Green Event at Bauer Focuses on Recycling, Responsibility

Published on January 12, 2009

UH Bauer students exchanged plastic water bottles for aluminum bottles at a recycling awareness event sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers.View more photos

UH Bauer students exchanged plastic water bottles for aluminum bottles at a recycling awareness event sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Service and community engagement are well-known strengths of the University of Houston. Recently, PricewaterhouseCoopers staged its recycling awareness event at the C. T. Bauer College of Business to highlight student service, along with individual and corporate responsibility. Students had the opportunity to trade plastic water bottles for aluminum bottles, take part in exercises designed to expand their knowledge about energy consumption, and register to take part in a New Orleans service project in June.

PricewaterhouseCoopers is staging similar events at 100 U.S. schools, with one student per campus chosen at random to join in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in Louisiana.

“Our purpose is to build awareness around corporate responsibility and the opportunities to go green,” PricewaterhouseCoopers Managing Partner Paul Peacock said. “The Bauer students were highly charged and energetic. This event has a lot of momentum and it’s well received everywhere we go.”

The UH Campus Sustainability Task Force, organized in 2007 and composed of students, faculty and staff, was on hand to showcase its recycling efforts. UH is one of more than 400 U.S. schools participating in Recyclemania, a recycling competition designed to promote recycling and waste minimization which runs for 10 weeks.

“The Bauer College Department of Accountancy & Taxation teaches the importance of corporate social responsibility performance and accountability to our accounting students with the help of outstanding business partners such as PricewaterhouseCoopers,” Director of accounting programs Michael Newman said. “But teaching is not enough. Our students need to see companies and firms put this concept in action.”

By Julie Bonnin and Hannah Eastham