The University of Houston has been named to the Princeton Review's list of Green Colleges for a third time. What can UH do to keep momentum going?
"We've been the pioneer—this is our third year to be recognized by the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges—so, now the task is for us to become transformers," said Emily Messa, Associate Vice Chancellor of Administration. What began on campus with a recycling program has led to green commuting plans and a large gift for solar panels for one campus building. Now the plan is to reach out.
"Really engaging with our counterparts to find out what the next steps are for all of us, what everybody is good at and how can we help each other and move the needle of sustainability," she said
But not at the expense of continued work on campus.
"We're doing a lot of work with our diesel testing center and have a focused effort on obtaining grants that will help the Energy Research Park grow that will help our efforts toward sustainability and sustainable energy."
Being green is lifestyle, Messa said, one that students, faculty and staff are living.
"It's a lot of fun and this is what everyone does at the University of Houston...it's just what we do."
Being Green is part of what's happening at the University of Houston. I'm Marisa Ramirez.