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April Newsletter 2019

The Sustainable Coog: Your monthly source for green strides with red pride

Sustainability Fest 2019 This Month!

The University of Houston will be hosting its sixth annual Sustainability Fest on April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Butler Plaza.

The event, which is being organized by the UH Office of Sustainability, aims to inform UH and community participants on sustainable practices in a fun and engaging way.

"Everyone is invited to come out to this year's Sustainability Fest and learn about the latest developments in sustainability," said Michael Mendoza, manager for the Office of Sustainability. "It will also be a great place for people to discover changes they can incorporate in their daily lives to lead a more sustainable lifestyle."

According to Mendoza, Sustainability Fest will be a zero-waste event with the goal to compost, recycle or reuse all of the materials that will be used and generated. Recyclable signage will be provided to show guests how to properly dispose of their waste.

The fest also has the goal of joining different organizations throughout the University to engage attendees through interactive activities, sustainability trivia and prizes.

Sustainability in the news

UH Law Center's Hester named co-director of newly-launched Center for Carbon Management in Energy

University of Houston Law Center Lecturer Tracy Hester was recently announced as the co-director of the Center for Carbon Management in Energy, an initiative of UH Energy. Charles McConnell, a former energy executive and assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy, will serve as the interim executive director. "

The center's goal is to bring a holistic approach to a low carbon future by driving research in strategies aimed at lessening carbon emissions and greenhouse gases in the energy industry. The CCME also will create impactful policy and law proposals to help implement the findings of such research.

The Global Warming Hiatus: Making A Mountain Out Of A Mole Hill
Let's start with the bottom line: you can't judge climate over a 15-year interval. Climate is almost universally defined as weather averaged over a long period, usually 30 years or more. Therefore, a deviation from trend of 15 years or less, including the so-called global warming hiatus, may be the beginning of a possible change, but it is not proof of a change in trend. This is true whether it's a few colder years or a few hotter years.

The hiatus is usually defined as 1998-2012 or 1998-2013, an interval during which the rate of global surface warming decreased or temperature actually declined. Various analyses disagree on the amount of decrease. The temperature curve below is based on data from NASA. The hiatus is circled in red. Other temperature reconstructions differ but would not be greatly different in trend.

Understanding How Glaciers Have Behaved in the Past
Antarctica is one of the most remote spots on earth, roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined and home to a rotating roster of scientists.

The Amundsen Sea off Antarctica's western shore is even more isolated. But the icy expanse is proving to be fertile ground for researchers, plowing the waters in search of clues that will help scientists more accurately predict future sea-level rise.

Reporter's Notebook: If we want to save the world, should we start with Texas?
Houston isn't exactly known for saving the environment. It's known for the opposite: big, industrial facilities that contribute to rising greenhouse gas emissions. But Houston, the energy capital of the world, and its home state may be the best chance we have at building out the technology needed to move the needle on climate change in a meaningful way, at least some experts believe. The energy and transportation sectors are the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But oil and gas companies that provide the carbon-emitting fuels are increasingly partnering with clean energy startups and becoming the leaders of carbon-reducing solutions. They're deploying tests of their technology (where else?) throughout Texas.

   Food for Thought

Tomatoes are packed with benefits, and it is this month's Superfood

While tomatoes are technically a fruit, in the kitchen, they are most often used as a vegetable. And like most vegetables, all 10,000 varieties of tomatoes are very low in calories and high in deliciously healthy micronutrients! Vitamins and Minerals. Let's look at a quick breakdown of the vitamins and minerals found in 1 cup of chopped or diced tomatoes:

29.9 percent daily value of vitamin A

27 percent daily value of vitamin C

9 percent daily value of potassium

6 percent daily value of phosphorus

University of Houston supports thriving campus food truck program

What started seven years ago as a temporary measure is now an established, popular part of the school's foodservice program. Back in 2012, the University of Houston (UH) embarked on a major renovation of its University Center (now Student Center), which necessitated the closing of the venue's food court for a couple of years. As a temporary fix to fill the gap left by the closed food court, the school and its dining services partner turned to what was then a fairly out-of-the-box notion: inviting commercial food trucks to come to the campus to serve students. Today, that temporary measure has become an established, popular and significant part of the campus dining culture at UH as the original three trucks have now swelled to 13 that rotate through six sites scattered around the campus, providing a lunch option between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays during the school year.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE:

Earth Day Houston
Date: Sunday, April. 14th
Time: Noon - 5 PM
Location: Discovery Green
Houston Climate Action Plan Town Hall
Date: Tuesday, April. 16th
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Denver Harbor Multiservice Center / 6402 Market Street / Houston, TX 77020

UH Sustainability Fest
Date: Tuesday, April 16th
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: UH Butler Plaza

Spring Native Plant Sale
Date: Friday, April 19th
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Location:Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Rice Design Alliance 2019 Architecture Tour
Date: Saturday, April 27th
Time: 1 PM - 6 PM
Location: 6 Houston Locations

GET OUTSIDE

4th Annual Pearland Clean and Green
Date: Saturday, April 6th
Time: 8 AM - 11 AM
Location: Pearland Town Center

Bayou Greenway Day
Date: Saturday, April 6th
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Location: Mason Park 541 South 75th Street Houston, TX 77023
Spring 2019 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event
Date: Sunday, April 7th
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Willow Waterhole Greenspace 5300 Dryad Houston, TX 77035
Galveston Feather Fest
Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: All Day
Location: Various on Galveston Island
Adopt a Beach Clean Up
Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Location: Various near Bolivar Peninsula

Farmers Markets
Rice University Farmers Market
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: 5600 Greenbriar Dr.
Houston, TX 77005
City Hall Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
Central City Co-Op Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 2515 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX 77006
Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Location: 3000 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
Memorial Villages Market
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Location: 10840 Beinhorn Road
Houston, TX 77024
The Woodlands Farmers Market at Grogan's Mill
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Location: 7 Switchbud Pl.
The Woodlands, TX 77380

For more information on ongoing Farmers Markets or new, upcoming ones, check out the sites below:

Campus Community Garden

Learn more about our Campus Community Garden and our mission. Email us to schedule a time to volunteer.
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Scholarships & Opportunities

SISE 2019: Implementation
So, you know you want to change the world. You know the issues. You have an idea of what needs to change. But what's your plan? How can you change directions? How do you win hearts and minds to your cause? What steps do we take to transform a system when the odds don't look good? How can we overcome indifference? Really, what we're asking is how do we move mountains? We do it by moving one pebble, one blade of grass, one handful of soil at a time. We do it not by looking at the stars, but by getting our hands dirty down in the trenches.

SDGs in Action Film Festival
The SDGs in Action Film Festival, coordinated by the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a competition seeking short films that highlight how people and organizations around the world are taking action for the 17 global goals. The Festival was launched in 2018 in connection with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that takes place each July at UN Headquarters in New York. The competition offers amateur and professional filmmakers around the globe the chance to submit animated or live-action films up to 20 minutes long that showcase a person or project working on tangible solutions to the world's biggest threats and making the SDGs our reality.

Wind Aid Institute 2019
WindAid Institute Purpose: serves as an educational institute whose projects provide electricity to developing communities utilizing wind energy to provide a clean and reliable source of electricity in locations where traditional electricity is not available. Students and professionals come from all over the world to work together designing, building, and installing wind generators. Each project contributes to the evolution of the design, or reinforces the solidity of the design concepts encouraging an environment of education and innovation.

Green Jobs

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