Gulf Coast Green 2019
Crossroads: Inclusive Exchange


Cultivating Sustainability on Campus: Lessons from University Communities


In this presentation, two dedicated sustainability staff members from local universities and a green building specialist will discuss lessons learned from implementing sustainable practices at multiple scales and in differing environments on university campuses. Using the metaphor of a diverse ecosystem, the presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities in cultivating sustainability on campuses, which represent fertile testing grounds for their surrounding communities. From the physical environment to university processes and educational offerings, integrated sustainability requires planting a variety of seeds and engaging local sustainability champions to tend to them.



Colley Hodges

Colley Hodges is an architect, LEED AP, and one of the nation’s first WELL Accredited Professionals. As a sustainability consultant at Kirksey, Colley has been responsible for the certification of millions of square feet under several LEED rating systems, including multiple higher education projects. He currently serves on the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of the U.S. Green Building Council. Before entering the field of architecture, Colley worked for five years as a program director at the University of Houston, where he also earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees.


Roshani Malla

Roshani Malla is the Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Houston-Downtown's Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS). She joined UHD in January 2018 and oversees students' projects, UHD garden activities, and other sustainability initiatives. Roshani is also responsible for developing and implementing sustainability initiatives, organizing events, outreach and communication. She has a master's degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University and a master's degree in Sociology from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.


Michael Mendoza

Michael Mendoza joined the Office of Sustainability in November 2017. He has a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Florida. He worked for over ten years in the restaurant industry before pursuing a career in higher education. The Office of Sustainability serves as a hub for UH's sustainability efforts. As Sustainability Manager, Michael has created a sustainability strategic plan for the campus. Initiatives include: climate 
resiliency planning, a green labs program, sustainability course development, and student driven projects that achieve sustainability learning outcomes.

Time and Location


2:30pm - 3:20pm

CE Credit