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UHD-Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Solar Celebration Set for Nov. 17

The banks of White Oak Bayou are perfect for catching some rays … especially at the University of Houston-Downtown’s College of Sciences & Technology (CST) Building. Thanks to a sustainability grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, solar panels will be installed at UHD’s newest academic building to soak up some sun and support students’ learning experiences through the purchase of photosynthesis equipment.

To spotlight this collaboration, both UHD and Sun Club will participate in an upcoming Virtual “Flip the Switch” Celebration. Participants are encouraged to register in advance for this event.

This event will be conducted on Zoom at 2 p.m, November 17 and it is expected to last 30 minutes. Your participation in this event will provide you with unique insights into UHD’s CST Building, the UHD-Green Mountain Sun Club partnership and other UHD initiatives supporting sustainability and higher education, including the Center for Urban Agriculture & Sustainability.

The celebration will include presentations from students who will share details on sustainability-focused projects and a panel discussion with faculty members and Green Mountain Sun Club representatives addressing how the solar panels will extend beyond providing power to the CST Building and serve as an educational tool for students.

Green Mountain Energy Sun Club’s contributions to UHD complement $10 million in sustainability grants to non-profit organizations supporting projects focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and resource and environmental conservation.


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.