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The University of Texas at Dallas

Sustainability Newsletter

May 2023

Whoosh into a Green Summer!

A group of students and staff making the sign of the UTD mini-whoosh with their left hands. the students in front hold awards.

Graduates Awarded with Sustainability Service Honors

Each semester, hundreds of UT Dallas students serve their communities both virtually and in-person. Students who log 250 hours or more of service before the time they graduate receive Sustainability Service Honors and get to leave their legacy on campus by planting a pollinator garden.

Sustainability Service Honors recipients this semester includes students who volunteered their time gardening, advancing menstrual equity, addressing food insecurity, working with children and seniors, and training service dogs. This year’s garden is located at the McDermott Library and will be planted on May 5.

We congratulate and thank all Sustainability Service Honorees this spring! If you are interested in logging your hours to receive this award in future semesters, please visit the Sustainability Service Honors webpage.

From left, Ida Ghorbani and Shashank Ravishankar.

Welcome to the Team, Eco Reps!

We have concluded our hiring process for our Fall 2023 Eco Reps. Eco Reps are compensated student leaders that implement sustainability programs at UT Dallas. Please welcome Ida Ghorbani (left), an internal hire who will be transitioning to the Environmental Justice Eco Rep role, and Shashank Ravishankar (right), who will be joining our office as the Bicycle Friendly University Eco Rep. We are excited to bring these talented students to our team and can't wait to see how they make campus more sustainable!

A group of students and staff standing against the railing of a balcony.

Spring Conference and Panel Experiences

Take a look at some of the conferences and panels the Office of Sustainability attended this semester! Both staff members and Eco Reps gave presentations, presented posters, made new connections, and deepened their knowledge of sustainability topics.

Rows of students in a lecture hall.

Sustainability Courses for Fall

For the Fall 2023 semester, the following two courses related to sustainability are offered:

AMS 4379: Environmental Justice taught by Dr. Torrie Cropps examines and explores historical and contemporary issues and topics related to environmental racism, women and the environment, and resource theft. The course will analyze how historical inequities and systemic oppression impacts marginalized people and their environments.

OPRE 3370: Managing Sustainable Operations taught by Dr. Ramesh Subramoniam involves proper management of related environmental, social, and economic impacts in constructing and maintaining effective and efficient global operations or supply chains.

These courses provide an excellent opportunity to engage with important environmental issues. Don’t miss out on this chance to grow your understanding of sustainability!

A group of students standing in front of the colorful Eco Hub, shed making the sign of the UTD mini-whoosh with their left hands.

Eco Hub Workdays Offer Hands-On Learning

If you have passed the Eco Hub or volunteered this semester, you have probably noticed quite a few changes! Learn how the Eco Hub has been working to improve soil quality, what is growing, and how the microfarm is expanding.


The Greenhouse

Updates to the UT Dallas Eco Rep Blog

Students wearing butterfly wings, standing amid plants.

Earth Week 2023 Recap!

How did UT Dallas celebrate Earth Week this year? Ida outlines the activities.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

Four students standing together.

Sustainability Service Honors Semester Wrap-up

Interested in Sustainable Service Honors? Alisa shares about service events she hosted this semester.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

A cardboard sign held up a demostration. The sign reads “Fight Today for a Better Tomorrow”.

Environmental Justice Teach-In: Front Line Communities Fight Back

Missed the Environmental Justice Teach-In? Gwen gives an overview and shares the recording.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

A sock being darned.

The Wonderful World
of Sock Restoration

Curious to learn how to mend your clothes? Anna provides a guide on darning.

Head to the Greenhouse! >


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. Jose Marquez.

Volunteer of the Month: Jose Marquez

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering

Graduation Date: Spring 2023

Why he volunteers:It’s important to give back to the Earth and the community! I have felt supported in so many ways that I am committed to continuing that cycle of love. Plus, it’s a lot of fun volunteering!

Favorite volunteering experience: My favorite volunteering experience was spending a semester doing habitat restoration over at the Trinity River Audubon Center. I learned so much about prairies, environmental justice, and sustainable development. I’ve also developed an affinity for bird watching.


Important Dates

SG Finals Scream

May 4

9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Sustainability Podcast Club

May 4

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Election Day

May 6

Check County Elections Office Websites

Lavender Graduation

May 9

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Getting To Know You Series - Dr. Calvin Jamison

May 11

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

PNM Conference - Sustainability: Yourself,
Your Community, Your World

May 12

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spring 2023 University Commencement

May 12

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.



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