- Air North Texas Be Air Aware and Clean Air Action Day
- Civil engineers increase energy created from solid waste
- Travel Support Grants
Best Community Impact Award in the Working for Clean Air Awards
UT Arlington received the award for Best Community Impact in the Working for Clean Air Awards presented by the North Texas Commission last week at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas.
In its eighth year, the awards program recognizes organizations in the region that demonstrate outstanding efforts to improve local air quality. UT Arlington was one of 15 North Texas organizations receiving awards. More than 30 organizations representing over 135,000 employees in the North Texas region applied for the award this year
UT Arlington's Environmental Management Systems recognized by Campus Ecology's Best of 2012
UT Arlington's case study on Environmental Management Systems is included among Campus Ecology’s Best of 2012 resources by the National Wildlife Federation.
The study is one of 112 selected that features the best green projects from colleges and universities across the nation. NWF’s Campus Ecology program works with several hundred campuses nationwide each year on efforts to advance student leadership, reduce carbon pollution, and support career education.
The UT Arlington Campus Sustainability study on Environmental Management Systems is a methodical approach to minimize adverse environmental impacts, maintain regulatory compliance, promote sustainability, and encourage safe work practices.
UT Arlington partners with EPA to reduce food waste
UT Arlington is among seven universities partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce food waste as part of the national Food Recovery Challenge.
The goals of this voluntary program are to limit the 34 million tons of food wasted nationwide annually by reducing unnecessary consumption and increasing composting and donations to charity. By joining the Food Recovery Challenge, participating schools pledge to reduce food waste by five percent in one year.
University of Texas at Arlignton Recognized for Educating, Motivating North Texans to Make Clean Air Choices
Improving air quality in North Texas requires consistent, innovative efforts throughout the year, and the Air North Texas partners recognized by the Regional Transportation Council on Nov. 8 demonstrated this through outstanding contributions to Air North Texas, the regional clean air campaign.
The University of Texas at Arlington was the first-ever recipient of the outstanding partner involvement award, a new category of recognition. The UT Arlington Department of Communication and Air North Texas partnered to develop a video about the importance of air quality and collaborated on numerous campus events as well as presentation opportunities to graduate classes.
UT Arlington Among First To Receive Sustainability Certification For Landscape
The announcement acknowledges UT Arlington’s commitment to sustainability as an integral part of College Park District, an entertainment, living and shopping development spanning more than 20 acres that is helping revitalize downtown Arlington. The Green at College Park opened in March 2011 and includes 2.6 acres southeast of College Park Center, the new 7,000-seat special events venue. Through specialized soil, native plants and innovative design concepts, the park helps reduce storm water runoff from College Park Center by more than 25 percent. It filters 80 percent of the suspended solids out of the water before it flows toward flood-prone Johnson Creek. The Green also contains several recycled features, such as a walkway made from recycled beer bottles and large shade structures made from recycled metal.
The University of Texas at Arlington wins “Outstanding Greenscape Project” category in the GDFWRA June 2012 Recycling Leadership Awards.
UT Arlington a Green Power Partner with EPA
UT Arlington recently joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Green Power Partner.
Our commitment as a Green Power Partner, helps to reduce the risks associated with climate change by supporting technologies that are more sustainable for businesses and communities.
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
The partnership was awarded for the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) towards the LEED certification of the 234,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Engineering Research Building.
North Texas Clean Air Coalition
The North Texas Clean Air Coalition has announced the recipients of the Working for Clean Air™ Awards. The awards program is in its seventh year of recognizing North Texas’ outstanding workplaces for clean air, sustainability, and green initiative. The University of Texas at Arlington received the 2010 Innovative Initiative Employer for the Car Sharing and Ride Sharing Program, Recycling, Composting and Community Gardens, and Office Green Team Program. The University of Texas at Arlington earned Outstanding Initiative Award for Educating, Motivating North Texans to Go Green, Breathe Clean through the partnership with Air North Texas. The Air North Texas campaign is coordinated through the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
Library's sustainability efforts recognized
The UT Arlington Library was recognized for putting its sustainable thinking into practice. First, Texas Carpet Recycling recognized UT Arlington for recycling more than 7,700 pounds of broadloom carpeting resulting from renovations on the fourth and fifth floors of the Central Library. Not only will the carpet be recycled into alternative fuel, but Texas Carpet Recycling will also plant one tree per ton of recycled carpet. Second, by purchasing six Canon Energy Star copiers, Canon will donate 60 trees—10 per copier—to the Arbor Day Foundation.
UT Arlington recognized in AASHE national report
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) released in August 2009 its annual digest of campus sustainability initiatives and developments across the nation, including many at UT Arlington. The green roof project, groundbreaking on the Engineering Research Building, and release of the white paper on curriculum and research are examples of the University's accomplishments. The digest is available at www.aashe.org/files/documents/AASHEdigest2008.pdf.
National Wildlife Federation heralds UT Arlington as exemplary
The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program released a report titled "A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education." UT Arlington was one of 334 institutions nationwide and one of 14 in Texas rated as "exemplary." Highest marks were on energy efficiency/conservation/renewables and on recycling/solid waste/materials. Read more on the National Wildlife Federation web site.