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.
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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.