Monthly Archive for June, 2010

Landfills to Wildlife Habitats, July 7

Greta Calvery of Waste Management outlines the basic requirements of developing a certified Wildlife Habitat Council project and the responsibilities associated with the project. Bring a brown bag lunch; dessert and drinks provided. Registration required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Becky Valentich, becky@uta.edu, 2-1099.

Study Abroad program offers environmental opportunities

The following information has been provided by Blake Hart, director of the Study Abroad program:

UT Arlington Study Abroad offers hundreds of programs around the globe that students can attend for a summer, semester, or a full academic year.  Several of our programs have course offerings in Environmental Studies, Science, and Engineering.  Of our 17 exchange programs (which allow students to pay UTA flat-rate, in-state tuition to study abroad), Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus, Germany and the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand, offer the largest variety of courses focused on the environment at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  Many of our other exchange programs also offer a number of environmentally-focused courses that can be taken alongside courses across disciplines, most of which are taught completely in English.

UT Arlington also offers numerous programs through our affiliated program providers where students can take environmentally-focused courses.  Most notably is the Sustainability in Europe program offered through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS).  There are also programs in England, Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Ireland and Germany that offer courses in this field taught in English and the language of the host country.  Many of our programs also provide students the opportunity to do field research and internships within their field.  Students who are interested in a more rigorous educational program focused on engineering and the sciences may also consider the TASSEP exchange program or the DAAD Rise Internship.

Students interested in learning more about the programs mentioned above, or other study abroad options, should make an appointment to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor by emailing studyabroad@uta.edu or calling 817.272.1120.

Exchange Programs

Brandenburg Technical University (BTU), Germany

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Affiliated Programs

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

USAC

ISA

Study Abroad Italy

Edge Hill University

Other Programs

DAAD Rise Internship: http://www.daad.de/rise/en/

TASSEP Exchange: http://studyabroad.unc.edu/tassep/

Office Green Team Program wins award

The Greater DFW Recycling Alliance, a council under the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), is recognizing The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Office Green Team Program through their Greater DFW 2010 Recycling Leadership Awards.   These annual awards are given to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals, communities, universities, and businesses in developing or maintaining programs involving recycling, composting, integrated solid waste management, environmental education, partnerships, special events and “closing the loop”.

The University of Texas at Arlington received their award for Outstanding “Closing the Loop” Program for their Maverick Office Green Team Program.

The Maverick Office Green Team program was recognized for promoting “Buy Recycled” principles and establishing waste conscious goals at the grass-roots level.  Additionally, the success of reducing carbon emissions from office supply vendor trucks that as of Fall 2009 deliver only twice per week to the University.   The Green Team program encourages volunteerism and continuing education to all members.  The program incites the membership to encourage other University staff and faculty to participate.  The University saved 132 trees, 48,000 gallons of water, and reduced CO2 equivalents by 11,564 lbs from purchasing post-consumer recycled paper Off

This effort could not have been successful without your individual commitment and support to sustainability initiatives across campus.  This award acknowledges your time, leadership, and stewardship which benefits the University community.

New Environmental & Sustainability Studies minor is underway

Students are now able to declare the minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESST). The program’s curriculum involves courses and faculty members from across the campus. It is administered by the School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) in collaboration with the University Sustainability Committee’s Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement Working Group, which developed the proposal for the minor in 2009.

Students are able to combine the 18-credit-hour ESST minor with most majors, and in some cases coursework already completed qualifies for credit. The minor is expected to be especially appealing to students majoring in liberal arts, architecture,  interdisciplinary studies, and the sciences (especially Environmental Science).

Students interested in minoring in ESST should contact academic advisor Denise Longgrear, 817-272-0416.

ESST web page

ESST flyer [pdf]

ESST catalog entry

Shorthorn story, April 30

Shorthorn story, June 8


University joins ASSHE STARS program

UT Arlington has joined a cutting-edge program called Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Participation  will help the Office of Sustainability monitor the university’s overall performance on a wide range of issues, from curriculum, research, and community engagement to buildings, dining services, and landscaping.

350.org workday

A couple of history grad students who were  inspired by Bill McKibben’s book and campus visit this past spring are going to do something — they haven’t figured out what — for the 350.org Work Day on October 10, 2010. They would like to coordinate with other like-minded students. If anyone else is thinking of doing a 350.org project, please contact Dr. Christopher Morris and he will forward your message.

On a green internship in the heart of The Bluegrass

I am Vinodh Valluri, a recent graduate from the Environmental & Earth Sciences (M.S.) program at UT Arlington. AASHE, Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has recently hired me as an Intern at their Interactive Resource Center in Lexington, KY.

UT Arlington is one of several institutions across U.S.A. that form the core membership of AASHE, which includes colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as a growing number of international institutions. In addition, businesses, nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, higher education associations, system offices, and government agencies partner with AASHE to help advance sustainability in higher education.

As an Intern, I actively conduct sustainability research at AASHE, developing resources that members would use to build their sustainability programs. I compile a variety of resources, such as a list of campus solar-electric installations, and a list of worldwide sustainability-centric study abroad programs, upload the information on the website www.aashe.org, and regularly update the database. Please note that these resources are free for ALL faculty, students and staff of member institutions.

I will also assist with the affairs of the AASHE Awards 2010 Conference which is set to take place in Denver, CO this October. The call for presentations at this conference provides an ideal arena to showcase the sustainability efforts at UT Arlington. Deadline to submit presentations for the conference is 15th June 2010. As a member, UT Arlington is also eligible to submit nominations for the awards: Campus Sustainability Case Study, The Oops! Award, Student Sustainability Leadership, and Student Research on Campus Sustainability. Deadline for submitting nominations for the awards is 1st July 2010. For more information on the awards, please visit the AASHE Awards website.

Please feel free to contact me at vinodh@aashe.org or 682.234.8388 with questions or comments, or for more information about the services provided by AASHE.