Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis Among Panelists at UH Climate Challenge Jan. 31

University participating in National ‘Teach In’ to address global warming

Global climate change is a subject that concerns people worldwide and one that provokes much debate. On Jan. 31, it will be the topic of the day at more than 1,000 businesses, faith groups, civic organizations and educational institutions including the University of Houston.

As part of a national teach-in focused on global warming solutions, the university is hosting the UH Climate Challenge 2008 from 1 - 2:30 p.m., Jan. 31 at Cullen Performance Hall. This event is open to the public. It will feature Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis and Robert Harriss, president of the Houston Advanced Research Center; Rives Taylor Houston, architect and UH instructor; and UH environmental law student Jenifer Hartman among other experts in business and science.

"As a leading research institution based in the ‘energy capital of the world', it's only fitting that UH host this event," said Peter Bishop, associate professor of strategic foresight and coordinator of the UH Future Studies program. "This discussion no doubt will be the beginning of an ongoing local dialogue focused on a complicated issue that affects our city."

Complementing this forum will be a Climate Change Fair from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. outside of Cullen Performance Hall featuring an alternative fuel auto show, as well as tables, booths and displays from student and community groups. The UH College of Architecture also will host informational booths from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in its atrium.

The UH Climate Challenge is part of the national Focus the Nation teach-in engaging millions of students and citizens with political leaders and decision makers about global warming solutions.

For additional details on the UH Climate Challenge, visit http://www.tech.uh.edu/ClimateChange/. To learn more about Focus the Nation, visit http://www.focusthenation.org/index.php.

UH colleges participating in the Climate Challenge include the College of Technology, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Law Center, Cullen College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

WHAT: UH Climate Challenge
WHEN: January 31
Forum: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Fair: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Cullen Performance Hall
WHO: University of Houston