Merging the environment with education continues to be the focus of University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Institute of Houston and partners liked ExxonMobil Baytown sharpen the focus. Most recently, ExxonMobil provided a $7,900 grant to the UH-Clear Lake institute to expand their reach to the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District.
“Support from our corporate partners makes educational programs such as the EIH summer camp, school habitat teacher workshops, Texas Envirothon program and many of our community outreach programs possible,” says UHCL Environmental Education Program Coordinator Wendy Reistle.
UHCL’s Environmental Institute of Houston was created to address issues of environmental concern. It has become a leader in building partnerships in research, education and outreach. EIH conducts research on regional environmental issues. The institute encourages academic activities and public discussion on natural resource conservation, pollution prevention, public policy, and societal issues.
Among the projects specifically being funded by ExxonMobil Baytown is a School Habitat workshop for Goose Creek Consolidated ISD teachers, assistance with establishing School Habitats at three district schools and programs for third-grade classes at the three schools chosen for habitats. ExxonMobil Baytown support not only provides financial backing to teachers in the district, but also will offer ExxonMobil Baytown employees an opportunity to volunteer and assist with the creation of the school habitats at the schools.
“We are so grateful that our partners consider environmental issues important enough to invest in the futures of our students,” adds Reistle. “It is the students, teachers and community members who truly benefit from the support of our partners by allowing them to come together and learn about our natural world.”
To find out more about the Environmental Institute of Houston and the institute’s projects, visit http://www.eih.uhcl.edu or call 281-283-3950.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.