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The University of Texas at Dallas

Sustainability Newsletter

January 2023

Sustainability in the New Year

Welcome to the team, Danielle! Danielle Dunn in the Margaret McDermott Mall.

Welcome to the team, Danielle!

Please join the Office of Sustainability in welcoming Danielle Dunn to our professional team. Danielle knows UT Dallas well having previously served in the Human Resources department and her background is in plant and soil science and entomology. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Sustainability. Danielle will be serving as the office’s Coordinator for Collaborative Initiatives, assisting with projects pertaining to sustainability in academics, research, communications, and the community garden. Give her a wave if you see her around campus!

New Program: Free Shower Pass for Bike Commuters. A bicycle leaning against a tree.

New Program: Free Shower Pass for Bike Commuters

Faculty and staff at UT Dallas who commute via bike or another mode of active transportation will now have free morning access to showers and locker rooms at the Activity Center and Rec Center West. Interested faculty and staff can sign up on the Sustainability website. As part of their tuition, students already have free access to the facilities at the Activity Center and Rec Center West and do not need to sign up for a commuter pass. Beginning January 17, faculty and staff will also have access to the SPN Wellness Center at no cost and can access showers and locker rooms without the Commuter Shower Pass.

Dine Green at Dining Hall West. A large room filled with students seated at tables, eating.

Dine Green at Dining Hall West

Looking for sustainable dining options on campus? Dining Hall West was recently recertified as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant with the Green Restaurant Association. Recertification was achieved through several sustainable practices to reduce waste and prioritize efficiency. The facility reduces waste by being Styrofoam free, composting food waste, recycling plastics, glass, aluminum, cardboard, and paper, and providing reusable take-out containers.

Recycling Your “Weird” Stuff. A cardboard stencil of the recylcing symbol, down in the grass.

Recycling Your “Weird” Stuff

Don’t know what to do with your old batteries? What about your personal electronics like phones, computers, and tablets? Plastic film got you down? Look no further than UT Dallas’s specialty recycling streams. In addition to single-stream recycling for cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, metal cans, plastics (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7) and unbroken glass bottles, we also offer recycling for other, difficult-to-recycle items. Our specialty recycling locator lists all drop off streams and locations.

Dig Deep into the UTD Eco Hub. Students tending to the crops of the UTD Eco Hub.

Dig Deep into the UTD Eco Hub

The UTD Eco Hub was recently featured by the North Texas Food Bank as a partner garden. Learn more about the partnership and how the Eco Hub is providing nutritious food to students in need.


The Greenhouse

Updates to the UT Dallas Eco Rep Blog

Check back next month to read the latest and greatest from the Eco Rep Greenhouse Blog!


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.


Important Dates

Eugene McDermott Library Celebrates the Lunar New Year!

January 19

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

DART Silver Line Community Meeting

January 24

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.



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