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UH researcher honored for her work in clean energy

Pocket Prairie Feature
Debora Rodrigues, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, has received the 2016 C3E Research Award. Her work focuses on developing bio- and nanotechnologies to reduce energy costs in water and wastewater treatment.

Sustainability in the news

Architecture Housing

Shasta's Prairie comes to UH
Shasta's Prairie, an on-campus pocket prairie designed to provide a living laboratory for student research and create a sustainable habitat for pollinators, has officially been planted on the UH campus.

UH Engineering chair Tom Holley looks back on the programs he's created
After nearly 30 years with Shell, Thomas K. Holley left the supermajor to start up a petroleum engineering program in a large university system. Holley's choice may be perplexing to some, but it's an unsurprising decision for someone who does not shy away from challenging problems that have a large impact.

UH offers experts on a variety of topics for hurricane season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, forecasting four to eight hurricanes. As you consider stories during hurricane season, which officially started June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, be prepared with these resources from the University of Houston. These sources have expertise in a variety of topics related to storms - before, during and after.

UH students travel to Havana to study public health
The summer starts in Havana, Cuba, for 18 University of Houston students. Their two-week study abroad experience will take them to the heart of Cuba to focus on public health. It's part of the UH Graduate College of Social Work's Latin American Study Abroad Initiative.

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From our blog

Cesar Muro

Sustainable Beauty Products

I've always loved makeup. At age 4, I constantly begged my grandmother to try on her Clinique lipstick. I was obsessed with LipSmackers in elementary school, and in high school, I was the official makeup guru. But as I got older, I realized the makeup products I used to make myself gorgeous actually did me more harm than good. I didn't want to give up my makeup, but I struggled to use products I knew were harmful. But then my mom, a licensed massage therapist, introduced me to the world of natural beauty.

Why Pride Matters For All of Us

I am a straight girl. I was boy-crazy from the beginning; my first crush was in preschool, on a boy who grabbed my hand in the Halloween bounce house. Through the years, I've openly expressed interest in dozens of guys, both celebrity and real-life. I'm not a fan of PDA, but kissing a boyfriend on the cheek or holding hands in public is no big deal to me. It wasn't until late high school that I realized what I'd been taking for granted was actually a privilege. A privilege many people don't have.

Upcoming events

Texas City Kite Festival
Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Texas City

Houston LGBT Pride Celebration
Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: Noon to 8:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 901 Bagby St.

Sunday Evening Conversations: Water Conservation
Date: Sunday, June 26
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church

Freedom over Texas
Date: Monday, July 4
Time: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Eleanor Tinsley Park

Bayou City Outdoors: A Walk in the Woods
Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Memorial Park

BCO Bikes, Bats and Brews
Date: Friday, July 22
Time: 7:15 p.m.
Location: 110 Sabine St.

Free yoga from Black Swan Yoga
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: Raven Tower

Get outside

Sunset Pontoon Cruise
Date: Saturday, July 2
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Armand Bayou Nature Center
Price: $20 for adults, $15 for children, senior discounts for members
BikeHouston's The Bayou Ride
Date: Sunday, July 3
Time: 8 a.m..
Location: Market Square

19th Annual Red, Hot and Blue Celebration
Date: Monday, July 4
Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands
Farmers Markets

Canino Produce
Open daily
Time: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: 2520 Airline Drive

City Hall Farmers Market
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: 901 Bagby St.

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

Campus Community Garden

Email us to schedule a time to volunteer.

Donations update: Rosemary, collard greens and tomatoes were part of our June harvest.

Scholarships & opportunities

Advancing Women in STEM scholarship
The Advancing Women in STEM scholarship from Zenefits will award $6,000 to a current STEM college major demonstrating financial need. To be eligible, the student must be a woman, currently enrolled as a full-time college student in the United States, have completed at least one full academic year of college with a GPA of 3.0 or above, pursuing a degree related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics and have expressed financial need to achieve her goals. Applications are due by December 31, 2016.

Environmental Studies and Natural Science Scholarship Program
Each year, the Friends of Volo Bog offers a scholarship to eligible students pursuing natural science majors. To be eligible, the student must be either an incoming freshman or a current college student studying natural or environmental sciences. This $1,000 scholarship has a due date of March 31, 2017.

Sustainable Coog Series

The Sustainable Coog series recognizes University of Houston community members who live sustainably and/or contribute to social, economic or environmental sustainability. UH students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to nominate themselves or others to be included in the series. Selected applicants will be featured in the UH sustainability blog, website and social media platforms. Winners will also receive a Sustainable Coog prize package. Submit the nomination form to be considered.

Green jobs

Full-time openings
Memorial Park Conservancy seeks a Development and Marketing Manager
Artist Boat, Inc. is hiring a Habitat Stewardship Program Manager
Artist Boat, Inc. seeks an eco art educator

Part-time openings and internships
Signature Science seeks summer chemistry intern
UH Office of Sustainability hiring graduate assistant
UH Office of Sustainability hiring outreach assistant
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department seeks a Children in Nature summer intern

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