Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Houston
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Mendoza
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:
Yes

A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:

In March 2014, Maria Honey and Sarah Kelly presented about UH sustainability co-curricular and curricular successes, failures, and on-going projects at the Southwest Academy of Management session called, "Leveraging sustainability in academia." The panelists represented several Texas universities.

UH Facilities Management leadership has also presented at numerous conferences in the past three years, highlighting operational changes to the campus and overall sustainability improvements to the Central Plant and other facilities.

In March 2015, Sarah Kelly partnered with Texas A&M University to present best practices, strategies and challenges of the AASHE STARS reporting process during the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Annual Summit.

In May 2015, Kelly presented at an International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) Roundtable covering sustainability progress at UH, along with representatives from Lone Star College and San Jacinto College.

In 2015, Kelly coordinated the TRACS Networking Session at the AASHE conference.


The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:

The University of Houston became a member of the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) in 2014. (The TRACS website doesn't currently have the updated list of active campuses online). The University of Houston is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. In 2014 and 2015, Sarah Kelly attended the AASHE conference as the first UH staff member to ever attend.


A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :

Sarah Kelly, UH sustainability program manager, was a member of the 2015 (TRACS) Summit planning committee, and beginning in Fall 2015, serves on the TRACS communications committee.

Beyond the formal participation in TRACS, the office of sustainability is in frequent communication with sustainability professionals at other Texas campuses. Locally, Rice University has been a consistent resource for UH sustainability as the UH program relaunched under new leadership, and UH has participated in roundtables hosted in Houston for sustainability institutions to share best practices.


The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.