2020 Conservation Wrangler
Texan by Nature (TxN)

April 1, 2020 – TEXAS – Texan by Nature (TxN), a Texas-led conservation non-profit announced today that Exploration Green Conservancy has been named among the 2020 Conservation Wranglers. The organization’s Conservation Wrangler program recognizes six innovative conservation projects across the state of Texas for their science-based and results driven approach to conservation along with their ability to positively impact people, prosperity, and natural resources. The 2020 Conservation Wranglers will work with the Texan by Nature team, receiving 12-18 months of dedicated program support and tailored resources.

 

“Every year, Texan by Nature shines a light on conservation stewards and their efforts to take care of the state I’m proud to call home,” shared former First Lady and Founder of Texan by Nature, Mrs. Laura Bush. “The Conservation Wrangler program proves that collaborative partnerships in conservation yield great benefits for Texas and its people. Congratulations to the six 2020 Conservation Wranglers, and thank you for the terrific example you’ve set for the rest of us.”

2019 Treasure of the Bay
Texas Master Naturalist Galveston Bay Chapter

The Clear Lake City Water Authority was recognized for showing great foresight in getting community input to design a natural recreation area around a much needed storm water detention area. The addition of native trees and wetland plants provide a wonderful habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife while the wetland plants help cleanse the water before it enters the Bay.  All of this was made possible by the great partnerships and volunteer efforts coordinated by Exploration Green Conservancy.

2019 Texas Engineering Excellence Award, Gold Medal for Exploration Green Phase 1
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Texas Division

According to civil + structural ENGINEER Media, “The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Texas awarded civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) a gold medal for its work on the first phase of the Clear Lake flood control project in Harris County…

 

The Engineering Excellence Awards Competition has been held by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas since its inception in 1975 to honor and recognize outstanding achievements within the engineering community. A panel of judges around the state select projects based on innovation, future value to the engineering profession, social and economic considerations, complexity and exceeding the client’s needs.”

2019 H-GAC Parks and Natural Area On-the-Ground Project over $500k
Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)

According to Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) website, "H-GAC established the Parks and Natural Areas awards program in 2006 to highlight best practices and innovative approaches to parks planning and implementation. H-GAC honors projects in the categories of Projects Over $500,000, Projects Under $500,000, Planning Process, and Policy Tools."

2019 H-GAC Our Great Region 2040 Excellence Award
Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)

According to the H-GAC 2016 Awards Showcase, “Exploration Green is a partnership project of the Clear Lake City Water Authority and Exploration Green Conservancy. The project transformed a defunct golf course into a 200-acre multi-purpose stormwater detention, nature habitat, and community recreation area. Surrounding apartments and homes, previously in decline, have started to revive economically as area residents enjoy the trails and nature habitat.”

2019 People’s Choice Award
Urban Land Institute

According to the ULI Houston website, “The prestigious award recognizes developments and open spaces that demonstrate best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management and is modeled after the national Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence.”

2019 Finalist, Development of Distinction
Urban Land Institute

According to the ULI Houston website, “The prestigious award recognizes developments and open spaces that demonstrate best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management and is modeled after the national Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence.”

2018 Special Service Award
Houston Sierra Club

According to the Houston Sierra Club website, “Exploration Green Conservancy is another local group that exemplifies the Sierra Club’s “grassroots” ethos.  Local residents down near Clear Lake and Ellington Airport, saw the value in saving an old golf course from development and then turning it into a community asset that reduces flooding, increases public park land, provides for wildlife habitat via wetlands, wildflower, and tree plantings, and gives people a place to walk in a great natural setting.”

2018 Allied World Resilience Award
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

According to NWF’s press release, “Recognizing a best-in-class example of using natural infrastructure to protect vulnerable communities, Houston’s Exploration Green is being honored with the National Wildlife Federation-Allied World Resilience Award."

2018 Guardian of the Bay
Galveston Bay Foundation

View the Galveston Bay Foundation’s YouTube video for all of the honorees by clicking View Video below. 

 

Exploration Green begins at 1:17 minutes into the video.

2018 Mayor’s Proud Partner Recognition from Keep Houston Beautiful
Mayor Sylvester Turner's Proud Partners Program and Keep Houston Beautiful

The Office of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner recognized the Exploration Green Conservancy and Clear Lake City Water Authority for “making a positive impact on Houston’s environment.”

2018 Exploration Green Day Proclamation by Mayor Sylvester Turner
City of Houston

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner commemorated the grand opening of Exploration Green Phase 1 by proclaiming April 24, 2018 “Exploration Green Day."

2018 Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure (Second Place)
National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA)

“Exploration Green transformed an out-of-use golf course into a 200-acre nature park and stormwater detention facility,” said Dr. John Jacob, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist with the recreation, park and tourism sciences department of Texas A&M University in College Station. “For more than a decade we have been involved in the planning and implementation of actions to repurpose this golf course and surrounding area into a green space with water detention features and recreational areas.”

 

Read full article in AgriLife Today at Read More below.

2016 H-GAC Our Great Region 2040 “Connections Award”
Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)

According to the H-GAC 2016 Awards Showcase, “The Clear Lake City Water Authority’s (CLCWA) Exploration Green project offers an example of creative thinking in this arena. Exploration Green has set aside land for both active recreation and stormwater detention through a coalition between the CLCWA and two partner organizations: the Galveston Bay Foundation (holding the conservation easement) and the Exploration Green Conservancy (responsible for maintenance).”

 

Exploration Green appears on Page 4 of the 2016 Awards Showcase document read more below.

2015 American Association of Landscape Architects Texas Chapter Honor Award to SWA for Exploration Green
American Society of Landscape Architects

Landscape architectural firm SWA Architecture Group, creator of the detailed Exploration Green Master Plan, received national recognition for the concept and quality of the project’s Master Plan.

2015 Trees for Houston “Arbor Award”
Trees for Houston

Exploration Green Conservancy and Executive Board Member Debra Goode both received an annual Arbor Award from Trees for Houston, our highly acclaimed partner for acquiring, nurturing and planting native Texas trees.

2014 Exploration Green Day Proclamation by Mayor Annise Parker
City of Houston

Houston Mayor Annise Parker commemorated the groundbreaking of the Exploration Green project by proclaiming April 12, 2014 “Exploration Green Day.”

2013 Certificate of Recognition
Mayor Annise Parker's Proud Partners Program and Keep Houston Beautiful Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)

“In recognition of the Clear Lake City Water Authority’s ‘tremendous efforts on behalf of our city,’ Keep Houston Beautiful honored the Exploration Green flood control, conservation and recreation project with a special Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Annise Parker’s 2013 Proud Partners Program and Keep Houston Beautiful at a recent ceremony.”

Click image at left to view full certificate

2013 H-GAC “Planning Award for Parks and Natural Areas”
Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)

“Exploration Green and the Clear Lake City Water Authority were awarded the 2013 Planning Award by the Houston-Galveston Area Council last week, approved by the H-GAC board chaired by Houston Judge Ed Emmett. The influential government planning organization ranked the local partners’ planning for the Clear Lake green space at the top of nine public space development plans across the Houston region.”

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