GREEN UH TEAMS UP WITH BAUER
Business students get real-world
experience in the business of sustainability with a new
collaboration between Bauer College of Business and Green UH.
Green UH is one of several Houston-area partners that have
teamed up with Bauer for corporate projects for the GENB 2301
course “Connecting Bauer to Business.”
The course is described as providing to students an “overview of
business programs in Bauer and the connection to career paths.”
Students are expected to learn about business protocol and
develop their communication skills. Four different groups of 8
students each signed up for the Green UH corporate projects to
spend the next two months analyzing and researching a
hypothetical business venture for Green UH to determine its
viability and its potential benefits.
The groups will research and draw conclusions regarding one of
four proposals: 1) a socially/environmentally-responsible
student investment fund; 2) an eco-event consulting service on
campus; 3) Urban gardener business workshops; and 4) a
sustainability lecture series at Bauer.
“This collaboration benefits the University in that it helps
Green UH evaluate potential strategies for earning revenue that
also further its mission, but it also benefits the University in
that students have an opportunity to explore the intersections
between their passions for business, entrepreneurship and the
burgeoning field of green jobs, and also care for the only earth
we have,” said Leah Wolfthal, Program Coordinator for
Wolfthal became involved in the project after contacting the
Bauer College about potential collaborations with Green UH. She
was then introduced to the GENB 2301 course and invited to come
up with corporate project ideas.
“I think this is a great learning experience,” said Benjamin
Broadous, a finance sophomore working on the investment fund
project. “We’ll be looking at investment funds at this
university and others and draw conclusions of if it could work.
It’ll help develop our research and analytical skills.”
Wolfthal had an initial meeting with the groups on September 15
where she introduced them to Green UH’s history and mission, led
teamwork exercises and answered any questions from the students.
The groups will have a mid-point update on October 10 to report
on their progress to the instructors and Wolfthal. Then Wolfthal
will be given a grading rubric to evaluate the groups during the
corporate presentations by a November 7 deadline.
Not only will the teams be developing their own business skills
through this collaboration, but they will also be doing research
that could potentially further the green initiatives on campus.
“It’s a strong way to get students involved in the green
movement,” said Taylor Rumsey, a finance junior from the student
investment fund group.
For more information on Green UH or to get involved, visit