The College of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Houston-Downtown focuses its mission on education as a way to foster creativity and social responsibility. One of those primary responsibilities is the care of our planet. As such, CHSS is putting forth an initiative to support sustainability through education, student engagement, and activism.
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Around campus there are blue bins for recycling. Please only place recyclable materials in these containers. If there is trash in them, they cannot be recycled. Watch for a university wide campaign for recycling soon!
Reduce Your Use/Use Reusable Materials
- Bring your own water bottle and refill it at one of the many water bottle filling locations on campus.
- Bring your own reusable utensils for lunch
- Print on both sides of paper
- Take the steps instead of the elevator
- Go paperless where possible (purchase e-books, take notes electronically, keep digital copies of syllabi, etc).
- Carpool or use other green commuting options to travel to UHD such as BCycle
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At the Store
- Buy items with less packaging
- Buy local foods as they use less fuel to get to you
- Don’t buy bottled water
- Buy second hand clothes
- Stop idling, if parked or stuck in gridlock traffic, turn off your car
- Accelerate gently and reduce your speed to save gas
- Consider taking a train or bus which use less fuel than flying, particularly for shorter trips
- Bring your own reusable shopping bags
Sustainability Challenges to Consider
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The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe by Greta Eagan
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The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
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