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UT Arlington Wins Award for Food Waste Reduction

The Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized The University of Texas at Arlington’s efforts to reduce food waste and prevent tons of refuse from ending up in landfills each year.

The EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge program gave its Award for Leadership UT Arlington’s Office of Sustainability. UT Arlington was one of 50 colleges and universities in the U.S. and among the first to join the Food Recovery Challenge, a food waste reduction initiative that is part of the EPA’s WasteWise program. Participants are asked to pledge to make a 5 percent reduction in food waste over five years through prevention, donation or composting.

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Air North Texas Be Air Aware and Clean Air Action Day

Air North Texas Be Air Aware and Clean Air Action Day

On 6.21.13 between 7 am and  7 pm, North Texans will join in doing at least one extra thing for clean air. Previously on July 7, Clean Air Action Day will now be the first Friday of summer every year. Incorporate a clean air strategy when traveling to work, making Friday night plans, getting the weekend started early with a trip to the lake or in another way.

We are asking UTA community to pledge what they will do this summer to help promote good air quality.  Make your pledge go to http://www.airnorthtexas.org/beairaware.asp

Click here for additional ways help promote Be Air Aware strategies throughout ozone season.

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Travel Support Grants

The University Sustainability Committee announces Travel Support Grants available to students, faculty and staff at UT Arlington working to enhance sustainability in the University’s affairs. Specifically these grants will support (A) faculty and staff travel relating to curriculum, research, and public engagement and (B) student engagement in activities related to sustainability and the environment.

 Travel Support Grants of up to $500 for one event will be awarded to members of the university community to attend conferences, seminars or workshops relevant to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Funds may be used to support transportation, registration, or other costs allowed under University travel policy. Cost-sharing with other funding sources is strongly encouraged.

 All expenditures must comply with relevant University regulations concerning travel expenditures. Awardees will be responsible for all travel arrangements. There is a limit of one award per person per year. Also, the total amount per year granted to students representing a single student organization is limited to $1,000. The total amount per year granted to faculty or students from a single research group is limited to $1,000. For this purpose, a research group consists of a faculty member and the students they advise as major professor.

 Applications are due on October 18, 2014.  Applications should be submitted on the proper form.

 Requests for an application form and any questions should go to:

Dr. Chris Morris, Chair, Working Group on Curriculum, Research and Community Engagement, morris@uta.edu.

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UT Arlington Among First to Receive Sustainability Certification for Landscape

The Sustainable Sites Initiative, a new rating system for sustainable design in landscape and site development, has named UT Arlington’s The Green at College Park one of the first three projects in the world to be certified according to the organization’s rigorous benchmarks.

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Also read about it in the LAND E-News from ASLA.  Click here to go to the story.

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Announcement Sustainability Speaker Grants University Sustainability Committee

The University Sustainability Committee announces Sustainability Speaker Grants available to students, faculty and staff at UT Arlington working to enhance environmental and sustainability studies and programs in the curriculum and the University’s affairs.

Environmental and sustainability studies traverse the sciences, politics, economics, culture, the arts, humanities, and ethics. Environmental studies examines how individuals, communities, societies, and cultures interact with the non-humans and ecosystems around them, so that we can better understand how these interactions might take place in ways that permit non-humans and ecosystems to thrive. Sustainability studies builds on environmental studies to recognize accelerating environmental destruction and to seek development of practices, ideas, and values that repair past damage, prevent ongoing damage, promote social justice, and enhance human and non-human welfare.

Sustainability Speaker Grants of up to $500 for one speaker will be awarded to support engagement of speakers addressing sustainability and environmental stewardship. Speakers may address regularly scheduled academic colloquia, meetings of student organizations, or special events associated with the University. Priority will be given to events expected to reach large and diverse audiences. Cost-sharing with other funding sources is strongly encouraged.

All expenditures must comply with relevant University regulations concerning travel and event expenditures. Awardees will be responsible for all travel and event arrangements and logistics. The Working Group on Communications of the University Sustainability Committee will be available to assist with publicity of events for which these awards are made.

Applications will be considered at any time but must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the proposed event to allow time for evaluation of the application and award processing. Applications should be submitted on the proper form. 

Requests for an application form and any questions should go to:

Dr. Christopher Morris, Chair, Working Group on Curriculum, Research and Community Engagement, morris@uta.edu.

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Student-Produced PSAs for Clean Air Action Day in North Texas
Click for Video - Football Do it for Us ... or Football [WMV]
Created by: Jazmyne Washington
 
Click for Video - Clean Air Mail Clean Air Mail [WMV]
Created by: David Morgan and David Cornwell
 
Click for Video - Clean Air Choices for Your Health Clean Air Choices for Your Health [WMV]
Created by: Isaac Molina, Noelle Russell and Elizabeth Jaimes
 
Click for Video - Partners with Air North Texas Partner with Air North Texas [WMV]
Created by: Jazzmyne Greer
 
Click for Video - Care for Our Environment Care for Our Environment (Spanish) [WMV]
Created by: Maria Martinez, Raul Solis and Karen Ramirez

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Announcement Faculty Fellowships for 2014-2015 Sustainability in the Curriculum

The University Sustainability Committee announces that Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in the Curriculum will be awarded for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. The Committee’s Working Group on Curriculum, Research and Community Engagement solicits applications from faculty to support the integration of environmental and sustainability studies content into courses that they teach.

 Environmental and sustainability studies traverse the sciences, politics, economics, culture, the arts, humanities, and ethics. Environmental studies examines how individuals, communities, societies, and cultures interact with the non-humans and ecosystems around them, so that we can better understand how these interactions might take place in ways that permit non-humans and ecosystems to thrive. Sustainability studies builds on environmental studies to recognize accelerating environmental destruction and to seek development of practices, ideas, and values that repair past damage, prevent ongoing damage, promote social justice, and enhance human and non-human welfare.

 Faculty Fellowships in the amount of $2,000 - $5,000 for one semester will be awarded to support development of modules on sustainability for existing courses, laboratory exercises, service learning exercises, field trips, development of new courses, or development of other curriculum products. The minimum award is $2,000 and the maximum is $5,000. Funds may be used as a salary supplement for the Fellow, to support purchase or production of materials and resources, development of service learning projects, attending relevant conferences or workshops, conducting evaluations or surveys that support the curricular activity, or other relevant expenses. Dissemination of products via scholarly publications or other venues is encouraged but not required. Cost-sharing with other funding sources is encouraged but not required. Tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as Lecturers are encouraged to apply.

 All expenditures must comply with relevant University regulations and must be made during the semester of the Fellowship.

 Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows will be expected to:

  1. Submit within one semester a 1-page summary and evaluation of the activities undertaken, suitable for communication to the public (e.g. on the University Sustainability web site, http://www.uta.edu/sustainability/ ).
  2. Submit a 1-page summary of funds expended.
  3. Make a brief oral presentation about Fellowship activities to the University Sustainability Committee, when a meeting is held at a convenient time.

 Applications for Fellowships during the Fall Semester 2014 or Spring Semester 2015 should be submitted by April 15, 2014. (Award of Fellowships will be contingent upon approval of the program budget).

 Requests for an application form and any questions should be sent to:

Dr. Christopher Morris, Chair, Working Group on Curriculum, Research and Community Engagement, morris@uta.edu.

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Community Garden at UT Arlington

The Community Garden at UT Arlington Campus will support the University’s commitment to sustainability and preserving green space. The garden offers a place where all people can gain ideas for their own gardens, volunteer, or just sit, relax and enjoy the gardens. The 0.5 acre garden is located at UTA Blvd and Summit (next to the SWEET center).

The garden enriches our learning about the natural world, and educates our community about sustainable choices. The community garden also compliments the UT Arlington compost site and incorporates rainwater harvesting techniques to promote water conservation.

There are many ways to contribute; you can adopt a plot and become a gardener; you can volunteer and help us harvest; and/or you can be a supporter by making a donation to the garden.

Join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Arlington-Beautiful/193449240673806

Click Here for WFAA's Critical Mention about the Community Garden

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