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March Newsletter 2020

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


New Bridge On Brays Bayou Officially Opens

A new Brays Bayou bridge is officially open, part of a $220 million project to add 3,000 acres of greenspace and 150 miles of trails to connect Houston's major bayous.

Mayor Sylvester Turner cut the ribbon on the Brays Bayou Greenway Bridge Monday, one of nine bridges set to be transformed to create the 150-mile network of connected parks and trails.

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Sustainability in the news

UH Shows Love for Trees this Valentine's Day
This past Valentine's Day, UH came together to plant hundreds of trees to show their love for campus green space. Teams of volunteers from multiple campus departments, as well as community partners reforested areas of the Technology Bridge, Cougar Woods, and around the newly built Elgin street garage.

Can New Kind of Power Plant Improve Air Quality, Resilience?

Researchers from the University of Houston, backed by $4 million in funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, have joined a pilot project testing the use of supercritical CO2, or pressurized carbon dioxide, to produce low-cost, low-emission electric power.

The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and located at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, will demonstrate a new technology, known as Supercritical Transformational Electric Power, which can operate so efficiently that a desk-sized turbine is able to power about 10,000 homes.

UHLC Prof Simpson explains declining insect numbers; impact of Australian fires

University of Houston Law Center Clinical Associate Professor Lauren Simpson, a self-professed “bug nerd,” recently shared her thoughts on the tremendous damage being done to insects and the environment by the fires ravaging Australia.

“It’s heartbreaking to think that there is mass devastation of multiple ecosystems,” Simpson said. In addition to human suffering, “they’re losing all kinds of animals, including insects.”

Students Unite win most Senate seats in 2020 election

Students Unite won most of the Senate seats in the 2020 election, paving the way for the party to control the legislative and executive branches of the next administration.

Both the Green Fund Initiative and Ranked Choice & Single Transferable Vote Act were approved by the students who voted, with the Green Fund having a 69.45 percent approval and the Ranked Choice & Single Transferable Vote Act earning 70.01 percent approval.


   Food for Thought

UH's on-campus vegan food, drink offerings

There are a variety of vegan food and beverage options available to students at the cafes on campus. The animal product-free offerings include plant-based milk alternatives and snacks without meat, eggs and dairy.

The on-campus cafe options include The Nook, Cougar Grounds, Shasta's and Starbucks. Chartwells also offers food and beverages with the option for vegan customization. While some vegan products are available at multiple locations, others are unique to specific establishments.

The Plant-Based Movement to Transition Farmers Away from Meat and Dairy Production

[Mike] Weaver belongs to a burgeoning movement of farmers shifting away from animal agriculture to crops of all kinds. And they're getting help from unexpected quarters. The animal rights advocacy group Mercy for Animals (MFA) and vegan foods company Miyoko's Creamery have recently announced programs to help farmers make a transition away from raising livestock. The groups say the shift benefits animals and the environment, while boosting farmers' economic outlook.




UH RecycleMania 2020
Date: February 1 - March 31
Click the link for specific times and dates on all upcoming events!

Houston Green Film Series: "Wild Wetlands"
Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Rice Cinema, Rice Media Center 2030 University Boulevard Houston, TX 77005

UH Energy Presents "Energy Infrastructure: Bottleneck or Enabler"
Date: Thursday, March 19 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: UH Student Center South, Houston Room

Ethics Speaker Series: "Restorative Justice" by Tammler Sommers
Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Philip Guthrie Hoffman, Room 310

Link Houston Presents: "Access to Opportunity: Affordable Housing and Affordable Transportation"
Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am
Location: BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center 2101 South Street Houston, TX 77009


Free Gardening Class by UTHealth School of Public Health
Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: UTHealth School of Public Health 1200 Pressler St, Houston, Texas 77030

Free Farm Tour by Finca Tres Robles
Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Finca Tres Robles 257 N Greenwood St, Houston, Texas 77011
2020 Tour de Houston presented by Apache Corporation
Date: Sunday, March 15
Time: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 901 Bagby St, Houston, Texas 77002
Exploration Green: How A Community United to Stop Flooding
Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Clear Lake United Methodist Church 16335 El Camino Real Houston, TX 77062
Community Work Day at Plant It Forward Farms
Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: 10595 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77096-4516, United States, TX 77096

Farmers Markets
Rice University Farmers Market
Date: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: 5600 Greenbriar Dr. Houston, TX 77005
City Hall Farmers Market
Date: Wednesdays
Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Location: City Hall
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
Central City Co-Op Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: 2515 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX 77006
Urban Harvest East Side Farmers Market
Date: Saturdays
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 3000 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77098
Memorial Villages Market
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: 10840 Beinhorn Road Houston, TX 77024
The Woodlands Farmers Market at Grogan's Mill
Date: Saturdays
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 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

Office of Undergraduate Research Programs
Houston Early Research Experience (HERE)

May 2020 Application Deadline: Friday, March 20

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Summer 2020 Application Deadline: Friday, March 20

Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS)

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 22

UH College of Architecture and Design 2020 Career Fair
The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, Alumni Association and University Career Services are excited to host this opportunity for UH design students and alumni to meet with firms looking to hire interns or full-time positions.

Date: Friday, March 20

2020 International Essay Contest for Young People
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

Deadline: Monday, June 15

Green Jobs

Apply for a Horticulture Internship with the Houston Botanic Garden


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