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December Newsletter 2018

The Sustainable Coog: Your monthly source for green strides with red pride

December Sustainability Meetup - Urban Beekeeping

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!

Right off the bat, Shelley had attendees getting a feel for what it is like to crack open a hive. Armed with a pre-harvested rack of honeycomb, the audience was invited to come up to the table and feel their first propolis. This “bee glue” is what workers use to seal up their hives and was scraped off the honey racks for all to feel and roll into balls. This resinous material historically was used as some of the very first tooth filling materials and is used today as an ingredient in a wide range of products from burn care to cancer treatment. While people tend to appreciate the role bees play in pollinating our food plants, products like propolis are just one example of how bees are more integral to human sustainability than immediately evident.

Sustainability is also about connecting people to each other as well as the environment, and for Shelley, this is a major reason why she began beekeeping.

Sustainability in the news

CAMPUS TREE INVENTORY: Trees on Campus Would Cost $16.25 Million to Replace
There is an old saying that to plant a tree is the most optimistic act a person can do. This is because it takes so long for trees to grow, one often doesn't get to see their sapling fully mature. At the University of Houston, however, our business is to invest in the future, from students to trees. A testament to the University's commitment to growing a better tomorrow is the recently published Campus Tree Inventory.

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 via GIS surveying technology and various value indicators for the trees were generated using i-Tree, a USDA Forest Service software.

Keep Houston Beautiful Honors Public Art of UHS and UH Sustainability Initiatives
University of Houston is the recipient of six Mayor's Proud Partners Landmark Awards sponsored by Keep Houston Beautiful (KHB). The annual awards recognize the exceptional efforts by individuals, communities, businesses and organizations to enhance the city's landscape. From the ingenuity of architecture students who designed and fabricated a new Embarkation Station for Port Houston to UH's efforts to give access to world-class public art, a wide range of UH projects earned accolades.

As a first-time Mayor's Proud Partners Award recipient, Public Art of the University of Houston System (PAUHS) was honored for being a destination point for communities, neighbors and art lovers across the region to experience one of the largest university art collections in the U.S. With nearly 700 pieces spanning across the UH System, including University of Houston, University of Houston at Sugar Land, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Clear Lake and University of Houston-Victoria, PAUHS is offers a wide range of media and styles-free and open to the public.

Texas' Long-Awaited Bullet Train Plans to Start Construction
When it comes to fighting traffic for hours on the long trips between Dallas and Houston, there may be a new silver bullet- none other than the Texas Bullet Train. This Japanese-inspired downtown Dallas to northwest Houston high-speed rail would be the first of its kind in the United States. "Would be" because it's long felt like a rumor - but now it's looking a lot more like a "will be." Masaru Yosano, chief general manager of Central Japan Railway Company, tells WFAA that plans are going forward, complete with a specific time frame.

FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States
These Summary Findings represent a high-level synthesis of the material in the underlying report. The findings consolidate Key Messages and supporting evidence from 16 national-level topic chapters, 10 regional chapters, and 2 chapters that focus on societal response strategies (mitigation and adaptation). Unless otherwise noted, qualitative statements regarding future conditions in these Summary Findings are broadly applicable across the range of different levels of future climate change and associated impacts considered in this report.

   Food for Thought

On Campus Food Pantries

The small utility closet in Farish Hall, stacked full of ramen, mac and cheese and other goods, is a safe haven for students who struggle with food costs. The Personal Early Educational Performance Support Pantry is a free food pantry open to students all over campus. The pantry, located in room 128 of Farish Hall, is a resource for those who may not be able to afford food or other essentials.

Texas Obesity Research Center

Obesity in the industrialized world is called an "epidemic" by scholars, policy makers and lay audiences alike, and is arguably the single most pressing public health challenge facing the U.S. today. The Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC) aims to foster and promote innovative, translational, and multidisciplinary research to prevent and control obesity.



Holiday in the Mercer Gardens
Date: Saturday, Dec. 8th
Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Mercer Botanic Gardens 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, Texas 77338
Houston Green Roof & Wall Symposium
Date: Monday, Dec. 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: University of Houston 4455 University Drive; Houston, TX

Date: Friday, Dec. 14th
Time: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: Hermann Park

Mandell Park's Toy Swap
Date: Saturday, Dec. 15
Time: 10:00 a.m - 12 p.m.
Location:Mandell Park - Richmond Ave & Mandell St, Houston, TX 77006,

HREG Meeting
Date: Dec.18
Time: 6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Location: TBD


Holiday with the Cranes
Date: Saturday, Dec.8
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: 1700 Sydnor, Galveston Island

BCO Hiking In Houston Aka Hiking Terry Hershey Park Trails
Date: Sunday, Dec. 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Location: 1111 Eldridge Parkway Houston, TX 77077
Orientation for New McGovern Centennial Gardens Volunteers
Date: Saturday, Dec. 15
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: McGovern Centennial Gardens Family Garden
Full Moon Hike
Date: Saturday, Dec. 22
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Baytown Nature Center - Baytown Nature Center, 6213 Bayway Dr, Baytown, TX 77520
Neches River Adventure
Date: Saturday, Dec. 29
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Riverfront Park in Beaumont

Farmers Markets
Rice University Farmers Market
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: 5600 Greenbriar Dr.
Houston, TX 77005
City Hall Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
Central City Co-Op Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 2515 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX 77006
Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Location: 3000 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
Memorial Villages Market
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Location: 10840 Beinhorn Road
Houston, TX 77024
The Woodlands Farmers Market at Grogan's Mill
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Location: 7 Switchbud Pl.
The Woodlands, TX 77380

For more information on ongoing Farmers Markets or new, upcoming ones, check out the sites below:

Campus Community Garden

Learn more about our Campus Community Garden and our mission. Email us to schedule a time to volunteer.
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Scholarships & Opportunities

Alpha Gamma Rho Horticulture Scholarship
George Staby has provided scholarships limited to current AGR undergraduates who are enrolled with a declared horticulture-related major in entomology, environmental horticulture, horticulture, landscape gardening, landscape horticulture, ornamental horticulture, pest control, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant science (with horticulture emphasis), pomology, and/or vegetable crops who have completed at least three courses in the department of their declared major. Applicants must supply a current transcript and send an essay. Financial need will not be a determinant in the selection process.

Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship
The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative awards three scholarships to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays. Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative by demonstrating personal leadership and environmental stewardship in their project. Winning essays have been 750 to 1,500 words long. Middle school, high school, or undergraduate college/university students (ages 13-21) are eligible to apply. Register and upload your favorite photo with the essay. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or environmental disciplines that support these sciences.

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