Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.64
Liaison William Cocke
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of North Texas
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Todd Spinks
Director
UNT Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes No
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills Yes
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles No
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution No
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

Association of Energy Engineers

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is your source for information and networking in the dynamic fields of: - Energy engineering - Energy management - Renewable and alternative energy - Power generation - Energy services - Sustainability and all related areas. As a growing professional association, AEE’s overall strength is augmented by its strong membership base of over 15,000 professionals in 84 countries and its widely recognized energy certification programs. Its network of 72 local chapters located throughout the U.S. and abroad meet regularly to discuss issues of regional importance

Sierra Student Coalition

We are a group of North Texas students who are impassioned to help UNT become more green as well as the Denton area. We hold event throughout the year that's promotes awareness and action to further our goals of preserving nature.

Society of Plastics Engineers

The Society of Plastics Engineers is an International professional organization that promotes the career field of polymer engineering. Our world is in great need of new engineers to help create sustainable plastics for our future.


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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

Natural Dye Garden
Organic materials grown in the Natural Dye Garden will be used by students in the College of Visual Arts and Design. This garden will provide materials for dyes and also a community space with art installations to walk around in and relax.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
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A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

The We Mean Green Fund (WMGF) is a $5 per student, per long-semester fee that funds environmental projects on campus. The fee was approved by students during a special election during Earth Week 2010.

Projects funded by the fee can be proposed by students, faculty, and staff at UNT. Currently, there is a student-majority-led subcommittee of UNT's Sustainability Council that is the decision-making body for the distribution of funds.


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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Great Global Citizens Initiative
By coming together in the spirit of learning and celebration, UNT prepares and empowers its students to solve the extremely complex problems that confrontthe global community. Each year, the month of April is officially designated as Celebrating Great Global Citizens Month. During this month we recognize individuals and groups that embody the ideals of great global citizenship, as well as educate and engage the campus community about sustainability, equity, and internationalism. The month's celebration culminates in the Creating Greate Global Citizens Gala, where members of the UNT family and other supporters gather to recognize those individuals who have realized excellence to create greate global citizens and to support the growth of the Great Global Citizens Scholarship Fund.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Earth Week
A week of events, such as festivals, film screenings, lectures, an art show and our Annual Award Ceremony and Commemorative Tree Planting will give students, faculty, and staff plenty of great opportunities to learn about ways that they can be more sustainable.


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A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

UNT Sustainability has initiated a volunteer-based recycling program for the Mean Green Tailgating events at all home football games. The fall 2013 season will be the fifth annual season for the program, and will also be the third season that it will take place at the new Apogee Stadium.


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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Students attend a weekly workshop to learn about how to be a change agent in their community through the social change model and explore leadership in theory and in practice or to become a better employee and get an edge on future jobs. The series is offered twice per week and students can select either section. The series begins September 17 and September 18. Registration is will be available in August. (This series is co-sponsored with the Career Center).


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:
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The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Recyclemania
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period, schools report recycling and trash data and are then ranked according to which institution has the highest diversion rate


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