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November Newsletter 2019

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

 

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.

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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.

 

   Food for Thought

Solo dining is bad for our mental health - and for the planet

"Surveys indicate that a third of Britons regularly eat on their own. OpenTable, an online restaurant booking app, found that solo dining in New York increased by 80% between 2014 and 2018. And in Japan, the world capital of solo dining, a trend for "low interaction dining" has taken off. Restaurants are opening which facilitate the ultimate solo dining experience: passing bowls of noodles through black curtains into individual booths.

Is this a worrying trend? We think so. Research is revealing the negative impacts of eating alone, which has been found to be linked to a variety of mental and physical health conditions, from depression and diabetes to high blood pressure. So it's cheering that hundreds of food sharing initiatives have sprung up around the world which aim to improve food security and sustainability while combating loneliness.

Podcast - Free-Range Food Labels: Can My Groceries Really Help The Planet?

So many food labels proclaim their eco-virtues these days - organic. Pasture-raised. Cage-free. Non-GMO. What do they actually mean? Here are six ways to make sense of it all.

For this episode we spoke with Rebecca Thistlethwaite, who manages the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University and co-authored a book on raising and selling ethical meat; Matt Dillon, who grew up on a farm in Nebraska and now works as Clif Bar & Company's director of agricultural policy and programs; and Kim Elena Ionescu, chief sustainability officer for the Specialty Coffee Association.

 



UPCOMING EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE:

Weekly Vegan Cafe Pop-Up
Date: Wednesday, Nov 13
Time: 7 pm
Location: The Flat 1701 Commonwealth St, Houston, Texas 77006
Texas Tribune: The Future of Urban Texas
Date: Thursday - Friday, Nov 14 – 15
Time: 5:30 - 8 pm, 8 am - 3:15 pm
Location: University of Houston–Downtown 1 Main St. Houston, TX 77002

Houston Green Film Series: How to Tell your Environmental Story with Video
Date: Wednesday, Nov 20 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Rice Cinema - Rice Media Center 2030 University Boulevard Houston, TX 77005

University Bridge & 100th BCycle State Ribbon Cutting
Date: Friday, Nov 22
Time: 9:30 - 11 am
Location: Corner of Wheeler Ave and MLK Blvd

Kinder Institute Forum: Eric Klinenberg on "Palaces for the People"
Date: Wednesday, Dec 4
Time: 7 - 8:30 pm
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet Street

GET OUTSIDE

Movement Yoga on the Farm with Malone Sams
Date: Wednesday, Nov 13
Time: 7 - 8:30 pm
Location: Finca Tres Robles 257 N Greenwood St, Houston, Texas 77011

Tai Chi @ Discovery Green
Date: Friday, Nov 15
Time: 9 - 10 am
Location: Discovery Green 1500 McKinney St, Houston, Texas 77010
Explore East: Bike Ride
Date: Saturday, Nov 16
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Guadalupe Plaza Park 2311 Runnels St, Houston, TX 77003
Urban Garden Volunteer Day @ Finca Tres Robles
Date: Saturday, Nov 16
Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm
Location: Finca Tres Robles 257 North Greenwood St Houston, TX 77011
Tour De Houston
Date: Sunday, Nov 17
Time: 12 pm
Location: Houston, TX

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

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

2020 Environmental Fellows Program
The Environmental Fellows Program is a nationally competitive summer fellowship program for masters and doctoral students that seeks to place students traditionally underrepresented in the environmental field and those committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in summer fellowships with environmental foundations and their grantees.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

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