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August Newsletter 2019

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


UH Studies Challenges to Sustainable Development in Brazil

While many people dream of seeing the world one day, a group of UH Cullen College of Engineering students recently returned from Brazil as part of the first engineering faculty-led study abroad experience through the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES).

The aim of the PROMES study abroad trip was for students to "understand the Grand Challenges that Brazil faces in the context of Brazilian culture, technological advances, economy, workforce and its K-12 population," said Jerrod Henderson, director of PROMES, who led the group of 24 students on the trip.

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Sustainability in the news

No More Business As Usual For Oil And Gas Companies

The public is becoming more skeptical of companies that produce fossil fuels, including oil, gas and coal, a trend seen most clearly in young people.

It isn't so much that the students disapproved of fossil fuels. But strong majorities said they would consider how a company handled environmental issues as part of their calculations about working in the industry

UH Hines College CDRC Welcomes Community Leaders for Greens Bayou Watershed Resiliency Planning

This July, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design hosted the Greens Bayou Watershed Resiliency Planning's second workshop. The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers from the University of Houston Community Design Resource Center and the Rice University SSPEED Center, along with neighborhood stakeholders, community based organizations, and representatives from local government and Harris County in order to present specific flood mitigation strategies in each of the project's four case study neighborhoods: East Aldine, East Houston, Eastex | Jensen, and Greenspoint."

UH Energy Launches EVolve Houston in Collaboration with CenterPoint Energy and the City of Houston
When you think of Houston, images of the oil and gas industry that contribute to rising greenhouse emissions come to mind.

EVolve Houston aims to challenge that image by bringing together a coalition of sustainability-minded civic and business leaders, who want to accelerate clean transportation and zero-emissions goods movement through electrification. UH Energy is partnering with CenterPoint Energy and the City of Houston, along with other industry leaders, to create the EVolve Houston coalition. Their goal is to improve regional air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Greater Houston Area.

UH Engineering Student Wins ASCE Hawley Memorial Fellowship
Ali Ansari, a doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was recently awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers' John B. Hawley Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 1961, promotes graduate study and research in hydraulic and environmental engineering.

Growing up in Tehran, Iran, Ansari experienced water rationing and scheduled electricity blackouts. This motivated him to find solutions to environmental issues and led him to pursue his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering.

"Considering the environment is vital for sustainable development," Ansari said. "I have always wanted to work with microorganisms; to understand their role in environmental issues and apply their endless potential to solve those issues."


   Food for Thought

How to feed the world without destroying the planet

Ensuring healthy diets for an expected global population of nearly 10 billion people in 2050, while at the same time improving the world those people live in, will require sweeping changes to farming and how we produce food, according to a new report.

"There is a pathway to achieve this but the challenge is even bigger than any of us thought," said Richard Waite of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and co-author of "Creating A Sustainable Food Future: Final Report."

Eating our way to a sustainable future

Can we eat our way out of some global environmental problems?

That’s a question asked by author Paul Greenberg, who has made his career writing about the problems of the seafood industry and seafood’s potential — with careful management and a shift in consumer practices — to be the foundation of a healthier diet, promote more sustainable use of the environment, and even reduce carbon emissions.



Matthew Kepnes: 'Ten Years a Nomad' Book Tour
Date: Tuesday, August 6
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St, Houston, Texas 77005
Green Thumb Gardening Lecture Series-Fall Vegetables
Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 6:30 - 8 pm
Location: Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Ln, Houston, TX 77062

#UHBYOBottle Social Media Contest
Date: August 19 - 30
Time: all day
Location: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Houston GREEN Film Series: "Ay Mariposa"
Date: Wednesday, August 21 Time: 6:30 - 9 pm
Location: Rice Media Center, 2030 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Weeks of Welcome Zumbathon
Date: Tuesday, August 27
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: Student Center Houston Ballroom, University of Houston, 4455 University Dr, Houston, Texas 77204


Terry Hershey 5K Parkrun
Date: Saturdays (from April through October)
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Terry Hershey Park, 989 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX, 77077

Habitat Work Day @ UHCL
Date: Tuesdays, August 6 - 27
Time: 9 - 11 am
Location: UHCL Environmental Institute of Houston, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas 77058
Environmental Educators' Exchange
Date: Wednesday, August 7
Time: 4 - 6 pm
Location: Delores Fenwick Nature Center, 5750 Magnolia Pkwy, Pearland, TX 77584
Date: Saturday, August 24
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Location: 1916 Baldwin St, Houston, Texas, 77002
BSY & MFAH Free Yoga
Date: Sunday, August 25
Time: 9 - 10 am
Location: Black Swan Yoga Kirby, 5310 Kirby Dr, Houston, Texas 77005

Farmers Markets
Rice University Farmers Market
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 3:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: 5600 Greenbriar Dr.
Houston, TX 77005
City Hall Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 11 - 1:30 PM
Location: City Hall
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
Central City Co-Op Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9 - 6 PM
Location: 2515 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX 77006
Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8 AM - 12 PM
Location: 3000 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
Memorial Villages Market
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 9 AM - 1 PM
Location: 10840 Beinhorn Road
Houston, TX 77024
The Woodlands Farmers Market at Grogan's Mill
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8 AM - 12 PM
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.
Like us on Facebook for weekly garden updates!

Scholarships & Opportunities

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.

The NOAA Office of Education 2020 undergraduate scholarship application will open on September 1, 2019.  

Greenshine New Energy Scholarship
If you are currently enrolled in college (or headed there in 2019!) and want to win a $1000 scholarship to help cover expenses, enter the Greenshine New Energy Scholarship.

Deadline: October 29, 2019

Global Water Crisis Solution Scholarship
To participate in this scholarship, you just have to select a topic from our site to write 1000-1500 words. You have to submit it along with your require information on our email address or you can simply submit on our site.

Deadline: January 1, 2020

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