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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. 

UNT Sustainability Staff Trains Educators in Mexico

This summer, four UNT Sustainability representatives traveled to SuBire Business School in Guadalajara, Mexico to provide professional development to K-12 educators. The instruction focused on how to integrate sustainability concepts into curricula and how to teach and use sustainability as a mindset and methodology. The visit was part of an ongoing partnership between the schools that began in Spring 2012.

During their visit, Nicole Cocco, Kim Gideon, Ana Trevino, and Fernanda Mendez presented on several topics including learning strategies for teaching sustainability, creative activity brainstorming for the classroom, and teaching and understanding systems thinking.

UNT researchers create new, stronger plant-based carbon fiber

Story by: Leslie Minton

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Researchers at the University of North Texas have created a new carbon fiber from plants that can replace common petroleum and coal-based products in wide range of goods including parts for cars, aircraft, electronics and sports equipment. The patent-pending carbon fiber also is stronger and lighter than similar products on the market.