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The Sustainability Leadership Program is a workshop series that strengthens your knowledge and skill-sets in sustainability. Check out the schedule for the dates and locations of upcoming workshops.
did you know?
  1. 18% of UNT undergraduates and 12% of graduate students use the A-Train to commute each week.
  2. The federal government could save nearly 30% in annual ink cost by exclusively using Garamond font.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. UNT purchases electricity from Denton Municipal Electric, which purchases 40% wind energy for its customers.
  8. UNT annually publishes its emissions in a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report.
  9. The percentage of UNT students commuting by bicycle has increased by 6% since 2009.
  10. Three UNT dining halls offer tray-less dining to reduce water and energy consumption associated with dishwashing.
  11. For all new buildings, UNT has committed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification or higher.
  12. 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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Uyen Tran-Parsons
Role: Staff
Department: Director, Multicultural Programming
"The young people in my life motivate me to participate in sustainability efforts. I see how rapidly the world has changed in my short 30+ years and I feel obligated to make things better from them. My family has grown more aware of where our food comes from; how changing a few things in our life result in big savings; and the importance of preserving culture from one generation to the next."

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The Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) works with community leaders to strengthen their ability to overcome social, economic, and environmental challenges. As an entity of UNT Sustainability, SCI has access to the University of North Texas network, linking communities to one of the largest universities in Texas.

Learn more about UNT Sustainability's newest initiative here.

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Students who live in the community will have the opportunity to engage in special projects on campus, as well as participate in workshops and field trips. These activities will give students a unique college experience that delivers a broad perspective of sustainability that can apply to any field of study. The community is also geared to encourage behavior change that will instill healthy and sustainable habits.