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President Spaniolo approves initial sustainability agenda for UT Arlington

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Friday, June 6, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Kicking the “Mavericks Go Green” campaign into high gear, President James Spaniolo has approved the university's first Sustainability Agenda, a package of 89 actions that will involve students, faculty, and staff across the campus in protecting the environment. The agenda ensures that UT Arlington will continue to be a leader in campus sustainability in North Texas and across the state.

When the President’s Sustainability Committee was launched in October 2007, one of its initial moves was creation of a comprehensive set of work groups. In turn, one of the groups’ initial objectives was development of a preliminary agenda to improve the university’s campus-wide environmental performance, extend the environmental curriculum, and deepen campus engagement in North Texas environmental affairs.

The agenda consists of 77 actions to be carried out in the coming months (some pending approval of funding) and 12 preliminary actions that the work groups and various campus units have already largely accomplished in recent months.

Approved actions include:

  • hiring a Sustainability Coordinator to facilitate the work of the President's Sustainability Committee and sustainability efforts across campus;
  • exploring ways to green the university's curriculum and research;
  • extending implementation of energy conservation measures;
  • hiring student interns to undertake a thorough ecological landscape assessment;
  • encouraging formation of an active student environmental organization;
  • supporting student involvement in programs such as the Campus Climate Challenge (http://climatechallenge.org) and Ecomagination Challenge (http://www.ecocollegechallenge.com/aboutTheChallenge.html).
  • increasing use of recycled paper for stationery, letterhead, business cards, and copy paper;
  • developing purchasing guidelines on energy efficiency of new computers, photocopiers, televisions, and other electronics;
  • working with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to develop an advertising campaign to educate the UT Arlington community on air quality issues;
  • developing an employee carpooling program; and
  • pilot testing a new program for recycling goods and materials when students move out of residence halls in May each year.

For more information, visit Sustainability Blog.

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