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UH Sustainability Representatives Attend State Conference

Members of the University of Houston Office of Sustainability presented at the fifth annual Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit, held March 5-7 at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Melissa Halstead, sustainability coordinator; Nikhil Schneider, student office and team lead; and Joanne Ma, student outreach assistant, discussed with guests and attendees from across the state their work to foster environmental stewardship at UH through projects like Shasta's Prairie.

Sustainability in the news

Thomas Colbert

Electronics recycling drive a success
The Office of Sustainability held its third annual electronics recycling drive on Feb. 24. The event, held in conjunction with Bass Computer Recycling, took place in the circle drive of the Student Center. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, people were able to drive up and drop off all their old electronics equipment. A total of 56 people dropped off an estimated 3,500 pounds of donated material. The recycling drive was one of several events that took place on campus during RecycleMania.

Monthly Online Dietitian Newsletter Launches
University of Houston Dining Services has launched a monthly dietitian newsletter to encourage healthier choices on campus. The inaugural issue features heart health tips from UH Dining Dietitian Danielle McFeron, including how to make a heart healthy salad and why adding omega-3 fatty acids is important. Subsequent issues will spotlight how to make healthier choices at the campus dining locations.

Starbucks to Celebrate Earth Day
Starbucks will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by giving away a free reusable cup and lid with any beverage purchase while supplies last. Guests will receive a free Starbucks reusable cup with lid with the purchase of any handcrafted beverage, including brewed coffee. To reduce waste, Starbucks encourages customers to bring their reusable cups back for 10 cents off future beverages. Starbucks began its reusable cup initiative in 2013 to reduce waste. The cup, normally $2, is just one way the company has driven waste reduction.

Comedy, Politics, Climate Change and Television
There should be no worries that Jon Gnarr will be typecast. His resume includes work as a comedian, actor and writer, followed by an offbeat and successful campaign for mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland. He's now teaching a screenwriting class at the University of Houston and speaking out on creativity and climate change. Gnarr is in Houston for a joint energy and environmental arts residency program established by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH and Rice University's Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences.

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Food for thought

Ice cubes

Guest blog: Why the Paris Agreement is in the U.S. Best Interest

Recent news reports indicate the Trump Administration is considering either leaving the Paris Agreement on climate change or weakening the U.S.'s emissions reduction pledge. Either course of action would be an enormous mistake. The Paris Agreement isn't about UN bureaucrats telling the U.S. what to do. It's about the U.S. and each country deciding what is best for itself to drive growth and innovation.
February update

Meanwhile, in the community garden

March was an exciting month in the UH Campus Community Garden! March signals the start of spring, so we were finally able to plant some of our summer crops. We planted banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and okra. It helps to plant these crops early in the spring, so they can get established and strong before the heat sets in. We are still harvesting some of our winter crops like lettuce and greens and have so far donated about 21 pounds of these leafy crops this month!

Upcoming events


UH Energy Symposium Series: The Future of Energy Policy
Date: Friday, March 31
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Krost Hall
University of Houston Law Center

Circo Avenida
Date: Friday, March 31
Time: 7 to 10 p.m.
Location: Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.

Cougar Preview
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Campus Wellness and Recreation Center

Health Fest
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.

Spring 2017 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event
Date: Sunday, April 2
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 5300 Dryad Drive Houston, TX 77035

Avenida Living Art
Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.

2017 UH Bauer College Financial Symposium
Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Cemo Hall
C.T. Bauer College of Business

Cassie De Pecol - #Expedition196 @ UH
Date: Thursday, April 13
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: CEMO 100D
C.T. Bauer College of Business

Get outside

Volunteer in the Campus Community Garden
Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: UH Campus Community Garden

Memorial Park Conservancy's Brunch Run
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 7:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Memorial Park
Houston, TX

Second Saturday Bird Walks
Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 8 to 10 a.m.
Location: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive Houston, TX 77024

Bayou Greenway Day 2017
Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 5225 Calhound Rd
Houston, TX 77004

Farmers Markets

Canino Produce
Date: Daily
Time: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: 2520 Airline Drive
Houston, TX 77009

Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Location: 3000 Richmond Ave.

Rice University Farmer's Market
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: 5600 Greenbriar Dr.

Campus Community Garden

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Scholarships & opportunities

Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society Scholarship
The Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society awards at least $500 to up to four applicants each year to fund courses in Geology, Mineralogy, Geophysics or Paleontology at any accredited university or college as part of a course of studies in Earth Sciences. To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited 2- to 4-year college or university and in an established course of study towards a degree in Earth Sciences. The deadline is May 1, 2017, but applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

ASDSO 2017-2018 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship
Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017/2018 school year and have ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 in recent years. Successful recipients must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at the senior level (during the 2017/2018 school year) in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a related field as determined by ASDSO, and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams. Undergraduate students planning to graduate in May/December 2018 will be eligible for the 2017 scholarship.

Green jobs

Full-time openings
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Transitions Hiring Program
Artist Boat seeks Habitat and Stewardship Program Manager
Galveston Bay Foundation Events Manager
Air Alliance Houstion seeks Communications Director
Houston Zoo Project Manager - Construction

Part-time openings and internships
Bucket Brigade Lead Interpreter
Huntsville State Park seeks Maintenance Assistant
City of Houston seeks Intern for Parks and Recreation Department

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