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Sustainability Fest to feature educational demos, giveaways and more

Sustainability Fest

Join the Office of Sustainability from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Lynn Eusan Park for Sustainability Fest! The first 500 attendees (with valid Cougar Cards) will receive a tote bag filled with a sustainability bookmark, reusable water bottle and general sustainability information. Festivies include a healthy cooking demo, Nissan Leaf test drives, a yoga demonstration, poetry readings, a weather balloon launch and more!

If you're interested in volunteering for the event, review the volunteer stations and shifts online and email by Thursday, Nov. 20 with your shift availability and station preference.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to enter the sustainable poetry contest. Submit a poem to for a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards. The submission deadline is Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.

Sustainability in the news

Paul Revere Education Portal

UH projects earn kudos for enhancing city's landscape
Several members of the UH community are focused on making Houston a better and more beautiful place to live. Recently, Keep Houston Beautiful recognized UH's efforts to enhance the city's landscape.

UH featured in Sustainable Business Magazine
UH Sustainability Program Manager Sarah Kelly spoke to Sustainable Business Magazine about how the University's sustainability efforts are embracing current trends and incorporating new technologies and practices.

Water bottle filling stations a hit as usage surpasses million mark
In the 18 months since Facilities Management installed the first UH2O water bottle filling station on the University of Houston campus, they have been used more than 1.1 million times.

UH moment: Zipcars give UH students access to affordable rental cars
With more students than ever now living on the UH campus, transportation options have expanded. Beyond traditional public transit choices, including the METRO rail that is currently under construction, Zipcar vehicles are now parked throughout campus.

UH students compete for best environmental design ideas
Eight teams involving about 40 UH students from a mix of academic disciplines will compete Saturday, Nov. 22, for a top prize of $5,000 and the possibility of having their ideas incorporated in the final design for the new HISD Energy Institute High School.

A&F student spotlight: Bike program coordinator Jeremy Gor
As president of the Cougar Cycling and Triathlon Sports Club, Jeremy Gor spends a lot of time riding and racing bicycles. So when the Office of Sustainability recently created a bike program coordinator student worker position, it seemed logical that the sophomore kinesiology major would be a great choice to fill it.

More stories

UH chemists develop porous molecules that bind greenhouse gases
U.S. and China reach historic climate change deal, vow to cut emissions
UH's Thomas Colbert named educator of the year by AIA Houston
U.S. energy independence: Good for the nation?
Horticulture society keeps students grounded
UH Dining partners with BOUNCE to educate parents on healthy eating

From our blog

indoor plants

UH gardening series: Secrets of indoor planting

Plants are amazing organisms that have evolved side by side with us since the beginning of time. They can survive in almost any environment- even your dorm room! Finding the perfect plant is akin to getting a pet. There's a little bit of research involved but it's well worth it in the end.
grocery aisle

Throwback post – Misleading food labels:
Q & A with Temple Northup

Just in time for Thanksgiving, check out this throwback blog post: Have you ever been fooled by words like natural or antioxidant on food labels? We recently spoke with UH communications professor Temple Northup, Ph.D. about his research into misleading food labels.

Bike survey

UH students, faculty and staff, we want to hear from you about biking on campus! Fill out the survey online. The survey feedback will be incorporated into a report, which will feature recommendations to improve biking at UH. Your response is valuable to us, and we thank you for your time!

Upcoming events

UH Sustainability Fest
Date: Dec. 3
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Lynn Eusan Park

Bayside nature walks
Date: Nov. 20
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Galveston Island State Park, 14901 FM 3005, 
Galveston, TX

MVP night under the stars
Date: Nov. 20
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: UH Lynn Eusan Park

Harvest celebration
Date: Nov. 22
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Alabama Garden, 2818 Alabama St., Houston, TX

Prairie restoration
Date: Nov. 25
Time: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Sheldon Lake State Park 14140 Garrett Rd 
Houston, TX 77044

Sunday Streets Houston
Date: Dec. 7
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Location: East End/Fifth Ward Route – (Navigation/Jenson to York/Clinton)

Get outside

Campus Community Garden

The semester is coming to a close and the days are getting shorter. Come out to the campus sommunity garden to get your heads out of the books and to soak in the sun while it's out!

Donations update: We donated 32.8 pounds of produce to Manna House in October. Eggplants, jalepenos, bell peppers, banana peppers, okra, basil and rosemary were all part of our October bounty.

UH garden events

MVP garden volunteer event Date: Saturday, Dec. 6
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: UH Campus Community Garden (next to Cougar Woods Dining Hall)

YES Prep garden volunteer event
Date: Friday, Dec. 19
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: UH Campus Community Garden (next to Cougar Woods Dining Hall)

Farmers markets

City Hall farmers market Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: 500 McKinney Street

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

UH Outdoor Adventure trips

Jan. 5 - 11: Skiing and snowboarding at Durango Mountain in Colorado

The deadline to sign up for this trip is Dec. 8.

Leadership & scholarships

APPLY NOW: Clinton Global Initiative University 2015
This year's Clinton Global Initiative University will take place in Coral Gables, Fla. at University of Miami March 6-8, 2015. The University of Houston is committed to sending students to CGI U by providing financial support for a select numbers of participants upon acceptance into CGI U. The application deadline is Dec. 1.

Become an NWF eco-leader
The National Wildlife Federation has created an online community that offers students the space to create, to share and to be recognized for their leadership efforts and for sustainability projects and campaigns. UH USGBC student chapter president Weston Berry is currently the featured eco-leader.

Apply for the Udall Scholarship
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The UH deadline to apply is Feb. 2, 2015.

Green jobs

Air Alliance Houston seeks community organizer
Bike Houston seeks development director
Houston-Galveston Area Council seeks Trash Bash specialist
Texas Campaign for the Environment seeking part-time and full-time community organizers
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