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UNT Alumnus earns first Advanced Sustainability Certificate

DENTON, TX – UNT Sustainability presented the first Advanced Sustainability Certificate to UNT Alumnus, Juan Pagoada (’14), on Thursday, August 21. Pagoada completed over 30 hours in the Sustainability Leadership Program to earn his certification.

“I had the pleasure of teaching Juan during his time at UNT and am honored to award our first Advanced Sustainability Certificate to such a deserving former student,” Dr. Todd Spinks, UNT Sustainability Director, said. “His commitment to sustainability is evident, and I look forward to seeing him grow as a sustainability professional.”

The art of recycling

Story by: Margarita Venegas

Before UNT staff member Keith Chapman left the house for the Aug. 1 On My Own Time exhibition reception, his wife told him to be prepared to win.

Yet, it still came as a pleasant shock when his name was called for Best in Show, the highest award given at the annual exhibition which highlights artwork that UNT employees have done in their spare time.

Grinning widely, he said of his piece, The Pepperbox Special, “I’m glad because I thought some people might look at it and say, ‘It’s not art, it’s a bike!’”

New campus-wide recycling efforts will make UNT even greener

Story by: Leslie Minton

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Outdoor recycling bins and solar trash compactors installed over the summer at the University of North Texas are giving students, faculty and staff more opportunities to keep recyclable materials out of landfills.

The new bins are part of a campus-wide effort led by UNT Sustainability and UNT Facilities to make recycling easier and more efficient at UNT. The program includes the installation of outdoor bins, and a reorganization of indoor recycling facilities backed up by a years-long research project UNT students conducted to monitor recycling behaviors.