Monthly Archive for July, 2008

University links up with Air North Texas to promote improved air quality

The University of Texas at Arlington is the first educational entity to partner with Air North Texas, launched July 15. Nine counties in North Texas, including Tarrant and Dallas, are classified as nonattainment areas for eight-hour ozone levels by the Environmental Protection Agency.Air North Texas, formed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments with support of an Air Quality Public Relations Task Force, is a regional clean air partnership and campaign to provide a comprehensive air quality resource and promote a consistent, regional air quality message. The organization is committed to leveraging area resources and programs in a collaborative effort to increase public awareness of specific
opportunities for residents to reduce emissions. The integrated public awareness campaign encourages residents to make clean-air choices and incorporates the tools of print, Internet, radio, outreach events and non-traditional communication like educational air quality messages on gasoline pumps.

Visit www.airnorthtexas.org to learn more about committing to one or more of the 15 clean air choices or to sign up to receive information.

Shorthorn story, July 29

Green building seminar, Sept. 26

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Presented By:

University of Texas at Arlington
Construction Research Center
416 Yates Street
Arlington, Texas 76019
Nedderman Hall, Rm. 100

Details here

OneBook & Conversations program to select book on environmental theme for 2009-2010

“The Conversations team has elected to consider only books that are environmentally-themed for the OneBook 2009-2010, in support of recent University sustainability initiatives and faculty interest.” Link

The book itself will be read by several thousand first-year undergraduates, discussed extensively in their English composition classes, and dissected in their papers. The topic also will be adopted for the Conversations program, meaning that the book author will be invited to deliver a prominent campus lecture and that numerous other events on the subject will be scheduled throughout the academic year. So this a major development for our efforts to increase student attention to environmental issues and for the emerging conversation on sustainability as a focus for UT Arlington’s curriculum.

The committee’s decision to select environment as a topic before considering specific book titles represents a significant departure from its established procedure. Our hearty thanks to the committee for taking this important step to further discussion of sustainability within the university curriculum.

Want to nominate a book? Info

PSC resolution, 8/12/08

Shorthorn article, 9/2/08

Green roof project receives 2 awards

The Greater DFW Recycling Alliance recognized UT Arlington’s Green Roof Project with one of their Environmental Awards at a luncheon on July 10 at the Dallas Zoo. On August 19, the Recycling Alliance of Texas will present UT Arlington’s Green Roof Project with an Environmental Leadership Award at their annual summit in The Woodlands, TX.

Revised fiscal regulation on responsible purchasing

UT Arlington has revised Fiscal Regulation 4-2, Section II regarding responsible purchasing practices. This regulation states that whenever possible, procurement staff and delegated university departments shall specify and purchase recycled/remanufactured goods. See regulation.