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February Newsletter 2019

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

Recyclemania in Full Swing!

Do you have trouble finding a reliable place to drop recycling on campus? Do you need a little help figuring out if something is recyclable or not? As part of Recyclemania, the Office of Sustainability will be set up at the UH Cougar Card Office to collect your recycling and offer helpful facts! Coming to one of these events will also enter you into a raffle to win a zero waste kit. Each tabling will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each of the dates below:


Feb 4th

Feb 14th

Feb 21st

Feb 28th

March 6th

March 21st

For more opportunites to earn buttons, info on the e-waste drive, and full event details, be sure to click "read more" below!

Sustainability in the news

New Thermoelectric Material Delivers Record Performance

Taking advantage of recent advances in using theoretical calculations to predict the properties of new materials, researchers reported Thursday the discovery of a new class of half-Heusler thermoelectric compounds, including one with a record high figure of merit - a metric used to determine how efficiently a thermoelectric material can convert heat to electricity.

Thermoelectric materials have drawn increasing interest in the research community as a potential source of "clean" power, produced when the material converts heat - often waste heat generated by power plants or other industrial processes - into electricity.

Not Enough Talent For The Energy Workforce? Energy's Diversity Problem May Be The Solution
There is much talk about the shortage of talent to fill jobs in the energy industry. Known as "The Great Crew Change," over half of the energy workforce will be retiring in the next seven years. Even as hiring has slowed in the face of moderating oil prices, companies have only been able to hire one new employee for every two exiting the workforce. Who will fill these positions? Perhaps not young people.

An EY poll reveals that only 18% of Millennials and 6% of Gen Zers found a career in oil and gas to be very appealing, with many young people viewing the industry as dangerous, unstable and bad for the environment. This has resulted in, among other things, companies such as Statoil actively rebranding to alter their organizational attractiveness. As jobs requiring STEM degrees skyrocket, more industries are competing with oil and gas for STEM candidates. Many of these industries offer more work-life balance and inclusivity than oil and gas, which are more attractive to younger employees than a large paycheck (which the competition also offers).

University of Houston courts oil and gas for work on carbon management
A low-carbon future will remain a fantasy unless oil and gas companies agree to participate, according to University of Houston energy experts. The University of Houston recently launched its Center for Carbon Management in Energy that will connect faculty, scientists, students and the oil and gas industry to develop a strategy for a low-carbon future for the energy industry.

Transgender Inclusion Act increases representation on campus
Student Government Association recently passed the Transgender Inclusion Act with the aim of increasing representation for the LGBT community on campus, while also refreshing the system for name change requests at UH. The Transgender Inclusion Act has been made to work exclusively with the new Cougar Card system, which will now update a student's name throughout the system whenever a name change request is made.

   Food for Thought

New Food on Campus

In the Student Center South, a new food establishment has opened in the space formerly occupied by Cougar Byte. Mondo Subs serves a variety of subs and wraps. Also, after being closed because of damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, the Student Center Satellite is back and better than ever before! That means all of the restaurants it houses are once again serving hungry students after being offline for a substantial amount of time.

These are the three biggest threats facing humankind today

Obesity, undernutrition and climate change are the biggest threats to the world population, linked by profit motives and policy inertia, a top commission said on Sunday, calling for a binding plan and trillions of dollars to thwart the dangers. The three problems of obesity, undernutrition and climate change are intertwined by methods of agricultural production, transport, urban design and land use that will take an enormous toll on the population and planet, the commission said.



Texas Stream Team Certified Water Monitor Training
Date: Friday, Feb. 15th
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Buffalo Bayou Partnership, 1019 Commerce St., Suite 200, Houston
Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit
Date: Mon and Tues, Feb. 18
Time: All Day
Location: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon Street, Austin, TX 78702

Conservation, Ecology, and Environmental Science Career Forum
Date: Sat, Feb. 23rd
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: University of Saint Thomas Center for Sciences and Health Profession

The Wild Texas Film Tour
Date: Tues, Feb. 26
Time: 12 p.m - 4 p.m.
Location:3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002

Rice VegFest
Date: Sunday, March 24th
Time: 12 p.m - 7 p.m.
Location: Rice University


Houston Botanic Garden Volunteer Hours
Date: Tues, Feb.12
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: 8205 N Bayou Dr, Houston, TX 77017

Memorial Park Volunbeering
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: E Memorial Loop Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Abandoned Crab Trap Removal
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: 1100 Hercules Avenue, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77058
Prescribed Fire Awareness Training
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058
Spring Vegetable Planting with Urban Harvest
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27
Time: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: McGovern Centennial Gardens

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

Women and Gender Resource Center
The mission of the Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) is to promote gender equity, gender justice, and student success at the University of Houston through advocacy, education, empowerment, and support services. Calls for 2019 awards and scholarships are now open. For a full list and details, click the link above.

Society of Women Engineer Houston Area Section Scholarships
The Society of Women Engineers - Houston Area Section (SWE-HA) awards freshman/sophomore scholarships to woman students who plan to attend an ABET accredited four-year college or university, preferably in the State of Texas, and pursue an engineering or science discipline. The recipient(s) will receive the award towards the first year of study and may receive additional funding for the second year of study. Scholarships offered by SWE-HA will be awarded on the basis of merit to a qualified woman student in the Greater Houston area who plans to major in an engineering or science discipline.

Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation - McDermott Traveling Fellowship
The McDermott Traveling Fellowship is awarded for traveling studies in architecture; to research, develop, and disseminate knowledge of the built environment. Past projects have included trips to Spain to study Moorish architecture and to Switzerland to study the works of Peter Zumthor. The scholarship is open to residents of Texas who are registered as a fourth, fifth or sixth-year student at an accredited architecture program' or a recent graduate (within three years) of an accredited architecture program.

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