Administration and Finance Focus

April 2009
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Employee Spotlight - Jonas Chin

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Copy Center
Be Green & Save Green with Compatible Laser and Inkjet Cartridges

Department of Public Safety
Update - What is your Exit Strategy?

Vehicle Report Cards

UHDPS Lost and Found Gives Back

Update on the Fresh Food Company at Moody Towers

Processing Credit Card Journals

Payments from Support Organizations

Comptroller Audit Findings

Food and Entertainment-Related Accounts
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Statistics

Green UH
Damaged Recycling Bins Undergo Repair

Green Certification Program and Pledge

Socially Responsible Apparel Update

Shredding Program at UH More Affordable and Sustainable

Sustainability Training Now Available

Green Hints to Save Water: Rainwater Harvesting

Parking and Transportation
Super Shuttle Offers Discounted Airport Rides to Cougars

Printing and Postal
Keeping Campus Address Information Current in PeopleSoft

Policies and Procedures
SAMs in Campus Review
MAPPs in Campus Review

Coke Price Increase Still Keeps Prices Lower than Convenience Stores


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Green Hints to Save Water: Rainwater Harvesting

Last month, we looked at minimizing grass areas, mulching, using drought tolerant/native plants in landscaping and group planting as some of the ways to reduce outdoor watering. Although these methods would reduce the amount of water used, effectively managing the amount of rain we receive is equally important.

Unlike some parts of Texas, our area has been fortunate in not having to frequently deal with droughts. Even with plenty of rainfall, we continue reliance on city water for our landscaping needs. One way to effectively manage the amount of rain we receive is to utilize rain water harvesting systems. Rain water harvesting has been around for a long time and is the process by which we can direct the collected rain water to the storage cisterns and containers to be used at a later time, or directly to the plants or gardens for immediate use. Depending on the amount of rainwater stored, we can reduce our dependence on the conventional water sources for our irrigation needs. Typical paybacks of these systems can last between 5 to 7 years depending on the system components, tank locations, and system size.