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The University of Texas at Dallas

Sustainability Newsletter

November 2022

Fall Into Sustainability

Dispose of Your Pumpkins and Candy Wrappers Sustainably. A carved halloween pumpkin.

Dispose of Your Pumpkins and Candy Wrappers Sustainably

This month, the Office of Sustainability will be partnering with the Society for Sustainable Business (SSB) to set up a free pumpkin compost drop off location at the Plinth beginning Friday, November 11 and continuing for the next several days. Please check the Comet Calendar for the most up-to-date times and locations.

Don’t want to wait to drop off? Take our Comet Composting training to access one of our 11 campus compost drop off locations 24/7. The Office of Sustainability will also be collecting your leftover Halloween candy wrappers to be recycled at CM2 the entire month of November.

RCE North Texas Summit. A conference hall filled with groups of people sitting around circular tables.

Sustainability Leadership: RCE North Texas Summit

Regional Center for Expertise (RCE) North Texas is a regional collaboration led by the UT Dallas and UT Arlington Offices of Sustainability. They will be hosting their first in-person summit at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center on November 9 and 10 featuring panels, networking, and discussions with sustainability leadership in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Attendance is free of charge. University staff and faculty are welcome to register. Student registrants will require a staff or faculty sponsor.

Three Student Jobs Open. A group of Eco Reps standing in front of a large mound of filled recycling bags.

Three Student Jobs Open

The Office of Sustainability is opening three new part-time Eco Rep positions for Spring 2023. The positions will be focused on social media and marketing, zero waste, and sustainable service. Eco Reps are paid and work anywhere from 10-19 hours per week. Interested students should email avery.mckitrick@utdallas.edu to schedule a discussion about the positions.

Single-Use Plastics Town Hall Recap. A collection of plastic waste.

Single-Use Plastics Town Hall Recap

On Monday, October 24, the University Sustainability Committee hosted a town hall to give information and answer questions about their initiative to begin the process of phasing out single-use plastics on campus. In-person and virtual attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm ideas regarding the proposal. Read the January 2022 FAQ about the proposal and the fact sheet.

Get Funding for Your Sustainability Projects. A group of students adding new plants into a planting bed around a tree.

Get Funding for Your Sustainability Projects

The Student Government Green Initiative Committee is looking for projects to fund through their Green Fund, a pool of money open to individual students, clubs, student organizations, departments, and staff and faculty. All projects that positively impact sustainability at UTD are eligible for funding with the Green Fund. Student Government is currently working on adding a project proposal form to the Green Fund’s page. In the meantime, proposals should be sent to sg@utdallas.edu with the current Green Initiative Chair, Madison Ibe (madison.ibe@utdallas.edu), on the CC line.


The Greenhouse

Updates to the UT Dallas Eco Rep Blog

Wave “Hello” to Wave Energy. Waves crashing on the shore.

Wave “Hello” to Wave Energy

Ride the clean power wave! Jaime identifies recent players in the wave energy game.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

A Bright Future for Flash Graphene. A hexagonal mesh of flash graphene.

A Bright Future for Flash Graphene

What is flash graphene, and how can it contribute to the future of sustainability? Hunter explains.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

Sleeping Be(e)auty: Why Bees Need a Good Night’s Rest. A bee on a flower.

Sleeping Be(e)auty: Why Bees Need a Good Night’s Rest

Why does a bee need to sleep? Do they dream? Eve has the buzz.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

Mother Nature’s Mathematical Patterns. A pattern of scales.

Mother Nature’s Mathematical Patterns

Nature as a mathematician? It’s more likely than you think. Mohini has the scoop.

Head to the Greenhouse! >


Important Dates

Candy Wrapper Recycling

October and November

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Beginner Bike Commuter Workshop

November 2

12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2022 Texas Midterm Elections

November 8

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sustainability Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass

November 8, 15, 29

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

RCE North Texas Summit

November 9 and 10

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Smashing Pumpkins: Kickoff S’mores Event

November 10

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Free Pumpkin Composting

November 11, 14-18

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Eco Hub Workdays

November 12

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

TRACS Student Sustainability Summit

November 14

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sustainability at UT Dallas Training (Staff & Faculty)

November 18

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.



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