Campus Sustainability 2013: Texas Southern University (TSU) held the first annual Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The event was hosted by the Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice and Sustainability in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (BJML SPA) and the Buildings and Grounds Department. Campus Sustainability Day is a time to recognize the successes, challenges, and innovation of sustainability in higher education on each campus. TSU’s Campus Sustainability Day included a variety of sustainable activities such as bike scavenger hunts, tree and seedling planting, paver painting, and recycling initiatives. Participants included TSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as, the surrounding community of Cuney Homes, the Wallip School, and Jack Yates High School.
Campus Sustainability 2014: The TSU annual Earth Day/Arbor Day activities, held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 10 am – 2 pm, were hosted by the Buildings and Grounds Department and the Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice and Sustainability in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (BJML SPA). The day began with a welcome from Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the BJML SPA and Mr. Terry Garner, Master Gardner, Houston Department of Health and Human Services and included a variety of sustainable campus activities, such as tree and seedling planting, tile and paver painting, and walkway improvements near the Jessie H. Jones School of Business. TSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as, the surrounding community of the Wallip School and Jack Yates High School joined in on the planned activities.
On October 21, 2014, TSU hosted the 2nd Annual Campus Sustainability Day focused on recycling and reducing carbon footprint. Ms. TSU provided the opening remarks, and participants began the day by assisting with a planting event held in front of Bell Hall. TSU students, staff and faculty also attended a lunch workshop focused on campus energy conservation facilitated by Mr. Donovan Dawson, Business Development Manager, EnerNOC on the 3rd floor of the Ernest S. Sterling Student Center. The partners of this project included Mr. Darrell Bunch, Executive Director Buildings & Grounds, Buildings and Grounds Staff, Mr. Kirk Paul, Sustainability and Project Coordinator, Dr. Denae King, Interim Associate Director, MLCEJS, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland Scholar/TSU doctoral student, Ms. Jenise Young, and other TSU Sustainability Committee Members. A collaborative sustainability day effort was also held at the partnering, Jack Yates High School, with leadership from Mr. Omar Peters.
Campus Sustainability 2015: Texas Southern University (TSU) and Florida A&M University held collaborative annual Earth Day/Arbor Day activities on Tuesday, April 22, 2015. Earth Day/Arbor Day was hosted by the Buildings Grounds Department and the MLCEJS in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (BJML SPA) was held in front of Thornton M. Fairchild Hall. The TSU student initiative was led by Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland Scholar/doctoral student, N. Jenise Young (TSU) and began with encouraging words from Student Government Association (SGA) members, City of Houston Master Gardener, Terri Garner, and Roland Cotton of the SouthEast Houston Transformation Alliance (SEHTA). A variety of sustainable campus activities were included such as tree and seedling planting for walkway improvements, meeting “green” vendors, recycling education, a fun photo booth for TSU students, faculty, and staff, and an Earth Day social media campaign. Facebook pages “FAMU&TXSUSUSTAINU” and an Instagram page, “FAMU_TxsuSustainU” were launched by TSU and FAMU students who were encouraged to upload pictures of themselves around campus engaging in Earth Day activities. The social media hashtag theme used for the event was #FAMU_TxsuSustainU. TSU students also assisted neighboring Jack Yates High School students with Earth Day/Arbor activities on their campus.