A freshly tilled area surrounded by Moody Towers and the basketball courts on the south end of the UH campus soon will become a vegetable garden providing some produce for campus food services. Together with recycle bins, electric work trucks and landscaping compost areas, the garden is part of the university’s sustainability efforts.
“In the fall and winter we’ll have greens, different kinds of greens. In the spring and summer we’ll have corn, beans and some tomatoes,” said Alex Alexander, director of custodial services and grounds. “It fits. It just seems to fit with all the other initiatives we’re proposing around sustainability.”
In addition to building such as the Burdette Keeland Jr. Design Exploration Center, a “recycled” building which boasts the city’s only sloped green roof, many campus initiatives focus on minimizing our impact on the environment: a comprehensive recycling program, dedicated land for composting materials for campus landscaping and new relationships with METRO transit for car/van pool information.
“The environment is a public health crisis,” said Emily Messa, assistant vice president for university services. Messa spearheads the UH Recycles effort, which educates the campus community on green living, working and playing. “As leaders of an urban institution, with our international population, we feel we have a broad community with broad talent. We’re very well equipped to address this public health crisis.”
The UH Recycles effort is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.
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