Sustainability Efforts Flourish at UNT thanks to Student Initiative
UNT has launched several green programing initiatives in large part thanks to the Student Sustainability office’s We Mean Green Fund. Every student pays a $5 Environmental Service fee during the fall and spring semesters to the fund, which is dedicated to reducing UNT’s impact on the environment.
Any student, staff or faculty member is welcome to submit proposals to be paid for through the fund, which are evaluated by a committee composed of 10 students and 3 staff or faculty members. The committee’s funding recommendations are then submitted to the vice president for student affairs for approval.
“The We Mean Green Fund is a great student-led initiative and a powerful tool to have impactful change,” said Gary Cocke, advisor for the We Mean Green Fund. “I encourage everyone to submit their ideas for consideration in order to continue making UNT more environmentally friendly.”
Several projects have been created thanks to the fund, including: the UNT Community Garden; the Pollinative Prairie, a prairie restoration project; I Bike UNT, bike safety and theft prevention campaigns; and tailgate recycling.
The latest projects include UNT Goes GreenSense and the Solar Trailer, which can provide 25 kWh of power. It will be used at campus-wide events to provide green energy and eliminate a point source of air pollution in the middle of these crowded areas.
For more information on UNT’s green programming efforts or to submit a proposal, click here or call 940-369-8302.