Archive for the 'Waste reduction' Category

Interdisciplinary Studies student promotes ‘aquaponics’

INTS senior Chowgene Koay is  on a crusade to promote aquaponics — a technique that uses live fish and natural water filtration to produce a year-round supply of fruits and vegetables on a household scale.

Shorthorn article, Dec. 5

Garbage: The Movie, Aug. 4

Writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage they create for three months. Then he takes them on a journey to find out where it all goes and what it’s doing to the world. Bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks provided. The Office of Sustainability hosts the program. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. For more info, contact Becky Valentich, 272-0199.

The Story of Bottled Water, July 21

Bottled water is a sign of a much larger problem: too much needless consumption, too much unnecessary waste, and too much advertising to convince us we will be happier or better off drinking bottled water. Bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks provided. Registration required. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Becky Valentich,, 2-0199.

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,, 2-1099.

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.

Update on carbon footprint reduction

Yesterday I updated the PSC Steering Committee on the carbon footprint reduction initiative. The committee requested that Sustainability Director Meghna Tare prepare a proposal on how to formally get footprint reduction planning underway.


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

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

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?


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


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


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

AASHE overview for 2008

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, of which UT Arlington is a member, has issued its annual compendium of developments in campus sustainability. The 356-page volume provides an overview of sustainability efforts on hundreds of campuses, including UT Arlington.

AASHE Digest 2008 (pdf)