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June Newsletter 2019

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


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.

Student Housing and Residential Life invited Green City Recyclers to place donation pods in the lobby areas of all residential halls this year. Last year, only three residential halls participated showing further growth of the partnership.

Sustainability in the news

True Furrh Named Second Udall Recipient in UH History

Jacob "True" Furrh, an Honors College student and an environmental sciences major in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Houston, has been awarded the prestigious Udall Scholarship for 2019-2020, making him the second Udall recipient in the history of UH. Only 55 students from 50 colleges and universities have been selected as 2019 Udall Scholars. Furrh is the only recipient in the 2019 class from a Texas institution.

Established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives. The Foundation provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, to conduct policy research and outreach on the environment and related themes, and to the Native Nations Institute for research, education, and outreach on Native American and Alaska Native health care issues and Tribal public policy issues. It also provides assessment, mediation, training and other related services through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

SGA's 56th Administration releases Executive Agenda

The Student Government Association's 56th Administration has released its Executive Agenda, which details its advocacy and legislative plans for the year.

The agenda outlines the polices the Students Unite party ran on, like sustainability, increasing insurance coverage and raising student worker's wages, and also initiatives they did not run on but want to highlight during their tenure.

UH Energy Executive Named to EPA Advisory Group
Charles McConnell, executive director of the Center for Carbon Management in Energy at the University of Houston, has been named to an advisory committee charged with helping to guide the Environmental Protection Agency on issues related to the chemical industry.

The Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) was launched by UH Energy earlier this year as an academic-industry consortium working to reduce industry's carbon footprint and find new business opportunities to utilize carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Healthy Competition: Houston Students Tackle Real Community Health Issues
If you had $5 million, how would you prepare for and respond to the next hurricane to improve the quality of life for Houston residents? That's the thought-provoking question facing local high school students participating in a new University of Houston mentorship program and competition focused on solving important community health issues.

Project Engagement Encouraging Rising Students (PEERS) is a community health initiative that pairs UH Honors College students from Honors in Community Health with high school students throughout the Third and Fifth Wards (Leland Prep, YES Prep Fifth Ward, Austin High School, Wheatley High School). By working side-by-side on projects that are relevant to their communities, the students build a shared understanding of community health and preventive care.

   Food for Thought

Species extinction not just a curiosity: our food security and health are at stake

While restaurants in cities around the world offer a tremendous variety of dishes, our global diet as a whole-what people actually eat-is becoming more homogenized. Rice, one the world's top staple foods, vividly illustrates this paradox: of the 90,000 varieties of rice stored in gene banks, only 40,000 are being cultivated, and perhaps no more than a dozen can be found on your regular supermarket shelf. Combined with high-yield, intensive agriculture, the choices are bound to drastically decline over time. This is worrying from the point of view of sustainability, food security, biodiversity and health."

Our food systems, nutrition, health, clean air, climate, and freshwater depend on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems-an interdependent web of animal, plant, fungal and bacterial life.

FAO's goal: Healthy food for all, based on sustainable agricultural development

Focusing only on producing more food is not enough, it is also crucial to produce food, that is healthy and nutritious in a way that preserves the environment, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said today at the Caritas Internationalis' General Assembly in Rome. "Nourishing people must go hand in hand with nurturing the planet," he stressed.

FAO's chief urged to act on three main fronts: firstly, to build the resilience of rural communities in conflict areas; secondly, to promote the adaptation of family farmers to the impacts of climate change; and finally, to mitigate economic slowdowns through social safety nets and public policies, like school-meal programmes, which are based on local food purchases from family farming.




Readiness for Resilience: A Smart Technology Roadmap for Texas
Date: Sunday, June 9
Time: 8:00 am – 04:00 pm
Location: University Of Houston Student Center South, Ballroom (210), 4455 University Dr, Houston, TX 77204
Climate Action Plan Meeting – The Climate Resilience Connection
Date: Monday, June 17
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Houston Permitting Center / 1002 Washington Avenue, Basement Training Room B2 / Houston, TX 77002

Houston and the 86th Legislature
Date: Wednesday, June 19
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center - McKinney Balcony, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010 (This event will be livestreamed)

Urban Reads: Alexander Garvin
Date: Tuesday,, June 25 Location: BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030 (This event will be livestreamed)

Amie Siegel: Medium Cool
Date: Tuesdays-Saturdays, May 18-October 12
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, 120 Fine Arts Building Houston, TX 77204


Terry Hershey 5K Parkrun
Date: Saturdays
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Terry Hershey Park, 989 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX, 77077

Habitat Work Days @ UHCL
Date: Tuesdays
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: NOA I Bldg, UHCL, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058-1002
Guided Trail Hikes @ Armand Bayou Nature Center
Date: Saturdays / Sundays
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm / 2:00 pm
Location: Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd. Pasadena, TX 77507
Recycling Saturdays @ Discovery Green
Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010
Yoga @ Discovery Green
Date: Monday, June 10
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010

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

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Scholarships & Opportunities

1 Hotels Fellowship at E2

The 1 Hotels Fellowship at E2 is designed to support and develop young entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders who seek to make the world a better place through projects that are good for the economy and good for the environment.

AASHE Sustainability Awards
The AASHE Sustainability Awards provide global recognition to the individuals and organizations leading the higher education sustainability movement. With the help of volunteer judges from the community, the awards program raises the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects, pioneering research, and student leadership, helping to disseminate innovations and inspire continued progress toward environmental, social and economic health.

The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
To support specialized graduate study and research in ecological restoration, the "active healing of the land." Ecological Restoration is further defined as "the process of assisting the recovery and management of ecological integrity. Ecological integrity includes a critical range of variability in biodiversity, ecological processes and structures, regional and historical context, and sustainable cultural practices." The goal of this fellowship is to support research that will advance knowledge and increase the numbers of scientists in this important field.

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