Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Gold and Silver and Bronze and green all over

Here are the departments, offices, and other units that have been certified by the Maverick Office Green Team program. Is yours listed? If not, get busy!

Where’s Architecture? Biology? Liberal Arts? Social Work?

Where’s Dining Services? Purchasing? University Publications?

Gold

Career Services – Business Building
Career Services – Davis Hall
Career Services – University Center
Facilities Management
Fort Worth Center
School of Urban and Public Affairs
Small Business Development Center
Undergraduate Recruitment, Office of
University Center/ Apt & Res Life

Silver

Accounting/Suite 409
Admissions, Records and Registration
Alumni Association
Center for Distance Education
Civil Engineering, 4th Floor Nedderman Hall
College of Engineering
Compliance
Deans Office – Business
English Language Institute
Equal Opportunity Services
Graduate Studies, Office of
Human Resources
Mathematics
Multicultural Affairs
President’s Suite 300
Student Enrollment Services Project Management Team
Student Health Services
TRiO Pre-College

Bronze

Automation & Robotics Research Institute
Campus Recreation
Counseling Services
CPB 130/Chemistry & Biochemistry
Environmental Health & Safety
Human Resources – Employment
Management Services, Housing & UC
Research Administration, Office of
Student Affairs, Suite 350
Student Publications

Sustainability Shock Shack, Oct. 28

“Scary” images resulting from human carelessness and displays of the “good” and “evil” of waste set the tone for the Sustainability Shock Shack, an awareness event planned for 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Central Library mall.

The event aims to increase awareness of global environmental issues and inform about the University’s commitment to sustainability via the efforts of the President’s Sustainability Committee. Inside the Sustainability Shock Shack, visitors will find information on environmental action, giveaways, candy, door prizes and how to get involved on campus.

Students Kristine Behrhorst, Brandi Foy, Gina Garza and Fabiola Salinas planned the shack as part of a project in Shelley Wigley’s public relations campaigns class.

New sustainability grants for faculty, students, and staff

The President’s Sustainability Committee has announced three new grant programs developed and administered by its Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement Working Group:

  • Travel Support Grants — Available to students, faculty and staff at UT Arlington working to enhance sustainability in the University’s affairs. Specifically these grants will support (A) faculty and staff travel relating to curriculum, research, and public engagement and (B) student engagement in activities related to sustainability and the environment.  Travel Support Grants of up to $500 for one event will be awarded to members of the university community to attend conferences, seminars or workshops relevant to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
  • Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in the Curriculum — The Committee’s Working Group on Curriculum, Research and Community Engagement solicits applications from faculty to support the integration of teaching on sustainability into courses that they teach. Faculty Fellowships in the amount of $2,000 – $5,000 for one semester will be awarded to support development of modules on sustainability for existing courses, laboratory exercises, service learning exercises, field trips, development of new courses, or development of other curriculum products. The minimum award is $2,000 and the maximum is $5,000.
  • Sustainability Speaker Grants — Available to students, faculty and staff at UT Arlington working to enhance sustainability in the curriculum and the University’s affairs. Sustainability Speaker Grants of up to $500 for one speaker will be awarded to support engagement of speakers addressing sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Application instructions and forms

High Tech & Traditional: The Southern Ute Algae Bio-Fuel Program, Nov. 18

Wednesday, Nov. 18, noon, 121 Science Hall

Speakers:
Bruce Valdez, Executive Director of the Southern Ute Growth Fund and former member of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT)
Rebecca Kauffman, Southern Ute Alternative Energy Dept.

The Southern Ute bio-fuel program was the topic of a full-length feature story in the NY Times (August 17). Both speakers will discuss the bio-fuel project and other related projects, and Mr. Valdez will also speak about the business ventures of the Southern Utes, one of the most successful tribes at economic development in the US.  The business community, people interested in sustainability, and those who believe that traditional Native values and high-tech science can be combined will be interested in this program.

Sponsors: Native American Students Association; The Honors College; Student Governance; English Department

Volunteer at Cowboys stadium?

Anyone interested in volunteering to help kick off the Cowboys recycling program on Sunday, Oct. 25? Let  me know and I’ll forward the info.

Environmental Society launches upgraded website

The Environmental Society at UT Arlington has launched its upgraded website.
A new sapling of Maverick ‘Green’ brand has set root and hopes to sprout up, rising through the Fall.

Kudos to the Webmasters: Electra Thornburg and Himanshu Pahwa, for their dedication and initiative. Our gratitude extends toour advisers: Dr. Tim Henry and Dr. Bob McMahon, whose support and encouragement made this possible. Final revisions and proofing are in the process. Please send in your comments, suggestions, ideas and feedback to utaenvisoc@gmail.com.

Coming up soon: A new blog where all UT Arlington students, staff and faculty can tune into charged conversations on topics such as ’smoking and clean air’, ‘parking and public transit’, ‘fast food and real food’, ‘Deep Economy – OneBook discussions’ etc.

Vinodh Valluri
President,
Environmental Society,
University of Texas, Arlington

PSC to begin final review of Sustainability Director candidates

Next week the PSC and university administration will begin the final round of  interviews for the Sustainability Director post. The search committee, consisting of V.P. John Hall, PSC co-chairs Don Lange and Stacy Alaimo, and History Prof. Chris Morris, has reviewed scores of applicants, held preliminary interviews, and narrowed the list to four candidates. Beginning Monday, and continuing over the next several weeks, the PSC and key administrators will meet and interview the final candidates.

Congratulations to the finalists.

Shorthorn story, 10/16/09

“Challenges in Wind Energy Technology,” Oct. 16

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department welcomes Carsten Westergaard, director of global technology for Vestas Technology. Vestas currently has a fleet of more than 35,000 turbines in operation around the globe. In this presentation, Dr. Westergaard will discuss the challenges of economically producing, transmitting and distributing wind-generated power. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall.

Texas schools get C on College Sustainability Report Card; UT Arlington not rated

The College Sustainability Report Card 2010, released yesterday, gave a middling grade to Texas colleges and universities. The 11 schools that participated in the exercise got overall grades ranging from D to A. By my calculation, the overall GPA for the 11 schools was C. I’m not sure why, but UT Arlington did not participate in the rating.

Abilene Christian University            D

Baylor University                                  C

University of Houston                         B-

Rice University                                       B

Southern Methodist University       C+

Southwestern University                   C+

Texas A&M University                        B-

Texas Christian University                C-

Texas Tech University                         D+

University of Texas-Austin                B-

University of Texas-Dallas                 C-

Full report

Comparison of Texas schools

Neighborhood residents protest gas wells

Residents of the neighborhood adjacent to the university’s gas wells held a protest Tuesday to call attention to their ongoing concern that noise and fumes from the well facility are harming their health and their quality of life.

Shorthorn story, 10/7/09

Star-Telegram story, 10/7/09