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AT: Native Plants on the Frontlines of Change

August 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

How Indigenous Plants Can Help Houston
Become a more Climate Ready, Wildly Healthy City
Houston is at a crossroads, already experiencing significant impacts of climate change and rapid biodiversity loss. Although many solutions will be needed to combat these challenges, native plants can be a critical element. Join Jaime González for a tour of projects and policies that illustrate how native (indigenous) plants are being used to make Houston more climate ready and healthier (physically, mentally, culturally, and spiritually) for all residents – human and wild.

Jaime González, M.Ed. Healthy Communities Director at The Nature Conservancy in Texas. Jaime González is an award-winning conservationist, educator and communicator who works with communities, governments, corporations, health professionals, and other nonprofit partners, to co-create healthier, more climate ready, more equitable, and more biodiverse places using nature-based solutions. He also serves as the secretary on the board of directors for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), which sets national standards for environmental education excellence. Mr. González earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction-Science Education and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston. He has also earned certificates in civic ecology, environmental education, environmental communications, and climate change and health from Cornell, Duke, and Yale Universities. Jaime has won numerous awards for his work, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Prairie Champion Award from the Coastal Prairie Conservancy, and the Elizabeth HullAbernathy Award from the Garden Club of America for outstanding contributions to environmental education of youth.

Join a little early to socialize. We will make a few announcements then begin the presentation.

Note: We will be streaming live via zoom, but we cannot promise that our speaker will stay in front of the microphone the whole time.

Houston Arboretum

610 Entrance (preferred)
120 W Loop N Fwy
Houston, TX 77024

Woodway Entrance
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Covid-19: We are following the CDC guidelines.


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024 United States
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