University Boasts Green Credentials

Editors’ Note: This feature appears as it was published in the spring 2017 edition of UT Dallas Magazine. Titles or faculty members listed may have changed since that time.

UT Dallas has two registered monarch waystations on campus and tagged 25 monarchs as part of the Monarch Watch citizen science initiative last fall.

The University’s green credentials underscore its commitment to using as little as possible from resources that cannot be renewed and to encourage conservation.

  • Registered monarch butterfly waystations near the Eugene McDermott Library and the Naveen Jindal School of Management building — 25 monarchs tagged as part of the Monarch Watch citizen science initiative last fall
  • Five LEED certifications for campus buildings
  • Three-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association for Dining Hall West
  • On-campus composting program — 140 tons of recoverable compost for campus landscaping in 2014 and 2015

In 2016, the University was included in The Princeton Review’s listing of green colleges for the fifth consecutive year. UT Dallas also earned bronze certification from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

“Achieving AASHE STARS certification is a major milestone for our campus,” said Thea Junt MS’16, MBA’16, associate director of energy conservation and sustainability.

Students are part of the push to achieve environmental goals, with several flourishing programs. For instance, Student Government leads a Green Initiative and the Office of Student Volunteerism (OSV) provides many of the campus outreach programs, such as community gardening, Earth Week, E-Waste Roundup and Texas Arbor Day.

“Over the years, our students have shown a stronger commitment to environmental restoration, conservation and sustainability,” said Monalisa Amidar MA’15. “I am inspired by the resolve to continue learning together on how to minimize our carbon footprint and best care for our planet.”