshop Focus: We will be presenting on Eco El Paso, our initiatives, projects with the public and other nonprofits, public policy, education, and yearly events.
 

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Franklin Mountain Wilderness Coalition-YOU and Local Land Preservation

Workshop, Presentation & Discussion

Sun, April 25th/8:30-9:30am/1 hour

In Person (the address will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public

Presenters: Judy Ackerman with the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition

Workshop Focus: The public can have a huge impact on land preservation. Since 1978 the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition (FMWC) has encouraged public participation and helped create the Franklin Mountains State Park. The FMWC has been involved with preservation of Castner Range, Lost Dog Trails, the Knapp land and more. YOU can make a difference. Workshop capped at first 40 people. Once this max has been reached, you will be put on a waiting list, in case of cancellations. Registrants will be notified if they were in the first 40 to sign up.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Microplastics, Plastic Waste, Rio Grande Cleanup

Presentation

Sun, April 25th/11:00am-12:00pm/1hr

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public, Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Catherine Soderberg with Matter Matters (Research Group)

Workshop Focus: Microplastics, Plastic Waste, Rio Grande Cleanup.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Resources on How to Incorporate Outdoor Education into the Classroom

Presentation

Sun, April 25th/1:00-2:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators

Presenters: Lydia Pagel with Franklin Mountains State Park

Workshop Focus: What is outdoor education? How can you incorporate it into a classroom? What resources are there at Franklin Mountains State Park to help in this process?

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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The Economic Impact of Trails

Presentation

Tues, April 27th/6:00-7:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, General Public, Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Lauren Baldwin with Paso del Norte Trail

Workshop Focus: Impact of trails on retail sales, home values, infrastructure costs, and health.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Insights Nerd Night

Promotion / Ticketed Event

Thurs, April 29th/6:00-8:00pm/2 hours

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public

Presenters: Jennifer Ramos-Chavez with Insights Science Center

Workshop Focus: Our Nerd Nights serve as a means to connect and engage with our adult audience by bringing in experts/enthusiasts to discuss the science, culture, history, etc of different topics. For April's Nerd Night we will be celebrating Citizen (Community) Science Month and have speakers discuss different outdoor/environmental activities their organizations offer to the public, along with potential citizen (community) science and/or volunteer opportunities. Visit our web page for more info and tickets: http://www.insightselpaso.org/programs/nerd-nights/

THIS NOT A CPE Credited Event

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Insights STEAM Initiatives

Presentation, Discussion & Promotion

Sat, May 1st/9:00-9:45am/45 min

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public, and Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Meghan Curry with Insights

Workshop Focus: General overview of all of Insights STEAM initiatives including information about our DinoTracks site, a rich local paleontology site at which we offer guided hiking tours the soon-to-form Friends of DinoTracks volunteer group.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Community Conservation with The Frontera Land Alliance

Presentation & Discussion

Sat, May 1st/10:00-10:30am/30 min

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public, Students: College & High School

Presenters: Janae Reneaud Field with The Frontera Land Alliance

Workshop Focus: This workshop will focus on the work of Frontera Land Alliance and its impact on the community with preservation of natural lands, farms and ranches, as well as volunteer opportunities.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Making Castner Range a National Monument

Presentation & Discussion

Sat, May 1st/11:00-11:30am/30 min

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public, Students: College & High School

Presenters: Janae Reneaud Field with The Frontera Land Alliance

Workshop Focus: We will address the effort to make Castner Range a national monument and why preservation of these 7,081 acres is important to the community and region.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Exploring Soil in Your Own Backyard

Workshop

Sat, May 1st/1:00-1:30pm/30 min

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators & Students

Presenters: Rink Somerday with Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest

Workshop Focus: Soil is all around us, but many do not stop to consider its make-up. In this activity, we will learn about soil particle size, see a demonstration of water infiltration, learn how to hand texture soil, and what it all means and learn why it is important. We will also talk about how STEM is one of the four Girl Scout pillars and how girls (and adults) can get involved. Participants will need 1 - 2 cups of soil from their yard/park/area, a disposable plastic cup (preferably clear about 10- 12 oz), water and paper towels for clean-up.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Call-to-Action Committee- Call for Members that Will Help with Fighting Illegal Dumping & Pollution

Presentation

Sat, May 1st/3:00-4:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Those Interested in Policy Change & Long-Term Improvement Committee Projects

Presenters: Candace Printz with Green Hope Project

Workshop Focus: This is a call to those that are interested in being a part of our Call-to-Action Committee. The topic that we will address this year is illegal tire dumping and pollution. We would like to discuss how to reduce this material polluting our region and offer suggestions for repurposing. Local officials, community members, and anyone in the general public that would like to help with this are invited to attend! Meetings will take place on a monthly basis to move forward discussions and ideas on this topic. We will report back on the status of this topic at the next environmental summit.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Earthship Concepts, History & Evolution

Presentation & Discussion

Sat, May 8th/9:00-10:30am/1.5 hrs

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public, Students: College & High School

Presenters: Michael Reynolds with Earthship Biotecture

Workshop Focus: Michael Reynolds, our Summit Keynote Speaker & Earthship Creator, will discuss how the concept of Earthships began and the history of its evolution. There will also be a 30 min Q&A at the end.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Farming in the Desert

Presentation

Sat, May 8th/11:00am-12:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public

Presenters: Deborah Ray

Workshop Focus: I discuss farming in the desert, as an act of resilience and hope, and how we can find a sense of belonging through connecting with our environment. The presenter has a master's degree in horticulture and has launched two local school farms in El Paso. She has a deep love for the desert and wants to help grow that love in our community.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Living with Urban Wildlife

Presentation

Sat, May 8th/12:30-1:15pm/45 min

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, General Public & Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Lois Balin with the Texas Parks and Wildlife

Workshop Focus: Why it’s important that you do not feed wildlife.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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No Lost Food-Reducing Food Waste/Insecurity

Presentation

Sat, May 8th/3:00-4:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: General Public & those interested in food waste reduction/food insecurity.

Presenters: Sally Nguyen and Preetha Rajkumar with No Lost Food

Workshop Focus: Our presentation will introduce you to our non-profit food rescue organization, No Lost Food, and how we are helping to reduce food waste & hunger in the El Paso community.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Earthship Humanitarian Projects

Presentation & Discussion

Sat, May 15th/9:00-10:00am/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, General Public

Presenters: Phil Basehart with Earthship Biotecture

Workshop Focus: Earthship Humanitarian Projects - This presentation will go in-depth about the different Humanitarian Projects that Earthship Biotecture has done over the years, including our most recent projects of Haiti and Puerto Rico!

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Using Technology to Incorporate Environmental Science into Your Classroom

Presentation

Sat, May 15th/10:00-11:00am/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators

Presenters: Sue Huffman with Insights El Paso Science Center

Workshop Focus: This presentation is a shortened version of a 4-hour professional development hosted by Insights in December 2020 that will share and model strategies to incorporate environmental science concepts into teachers' environmental science or any other science classes. The workshop will focus on utilizing technology to bring students closer to the ecosystem they live in and others around the world, including: Google Earth Tours, online Citizen Science projects and simulations. There will be a cap of 30 participants for this workshop.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Planters from Plastic Bottles

Workshop

Sat, May 15th/11:00am-12:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public

Presenters: Zulema Macias & Candace Printz with Green Hope Project

Workshop Focus: In this workshop, we will create planters using old plastic soda bottles. Supplies will be provided to those that register. We will cut, paint, draw, and paste items onto the water bottles to create a one-of-a-kind artwork that keeps items out of the landfill! This workshop is capped at 15. Once this max has been reached, you will be put on a waiting list, in case of cancellations. Registrants will be notified if they were in the first 15 to sign up.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Infrastructure / I-10 / River Valley

Presentation & Discussion

Sat, May 15th/12:00-1:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, General Public, Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Sito Negron with Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Assoc

Workshop Focus: Infrastructure / I-10 / River Valley & proposed I-10 expansion through El Paso's Urban Core.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Climate Justice in El Paso

Presentation

Sat, May 15th/1:00-2:00pm/1 hour

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public, Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Andrew Torres & Angel Ulloa with Sunrise El Paso

Workshop Focus: Climate Justice in El Paso - An introduction to Sunrise El Paso and our ongoing campaigns. This will include a look into the fight to stop Newman 6, education and food sovereignty initiatives, imagining a green new deal for our region, and combating environmental injustice.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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How to Teach Your Students about Our Ecosystem -- and how They can Help Heal Mother Earth

Presentation & Discussion

Sat, May 15th/2:30-4:30pm/2 hrs

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators

Presenters: Howard Pearlmutter

Workshop Focus: How to Teach Your Students about Our Ecosystem -- and how They can Help Heal Mother Earth.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Earthship Virtual Tour

Presentation & Discussion

Sun, May 16th/9:00-10:00am/1 hr

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, Those Interested in Green Infrastructure, General Public

Presenters: Lauren Anderson with Earthship Biotecture

Workshop Focus: Virtual Tour of Earthship Structures. This will be a pre-filmed walk-through of our different nightly rental units.  I will be available to talk about the video footage and answer any questions.

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.

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Green Hope Project

Presentation

Sun, May 16th/11:00am-12:00pm/1 hr

Virtual (a link will be provided after registration)

Intended Audience: Educators, Students, General Public, Those Interested in Policy Change

Presenters: Candace Printz with Green Hope Project

Workshop Focus: This will be an informational presentation that talks about Green Hope Project, who we are, and what we do. Our non-profit focuses on art, education and environmentalism. We’re always seeking volunteers! Come listen to how you can assist with cleanup projects, art-related events, and find out about a call for educators to help us write environmental/art curriculum!

CPE Credit(s) Granted from Region 19 for this workshop.