UH Sustainability Represented at AASHE 2019
This October, the University of Houston Office of Sustainability returned to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) national conference and expo to present two posters detailing campus sustainability. With approximately 2,000 participants, AASHE's annual conference is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities.
Sustainability in the news
UH Energy Launches Executive Education Program
UH Energy and the Center for Carbon Management in Energy are launching a new certificate program, the Executive Certificate in Sustainable Energy Development. The certificate is aimed at both senior and future energy executives and will prepare them for the rapidly changing global energy industry. Led by industry experts and faculty advisors, it can provide a unique foundation for future leaders of the energy industry.
New AI Deep Learning Model Allows Earlier, More Accurate Ozone Warnings
Researchers from the University of Houston have developed an artificial intelligence-based ozone forecasting system, which would allow local areas to predict ozone levels 24 hours in advance.
That would improve health alerts for people at heightened risk of developing problems because of high ozone levels.
Yunsoo Choi, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and corresponding author for a paper explaining the work, said they built an artificially intelligent model using a convolutional neural network, which is able to take information from current conditions and accurately predict ozone levels for the next day. The work was published in the journal Neural Networks.
Dupre Receives Two Major Awards
University of Houston Professor Emeritus William Dupré, from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is the recipient of two major awards – the Houston Geological Society Distinguished Service Award and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Public Service Award.
Dupré, who joined the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as an assistant professor in 1976, has had a prolific career, one which has included receiving numerous awards, as well as a long record of public service.
Could Houston Be The 'Energy Capital' Without Oil And Gas?
Houston is often called the "energy capital of the world," and for about the past century that has meant oil and gas. But with renewable energy sources on the rise and climate change a growing concern, could the future look different for Houston?
At the University of Houston, the Gutierrez Energy Management Institute is now offering a class called "energy transition."
The professor for the class, institute director Greg Bean, said, yes, Houston is in a prime position to continue to be the nation's energy capital no matter the energy source.