Comets compost to curb food waste

Comets compost to curb food waste

Students residing in on-campus apartments can now join a composting program to learn about reducing food waste. Members of the Green Initiative of Student Government partnered with several on-campus departments such as the Office of Sustainability as well as external groups to launch the Comet Composting program. The program provides...

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Residence hall courtyards to feature fruit trees, greenery

Residence hall courtyards to feature fruit trees, greenery

In recognition of Texas Arbor Day, Facilities Management worked with the Office of Student Volunteerism to plant fruit trees in residence hall courtyards. Gary Cocke, the associate director of energy conservation and sustainability, said the idea for planting fruit trees began as a discussion between himself and the associate director...

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More campus sustainability measures necessary

More campus sustainability measures necessary

In the last decade, UTD has made great strides in making the campus more sustainable, but there is still work to be done to make life better for both students and the local environment, such as by allowing lower-impact pesticides, introducing and revitalizing more green spaces and encouraging native and...

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Keepers of the Earth

Keepers of the Earth

UTD’s sustainability efforts have grown to incorporate a student educator component with the creation of EcoReps this semester. In 2016, Thea Junt, the associate director of facilities management for energy conservation and sustainability, and Evan Paret, the administration project coordinator for facilities management, submitted the first comprehensive Association for Advancement...

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SG to fund green ideas next fall

SG to fund green ideas next fall

A Student Government initiative to improve sustainability on campus that began in the spring is ready for a reboot heading into the fall semester. On June 24, The Office of Student Affairs approved the launch of the Green Initiative website, which accepted proposals for green projects that could be undertaken...

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Green fund needed for future of university conservation

Initiative with focus on sustainability needed to help propel UTD towards Tier One status, become more eco-friendly Imagine having a role in proposing how the fees collected with your tuition are spent. Imagine part of that money will be set aside for specific sustainability initiatives on campus. These possibilities came...

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Changing the urban-scape

Changing the urban-scape

This past week, the sunshine and lovely weather in Dallas got me out a lot more, and as I walked down the sidewalk, I thought to myself how robotic and geometric the roads here are compared to the chaotic, meandering streets of Kolkata, Dhaka, London or Milan. I recalled how...

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Greener schools lead the way

Greener schools lead the way

Rigorous sustainability initiatives, standards at universities serve as catalyst for change in surrounding communities President Obama’s ballsy move to push for more rigid carbon emission standards may be causing political uproar, but it could be used to inspire a push for more sustainability initiatives at universities and their surrounding communities....

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Zipcar caters to car-less students

Zipcar caters to car-less students

When it came to parking this summer, I was spoiled rotten. My “mornings” consisted of me waking at the crack of noon and arriving on campus to an open field of concrete, with nearly every spot for my choosing. Amidst a booming growth in student enrollment, I should have known...

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Surviving the sizzle: University copes with record heat

Surviving the sizzle: University copes with record heat

Record-breaking temperatures in Texas this summer have significantly raised electricity and water demand, but UTD officials say the university has been working hard to prevent any disruption to campus life. While Richardson is coping with a water shortage and electricity grids are running at full capacity, other cities in the...

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