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UH Fresh Food Company Selected as National Training Site

FSAC Selects Residential Student Representatives

UH Dining Calendar for April 2011

HUB Statistics

Office Supply Vendor

Revised Cost Center Verification Procedures

Toner Scam Alert

Worklist Update

AT&T Offers UH Employees Savings on Wireless

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RecycleMania Olympics a Hit with UH Students

“Mr. Roboto” Wins Art of Recycling Contest

C.L.A.S.P. Hosts First Community Garden

Office of General Counsel in the Practice of Going Green

Lights out for a Cause: Hilton College Participates in Earth Hour

UH Freshman Wins SWACURH First Year Experience Award

Campus Housing Fair Held

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PTS Prepares for Construction of Third

Student Calls ERP His Parking Lot of Choice

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Girl Scout Troop Visits the UHDPS

Shots Fired and Flashpoint Instructional Videos Bring Awareness to the Campus Community

Students Win $100 Gift Card for Participation in the Have An Exit Strategy Surveys

UHDPS Offers Rape Aggression Defense


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Across the world, people switched off the lights to take a stand against climate change. University of Houston’s Hilton College joined companies from around the world in participated in Earth Hour, a movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and turned off the lights for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.

WWF, one of the world’s largest and most well known independent conservation organizations, began Earth Hour in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses. It has since grown to become a worldwide event with the participation of such landmarks as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Rome’s Colosseum.

Hilton Worldwide has participated in the event from the beginning and encourages their businesses around the world to take part in the movement. The University of Houston’s Hilton College turned off their non-essential lights throughout the hotel for one hour. Lights such as chandeliers, the outside onyx wall and track lighting around the hotel were shut down.

“We felt that it is important to bring awareness to our team members and our guests of the impact they can have when it comes to sustainable behaviors at home, work and their travels,” said John Trujillo, Director of Leadership Development at the Conrad N. Hilton College. “Many times, we may be at home, an office or a guest room and have lights or appliances operating in areas that are unoccupied. By participating in Earth Hour, our guests and team members took notice of the lights that were out and it prompted questions that allowed us to share the importance of sustainable practice.”

The movement seems to have worked. Trujillo said it has inspired his team members to turn off lights in areas that are not in use. Also, one guest even mentioned their need to put their porch light at home on a timer in order to conserve energy. This year during Earth Hour, Hilton College chose to use LED flashlights/glow sticks instead of candlelight to eliminate carbon byproducts resulting from burning candles and the excess heat.

“This allowed us to be creative and put a unique and colorful spin on Earth Hour at the Hilton University of Houston,” Trujillo said.

Trujillo himself has incorporated sustainable practices in both his home and office life as well.

“Honestly I never recycled, but a few years ago I decided to try it. I found that it was just a lifestyle change, and you have to get used to the behavior. The interesting thing is that when I go back home to New Mexico or visit friends that may not be recycling, I find myself separating and rinsing items; it’s just a habit that you develop. I have three windows in my office so in the afternoons, it is not uncommon to come into my office and see that I am working at my computer with the lights out. No one is telling me to do it; I just take advantage of the natural resources that are available,” Trujillo said.

Hilton Worldwide has a five year commitment from direct operations (2009 – 2014) to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and waste output by 20 percent; reduce water consumption by 10 percent; the advancement of renewable energy; and the advancement of sustainable buildings and operations. The company has also implemented a performance measure for their businesses. LightStay is a proprietary system that analyzes and reports sustainability performance at each property.

Trujillo has followed the lead of his employer and expressed his own personal interest in green initiatives in sustaining our planet for future generations.

“Personally, I feel that it is important for us to start looking at opportunities to implement sustainable practices,” he said. “Growing up in the mountains of northern New Mexico, as a child I was able to enjoy hiking, riding my bicycle and playing in the streams. Unfortunately, today we see disregard for the environment, and children can’t enjoy these outdoor activities that I once enjoyed. If we don’t start to take steps to preserve our environment, who will?”

For more information on sustainable practices at the University of Houston, visit