Sustainability Across the Curriculum Symposium, March 23

9:00-noon, 100 Nedderman Hall

Open to all

For a second year, Prof. Stacy Alaimo (co-chair of the University Sustainability Committee) has organized a nifty symposium that gives faculty and students from across the campus a chance to talk about promise, prospects, and pratfalls of courses and academic programs focusing on environment and sustainability. It’s a morning-long think tank on the foundations of the sustainability-oriented curricular development efforts that are manifesting at UT Arlington in various forms: the Environmental & Sustainability Studies minor, the Environmental Science major, the Interdisciplinary Studies MS in sustainability, etc.

March 23, 9:00-noon. Open to all.

schedule and poster

Lecture canceled

Tomorrow’s lecture by Dr. Frank Foss, part of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series, has been canceled.

Info on lecture series

Announcing the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Lecture Series

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies program is pleased to announce an extensive spring lecture series featuring faculty members and others from departments across the campus. The topics of the 14 lectures range from green chemistry to environmental history and from sustainable architecture to environmental justice.

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the University Sustainability Committee. The lectures are free and open to the UT Arlington community.

All lectures will be held on Thursdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m., in Trimble Hall, Room 115.

Full schedule and details

Lecture visuals and readings (updated as lectures occur)

Environmental & Sustainability Studies web page

Brief list of lecture topics:

Jan. 20Experts, Expertise, and the Politics of Sustainability

Jan. 27 — Back to the Future: Environmental History and Present-Day Environmental Problems

Feb. 3 — Scientific Ecology and Its Engagement with Sustainability Issues [cancelled due to inclement weather]

Feb. 10 — Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies: Necessity and Opportunity

Feb. 17 — Clearing the Air: Air Quality Problems and Solutions in the 21st Century

Feb. 24 — The Metropolitan Environment and Social Justice

March 3 — Establishing Common Ground in Sustainability

March 24 — Sustainable Real Estate

March 31 — Cities Discover Sustainability

April 7 — Sustainable Urban Landscapes

April 14 — Culture, Environment, and the Literary Round-table

April 21 — The Walls that Surround You: Sustainable Architecture

April 28 — Sustainability-Focused Literacy Instruction in K-12 Classrooms

May 5 — How Green is your Campus?

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the University Sustainability Committee. All lectures are free and open to the UT Arlington community.

The complete schedule is attached.

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies program is pleased to announce an extensive spring lecture series featuring faculty members and others from departments across the campus. The topics of the 14 lectures range from green chemistry to environmental history and from sustainable architecture to environmental justice.

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the University Sustainability Committee. All lectures are free and open to the UT Arlington community.

The complete schedule is attached.

Reception for Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Jan. 26

If you are interested in the EES minor and would like to attend a reception on Wednesday, January 26, please get in touch with me: howardj@uta.edu.

Winter session course: Rating Sustainability

Rating Sustainability

ARCH 4395/5395

Winter session, Dec. 20 – January 12

Monday – Friday, 8:30-11:50

The course will present an overview of various national and international systems used to rate and guide environmentally conscious building and living systems.  Discussions concerning rating systems from various countries will include history, methodology, regulatory agency, acceptance, and perceived success. There will be in depth discussions of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the United States Green Building Coalition.  In addition, the course will discuss specific examples of projects and organizational techniques utilized to guide the building process within the context of individual cultures and political systems.

For more information, please contact Prof. Kurt Ortley.

Green Jobs Summit at UT Arlington, Jan. 6

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, 8 a.m. – noon

Lone Star Auditorium

Keynote speaker: Glenn Croston, author of 75 Green Businesses (copy free with registration)

Sponsored by:

Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence

TMAC

Cross Timbers Procurement Center

Green Collar Vets

UT Arlington Office of Sustainability

For more information: http://www.ntgreenjobs.com/

6, 2011 75 Green Businesses
8am to Noon, Arlington, TX

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

Arlington Community Garden

On Saturday, December 4 at 9:00 am, a second meeting to discuss the development and operation of a community garden will be held in the Council Chamber of the Arlington Municipal Building located at 101 W Abram Street.  The proposed community garden is located on the UT Arlington campus on the west side of the SWEET Center at the approximate address of 406 Summit Avenue.

The half-acre site will accommodate more than 80 planting beds and offer a variety of amenities including irrigation, rain water harvesting, seating and shade.  The preliminary planning schedule is calling for a service day on Thursday, January 13, 2011 to construct the beds.  Planting of food producing planting will be scheduled for sometime in February 2011.

Bill Gilmore, Assistant Director for the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, is especially interested in soliciting the assistance of community stakeholders who have an interest in contributing time and expertise for the Community Garden Council. The Garden Council will ultimately self-elect leadership positions and handle day to day operations for the garden.  UT Arlington and the City of Arlington officials will serve in advisory capacities to respond to questions or concerns outside the scope of the Council’s authority.

For more info:

Arlington Community Garden’s page on Facebook

Or contact Bill Gilmore by email or at 817-459-5499

Shorthorn article, Dec. 5

Sustainability Job Opportunity with AASHE – Lexington, KY

Hi Friends,

AASHE [Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education] seeks a resource center program assistant. We welcome recent (and not so recent) graduates with on campus sustainability experience. Full description and application information is available here – http://www.aashe.org/highlights/jobs/resource-center-program-assistant-job-posting

Any help spreading the word is appreciated!

Cheers,

Vin Valluri

Spring course list for Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Here’s the list of courses approved for the Environmental & Sustainability Studies minor for Spring 2011. For section numbers, see the ESS web page.

Core Course
ESST 2300 Introduction to Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Group 1 — Liberal Arts, Social and Cultural Studies
ENGL 1302 Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing II – “Writing Argument, Thinking Green”
ENGL 2329 American Literature – “Masculinity and the Environment”
SOCI 3324 Social Movements
Group 2 — Natural Sciences and Engineering
BIOL 2343 Evolution & Ecology
BIOL 3356 Environmental Systems – Biological Aspects
BIOL 3357 Marine Biology
CHEM 1446 Chemistry II for Nonscience Majors
GEOL 1430 Global Warming
GEOL 2406 Natural Resources and Sustainability
Group 3 — Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs
ARCH 3331
Architecture and Environment
INTS 4388 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies: “Justice, Democracy and Metropolitan Environments”

For more info, see the ESS web page.