First ADOPT-A-SPOT Event Scheduled For Earth Day April 22

Adopt-A-Spot is a brand new campus stewardship volunteer program sponsored by Facilities Management, that involves the adoption of specific locations on the UH campus, with a commitment and action to keep the location litter free and beautified throughout the semester.  The April 22 event marks the first Adopt-A-Spot event – other Adopt-A-Spot events will be scheduled throughout the year.


The program is designed to encourage community ownership of our wonderful campus and to prevent littering through beautification and maintenance events.  The ultimate campus goal is to achieve a zero waste level on campus – this means a goal of diverting as high a percentage of waste and litter as possible from the landfills through consistent and continuous recycling and trash collection.  

This Monday, April 22, Adopt-A-Spot campus partners will collect and pick up trash and recyclables, and weed and spread mulch in landscape beds in the adopted area.  Campus partners are students, student organizations, faculty and staff volunteers. FM staff members will be on hand during the event and will support the volunteers by providing supplies, tools, collection bags and collection bag pickup. Adopt-A-Spot gives employees, students and student organizations an opportunity for year-long involvement and stewardship in helping keep the campus beautiful while raising awareness of sustainability and recycling initiatives.

We are proud to recognize and thank the following groups as Adopt-A-Spot campus partners that will be participating in the Earth Day event --

American Advertising Federation                Architecture and Art Library Staff

 Master of Public Administration                   American Medical Student Association

 Alpha Psi Omega   American Optometric Student Association

 A&F (Administration and Finance)

If individuals or groups are unable to make the April 22 date, any day and time during the week of April 22 can be chosen to fulfill the Adopt-A-Spot Earth Day commitment. 

 A map of adopted areas will be provided.  Below is the scheduled event itinerary

Check-In                                                                                                          Sample Sign

Adopt-a-Spot Sample Sign

Monday, April 22, 8:30 a.m.

Location – South of Fine Arts Building

Pick up supplies for yourself and/or group

Receive a map of your Adopt-A-Spot location 

Be Prepared

Wear appropriate and comfortable clothing

Remember hats

We’ll provide water, gloves, tools and bags

A limited number of hand-held grabbers will be available per group 

Go To Adopt-a-Spot Location

Signs placed at designated group’s Adopt-A-Spot location

Green it up!  9:00 a.m. (Plan to spend 60 to 90 minutes at the clean-up site)

Tools and mulch will be placed at and around bed areas                                       

Deposit bags and large items at designated sites

Have Fun!!

Safety First

We want all our Partners to enjoy a safe activity

We will provide you with clean up instructions

Safety rules and tips on planning and executing your clean up

If there is ever an emergency during an activity, immediately call campus police or 911 to request help.

Take the opportunity to connect with other volunteers and enjoy the outdoors by beautifying and cleaning up an adopted area of the campus. 

For additional information about this Adopt-A-Spot and/or to sign up for Adopt-A-Spot, please direct questions and comments to James Ballowe, Adopt-A-Spot Program Manager, 832-842-4871,

About the University of Houston and Facilities Management

The University of Houston is a comprehensive national research institution serving the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. UH serves more than 40,700 students in the nation’s fourth-largest city, located in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region of the country