Breathable Cities: Using VW Funding to Improve Air in Montgomery

Come learn about what’s happening in your community to clean up the dirty diesel emissions that Volkswagen created – and provide your feedback on potential projects in the Houston area using settlement money.

Last year, a judge ruled that Volkswagen will pay $15 billion dollars in the US settlement of its emissions cheating scandal. And what does that mean for us in Montgomery County and the Greater Houston region?

Texas will receive more than $200 million for environmental mitigation under the multibillion-dollar settlement. These funds have been set aside for the specific purpose of cleaning up our air – and we want to ensure that these funds are used to help our communities breathe cleaner air.

Because this is a part of a settlement, the funds are restricted for specific purposes. We want to hear your feedback on proposed projects that relate to vehicles in our communities – from our personal vehicles to municipal fleets to the heavy equipment used to haul freight.

We will provide a brief overview of why reducing diesel emissions can have a big impact on you and your family’s health, and we’ll share with you some cutting-edge ideas that VW could fund to help us all breathe a little easier.

Please RSVP – dinner will be provided.

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Breathable Cities: Using VW Funding to Improve Air in the Houston Area

Come learn about what’s happening in your community to clean up the dirty diesel emissions that Volkswagen created – and provide your feedback on potential projects in the Houston area using settlement money.

Last year, a judge ruled that Volkswagen will pay $15 billion dollars in the US settlement of its emissions cheating scandal. And what does that mean for us in the Greater Houston region?

Texas will receive more than $200 million for environmental mitigation under the multibillion-dollar settlement. These funds have been set aside for the specific purpose of cleaning up our air – and we want to ensure that these funds are used to help our communities breathe cleaner air.

Because this is a part of a settlement, the funds are restricted for specific purposes. We want to hear your feedback on proposed projects that relate to vehicles in our communities – from our personal vehicles to municipal fleets to the heavy equipment used to haul freight.

If you listened to Jesse Marquez from Wilmington, CA, you know the importance of reducing diesel emissions in our communities. If not, we will provide a brief overview of why reducing diesel emissions can have a big impact on you and your family’s health, and we’ll share with you some cutting-edge ideas that VW could fund to help us all breathe a little easier.

Please RSVP http://tinyurl.com/n38jtev

– dinner will be provided.

Houston GREEN Film Series THE TRUE COST

Join us on May 17 at Rice Media Center for a screening of Houston GREEN Film Series premiering THE TRUE COST.

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make those clothes and the impact it’s having on our world. The price of cloth.

Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated.

The People’s Climate March – This Saturday at Clinton Park!

The City of Houston has asked us to move to Clinton Park, which has more parking: two lots and ample on-street parking. Public transportation is also closer to this location. Let’s show the city that that we have thousands of folks who support jobs, justice, and the climate!

We will be convening on Saturday April 29th at 10 AM at Clinton Park, 200 Mississippi Street. Get there early and be prepared in case of rain. 

Help us keep the momentum and get the word out! This could be the largest gathering in Houston focused on climate change. March with us on April 29th as we come together to resist and march for our families, our communities and our planet.

Spread the word by signing up for the event here on Action Network:
https://actionnetwork.org/events/houston-peoples-climate-march, share on Facebook and Twitter, and forward this email to all your friends to let them know about the updates!

What to Bring

  • Water! Bring your own refillable bottle and bring plenty for the march.
  • Good walking shoes are critical
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Remember rain gear, sunglasses, hats, and sunblock.

Other Recommended Items

  • Have your ID with you.
  • Your cell phone
  • Signs and posters to share the message
  • Cameras and smartphones to live tweet and snapchat

Hashtags for the March
#peoplesclimatehtx #houstonclimatemarch #houstink

Speakers

The People’s Climate March will include an array of speakers who will show us that acting on climate can take many forms. Our speakers will include:

  • Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston
  • Bridgette Murray, RN
  • Lila Mankad, 5th Grader
  • Steve Brown, Greenworks Lending
  • Tahir Charles, Engineer
  • Prof. Dan Cohan, Rice University
We come in solidarity. Neighborhoods like Clinton Park and Manchester are surrounded by industry. People in our community are impacted daily by air and water quality issues. While some may not see the direct connection to climate change, it’s important to remember that these issues are interconnected. Therefore, we support frontline communities, here in Houston and beyond.