Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Volunteers needed for National Teach-in on February 5

The recently formed UT Arlington student environmental organization, the Environmental Society, is in the final stages of organizing the university’s participation in the National Teach-In on Global Warming on February 5. This is an enormous event that is being advertised in newspapers and magazines across the metroplex and will bring several prominent government officials to campus. Volunteers are needed to help keep the event running smoothly throughout the day. Each volunteer will receive a free tee-shirt for the time they have committed to the event. All students and faculty are also invited to attend  the scheduled events.
 
If you can help for an hour or two, please contact Chelsea Roff, the group’s vice president. 
 
Email Chelsea

UT Arlington Teach-in

National Teach-In

AWMA invites you to its first general meeting, Jan. 30

Hello everyone!

The UT Arlington Student Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association invites all UT Arlington students, faculty and staff to the first general meeting this semester on Friday, 30th January 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 414 (4th floor) Nedderman Hall.

Let’s get a taste for Environmental Infotainment this Spring! The events and activities this semester are based on the theme “Environmental Awareness”.
Agenda for the first general meeting:

The Student President, Parthen Parikh, will briefly introduce all attendees to the purpose, history and activities of the Air & Waste Management Association. All are welcome to participate in an interactive environmental game that follows. Interested persons may pre-register for ‘Posterrazzi’ – a fun activity to be held this semester.

Everyone is encouraged to sign up as a volunteer for the National Teach-In 2009 Event, a grand activity being conducted by our fellow organization — The Environmental Society.

Queries and comments? Please email awma.uta@gmail.com

The Secretary
UT Arlington Student Chapter
Air & Waste Management Association

University might get as many as 24 gas wells

A story in the Star-Telegram yesterday on the amount of royalty money the university has received from gas production  ($528,495) contained the surprising suggestion that as many as 24 wells might eventually be drilled on campus. The single well site on the south side of campus has six wells and has caused considerable frustration and concern among some residents of the adjacent neighborhood, who have complained about the noise, chemical emissions, and truck traffic associated with drilling, fracturing, and gas production at the site over the past year. Two additional wells are now being drilled there.

The story provides no time table for drilling more than these 8 wells. Nor does it indicate how many of the 24 might eventually be located at the existing site.

Star-Telegram story, Jan. 27

Environmental Society’s first general meeting of the semester on Monday!

The Environmental Society will host its first meeting of the Spring semester on Monday, January 26, 2009 at 12:00pm in CH 101. All UT Arlington students and faculty members are invited to attend! We’re getting ready to kick off a very active and exciting semester. If you didn’t get a chance to make it to a meeting last semester, this is the perfect time to start!

 On the agenda:

  •  A few updates and an opportunity to sign up as a volunteer for the upcoming National Teach-in
  •  RecycleMania!
  •  Activities Fair
  •  Gift giveaway for returning members who bring two new guests

The Environmental Society is a student-led organization dedicated to increasing awareness of environmental issues and encouraging sustainable practices on campus. If you’re a student interested in getting involved with the sustainability efforts at UT Arlington, the Environmental Society’s activities  provide an ideal avenue from which to start. See you all on Monday!

National Teach-In on Climate Change and Sustainability, Feb. 5

Students, professors, and members of the community are invited to join the University of Texas at Arlington in a natinowide effor to put sustainability and solutions to climate change at the top of the nation’s agenda.

WHAT:      The National Teach-in is a major annual event that culminates in a single day of focused discussion on the critical decisions and actions necessary to reduce global climate change. On February 5, 2009, UT Arlington will join with more than 1,900 universities, local organizations, and civic groups across the nation to engage in a collaborative effort to generate solutions to the global climate crisis. Over the course of the day, students will attend interactive sessions led by experts on issues related to climate change and sustainability. The National Teach-in at UT Arlington aims to expose students and members of the community to a comprehensive examination of the environmental issues humanity will confront in the next century. Additionally, the National Teach-in seeks to provide an opportunity for interactive discussion in which participants can contribute their own thoughts and ideas regarding solutions for a more sustainable future. Finally, the day will conclude with a roundtable discussion in which a few student representatives will participate in a collaborative dialogue with key decision makers on the solutions that emerge from the day’s educational sessions.

WHO:        Keynote speakers include: James Spaniolo, President of the University of Texas at Arlington; Jeff Howard, leading researcher in UT Arlington’s carbon footprint analysis; and David Hopman, UT Arlington architecture professor and leader of the university’s green roof project; Alan Saxe, UT Arlington political science professor and authority on T. Boone Pickens’ new plan for alternative energy; Tim Henry, UT Arlington biology professor and expert on bioethics and biological tipping points; Mark Allen, Tribal Ombudsman of the Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs for the EPA. Special guests for the roundtable discussion include Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, former EPA regional administrator Richard Greene, and John Promise (Director of Environment and Development, North Central Texas Council of Governments).

WHEN:   8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009                

WHERE:    Educational sessions to be held in the Rosebud Theater at UT Arlington. The roundtable discussion will take place in the Lone Star Auditorium. See http://www.uta.edu/maps/ for directions.

WEBSITE: A schedule of the day’s activities and more details are available at http://www.uta.edu/sustainability  

ADMISSION: Free

Wind Power Generation, Feb. 4

Wei-Jin Lee, director of the Energy Systems Research Center, will speak on the prospects for wind energy becoming a major source of power. The talk is sponsored by the Arlington Technology Association. February 4, 7-8 a.m., at Nedderman Hall.

Details and reservations

EPA administrator becomes adjunct professor at School of Urban & Public Affairs

Former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene, who Pres. Bush appointed as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 in 2003, is leaving the agency and will serve as an adjunct professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs. He will teach an environmental policy course this spring and next year will offer a new course that, he says, “draws from my six years as EPA Regional Administrator and my interactions, collaborations, and partnerships with our states and especially local government units – especially cities and counties.” He was mayor from 1987 to 1997. His EPA post ends on Inauguration day.

Star-Telegram story, Jan. 15, 2009

Committee begins carbon footprint reduction planning

At its December 16 meeting, the PSC voted to begin planning reductions in the university’s emissions of greenhouse gases.

A report released in 2008 described the “carbon footprint” for the baseline year of 2005, projected emissions in 2010 and 2020, proposed emission targets for “responsible growth,” and offered a series of emission reduction scenarios for several sectors (e.g., buildings, landscaping). Under the process initiated in December:

  • >>Several of the committee’s work groups will formally evaluate the 2008 report and develop recommendations on suitable emissions reduction targets. They will present summaries of their evaluations and recommendations at the PSC’s general meeting on February 10.
  • >>At the March 10 meeting of the steering committee, the soon-to-be-hired Sustainability Director will propose emissions reduction goals for each sector and for the university as a whole. The steering committee, in turn, will submit recommended goals to Pres. Spaniolo.
  • >>At the June 9 general meeting, the PSC will send Pres. Spaniolo a set of recommended amendments to bring the Sustainability Agenda into line with the emissions reduction goals.
  • >>At the June 9 meeting The PSC will request that the Sustainability Director report annually on the university’s progress toward meeting these goals and request that university-wide carbon footprint analyses be conducted in (or based on emissions in) 2010 and 2015.

Presentation and proposal, Dec. 16, 2009

Carbon footprint report (released in 2008)