||UH SUSTAINABILITY FEST TO INFORM, ENTERTAIN UH COMMUNITY
One day to celebrate all the
sustainability efforts happening on campus just wasn’t
going to work this year, and neither was the name of the
annual event: UH Green Day.
So for the first time in its history, this year’s event
will be spread out over a four-day period and will now
be known as UH Sustainability Fest. It will take place
Much of the activity will be in Butler Plaza on Nov. 1
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will cover a broad range of
subjects. Mixed in will be plenty of activities and
games to make the learning fun.
“I hope people come out and have fun and enjoy
themselves,” said Leah Wolfthal, program coordinator for
the University of Houston’s Office of Sustainability. “I
hope they’ll also have a chance to learn something about
what’s happening on campus in terms of sustainability,
and give us critical feedback.”
The UH Bookstore will be out in Butler Plaza on Nov. 1
with its prize wheel, which people can spin to try and
win sustainability-oriented bookstore products. The
Office of Sustainability will have re-used wooden doors
that will be made available for people to use their
creativity to paint their vision of a sustainable UH
The UH Horticulture Society will have an area where
people can make seed balls for the Hermann Park Prairie
Project. The UH Center for Advanced Materials, which
designs solar panels and investigates hydrogen among
other fuels, will be out with demos. There also will be
a chance to view and interact with College of
Architecture student sustainable project models.
“The whole purpose of this event is to celebrate and
examine UH’s past and future actions for
sustainability,” Wolfthal said.
The change in the name better reflects everything that
the event encompasses and what UH is trying to
accomplish with its sustainability efforts, she said.
“The term ‘green’ was a little bit misleading in perhaps
it made you think about the environment. And that’s part
of what sustainability is, but it’s also about much more
than that,” Wolfthal said.
So what else will be happening during the fest? A lot.
- At Cougar Woods Dining Hall on Nov. 1, sample fair
trade coffee, talk with the new campus nutritionist
about personal sustainability, and learn about the
energy- and water-saving measures that were built into
the new facility.
- Later that day, from 8 to 9 p.m., there will be an
Office of Sustainability open house at Moody Towers.
- Stop by the Blaffer Museum view artwork made from
found and everyday objects by sculptor Tony Feher.
- On Nov. 3, gather in Butler Plaza and take part in a
trash-off campus beautification project from 9:30 a.m.
to noon. TO RSVP for the cleanup, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- From 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, join others for a work
session at UH’s Campus Community Garden, which is at the
northeast corner of Wheeler and Cullen.