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UH Enjoys Earth Day Carnival on Campus

On April 22nd, UH celebrated Earth Day on campus, celebrating the green initiatives which have transformed the University of Houston into one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation.

According to the "Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges", published just before Earth Day, UH ranks as one of the most environmentally friendly colleges. And at the Earth Day Carnival, it was easy to see why.

Over 20 tables were set up in Butler Plaza on a sunny Thursday afternoon to educate the campus community about the green efforts being made on campus, and opportunities to be involved.

UH Information Technology, Public Safety, Recycling, Environmental Club and the Library were available to tell students about their part in making the campus sustainable.

Demos of how to make recycled paper and compost were informative for those watching and participating, and “eco tours” were given of the green areas on campus, as well as the UH power plant.

A weather balloon was launched by students in the atmospheric science program, and an Earth Day birthday cake was served in order to commemorate 40 years of this celebration.

“UH green has succeeded once again in providing a fun-ducational Earth Day awareness celebration,” said UH student Terry Huang at the carnival. “All the games were really fun and brought awareness to our earth.”

Recycling games made of all recycled materials were thoroughly enjoyed by all, and a recycled art gallery displayed pieces made by students during the RecycleMania competition.

UH also announced the results from the annual RecycleMania competition, as it ran against hundreds of colleges across the nation. UH boasted first place in Texas, first place in Conference USA, and 38th nation-wide using actual weights.

“It’s exciting to see the UH community so receptive to the green programs on campus,” said Maria Honey, Marketing Manager for University Services. “This was our biggest and best green event to date.”

This was a proud achievement for the University of Houston in its second year to participate, and the University looks forward to continuing to make sustainable practices an everyday effort.

For more information about Green UH, visit http://www.uh.edu/af/greenUH/.