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Take on the GO-ZERO Challenge: Volunteer for Earth Day Houston


By Marie Jacinto

Picture1 (2)Earth Day 2024 is Saturday, April 20, and Discovery Green is presenting a big event and even bigger challenge: GO ZERO for a waste-free event with zero trash. Last year’s Earth Day event had more than 30,000 visitors (instead of the historic 10,000), and many people opted to throw their trash in “waste only” containers rather than sort and recycle it. 

This year’s Earth Day Houston will feature UHD volunteers as Recycling Ambassadors to show attendees how to sort their waste as reusable, recyclable, or compostable. The event is from noon to 5 p.m., and volunteers will serve as Recycling Ambassadors in two-hour shifts. Earth Day Houston is in partnership with UHD, our Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability, and the UHD Sustainability Council, which was elevated to a council from committee status by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah E. Bordelon in 2022. 

Three reasons to volunteer:

  1. To be a part of a massive community event at Discovery Green for Earth Day.
  2. To show your love for UHD and its Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability.
  3. To be a part of the solution for sustainability issues facing our urban environment.   

It’s easy to sign up and show your Gator pride, and if you have questions, please email cuas@uhd.edu. Our goal is 100 UHD volunteers, sporting complimentary 50th UHD Anniversary/Earth Day Houston t-shirts in recognition of our close relationship with the city of Houston over five decades.

At the end of the day, food waste and compostable food accessories will be weighed and recorded prior to being transported to a composting facility to become a valuable nutrient for plants. Recyclables will go on to a Materials Recycling Facility, and trash will go to the landfill.

A zero-waste event is an event at which 90% of material, by weight, generated at the event is diverted for recycling and/or composting. With dedication and determination, Gators can make that happen and help meet the GO-ZERO Challenge.


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.