Ms. Zimmelman was an urban planner who helped organize and direct several influential Houston conservation groups, including Citizens Who Care, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, and the Buffalo Bayou Coalition. She was an early citizens’ voice for directing more attention to the major stream draining Houston, for its historical and ecological value. As well, she worked to get developers and municipal government to join in on the work to conserve the older and wilder parts of Houston. Finally, she lobbied for many years to urge Houston to study and plan its growth, so that it might develop in a more compact way, with less traffic problems and general environmental impacts.
Interview InformationFebruary 23, 1997