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How UNT has become one of the nation’s most sustainable campuses

May 7, 2014

Dear UNT community,

In the past decade, UNT has established itself as a national leader in sustainability in everything from research to education to operations.

Sustainability is now an integral part of our legacy and it permeates all parts of our university. Our green research started with water quality studies in the 1930s and now includes 200 sustainability-related courses and 300 researchers conducting sustainability-related research in such areas as net-zero energy and plant-based plastics.

We were Texas’ first large public university to sign the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging to uphold stringent environmental standards.

Today, you see all over campus symbols that We Mean Green. You can work, study and socialize in our four LEED-certified buildings, including Apogee Stadium, one of the world’s greenest college football stadiums complete with three wind turbines. You can have a delicious meal in Mean Greens, one of the first vegan-only cafeterias at a university. You can turn on lights knowing that almost half of our energy comes from renewable sources. You can recycle your bottle, can or paper at one of our many recycling stations. You can even power your electric vehicle at one of our charging stations.

Green is more than our school color, it’s our way of life.

During the 2013-14 academic year, we’ve continued to make progress on minimizing our university’s environmental impact. We’ve received several recognitions in the past year alone for our efforts. As the academic year comes to a close, I want us to celebrate our sustainability accomplishments as a campus community.  

UNT Sustainability is an excellent resource to learn about how UNT is living green. To learn more, visit UNT Sustainability’s website or contact the office at 940-369-8304.

Warren BurggrenPresident Smatresk and I are proud to be part of an institution that leads the way in sustainability. Thanks for helping UNT to live green and be green!


Warren Burggren

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted on: Wed 07 May 2014

Owning Excellence

Faculty and staff members have roles in transforming UNT into a nationally prominent university. Share your ideas on how you can help UNT to own excellence, keep students on track and improve graduation education.

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