Recyclemania in Full Swing!
Do you have trouble finding a reliable place to drop recycling on campus? Do you need a little help figuring out if something is recyclable or not? As part of Recyclemania, the Office of Sustainability will be set up at the UH Cougar Card Office to collect your recycling and offer helpful facts! Coming to one of these events will also enter you into a raffle to win a zero waste kit. Each tabling will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on each of the dates below:
For more opportunites to earn buttons, info on the e-waste drive, and full event details, be sure to click "read more" below!
Sustainability in the news
New Thermoelectric Material Delivers Record Performance
Taking advantage of recent advances in using theoretical calculations to predict the properties of new materials, researchers reported Thursday the discovery of a new class of half-Heusler thermoelectric compounds, including one with a record high figure of merit - a metric used to determine how efficiently a thermoelectric material can convert heat to electricity.
Thermoelectric materials have drawn increasing interest in the research community as a potential source of "clean" power, produced when the material converts heat - often waste heat generated by power plants or other industrial processes - into electricity.
Not Enough Talent For The Energy Workforce? Energy's Diversity Problem May Be The Solution
There is much talk about the shortage of talent to fill jobs in the energy industry. Known as "The Great Crew Change," over half of the energy workforce will be retiring in the next seven years. Even as hiring has slowed in the face of moderating oil prices, companies have only been able to hire one new employee for every two exiting the workforce. Who will fill these positions? Perhaps not young people.
An EY poll reveals that only 18% of Millennials and 6% of Gen Zers found a career in oil and gas to be very appealing, with many young people viewing the industry as dangerous, unstable and bad for the environment. This has resulted in, among other things, companies such as Statoil actively rebranding to alter their organizational attractiveness. As jobs requiring STEM degrees skyrocket, more industries are competing with oil and gas for STEM candidates. Many of these industries offer more work-life balance and inclusivity than oil and gas, which are more attractive to younger employees than a large paycheck (which the competition also offers).
University of Houston courts oil and gas for work on carbon management
A low-carbon future will remain a fantasy unless oil and gas companies agree to participate, according to University of Houston energy experts. The University of Houston recently launched its Center for Carbon Management in Energy that will connect faculty, scientists, students and the oil and gas industry to develop a strategy for a low-carbon future for the energy industry.
Transgender Inclusion Act increases representation on campus
Student Government Association recently passed the Transgender Inclusion Act with the aim of increasing representation for the LGBT community on campus, while also refreshing the system for name change requests at UH. The Transgender Inclusion Act has been made to work exclusively with the new Cougar Card system, which will now update a student's name throughout the system whenever a name change request is made.