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The University of Texas at Arlington Sustainable Campus Composting Program

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the City of Arlington combined their resources and sustainability visions to expand the UTA composting program. John Darling, part of UTA Facilities Management with the Grounds Department staff, has been composting on campus since its inception. He actually got the program started.

Darling shares, “I was encouraged to begin composting at UTA as a result of casual conversations with Craig Powell, then director of the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S).” The program started out as a small compost pile behind the EH&S offices collecting campus tree leaves and out of date produce from grocery stores. The program was a great compliment to UTA’s sustainability initiatives and their recycling program, which has received local and national recognition. Several months into the program’s operation -25,000 pounds of diverted leaves and 100 pounds of diverted fruits and vegetables later- Beck Valentich, of UTA’s EH&S, and Lorrie Anderle, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Arlington, recognized the potential of the UTA composting program and the benefit to the city landfill and campus landscapes.

To read the complete article go to

http://timetorecycle.com/spotlights/UTA_composting_program.asp

 

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UTA Partners with Zipcar
The University of Texas at Arlington’s Office of Sustainability rolls out a new car-sharing program Wednesday, Feb. 4, as part of its commitment to creating a more sustainable campus for students, faculty and staff.

Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network, is open to those over 18 years of age and who have been licensed for at least one year (domestic and international). Students, faculty or staff may join the membership program for $25, then pay $7.50 per hour or $69 a day to reserve one of four vehicles parked on campus.

The cost includes gas, insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, wireless technology, and other features. Visit www.zipcar.com/uta for more information.

“This is an innovative and cost-effective form of transportation that will help the entire UT Arlington community,” said Meghna Tare, director of the UT Arlington Office of Sustainability. “Based on our research, Zipcar will prove especially beneficial for our growing international population.”

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Keep Arlington Beautiful - Adopt-A-Spot

Keep Arlington Beautiful (KAB), in association with the Arlington Parks Department is announcing a campaign for the removal of litter from public right-of-ways such as parks, streets, and trails with a pilot program that promotes monthly clean-up events through an Adopt-a-Spot Program. Under KAB’s plan, civic groups, schools, business, neighborhood associations and other organizations within the city limits of Arlington can apply to “adopt” an area that is convenient to them or that they use on a frequent basis that needs periodic clean-up to remove unsightly litter.

The “Adopt-a-Spot” program will be made available to 20 areas within Council District No. 1. If successful, KAB may expand the program to the City at large. KAB wants to be proactive in establishing new ideas and programs that show results. The members of KAB are partnering with the Department of Parks and Recreation to encourage participation in the program to clean-up Arlington.
"So many of our residents work hard maintaining and beautifying their properties. The results of that care and attention foster tremendous pride in their neighborhoods. The Adopt-a-Spot is the perfect program to encourage residents and businesses to make the same commitment to the City’s public spaces and extend that pride throughout the entire City”, Councilmember Parker remarks.

For now, the “Adopt-a-Spot” program will be made available to ONLY 20 areas within COUNCIL DISTRICT NO. 1. The map below denotes the boundaries for the pilot “Adopt-a-Spot” program. KAB is requesting that applicants focus on “spots” within these boundaries. Be one of the first groups to adopt a spot in Arlington! At KAB’s discretion, a few applications may be approved outside the denoted boundaries. If successful, KAB may expand the program to the City at large.
Adopt-a-Spot Volunteers will receive:

  •  A sign may be purchased at a minimal fee & installed to identify adoption of the location*
  •  Certificate of appreciation
  •  Website recognition

*Fee may apply
An on-line application form along with guidelines on how you can adopt a spot is available at the Keep Arlington Beautiful webpage at keeparlingtonbeautiful.com under the Adopt- a- Spot tab.
Submit an Adopt-a-Spot application today to help Keep Arlington Beautiful here in the American Dream City.

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Mobile App for Parking Convenient for Visitors

Visitors to UT Arlington have more options for paying to park on campus when using a new mobile app, MobileNOW. Daily, weekly, and monthly parking permits can be purchased any time of day.

The new app does not replace the UTA parking permit required for students, faculty, and staff.

A daily permit is $3 and may be purchased using MobileNOW or in the Parking and Transportation Office in the J.D. Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell St. The daily permit allows the vehicle to park in any student or general permit parking lot until 11:59 p.m. UTA police officers use a handheld, cellular device that checks license plates for the MobileNOW parking permits. The permits are not valid for metered parking.

A weekly permit is $8, and a monthly one is $20. MobileNOW charges a $0.30 fee for each transaction.

Download the free MobileNOW app.

Parking permits are a bargain compared to other options or fines. The annual fee is prorated. See the complete prorated schedule.

The privately operated Maverick Parking Garage is another parking option.

For more information, visit Parking and Transportation Services or email parking@uta.edu

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UTA launches new Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact

 

UT Arlington has strengthened its commitment to creating sustainable urban communities through the new Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact. 

The program follows a successful period within the Office of Sustainability, which has received national recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency for UT Arlington’s efforts to reduce food waste. The office also implemented a new car-sharing program, began the first Global Reporting Initiative report as a Sustainability Action Plan, and in 2011 helped launch The Green at College Park, the first certified Sustainable Sites Initiative landscape.

The move is aligned with the University’s Strategic Plan 2020, which aims to enhance quality of life by developing more sustainable communities that focus on the natural, built, economic, cultural, and social environments. It also unifies and integrates environmental improvement approaches across campus.

Meghna Tare will lead the institute as an executive director and will oversee the strategic planning and day-to-day operations.   Since 2010, she has served as director of the Office of Sustainability, which will transition into the new institute and eventually move from Preston Hall to a new location on campus.

Read more about the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact.

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Colleges vie for tree-planting title ahead of big game

Tree planting challenge, second place awardTeams from four North Texas colleges and one from Ohio State University competed Thursday to be the “greenest” team at the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship. Each team of 10 members competed to plant 10 trees at the new High Oak Park in Arlington faster and better than its competitors.

The area teams were from the University of Texas at Arlington, Brookhaven College, Dallas Baptist University, University of Texas at Dallas and Ohio State University students and fan club members.

Referees timed the teams’ performance and monitored their adherence to tree planting rules and procedures. Any variation in planting rules could earn a “flag on the play” and cost the team points off their score.

The visitors from Ohio came in first. A UTA team was second, and Brookhaven College team was third.

The event was sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Texas Forest Service, Employer Flexible (a local business solutions firm) Dr Pepper and the city of Arlington. The Texas Trees Foundation organized the competition.

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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.

To read the complete article click here

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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