The mission of Texas Health and Environment Alliance (THEA) is to protect water resources, public health, and irreplaceable resources like Galveston Bay’s precious estuary from the harmful effects of toxic waste. We endeavor to establish an informed and engaged public movement to restore and protect the lower portion of the San Jacinto River’s Watershed and Galveston Bay from toxic pollution. We envision a watershed with pristine water, a healthy fishery, and surrounding communities free from toxic contamination.
Jackie Young established Texas Health and Environment Alliance as a new 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public and policymakers to support a clean, toxin-free watershed in our region.
Jackie Young is the Executive Director and founder of Texas Health and Environment Alliance, the home of the San Jacinto River Coalition. Our executive director is uniquely qualified to lead this effort because of her scientific background, her experience in communicating with the media, and her own personal experience with the effects of toxic waste. She currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science with a Geology focus from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). As an Undergraduate, the core of her research was on environmental issues in the small town her family called home, Highlands, Texas. Additionally, she assisted a joint research project between UHCL and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Center of Excellence’s Coastal Hazard Center located at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This study evaluated small coastal communities in both Texas and North Carolina in order to understand what facilitates and hinders post-disaster housing recovery.
In 2014, Jackie was selected by Citizens League for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN Houston) for the Houston Heroes series People Who Make a Difference. Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, Nick Anderson, was the first to illustrate the unfortunate events that Young’s family endured and turned into action. A series of high-profile editorial cartoons by Mr. Anderson published in the Houston Chronicle in 2014. More recently, The Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter awarded Jackie with the 2015 Environmental Justice Award, the Baytown Sun named Jackie as a finalist for 2016 Citizen of the Year and one of 20 people under 40 who are making a difference in the community, and in November 2016 Houston Peace and Justice Center awarded Jackie with the Houston Peacemaker Award.
Through Jackie’s personal experience and research, she developed a passion for fighting for environmental justice and plans to continue working to make our region a safer place for future generations.