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October Newsletter 2019

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


UH Sustainability Hosts Texas Central

On Thursday September 12th, the University of Houston Office Of Sustainability hosted Texas Central as the first guest in the Fall 2019 Sustainability Meetup Series. Texas Central is the company undertaking the development, design, construction, finance, and operation of the innovative new high-speed passenger train to be built in Texas. Based on the "bullet trains" of Japan, this "Texas Sized" Shinkansen will be able to take you from Houston to Dallas in less than 90 minutes. The rail line's construction represents a big step towards a sustainable future for Texas and sets the president for similar projects to happen around the country.

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Sustainability in the news

Video: UH Energy Symposium Series presents "The New Energy Economy"
In response to the growing challenge of the anthropogenic origins of climate change, a New Energy Economy has been proposed. Supporters have firmly laid the notion that innovation and investment across a broad spectrum of energy markets as well as a rapid upheaval of the current fossil dominated energy landscape. Critics have suggested that the New Energy Economy represents an exercise in magical thinking and a near term transition is impossible. The symposium focuses on understanding the technological challenges and enablers, the economics and business case for the two scenarios as well as the societal impact of the choices.

Researchers Report a New Way to Produce Curvy Electronics

Contact lenses that can monitor your health as well as correct your eyesight aren't science fiction, but an efficient manufacturing method - finding a way to produce the curved lenses with embedded electronics - has remained elusive.

Yu and the other researchers proposed the new fabrication method, conformal additive stamp printing, or CAS printing.

CAS printing works like this: An elastomeric, or stretchy, balloon is inflated and coated with a sticky substance. It is then used as a stamping medium, pushing down on pre-fabricated electronic devices to pick up the electronics and then print them onto various curvy surfaces. In the paper, the researchers describe using the method to create a variety of curvy devices, including silicon pellets, photodetector arrays, small antennas, hemispherical solar cells and smart contact lenses.

UH ECE Professor Jiming Bao Elected Fellow Of American Physical Society

Jiming Bao, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

According to the APS notification letter, Bao was selected for his "discovery of photoacoustic laser streaming, contributions to the understanding of basic electronic and optical properties of nanostructured materials, and the development of new nanomaterials for applications in solar energy conversions and optoelectronic devices."

UH Law Center student and alumna to be published in prestigious environmental law publication
An article by a University of Houston Law Center 3L student and a recent graduate has been accepted for publication in the Environmental Law Institute's Environmental Law News and Reporter.

The article, "All this talk, but plastics keep piling up," by 3L student Rachael Beavers Horne and 2019 graduate Chantal Carriere proposes a legislative mandate for recycled plastic content implemented by market mechanisms. The inspiration from the article came from Professor Victor Flatt's Environmental Markets course during the Spring 2019 semester.


   Food for Thought

Podcast: How to Market Sustainable Food

"Two years ago, when we started the Better Buying Lab, we all had a hunch that calling food vegetarian or vegan or meat-free just didn't sound as good as 'brisket'," said Daniel Vennard, director of the Better Buying Lab at WRI. "Who wants to be told what they're not going to have?" he continued.

Vennard recently sat down with WRI Vice President for Communications Lawrence MacDonald to talk about his research into menu language. They discuss the link between his work and social marketing, how your brain models taste while you're ordering, and why "vegetarian" and "vegan" might not be the language that shifts the majority of the population to more sustainable diets.

Harvard Signs Pledge To Cut Food-Related Emissions

Harvard has signed onto the Cool Food Pledge, an initiative aimed at slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2030, the University announced Tuesday.

The initiative follows a commitment from the University to become fossil fuel neutral by 2026 and fossil fuel free by 2050, a goal set by former University President Drew G. Faust in 2018.

The Cool Food Pledge helps dining facilities at places like hotels, restaurants, and hospitals minimize emissions and develop dining plans that reduce their carbon footprints. Other signatories include Boston Medical Center, Morgan Stanley, and the University of Maryland.



Oral History Harvest
Date: Sunday, Oct 13
Time: 11 am - 2 pm
Location: St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church, 3006 Rosedale St, Houston, TX 77504
Imagine a Day Without Water
Date: Wednesday, Oct 23
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Location: University of Houston

Kinder Institute Forum: Henry Cisneros
Date: Wednesday, Oct 23 Time: 7 – 8:30 pm
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street Map

Mediterranean Crossroads: Migration, Affect, and Space
Date: Thursday, Oct 31
Time: 1 – 2:30 pm
Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, AH 210

Green Office Awards
Date: Thursday, Nov 7
Time: 3 - 4 pm
Location: Student Center South, Midtown Room 262


Help build a playground at Harmony School of Enrichment!
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 8 am – 3 pm
Location: Harmony School of Enrichment, 3207 North Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, 77038

Twilight Flow at the Arboretum
Date: Thursday, Oct 10
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
Monster Mash 5K & 10K
Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 7 – 10 am
Location: Monster Mash Run 2032 Karbach St, Houston, Texas 77092
TCWP Stormwater Wetland Program
Date: Thursdays (Beginning Oct 31)
Time: 9 am – 12 pm
Location: Exploration Green in Clear Lake City
UH Arbor Day 2019
Date: Thursday, Nov 1
Time: 9 am – 12 pm
Location: University of Houston

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

Greenshine New Energy Scholarship
If you are currently enrolled in college (or headed there in 2019!) and want to win a $1000 scholarship to help cover expenses, enter the Greenshine New Energy Scholarship.

Please tell us in 1000 words or less how you think green energy technology will change in the next 30 years and what the impact on our lives will be.

Deadline: October 29, 2019

Entries Invited for the First Annual E360 Young Writers Awards

Yale Environment 360 and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation are accepting entries for our first Young Writers Awards. The awards will honor the best nonfiction environmental writing by authors under the age of 35.

Deadline: November 15, 2019  

Workers' Rights Advocacy Scholarship
Successful candidates will submit an essay of no more than 500 words. The essay will describe their interest in advocating on behalf of workers or discuss a unique experience with workers' rights issues. The award will be sent directly to the school to assist with the successful applicants' tuition payments.

Deadline: November 30, 2019

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