Monthly Archive for April, 2008

Needed: Volunteers for green roof project, Friday, May 2

A modest number of volunteers are needed anytime between 10:00 and 3:30 on Friday, May 2, to help with the green roof test beds on the roof of the Life Sciences Building. Contact Amanda Popken.

Shorthorn article, 4/30/08

Photos

New book explores alternative energy sources

From UT Arlington Today, 4/29/08:

Seems these days everyone is talking about the spiraling cost of gasoline and the problems created by America’s dependence on fossil fuel. But Krishnan Rajeshwar, UT Arlington Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Associate Dean of Science, writes and studies about it in his new book, “Solar Hydrogen Generation toward a Renewable Energy Future.” He outlines energy sources, like hydrogen, which can be generated from renewable sources such as hydrogen and water. Rajeshwar edited the book with two other scientists, Robert McConnell of Amonix Inc. and Stuart Licht of University of Massachusetts, Boston. The text examines strategies for generating hydrogen from sunlight and water in a sustainable way. Authoritative discussions are provided by experts on topics ranging from a description of the solar resource, to electrolysis of water and a solar concentrator pathway to low cost electrolytic hydrogen. It covers thermal/photo hybrid splitting of water, photochemical water splitting, hydrogen generation, inorganic semiconductor-electrolyte interfaces and photo biological schemes for producing hydrogen from water. The book culminates with an analysis of a coupled water electrolyzer-solar photovoltaic system for the centralized production of hydrogen. The book’s literature citation is extensive and comprehensive in each chapter and it provides a broad perspective of the rapid developments in an important aspect of energy science and technology. The material covered originates from a spectrum of disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, chemical and mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and materials science. Visit www.springer.com for more information or contact Rajeshwar at rajeshwar@uta.edu.

University joins Arlington’s “Green Team”

UT Arlington has been named as a member of a “Green Team” inaugurated by the City of Arlington as it seeks to substantially increase the proportion of commercial solid waste that is being recycled rather than sent to the landfill. The program is being coordinated by Tim Yatko, who is a member of the President’s Sustainability Committee and a graduate student in the School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Star-Telegram story, 4/23/08

Shorthorn story, 4/29/08

Library Reception will feature sustainability resources –

Folks, see the “Campus Brief” written by Melinda Tillery.

Ellen Baskerville

UNT signs climate agreement

Big news from our colleagues in Denton. Excerpt from press release:

The University of North Texas is the first large public university in Texas to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a growing nationwide initiative of college and university presidents and chancellors dedicated to counteracting climate change by taking steps to make their campuses climate neutral.

By signing the agreement, UNT President Gretchen Bataille is committing the university to completing an emissions inventory, setting a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral, taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions, integrating sustainability into the curriculum and making it part of the educational experience, and making the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.

Full press release, 4/17/08

The University of Texas System has declined to sign the agreement.

Eco-dining

The following information was provided by Meredith Moore, a marketing program specialist with Dining Services and a member of the President’s Sustainability Committee:

Dining Services would like to let everyone know about the Earth Week events going on with dining on campus.

The Connection Café has an eco-friendly menu today for lunch with offerings like Baked Alaskan Pollock, Vegetable Lasagna and Oriental Veggie Noodle Salad with Pan-Seared Tofu. The Connection is also going tray-less for the entire day to reduce waste and the use of water, energy and chemicals.

Anyone who has old cell phones, batteries or printer cartridges can bring them down to the Connection Café, as we are colleting them to be recycled.

University Club also has a couple of special menu choices including the Oriental Veggie Noodle Salad and a Garden Vegetable Pita.

Celebrate Earth Day 2008 with Dining Services!

Contact Meredith Moore

Electrical Engineering professor receives solar cell grant

The Fort Worth Business Press reported that ZT Solar, a company based on technology that brings cost-effective surface textures to solar cells to decrease reflection, received a $50,000 grant to help move the products into commercial use. Meng Tao is co-founder of ZT Solar and a UT Arlington electrical engineering professor. The grant was part of the Texas Ignition Fund of $2 million, approved by the University of Texas System Board of Regents in 2007. The TIF fund was authorized after officials decided to give extra effort and capitol to move potential products from the UT System into the marketplace for additional investors.

Photos of Celebrating People & the Planet

When I wasn’t holding down one side of the UT Arlington Library tent, I got a few pictures from Celebrating People & the Planet. Go to the link below for a quick slide show.

Celebrating People & the Planet.wmv
http://mavspace.uta.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-626560_1

[JH: Some people report that the slide show does not open with Firefox. Internet Explorer works, however.]

Ellen Baskerville

Shorthorn article on Celebrating People & Planet

The Shorthorn has an article today on the Celebrating People & Planet event yesterday. Congratulations and thanks to Becky Valentich, UT Arlington’s recycling coordinator and chair of the waste reduction work group, for her hard work in coordinating the event.

An excerpt from the story:

The university put its best green foot forward Wednesday with Celebrating People and Planet, a collection of environmental and health vendors set up at the University Center mall.

University recycling coordinator Becky Valentich organized the event and invited the vendors who attended, including the Arlington Conservation Council, the Tarrant Coalition for Environmental Awareness and the Trinity River Authority.

Several other groups were on hand promoting “green” and energy efficient businesses, ideas and products.

Full story

Recycling styrofoam in DFW

http://www.metrofoamrecycling.com/

The big styrofoam blocks which are used for packing really can collect in volume, but fortunately are clean and able to be recycled. DO NOT include food service styrofoam or pellets. Have people collect the blocks in as big a plastic bags as they can find. Then take the bags to Foam Fabricators, 11650 Emerald, 1 block west of 1-35 E/Stemmons and 3 blocks
north of Royal on the east side of the street, during usual business hours.
Park in the side parking lot, walk up the ramp and head for the back right
corner of the huge room. Pellets are frequently made of cornstarch now, so shouldn’t be mixed in
with styrofoam recycling. Instead, take them to any Mail Boxes Etc.; look in the
telephone book for a location near you. Also contact:

Metro Styrofoam
1628 Terre Colony Ct
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 231-3626

Thanks to UTA retiree John Dycus and other Arlington Conservation Council members for this information.