Sustainability Conference Merges Digital Means with Indigenous Perspectives
Staff attended sessions on the usual topics like zero waste practices and community engagement, but the overarching theme of the conference this year was integrating indigenous knowledge into the conversations of a just economic transition. Many of the keynote speakers were elders from first American people's tribal groups such as Lakota, Ojibwe, and Pawnee. Their talks focused on how their ancient knowledge applied directly to modern trends in sustainable thinking regarding an environmentally just economy.
Sustainability in the news
UH Announces Funding for Carbon Management Projects
The Center for Carbon Management in Energy at the University of Houston has awarded $275,000 in research funding for projects focused on carbon management and the energy transition. The projects cover a range of projects, from converting carbon to fuel and other useful products to a proposed new wireless monitoring system for carbon capture storage.
UH Law and Center for Carbon Management in Energy Create Summer Fellowship Program
The University of Houston's Law Center (UHLC) and the Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) teamed up this summer to create the first of its kind fellowship program for six law students interested in energy law research. "This year has been a time of disruption, but that also creates opportunity," said Tracy Hester, instructional associate professor at UHLC and co-founder of the CCME. "I'm enormously grateful that the University of Houston and the Center for Carbon Management were able to help give students an opportunity in these incredibly unusual times to do original work on legal issues at the heart of addressing the carbon challenge." The program, which started in May, lasted about six weeks and recruited law students and recent graduates whose internships or jobs were rescinded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The research fellows worked on a variety of projects in the energy sector, from climate intervention technologies to examining regulatory barriers in upcycling plastic.
University of Houston plans to improve campus, nearby area ahead of centennial
With the University of Houston reaching its centennial in 2027, President Renu Khator is recommending a centennial plaza, with a new building for the College of Education in a different location and increased green space reaching from the E. Cullen buildings to McElhinney Hall. UH will conduct a feasibility study on the project. A centennial master plan committee was formed in May to make the campus generally more walkable and collaborative, with more trees, shaded walkways and gated entrances.
Cullen Boulevard Improvement Project Segment A & B Updates
We are getting ready to kick-off the Design Phase. This portion of the work includes the pedestrian lights, bus shelters, big belly trash cans as well as security. The hardscape improvements will make Cullen Boulevard friendlier and safer for pedestrian and bike traffic. Once this portion of the work is finished, the transformation of Segment "A" (N. MacGregor to Wheeler) will be complete.