18
September
2023
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16:54 PM
America/Chicago

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now On Campus

UHD at the Forefront of City’s Sustainability Efforts

Summary

By Marie Jacinto

“Let’s achieve zero emissions together, y’all” was the message at Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s recent news conference, where he called UHD a trailblazer alongside the 12 other recipients of Evolve Houston’s eMobility Microgrants.

That’s right: UHD was in Round One to receive funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. UHD’s EV charging station has already been installed in the Daly Parking Lot north of the College of Sciences and Technology, home to UHD’s Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS), another example of UHD leading the charge to build sustainable neighborhoods by creating stable urban ecosystems.

The EV charging station (near the corner of Main and Naylor) is free to everyone displaying a valid UHD permit, in keeping with the mission of Evolve Houston. A nonprofit founded by Shell, NRG, CenterPoint, and the University of Houston, Evolve Houston aims to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting and enabling the Greater Houston Area to increase electric vehicle adoption.

The point of the eMobility Microgrants is to fund projects related to electric vehicle and charging infrastructure in many of Houston’s underserved communities. Turner wants to ensure that the city is at the forefront of the transition to electric vehicles.

“Our work with Evolve Houston began in 2019 and is directly tied to the City’s Climate Action Plan dedicated to the use of renewable energy sources. The eMobility Microgrant Initiative is a culmination of my vision and the collaborative efforts from many individuals and corporate supporters who recognize the importance of the transition to electric transportation,” said Mayor Turner. The goal is that 50% of all new vehicles sold by 2030 will be electric. “Equity is at the core of our efforts regarding sustainability. The grant winners we recognized today are trailblazers in their communities, leveraging EV technology to residents in neighborhoods that have been historically underserved.”

 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.