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UNT ranked as one of the world's most sustainable universities

Recycling activity, 2011UNT has been ranked among the world’s most sustainable campuses in the third annual GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities, which is compiled by the University of Indonesia. Above, recycling activity by Facilities Maintenance.

UNT is ranked second in Texas and 110 in the world. Universities from 49 countries were included in the rankings and rankings were organized based on factors such as water usage, waste management and education.

The ranking emphasizes UNT’s commitment to being at the forefront of sustainability, and is the latest of many awards recognizing UNT’s commitment to being green. In 2012, UNT was recognized as “the best” by The North Texas Commission in its “Working for Clean Air” awards, as a Higher Education winner in the 2012 Green School Awards by the U.S. Green Building Council Central Texas – Balcones Chapter, and has been named a Green College by The Princeton Review two consecutive years.

Some of UNT’s green efforts include:

In 2008, UNT became the first large public university in Texas to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, pledging to adhere to more stringent environmental standards and promising to achieve at least LEED Silver certification on new buildings. The UNT Life Science Complex earned Gold LEED certification in 2011. That same year, UNT became the first university in the nation to earn LEED Platinum certification for a new construction, college football facility, when Apogee Stadium received the designation. Also in 2011, UNT became the first university to offer a fully vegan dining hall, Mean Greens.

UNT has robust recycling programs, gets about half its energy from renewable sources, has reduced its carbon footprint by a half-billion pounds, and will save about $3 million annually through a 20-year energy savings contract that includes efforts to make more than 120 buildings on campus more energy efficient.

Each year UNT recycles more than 360 tons of paper and cardboard, nearly 5,000 pounds of cans and 600,000 plastic bottles.

-Leslie Wimmer, News Promotions

Posted on: Tue 12 February 2013

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