Monthly Archive for November, 2008

Last meeting of the semester!

The Environmental Society will host its final meeting of the semester tomorrow, December 1, 2008 at 12:00pm in CH 101. All students, members and non-members alike, are invited to join us as we celebrate the conclusion of a phenomenal first semester for the Environmental Society!

 On the agenda:

  • -A presentation by John Darling, the campus composter largely responsible for leading a recycling program at UT Arlington that diverted more than 27 tons of waste from the city landfill
  • -Discussion of the National Teach-in, an ENORMOUS event that will highlight the impacts of global climate change coming to UT Arlington on February 5, 2009
  • -Opportunity to run for an officer position in Environmental Society next semester

Whether you’ve made it to a meeting before this semester or not, we hope you’ll all decide to take a break from your studies and  join us on Monday. See you at noon!

University seeks Sustainability Director

The University of Texas at Arlington is seeking a Sustainability Director. The Sustainability Director will direct, manage, and coordinate the University’s sustainability efforts and initiatives by interfacing with the President’s Sustainability Committee, co-chairs, steering committee, University Communications (sponsorships, media and community events), other members of the university community, and the public. The Sustainability Director must have general knowledge and experience with the following: utility efficiency and management, recycling and waste reduction, campus master planning, sustainable building design and construction (e.g. Green Building Council, LEED), transportation, environmentally preferable purchasing, program management and metrics, and curriculum development. A Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, biology, business, architecture, engineering, or related field and 5 years relevant work experience in progressively responsible positions with a university, municipality, or corporation is required. Advanced degree and 7 years of experience preferred. Interested candidates should apply at  UTA is an EO/AA employer.

Full details


Soon the fall semester will be over and students will be moving out of the residence halls.  From December 3 to December 13 containers will be set up in each residence hall to “dump and run” items that students no longer need.  Containers will be set up to collect clothing, toiletries you no longer need and any perishable food items.   All items collected will be donated to Mission Arlington.

Barnett Shale Urban Drilling: What’s It All About? Dec. 3

The Arlington Technology Association monthly presentation forDecember will be by Andy Agosto, V.P. of Business Development, Carrizo Oil & Gas. This is the company developing the university’s gas wells.

According to an ATA announcement, Agosto “will provide an overview on the role of the engineer in acquiring oil and gas mineral leases, formulating development plans, designing the wells that are drilled and operating the wells once they are drilled.”

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:00-8:00 a.m. (yes, a.m.). First floor of Nedderman Hall (map).

Breakfast served. Public welcome. Reservation required.

Reservations and more info:

Thinking Green: Powering the Future, Nov. 20

The Honors College Council will sponsor a discussion forum called “Thinking Green: Powering the Future” on Thursday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. in 101 College Hall. Panelists will discuss alternative energy sources such as hydrogen, solar energy, biofuels, and geological energy supplies. Dr. Tim Henry will moderate.

Environmental Society to host Nuclear Power Debate!

Join the Environmental Society on Monday, November 17th welcome speakers from Clean Energy America (CEA) for a debate on the viability of nuclear energy as a solution to the world’s escalating climate crisis! The speakers from CEA are a group of young nuclear energy experts dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits of nuclear energy as a “clean, reliable, and affordable source of energy.” The speakers embody a wide variety of backgrounds; many have experience in engineering, finance, law, mining, and working in nuclear power plants. CEA is sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Institute.  More information can be found on the CEA website,

Tim Yatko, an Urban and Public Affairs graduate student, and Vinodh Valluri, Environmental Science graduate student, will both be arguing for the opposing side. The debaters will tackle the controversial questions associated with nuclear energy; including radioactive waste disposal, carbon emissions, the monetary costs of nuclear power, security issues, and nuclear plant safety.

Nuclear Power Debate

5:00pm on Monday, November 17, 2008

College Hall 101

 Please feel free to contact Chelsea Roff with any questions.  Chelsea Roff
Vice President, Environmental Society
(469) 556 2926

Arlington Conservation Council membership night, Nov. 12

This information was provided by John Darling, who is an officer for the Arlington Conservation Council, who runs the university’s composting program, and who serves on the President’s Sustainability Committee.


Come join us!  Members and nonmembers alike, be sure to bring a friend
as ACC launches its fall community awareness drive; a light dinner
will be provided.  Everyone is welcome.

Arlington Conservation Council
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12
Montessori Academy
3428 W. Arkansas Lane


Please RSVP to me so we can plan refreshments

Go Paperless Challenge has rewards for faculty, staff

The Waste Reduction Work Group of the President’s Sustainability Committee challenges all faculty and staff to switch to a paperless earnings statement.  During November, all faculty and staff are encouraged to go paperless and access their earnings statement online through UT Direct. Switching to paperless is easy, convenient and the most secure way to receive personal information. Visit and click on Go Paperless, log on with a UTEID and password. Then click the box “I want an electronic earnings statement” and the update button. Contact Payroll Services at for information on passwords and how to upgrade the security level. The first three departments that go completely paperless will win a pizza party for their department. The first three departments that have a large increase to the number of employees going paperless will receive cookies and lemonade for their department. Payroll Services will track the changes and the winners will be announced in the UTA Messenger at the end of November.

Climate Change and Green Campuses, Nov. 13

Lecture by Kyle D. Brown, Ph.D.
“Climate Change and Green Campuses.”

November 13, 5:30 pm
School of Architecture 204
The University of Texas at Arlington

Open to the public

[I have access to the PowerPoint presentation that Brown delivered and can share it upon request with people at UT Arlington. -- JH]

New course on sustainable energy

The Electrical Engineering Department will offer a course entitled Introduction to Sustainable Energy Sources (EE 4328). It will be taught by Dr. Babak Fahimi and Dr. Rasool Kenarangui. One section will be for EE students and another for all other engineering and science students of junior or senior standing.