Clean, Green Power at UTD
November 21, 2023
The Office of Sustainability is the point of contact for sustainability in operations, academics, administration, and student engagement. For more information about the Office of Sustainability, please visit About Us. If you have any questions about sustainability at The University of Texas at Dallas, or would like to collaborate for a project or event, please Contact Us.
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We track our success through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE [Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education] ) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System] ). It is an international standard for sustainability in higher education.
The STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System] framework measures sustainability across all aspects of higher education in four broad categories: academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. Within these four categories, UT Dallas measures 63 credits and provides over 1,000 data points in order to holistically assess sustainability. Sustainability efforts are quantified by STARS as points and are awarded in each credit category according to performance. Depending on the number of points accumulated, a university earns certification as a Reporter, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum institution.
The Office of Sustainability has embraced the international standard for sustainability provided by the AASHE [Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education] STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System] report and has adopted a mission statement to collaborate with stakeholders to integrate sustainability into the fabric of UT Dallas impacting academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. For this reason, the Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce that The University of Texas at Dallas has achieved STARS Gold status.
To commemorate this achievement along with The University of Texas at Dallas’ 50th anniversary, The Office of Sustainability has released The University’s first holistic Sustainability Report. Learn More >
Are you passionate about building a more sustainable world for the future? For its people? For the environment? Then think global and serve local, and pursue Sustainability Service Honors! Sustainability Service Honors is an award given to honor graduating students who give service towards advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG [Sustainable Development Goal] s). Learn More >
The Office of Sustainability at UT Dallas is proud to introduce the Green Office Certification Program. This program is designed to be a fun, user-friendly, and engaging tool to help assess how “green” we are operating on a department, office, and individual level. Offices can rank as platinum, gold, silver, or bronze based on the sustainable practices that have been implemented by the department. Learn More >
Composting has been on the mind of students for many years. In fall 2018, the UT Dallas Student Government Green Initiative Committee took the lead and collaborated with The Office of Sustainability within Facilities Management, Housing, and Organix Recycling to make the composting program accessible to residents of University Village and Canyon Creek Apartments. In order to participate in the program, residents must successfully complete Comet Composting Training. Learn More >
Recycling is a key aspect for reducing our environmental impact at UT Dallas. Recycle bins are located on the interior and exterior of buildings across campus. The University operates a single-stream recycling program. This means you can place cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, metal cans, plastics (1-5,7), and unbroken glass bottles in a recycling bin. UT Dallas also provides special recycling streams for items such as printer cartridges and electronics. Learn More >
UT Dallas has undergone tremendous growth the past 10 years. This translates into more students and more buildings. Facilities Management has taken steps to build more efficient buildings and even pursued LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] Certification on a number of them. Learn More >
Eco Reps are student leaders implementing sustainability programs at UT Dallas. Their mission is to make life at UT Dallas more sustainable by helping students make simple, daily decisions to be eco-friendlier, one choice at a time. The program launched in 2017. Learn More >