UNT gets recognized by local organizations for clean air efforts

DENTON, TX -- The beginning of November brought the turning of the leaves and four awards for sustainability efforts at UNT. The University of North Texas was recognized as the 2012 Best University “Working for Clean Air.”

For eight years the North Texas Commission, has recognized organizations in the North Texas region whose efforts promote clean air and moving beyond non-attainment. The winners were announced Thursday. Nov. 1, at a reception at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. More than 30 organizations representing over 135,000 employees applied for the 2012 “Working for Clean Air” Awards, and The University of North Texas was recognized as the 2012 Best University Winner. Other winners include DFW International Airport, Coca-Cola Refreshments, and several local governments such the City of Dallas, Forth Worth, and Richardson. The winners were also announced in advertisements for the Dallas Business Journal and the Fort Worth Business Press.

The North Texas Commission is a regional non-profit consortium of businesses, cities, counties, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and higher education institutions in the North Texas region. The North Texas Commission improves the economic vitality, infrastructure and lifestyle of North Texas by marketing the region, promoting collaboration and advocating on critical issues, such as cleaner air.

On Friday, Nov. 2, The University was recognized at the 2012 Clean Cities AltCar Conference & Expo for its sustainable campus fleet operations. Hosted at the Plano Centre, UNT won three awards from the Dallas-Forth Worth (DFW) Clean Cities Coalition and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The awards included Outstanding Public Outreach Efforts, and two Honorable Mentions for Petroleum Reduction Efforts by using electric vehicles and ethanol during 2011-2012.

The DFW Clean Cities Coalition is a locally-based, private and public partnership group that works to advance the economic, environmental, and energy security goals of the United States by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.

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