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The University of Texas at Dallas

Sustainability Newsletter

October 2023

It’s Campus Sustainability Month!

A walkway on the UT Dallas Campus lined with trees whose leaves have turned gold.

Celebrate Campus Sustainability Month!

Each October, the UTD Office of Sustainability, along with other colleges and universities around the world, celebrate AASHE Campus Sustainability Month. Join us this October as we celebrate Campus Sustainability Month with events focused on action and celebration of the Earth! Events include Eco Hub Workdays, Campus Cleanups, a Sustainability Tabling Fair, and Sustainable T-Shirt Screen Printing event featuring environmental-focused student designs! Get involved by viewing our list of events on the Comet Calendar and get updates all month long from our Instagram.

A green disc which reads “EJ Collective - UTD Sustainability” floating in the center of a section of campus with flowering trees.

New Student Coalition for Environmental Justice

This fall, the Office of Sustainability will be starting up a new initiative – the Environmental Justice Collective! The Environmental Justice (EJ) Collective will be a student coalition working to build a community on our campus around the intersections of the environment with justice through hosting educational events and volunteering opportunities. The EJ Collective will also work to support students in developing their own projects.

Follow the Environmental Justice Collective on Instagram @utd_ejcollective to stay updated! If you are a student interested in being more involved with the collective, please fill out the membership form by October 13. If you would like to know more about the collective, attend an interest meeting hosted in person and via Teams at the following times:

If there are any questions, please contact the Environmental Justice Eco Rep at ida.ghorbani@utdallas.edu.

A pumpkin carved into a Jack-O-Lantern.

Recycle Your Halloween Candy Wrappers in October and November

Calling all sweet tooths! This month and next, the Office of Sustainability is accepting candy wrappers as a specialty recycling stream. Once collected, the wrappers are recycled by Rubicon, who can separate the various components of each wrapper. You can drop off wrappers during normal business hours at the Office of Sustainability office at CM2 in the Facilities Management complex.

A green disc which reads “Green Initiative - UT Dallas Student Government” floating over a field of flowers.

Make UTD Green: Project Submission

Have an idea about how UTD can be more sustainable? Student Government wants to hear from you! Each year, Student Government’s Green Initiative Committee dedicates funding to implementing student projects related to sustainability. Multiple projects may be selected depending on funding. If your project is chosen, you will be invited to work with SG on its implementation! Check out the Green Initiative page or submit an idea!


The Greenhouse

Updates to the UT Dallas Eco Rep Blog

A bottle and a small container tub, both filled with fruit peels and an orange liquid.

The Time-Tested Natural Magic of Bioenzymes

Interested in making your own natural cleaning products? Prashanth explains the value of bioenzymes.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

A pine forest.

Cop City and Protecting the Weelaunee Forest

Mohini details the turbulent history of the Weelaunee Forest and environmental action in the face of development.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

Women riding bicycles.

Pedaling to Empowerment: How Bicycles are Changing Women’s Lives

Shashank shares how bicycles can increase the quality of life for women who are impacted by climate change.

Head to the Greenhouse! >

A bee atop a flower.

A Brief History
of the Honeybee’s
Past, Present, and Future,
in North America

Curious about how honeybees ended up in America? Eve has the buzz.

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. Alina Dam, in the middle of a classroom of her adult students.

Volunteer of the Month: Alina Dam

Degree Program: Neuroscience

Graduation Date: Spring 2025

Why she volunteers: Ever since I began volunteering with my middle school’s NJHS, I fell in love with giving back to the community and serving others. One of my greatest passions is spearheading and participating in service projects that benefit my local community. To me, lending a helping hand is the easiest and best way to bring a smile to someone’s face!

Favorite volunteering experience: I’m a volunteer teacher with the Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC), where I teach English as a second language (ESL) to adults. This volunteer experience is so rewarding because I can empower students and boost their confidence in listening, speaking, writing, and reading in English. I love teaching with RALC because I’m directly involved in fostering a welcoming and comfortable learning environment for all our students!


Important Dates

UTD Campus Clean Up

October 5

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Comet Composting Tabling

October 6

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Eco Hub Workday

October 7

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Bee Campus USA Tabling

October 13

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Eco Hub Workday & Solar Eclipse Viewing

October 14

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Campus Sustainability Fair

October 19

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Eco Hub Workday

October 21

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Sustainable Screen Printing

October 24

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Eco Hub Workday

October 28

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Halloween Campus Cleanup with Student Government

October 31

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



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