The Climate Commitment is an effort to address global warming by gathering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate research and educational efforts. Rob Jarrett, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, notes that UH-Downtown is the end stop to the rail line.
One of the key advantages we have and where we can achieve critical mass is to encourage students, faculty and staff to make use of those opportunities that the City of Houston is really affording to us almost free. In fact, we have the university pass to take City of Houston public transportation all semester.
The University of Houston-Downtown hosted a panel discussion on sustainability, featuring educators and Karl Pepple, the City of Houston's director of environmental programming. He says Mayor Bill White has made sustainability and recycling a priority.
First off, purchasing wind power helps create a diverse energy portfolio. So, if all the electricity we purchased was from natural gas, and the natural gas price quadrupled, we'd be hurting as far as paying our energy bill. If we've got a diverse energy portfolio, getting power from a variety of different sources, that makes more sense. It makes us more responsible to the public.
Pepple says universities are great places to bring the message of sustainability.
What we carry on in the professional workplace is based on what we learned in school. So, if we're taught that 'this is the proper way and you must do things this way,' we're going to remember that as we go into the professional workplace.
The ACU Presidents Climate Commitment signed by UH-Downtown provides colleges and universities with tools and information resources to become climate neutral. Ed Mayberry, Houston Public Radio News.