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November Newsletter 2020

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


Sustainability Conference Merges Digital Means with Indigenous Perspectives

Staff attended sessions on the usual topics like zero waste practices and community engagement, but the overarching theme of the conference this year was integrating indigenous knowledge into the conversations of a just economic transition. Many of the keynote speakers were elders from first American people's tribal groups such as Lakota, Ojibwe, and Pawnee. Their talks focused on how their ancient knowledge applied directly to modern trends in sustainable thinking regarding an environmentally just economy.

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Sustainability in the news

UH Announces Funding for Carbon Management Projects
The Center for Carbon Management in Energy at the University of Houston has awarded $275,000 in research funding for projects focused on carbon management and the energy transition. The projects cover a range of projects, from converting carbon to fuel and other useful products to a proposed new wireless monitoring system for carbon capture storage.

UH Law and Center for Carbon Management in Energy Create Summer Fellowship Program

The University of Houston's Law Center (UHLC) and the Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) teamed up this summer to create the first of its kind fellowship program for six law students interested in energy law research. "This year has been a time of disruption, but that also creates opportunity," said Tracy Hester, instructional associate professor at UHLC and co-founder of the CCME. "I'm enormously grateful that the University of Houston and the Center for Carbon Management were able to help give students an opportunity in these incredibly unusual times to do original work on legal issues at the heart of addressing the carbon challenge." The program, which started in May, lasted about six weeks and recruited law students and recent graduates whose internships or jobs were rescinded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The research fellows worked on a variety of projects in the energy sector, from climate intervention technologies to examining regulatory barriers in upcycling plastic.


University of Houston plans to improve campus, nearby area ahead of centennial

With the University of Houston reaching its centennial in 2027, President Renu Khator is recommending a centennial plaza, with a new building for the College of Education in a different location and increased green space reaching from the E. Cullen buildings to McElhinney Hall. UH will conduct a feasibility study on the project. A centennial master plan committee was formed in May to make the campus generally more walkable and collaborative, with more trees, shaded walkways and gated entrances.

Cullen Boulevard Improvement Project Segment A & B Updates

We are getting ready to kick-off the Design Phase. This portion of the work includes the pedestrian lights, bus shelters, big belly trash cans as well as security. The hardscape improvements will make Cullen Boulevard friendlier and safer for pedestrian and bike traffic. Once this portion of the work is finished, the transformation of Segment "A" (N. MacGregor to Wheeler) will be complete.



   Food for Thought

What UH Dining is Doing to Stay Extra Clean

Chartwells is taking extra precautions to keep the UH community safe and well fed. Click the below link for a robust detail of just how safe it is to dine on campus this Fall and Spring.

Chartwells Debuts Checkout-Free C-Store at University of Houston

The convenience store experience just got more convenient at Chartwells, a division of Compass Group that operates thousands of stores on college and corporate campuses. The retailer recently debuted its first store to be retrofitted with checkout-free technology at the University of Houston campus.




Cougar Ally Training (RSVP Required)
Date: Nov 9
Time: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Texas Energy Summit
Date: Nov 10
Time: 1:00 P.M.
Location: Virtual

Transportation Equity: The Time is Now
Date: Nov 11
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Scenic Houston Presents Scenic Mornings
Date: Nov 12
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Location: Virtual

Webinar - Life Cycle Assessment a Key for Clean Energy Transition?"
Date: Nov 13
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location: Virtual


Volunteer Match
Date: Various
Time: Register for slot
Location: Various

Fall 2020 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event
Date: Nov 9
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Willow Waterhole Greenspace 5300 Dryad Houston, TX 77035
Foraging of the Katy Prairie
Date: Nov 18
Time: 4 - 5:30 pm
Location: Katy Prairie Conservancy
UH Community Garden Volunteering
Date: Every Friday
Time: 9 a.m. - Noon
UH Main Campus
Houston Botanic Garden Volunteer
Date: Register
Time: Register
Location: Houston Botanic Gardens

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.
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Scholarships & Opportunities

Submit your Ideas for Texas Restoration Area Planning
The Texas Trustee Implementation Group is beginning the process of considering restoration activities that will address injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. At this time, through December 10, 2020, we would like your restoration project ideas that benefit wetland, coastal, and nearshore habitats, and living coastal and marine resources, and restore water quality through nonpoint source nutrient reduction in the Texas Restoration Area.

The Take Care of Texas Video Contest
The Take Care of Texas Video Contest is a fun way for young people to learn about protecting the environment and come up with creative ways to share this knowledge with others! Students film a 30-second video that shows positive ways to Take Care of Texas. The students that submit the best videos can win great prizes, awarded by the contest sponsor, Waste Management of Texas, Inc.

Region 4 Science Conference
Are you interested in virtually presenting at this year's Region 4 Science Conference? Your colleagues need YOU to share your latest and greatest tips for teaching in a virtual and hybrid world. We are accepting proposals for engaging, high-quality, virtual presentations for our educators. You will have the opportunity to select live vs. pre-recorded. You may submit more than one proposal too. Registration fees will be waived (free) for lead presenters. Deadline for proposals is Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

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