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Green is more than a school color at UNT

natural dye gardenWith an earth-friendly legacy that dates back to water research in the 1930s, UNT has long been a university that embraces sustainability. “Being green” has become a core part of the campus’ culture. In classrooms, faculty members teach 200 sustainability-related courses including bioproducts and green technology development. Also, more than 300 faculty researchers explore everything from developing net-zero energy technologies to creating bioplastics.

UNT has four LEED-certified buildings, strong recycling programs and gets nearly half of its energy from renewable sources. The campus community also enjoys amenities such as an all-vegan cafeteria and electric car charging stations.

UNT has earned numerous green distinctions, including recognition by The Princeton Review as a Green College and a ranking among the world’s most sustainable universities. UNT was Texas’ first large public university to sign the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging to uphold stringent environmental standards.

A 2013 analysis found that in 2012, students, faculty, and staff helped UNT reduce its energy consumption by 6.7 million kWh, which is equivalent to removing 832 vehicles from the road for an entire year.

In the 2013-14 academic year, UNT achieved the following sustainability progress and recognitions:

  • The Princeton Review once again included UNT in its Guide to Green Colleges for the fourth year in a row.
  • The NCAA recognized UNT for having “a greener game day” because of the three wind turbines that help supply energy to Apogee Stadium, the first newly constructed college football stadium to earn LEED Platinum certification, the highest level.
  • The North Central Texas Council of Governments awarded UNT with the Outstanding Achievement in Outreach Award for petroleum reduction efforts in the North Texas region.
  • West Hall received the EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating earlier this year for its energy efficiency.
  • UNT was a finalist for Second Nature’s, Climate Leadership Awards, and produced a video for a nationwide voting competition. Second Nature is a nonprofit that promotes sustainability in higher education.
  • UNT Sustainability partnered with UNT Housing to create a We Mean Green REAL Community for students interested in an immersive experience in environmental, social, and economic change. The community will welcome its first residents in Fall 2014.
  • The We Mean Green Fund (WMGF), an environmental service fee paid by students, funded the building of the Natural Dye Garden that is used by art students to create natural dye for fabric and textile projects.
  • The WMGF also funded the installation of Dyson handryers in the Environmental Education, Science and Technology (EESAT) Building and Pohl Recreation Center to reduce waste, improve hygiene and save money.
  • The UNT community participated in RecycleMania for the fifth consecutive year, diverting 26 percent of waste from landfills during the eight-week competition.
  • The Arbor Day Foundation recognized UNT as a Tree Campus USA for the sixth year in a row. The award recognizes the university’s dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

 —Ernestine Bousque, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Above, Morgan Kuster, a 2013 alumna of the fibers program, uses dye from UNT's natural dye garden. (courtesy photo)


Posted on: Mon 05 May 2014

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