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The University of Texas at Dallas

Sustainability Newsletter

January 2024

Sustainability in the New Year

A vending machine full of metal drink cans.

Plastic-Free Vending Machine Pilot Study

As an extension of UTD’s commitment to sustainability, the Sustainability Committee has been working to reduce the campus plastic footprint. In collaboration with Auxiliary Services, a pilot study beginning in Spring 2024 is testing locations of plastic-free beverage vending machines. The previously offered plastic bottles have been converted to aluminum options. The first vending machine in the pilot study is located on the lower level of the Student Union across from the pool tables, and the second will soon be placed in the JSOM Building. Stop by the vending machine to grab a refreshing plastic-free beverage and fill out the pilot study feedback survey.

A bank of solar panels under a blue sky.

Student Government Resolution: Renewable Energy

Student Government passed Resolution 2023-07, signaling their support for a University-wide commitment to invest in renewable energy both on and off-campus. Spearheaded by Green Initiative Chair Alisa Model and At-Large Senator Gregorio Olivares Gutierrez, the resolution calls for solar panels on new and existing buildings, aims for 100% renewable energy use, and recommends exploring wind turbines and off-campus renewable energy purchasing. Read the full resolution which represents the desire from students to see more renewable energy on campus and for UTD to make significant strides towards environmental responsibility and the University’s strategic goal to be a responsible global citizen.

An Eco Rep sitting at an information table on the campus mall.

Comet Composting

Looking for a way to become more sustainable in the new year? Start composting your food waste with our Comet Composting program available to UTD students living on campus. Take the short online training and quiz to pick up your own caddy and gain access to composting drop off points around campus.

A group of people standing on a wooden bridge in the woods.

Alternative Spring Break Trips

Hosted by the Office of Student Volunteerism, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an immersive week of hands-on service, leadership-building and relationship-building supplemented with education and reflection. Students have the chance to make an impact on communities around the U.S. and learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the country. This year, ASB will be an in-person immersive experience featuring a variety of opportunities to serve, learn about and connect with communities. There are still a spots left to join trips, register at the UTD Marketplace.


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

DART Silver Line Community Meeting

January 24

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

New Volunteer Training – Comet Cupboard

February 1

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



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