April 13, 2022

SDG 11 | Grassroots Projects & Community Advocacy in Houston, TX | Catherine Flowers

SDG 11 | Grassroots Projects & Community Advocacy in Houston, TX | Catherine Flowers

Is compromise good or bad when trying to accomplish a more equitable community for everyone?

Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!


- Why is Houston a microcosm for the world?

- How have zoning rules created inherent environmental injustices over time?

- How to consider all stakeholders involved when making a decision

We got to hear from the expert working at the nexus of civic engagement, community development and equity and climate advocacy: Catherine Flowers.

Catherine lived in Louisiana for many years, but when Hurricane Katrina hit she moved her family to Houston where she was hired to develop the city's Department of Neighborhoods whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Houston through people-focused programs and strong community partnerships. She has held leadership roles with the City of Houston, Capital One Bank, and the Louisiana Lt. Governor's Office, has chaired the City of Houston's Climate Action Plan Equity Committee, and - as the CEO of Bread of Life - she even expanded their services to meet the diverse needs of the greater Houston market and helped to serve over 100,000 after Hurricane Harvey.

Within her current consulting position, Catherine works with elected officials, municipalities, community organizations and national campaigns like the Moms Clean Air Force to deliver social impact. Last but not least, she is the founder of Altruistic Endeavors NGO - a disaster relief organization that responds to life disasters while also operating an apiary and urban farm, co-founded Energy Well Texas - a new kind of electric company, and is the finance chair for Texas' first Green Bank.

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