Energy Day connects UH to greater Houston

More than 15,000 people went to Hermann Square in front of city hall for Energy Day 2012 in downtown Houston Saturday, where UH teamed up with the Consumer Energy Alliance and about 70 exhibitors put together modern and state-of-the-art exhibits illustrating innovation, efficiency and conservation of energy.

“Energy Day is an official city of Houston event designed to strengthen Houston’s image as the ‘energy capital of the world,’” said David Holt, president of Consumer Energy Alliance, in a statement.  “We are thrilled that UH, a highly regarded energy educational institution, has signed on to partner with us.”

Other attractions included kid-friendly and hands-on demonstrations, booths focused on scientific advances and exploring career opportunities in the energy field, live music and food — all geared toward educating the attendees about the energy industry.

“UH has identified energy as a key strategic focus for faculty research and teaching, and we are focused on becoming the ‘energy university,’” said Rathindra Bose, UH’s vice chancellor for Research and Technology, in a news release.

The event will highlight the great efforts being made at UH concerning energy research, Bose said.

“Energy Day is a unique venue that lets the Houston general public see the energy research and education endeavors at UH,” said Alex Ignatiev, director of the Center for Advanced Materials and coordinator for Campus Energy Day.

UH energy sustainability efforts have been advanced over the past several years with UH attaining a B+ score on the National Green Report, and silver status in the Association for Advancement in Sustainability in Higher Education, Ignatiev said.

By partnering with CEA, the University shows its expanding efforts in promoting the city’s energy industry and future through various energy-related and educational programs.

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