Sarah Kelly to Lead UH Office of Sustainability

Sarah Kelly has joined the University of Houston as the new program manager for the Office of Sustainability.

She will serve as the lead for all university sustainability efforts and manage, plan and coordinate university-wide efforts. Within her scope will also be the coordination of the many aspects of sustainability for the university, which will include partnering with the colleges/divisions and interacting with surrounding neighborhood communities.

"Sarah brings a lot of excitement and passion for sustainability," said Maria Honey, assistant director of marketing and communications for Auxiliary Services. "We needed a person who has a personal investment in sustainability and making the planet a better place. She will give the department a much-needed shot of adrenaline."

Kelly, a 2012 UH graduate, was active in sustainability-related activities while a student, including holding an internship with Green Lily Events, which provides eco-friendly event planning. She also was a student worker with GreenUH and served on the campus sustainability taskforce.

After graduation, she landed a communications position with the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston, a job she held until she accepted the sustainability program manager position at UH. She can't wait to dive into her new position.

"I'm thrilled to return to the university and bring sustainability on campus to the next level," Kelly said. "With proper outreach and education, I believe individuals will welcome the opportunity to sustain our environment. By making small changes in our daily lives and major strides at the university level, we can reduce the consumption of vital resources and products that harm the environment while mutually respecting our natural resources, plants and wildlife."

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.