Around 200 people gathered to celebrate the Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Awards and Houston Tomorrow’s 15th Birthday on September 26, 2013.
The honorees are:
Emeritus - Howard W. Horne, Sr.
Excellence - Jeff Taebel
Engaged - Rick Lowe
Evolving - Laura Spanjian
Emerging - Michael McCreight (Houston Christian High School) and Hannah Bevers (the University of Texas)
Houston Tomorrow Board Member Barry Goodman brought former Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz to the stage to recognize the late Howard Horne for his contributions to Houston, especially his pivotal role in the creation of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.
Among many special moments, Laura Spanjian gave a rousing speech that is available as mp3 along with more pictures and mp3 recorded by Guidry News. Transcript of Laura Spanjian’s speech at the Awards (pdf):
This city thinks big. It has thought big around our economy and jobs and industry. We are big thinkers. And now lets think big about quality of life and sustainability. Let’s do it big. Lets not have hundreds of bikes in our bike share program, lets have thousands of bikes. Lets close streets. Lets have thousands of bike lanes on street and off street. Lets have thousands of electric cars and hybrids on the roads and charging stations for everybody.
Lets shut streets on Sundays to pedestrians and bicyclists. Lets have Complete Streets and really do that right and make sure that streets are more than just for cars. Lets build vegetable gardens in every neighborhood and in every school. Lets teach people how to tend gardens and to eat local food. We can do that. Right?
Photographs by Wilson Parish:
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