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  1. UNT is ranked the greenest college campus in Texas by
  2. 18% of UNT undergraduates and 12% of graduate students use the A-Train to commute each week.
  3. UNT recycles 30 tons of paper, cardboard, and aluminum every month.
  4. The federal government could save nearly 30% in annual ink cost by exclusively using Garamond font.
  5. UNT buildings across campus have been renovated with motion sensors to reduce lighting costs. This initiative is part of a SMART energy performance contract with Schneider Electric.
  6. In 2012, UNT installed three community-size wind turbines adjacent to Apogee Stadium. Check out the live dashboard website and see the turbines in action.
  7. UNT's SMART project has reduced the university's CO2 emissions by 43,123 tons.
  8. During WWII, "Rosie the Riveter" may have worked at defense plants in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, but she learned to rivet at North Texas.
  9. Over 150 faculty engage in sustainability related research and education activities at UNT.
  10. In the Pohl Recreation center, students can do more than feel the burn, they can offset the burning of fossil fuels by using the 36 ReRev elliptical machines.
  11. UNT purchases electricity from Denton Municipal Electric, which purchases 40% wind energy for its customers.
  12. UNT annually publishes its emissions in a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report.
  13. The percentage of UNT students commuting by bicycle has increased by 6% since 2009.
  14. Three UNT dining halls offer tray-less dining to reduce water and energy consumption associated with dishwashing.
  15. For all new buildings, UNT has committed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification or higher.
  16. UNT offers an all-vegan menu at Mean Greens Cafeteria in Maple Hall to help students eat healthy and lower their “foodprint.”
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University of North Texas Earns 2014 Tree Campus USA Recognition from National Arbor Day Foundation

Denton, Texas – The Arbor Day Foundation announced Feb. 10, 2015 that the University of North Texas earned the 2014 Tree Campus USA® recognition. The national program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.


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UNT SCI and Sanger ISD Enter Partnership

Denton, Texas –  Leaders of UNT’s Sustainable Communities Initiative and Sanger Independent School District announced a partnership aimed at implementing SCI’s program called Excellence in Curricula and Experiential Learning. 
EXCEL is a PK-12 college and career preparedness program that enhances a school district’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 5. EXCEL programs and activities offered by Sanger ISD are focused on staff professional development, curricula enhancement, experiential learning and employer engagement.

UNT Sustainability Intern Takes Honey Business to Local Market

Denton, Texas – Most high school summer jobs involve fast food, merchandise, swimming pools, or babysitting, but that’s not the case for Jarod Hoover, a student at Weatherford High School in Weatherford, Texas. Instead, he has spent the summer before his junior year building his own business.

Hoover owns and runs Hoover Honey, a beekeeping and honey business, with the help of his grandfather. After reading news reports on declining bee populations around the country, he started the business with no prior knowledge of beekeeping.

"I heard that bees were dying out and I wanted to help," Hoover said. "Since then, it’s grown bigger and I decided to turn it into a business."