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UH Again Earns Gold Rating for Sustainability Initiatives

The University of Houston is devoted to advancing sustainability on all fronts and every 3 years, the significance of these efforts is proven by high scores in the AASHE STARS report. This year, the University earned a rank of GOLD (the second highest ranking in the report) for the second reporting period in a row - additionally raising its overall score.

The Office of Sustainability attends the 2019 Greater Houston Environmental Summit

The Office of Sustainability recently had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Greater Houston Environmental Summit. The conference was hosted by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC), a cohort of nearly 150 environmentally-focused organizations in the Houston-Gulf Coast region, and sought to showcase how Houston has been working towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

#UHBYOBottle Returns for Fall 2019!

Every year, at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, University of Houston students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to help reduce plastic waste and win prizes by participating in the Office of Sustainability’s #UHBYOBottle social media campaign.

Residential Move out Recycles 8,960 Pounds of Textiles

Through a continued partnership with local textile recycling company Green City Recyclers, residential move out was able to recycle 8,960 pounds of used clothing, books and other textiles. This marks an eight-fold increase from the previous year.

Sustainability Fest Celebrates 6th Year

Over 300 guests attended the 2019 UH Sustainability Fest, held by the Office of Sustainability on Tuesday, April 16th, in Butler Plaza.

UH’s Office Of Sustainability Presents At Statewide Conference

The Office of Sustainability joined statewide summit to present UH’s sustainability efforts. The conference served to discuss and learn different means to further enhance green efforts in campuses across Texas.

UH To Celebrate Upcoming Sixth Annual Sustainability Fest

Now in its sixth year, UH’s Office of Sustainability will host its annual Sustainability Fest, aiming to inform UH and community participants on sustainable practices in a fun and engaging way.

Annual Electronics Recycling Drive Continues At UH

UH’s Office of Sustainability continues fifth year of reusing, reducing and recycling old and unused electronics at the University of Houston. The drive will take place on March 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

UH Receives Tree Campus USA Designation for Fourth Straight Year

Universities and colleges across the country can apply for the recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, which honors schools for being active stewards of the natural landscape of their campuses.

Spring Back to Sustainability

The fall of 2018 saw lots of activity for the Office of Sustainability. Starting with the hiring of a new sustainability coordinator, the semester was marked by ramped up programming and outreach. Monthly sustainability education events were held, posters were given at conferences, and BCycle stations were installed. Each of these efforts move UH steps closer to being a more sustainable university. But what is in store for the coming spring?

Urban Beekeeping Meetup: How to Help Bees in Houston

Tuesday December 4th marked the conclusion of the 2018 Sustainability Meetup Series. This Meetup, featuring local Beekeeping expert Shelley Rice, founder of All Things Bees Texas, was a hands on experience for UH faculty, staff and students alike!

CAMPUS TREE INVENTORY: Trees on Campus Would Cost $16.25 Million to Replace

A comprehensive tree survey and inventory was one of the major goals outlined in the UH Campus Tree Care Plan, developed in 2015 by the UH Tree Campus USA Committee. In summer 2018 The Office of Sustainability and partners completed the inventory valuing campus trees at $16.25 million.

November Sustainability Meetup - TcSUH

This November, the Office of Sustainability and the Texas Center for Superconductivity partnered to educate the UH community about the role of superconductors in sustainable energy futures.

October Sustainability Meetup - Air Alliance Houston

Tuesday October 9th, 2018 marked the continuation of the Sustainability Meetup series presented by the University of Houston Office of Sustainability. With the mission of making it “easier for people interested in sustainability issues to connect with each other and learn”, this Meetup was focused on bringing people together with shared concern over Houston’s air quality.


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