Down to Earth: UH Celebrates Sustainability During ‘Green Day’ Oct. 24

Campus Cleanup, Electric Car Rides, Water Exhibit Among Highlights of Event

The University of Houston's school colors are red and white, but the campus has increasingly become "greener" over the years. So much so, the university will celebrate its efforts to preserve the environment and conserve energy during UH Green Day from 8 a.m. - noon, Friday, Oct. 24.

A host of events and activities including rides in electric service vehicles and a drinking water exhibit will engage and inform the UH community while promoting an environmentally friendly learning environment. Another highlight of UH Green Day will be a campus cleanup in which student volunteers will pick up trash and debris, as well as plant trees, flowers and shrubs to replace those destroyed during Hurricane Ike.

"UH Green Day is an excellent opportunity to learn about sustainability both on campus and in the community," said Emily Messa, assistant vice president of university services. "The university is committed to a host of green initiatives such as enhanced recycling programs and energy conservation. These efforts will be showcased here, but the event also promotes participation from both the UH family and Houstonians too."

UH Green Day is being conducted in conjunction with Campus Sustainability Day, a national event focused on sustainability in higher education.

For additional details on UH Green Day and other environmentally conscious projects, visit All UH Green Day events will be conducted in Lynn Eusan Park at Entrance 1 off Calhoun Road. The electric car rides will be conducted across the street at the University Center. A schedule of the day's events is as follows.

  • Campus Cleanup: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Water exhibition (presented by Engineers Without Borders student group): 9 a.m. - noon
  • Electric car test rides: 9 a.m. -noon (University Center)
  • Recycling bins exhibition and information sessions: 9 a.m. - noon
  • Vegan picnic: 11 a.m. - noon

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