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Whole Foods Community Giving Day to Aid Garden

On Oct. 5, a portion of the sales at 10 Houston-area stores will be donated to the University of Houston’s Campus Community Garden.

Growing the World's Healthiest Vegetables

Broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, Romanesco, and Chinese stem broccoli (gailan) are members of the Oleracea species in the Mustard Family of Brassicas. They all grow best between 55 and 70 degrees. Except for the coldest parts of our area, this means you should grow them in mid-October to mid-April.

METRO Board Member Talks Transportation

Christof Spieler, the guest speaker at the first sustainability meetup of the fall semester, discussed how METRO dramatically redesigned its bus network to improve frequency, reliability and convenience.

Volunteers Needed for Shasta's Prairie Weeding and Seeding Event

People are needed from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, to remove invasive grasses and replenish the prairie with native flowers.

Sustainability Office Talks Urban Gardening

The Wellness Lunch and Learn gathering included tips on to set up container gardens at home, as well as the benefits of having and working in a community garden.

Win Prizes During #BYOBottle Campaign

Students, faculty and staff can help reduce plastic waste by participating in the Office of Sustainability social media campaign during the first week of the fall semester.

Sustainability Meetup to Feature METRO Board Member, Transportation Expert

The first gathering of the fall semester will take place Sept. 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 186 of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building. Christof Spieler will be the guest speaker.

Using Nature to Control Pests

There are six strategies for suppressing pests: diversification, keeping plants healthy, encouraging pests of the pests, using barriers to keep pests from plants, trapping pests, and using low-toxicity highly specific pesticides.

The Low Down on Good Mulch

Gardening in southeast Texas has many intricacies, oddities and details, but there is one practice that is uncomplicated, easy to do and tremendously valuable. We all need to mulch.

Clothing Drive Rescues Nearly 6,000 Pounds of Textiles from Landfill

Three members of the Sustainability Task Force partnered with American Textile Recycling Service and the Salvation Army to place donation bins inside five on-campus residential communities during the final three weeks of the spring semester.

Summer Garden's Bounty has Plenty of Options

In many food gardens, May and June are the most productive months of the year. But what should one do with July and the months that follow? Is it worth bothering?

Grace Deal Wins Earth Week Drawing for Foldable Bicycle

The Office of Sustainability gave away the prize as part of Earth Week activities, which took place April 15-22.

Office of Sustainability Student Places Third in National Competition

Gabriela Contreras' winning essay will be published in an upcoming issue of College Services magazine, the quarterly publication of NACAS, the largest auxiliary services support organization serving higher education.

Office of Sustainability, BikeHouston to Host Bike to UH Day

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to ride their bicycles to campus on Friday, May 6, then stop by Butler Plaza between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for snacks and refreshments.


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