Monthly Archive for November, 2009

Well, not exactly

The Shorthorn ran a story yesterday claiming that a new minor in sustainability will be launched in the spring. Actually, the PSC’s Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement Working Group is finishing a proposal for a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. The proposal will soon go to the Undergraduate Assembly for consideration. If the UA approves, the minor probably would be launched in fall 2010. Details to come.

Shorthorn story, Nov. 17

Corrected Shorthorn story, Nov. 19

Special Events Center is expected to meet LEED Silver standard

The university has announced that the design for the $78 million Special Events Center is expected to qualify for a “silver” rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. It incorporates numerous features to conserve energy and water, use native plants, and minimize waste. The building, to be completed in 2012, is expected to be the campus’ second LEED Silver building, following completion of the Engineering Research Building in 2011.

Star-Telegram story, Nov. 15

Press release, Nov. 12

“Approaches to Sustainability,” Nov. 20

This OneBook poster session displays original research presented in poster form. Friday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Poster judging at 11:30 a.m. Awards announcement at 12:30 p.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

North Central Texas Campus Climate Summit

On October 28th UTA hosted the North Central Texas Campus Climate Summit. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington, the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program and the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability. The student groups involved with bringing this event to campus were:

Air & Waste Management Association at UTA

Environmental Society at UTA

International Business Society at UTA

Student Planning Association at UTA

UTA Volunteers

The first-ever North Central Texas Campus Climate Summit brought together over 50 participants from 15 different universities and colleges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The summit provided opportunities for faculty, students, staff and administrators from the region to get together to share ideas, best practices and resources to accelerate climate change and sustainability solutions. The main themes explored were 1) Transforming the Curriculum to Address Eco-literacy 2) Green Workforce Development and 3) Comprehensive Greening of Campus Operations.

NCTCCS Website

Program and Agenda

Mission Statement

Presentation Files

Workshop Descriptions

Sponsors and Organizers

Report on climate change planning in North Central Texas


The School of Urban & Public Affairs has announced publication of Planning for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in North Central Texas: A Roundtable Discussion.

It contains a transcript of a July 16 roundtable sponsored by SUPA and attended by urban planners and others from municipalities across the metroplex. It also contains a brief introductory essay as well as solicited responses from representatives of several national and local nongovernmental organizations and from state representative and SUPA alumnus Lon Burnam. 

The report (PDF, 3.7 MB) can be downloaded from

“Sustainable Fuel and Vehicle Technologies,” Nov. 10

Sustainable Fuel and Vehicle Technologies:
Update on Progress and Problems

1:30-2:30pm, Tuesday, November 10, 100 Nedderman Hall
Prof. Mehrdad Ehsani

Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Texas A&M University

Unless we take a revolutionary approach, the problems with vehicles will only get worse. By 2050, the number of vehicles is expected to increase by 5 times. In this presentation, Dr. Ehsani discusses new technology trends of the present and near future, leading to viable automobile and fuel technologies that are sustainable. He will also introduce an integrated approach to the automobile that focuses both on fuel production and vehicle power train technologies. The result is a new automobile and energy industry with the following properties: sustainable fuel supply into the indefinite future, higher efficiency, better performance, and no net carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. His presentation will conclude with comments about the technical realities versus the public’s perceptions of these issues.

About the speaker:

Dr. M. Ehsani has been a researcher, consultant, and educator in energy systems, power electronics, and automotive systems over the past 33 years. He is the author of over 300 publications, 12 books, 23 patents, and numerous published reports and articles on the above topics. He has also served as a consultant to over 60 companies and many government agencies around the world. He has been recognized on numerous occasions internationally for his technical contributions and has won many IEEE, SAE, government, and industrial awards and honors, such as the IEEE Vehicular Society 2001 Avant Garde Award for “Contributions to the theory and design of hybrid electric vehicles.” In 2003, he was selected for the IEEE Field Award for Undergraduate Teaching “For outstanding contributions to advanced curriculum development and teaching of power electronics and drives.” He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of SAE and has served in many leadership positions in both of these professional societies.

Shorthorn story, Nov. 23

Film screening: “Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City,” Nov. 16

11/16 (Mon.) 5:30-6:30 Sustainability Film Screening,

followed by discussion, University Hall, Room 104

The Student Planning Association’s second film screening this semester will be from the second season of PBS’s e2 Series, Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City.  

More information on the e2 Series

Sandwiches and drinks will be provided. Be green: Please bring your own beverage container.

“Food Inc.,” Nov. 10

Take a new look at food through the documentary Food, Inc. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. The film details the often unseen side of food production and the role of food in our lives and communities.

Freshmen Leaders On Campus is hosting the film, which is being shown in conjunction with the OneBook selection of Deep Economy.

Information will be available on topics addressed in the film and the complex issues surrounding food. Admission is free, but canned good donations for Mission Arlington are encouraged.

Sustainability initiative in Middle East

In August, 2009, UT Arlington and the Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development (MECSD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The mission of MECSD is to promote innovations enabling sustainable development in the region with a focus on Dubai. One of MECSD’s goals is to support research and development globally, in the principles of sustainable development across all sectors. The MOU will facilitate UTA student and faculty participation in funded sustainability projects in the Middle East. Details are being currently negotiated between the two institutions.

For more information, contact Vijayan Pillai in the School of Social Work.