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The University of Texas at Dallas

Sustainability Newsletter

December 2022

Have a Sustainable Holiday Season

Sustainability Tips for the Holiday Season. The letters U-T-D written in the snow.

Sustainability Tips for the Holiday Season

The holidays are intended for spending time with loved ones and eating delicious food. It doesn’t also have to be a time of waste and environmental harm. We’ve outlined the many options for promoting sustainability this season. Have an excellent winter break!

RCE North Texas Conference Wraps Up. A group of UTD Eco Reps at the registration table for the event.

RCE North Texas Conference Wraps Up

The first in-person RCE North Texas conference was a smashing success. Over 100 sustainability professionals from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex attended the summit to hear talks from dozens of presenters about innovation in sustainability in our region. A huge thank you to the Office of Research and Innovation for partnering with our office for the event and to the presenters and attendees.

Regenerative Agriculture at the Eco Hub. Small plant shoots poking up out of the ground.

Regenerative Agriculture at the Eco Hub

If you’ve driven past the Eco Hub recently, you may have noticed a distinct lack of vegetables growing. That’s because this fall and winter, the Eco Hub will be giving its soil a much-needed break through a practice called cover cropping. Cover crops usually can’t be eaten or sold, but are passive workers, doing various jobs like fixing nitrogen into the soil (like our Austrian winter peas and hairy vetch) or breaking up any compaction (like our daikon radishes and winter rye). Take a look next time you’re in the area!

Apply to Spend Your Spring Break Serving. A pair of students wading into shoreline waters while collecting samples into a bucket.

Apply to Spend Your Spring Break Serving

Join the Office of Student Volunteerism and Office of Sustainability for a week of volunteering to promote the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals during spring break 2023. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a chance for students to travel to a new, exciting location while giving back to the communities that they visit. Our Sustainability Coordinator and one of our Eco Reps will be assisting in the leadership of the housing and environmental justice trip to New Orleans. Applications for the trips open December 7th at noon. Spots go extremely quickly, so be ready to apply!


The Greenhouse

Updates to the UT Dallas Eco Rep Blog

Plant Awareness Disparity. A student sitting on a bench by two trees.

Plant Awareness Disparity

How frequently do you point out a cool plant on a walk? As Ian tells us —not frequently enough.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

RCE North Texas Conference. People at a circular table listening to one of the conference presenters.

RCE North Texas Conference

The RCE North Texas last month was a smashing success! Gwen gives of an overview of her favorite moments.

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Discover Six Eco-Friendly “Adders” & “Subtractors”. Gardening tools with their tips planted into the ground.

Discover Six Eco-Friendly “Adders” & “Subtractors”

How to keep your garden happy and healthy while reducing environmental harm? Carolina has some tips.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

The Many Positive Effects of Houseplants. A row of houseplants near a window.

The Many Positive Effects of Houseplants

There are many benefits to having houseplants. Anna outlines some of them for us.

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Sustainability Service Honors Highlight

Each month, we highlight Comets who give back to their communities through service. You can register for Sustainability Service Honors to be recognized for your service on the Sustainability website.

Volunteer of the Month. Sravya Thotakura.

Volunteer of the Month: Sravya Thotakura (she/her/hers)

Degree Program: Biology

Graduation Date: Spring 2024

Why she volunteers: Volunteering allows me to take a break from schoolwork and to give back to the community and the environment. Through volunteering I get to meet people who have the same interests as me and educate myself through experience, whether that be while making Eco Bricks, being involved with Food Recovery Network, discussing at the SUP town hall or learning from Dr. Rippel about bees while helping transfer the hives for honey extraction.

Favorite volunteering experience: My favorite volunteering experience is the monthly Richardson trail clean-ups we have at ECO. A group of us head out to the Richardson trails on Renner, walk around, and hang out while clearing the trails of trash and enjoying the scenery. If anyone is interested in joining us, we would love to have you and there is more information on the ECO Instagram.


Important Dates

Instagram Live: Mindfulness and Interculturalism

December 7

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Finals Scream

December 7

10:00 p.m.

2022 Texas Midterm Elections

December 7

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Holidays Around the World

December 8

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



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