On the University of Houston campus, we have a skilled team of experts who work day in and day out to make sure our environment is safe and free of hazardous substances. Hollie Quisenberry, Environmental Protection Officer, is part of this dedicated Environmental Health and Safety team dedicated to reducing and managing hazards on campus.

Originally from Kentucky, Quisenberry first became inspired to get into the field of environmental health during her very first semester of college at Eastern Kentucky University when a classmate talked to her about the subject.

�The next semester I took an introductory course and the rest is history,� Quisenberry said.

After receiving her bachelor�s degree, Quisenberry took a position as a restaurant inspector in Michigan with the Oakland County Health Division. She then earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. After that, she moved to Tolleson, Arizona and worked as the Environmental Health and Safety Supervisor for PepsiCo until 2010. She moved to Houston and joined the UH team a few months later.

The Environmental Health and Safety staff assist the UH community in responsibly managing wastes and ensuring compliance with environmental regulations in regards to air, waste and petroleum storage tanks.

�People who work in EHS are here to proactively manage and control risks that are hazardous to people and the environment,� she explained. �This department is important because we prevent accidents and incidents across campus. However, if an accident or incident does occur, our staff helps to correct the issue.�

On a regular basis, Quisenberry maintains environmental permits, develops and implements occupational health and safety programs, manages recordkeeping and reporting for the university and assists with hazardous waste management as needed. She also oversees Environmental Health and Safety at the Energy Research Park and works on special projects as assigned.

�I like that every day is different,� she said. �What I enjoy most about working at the university is the diversity of the campus and all of the leading research that is going on here.�

For more information on Environmental Health and Safety, visit https://www.uh.edu/ehs/.