Start Something Green
Students and faculty led the adoption of our Big Belly Solar Compactors and now our campus has 50 high-tech units that compact our trash with solar power, making it easy for you to recycle on your walk through campus. How cool! Not only do they have a great name, these hard working Big Belly units have reduced waste, increased recycling, and have reduced the litter on campus. How? With student ideas and the We Mean Green Fund.
Did you know with your $5 dollar fee that you sponsor the We Mean Green Fund? You can also propose campus-wide projects or even serve on the fund committee. Do you have plan for environmental impact on campus? If so, start something green.
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The campus wide projects are adopted by a committee full of students passionate about making a positive environmental impact. Does this sound like you? Be a leader on campus, and meet like-minded people. It's easy to start. Contact us and we'll send you all the right info to join the We Mean Green Fund committee.
Funded Environmental Projects
Students, faculty, and staff have all made a difference with their Green ideas for campus. Check out a few you may have noticed around campus. Do you have a green idea that you want to make happen? Let us know.
Blink: An Electric Vehichle (EV) Charging Station
The blink will charge your car, help UNT reduce waste, and provide data to researchers on campus so that the charging infrastructure stays compatible with new types of vehicles and batteries.
Campus now has 6 EV stations. Find the EVs at Wooten Hall, the Environmental Science building, and the RTVF building.
The Big Belly Solar Compactors
The Bellies streamline the waste collection on campus by providing real time data on our waste habits!
50 Solar trash compactors with recycle units that make it so easy for students to recycle.
TAMS Bike Share
The WMGF Committee has approved the purchase of 10 additional bikes helmets and locks for a bike share program initiated last year by the TAMS Naturally club.
The additional equipment was approved to expand the program's efforts in promoting eco-friendly transportation.
UNT Tree Replacement Project
Proposed by UNT staff member Lanse Fullinwider, the project will help re-establish the trees on campus that have been removed due to construction projects, disease, or drought, and the project will promote the beautification and environmental enhancement of the UNT campus.
Increasing the number of trees on campus has a positive effect on air quality, as trees absorb harmful pollutants produced by humans, such as carbon monoxide.
Five for Five Project
The project targets five buildings on campus with five sustainability focused initiatives. The five buildings are: Willis Library, The Business Leadership Building, Sage Hall, Crumley Halll, Environmental Education, Science and Technology building.
With marketing and outreach, the project promotes Recycling, Water reduction, Energy conservation, Paper reduction, and Re-usable beverage containers.
Committee Membership Eligibility
Current students, faculty, and staff may apply to serve on the committee. Staff outside a teaching role must work more than 20 hours a week. All student members of the WMGF Committee must be registered full or part-time UNT students during their terms of office, hold at least a 2.5 GPA, and be in good standing with the university.
Committee Member Benefits
- You will gain valuable insight and experience at the university level.
- You will network with sustainability focused people at UNT.
- You will contribute to UNT’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2040.
- You will learn the process of project selection and evaluation.
Applicants to the WMGF
Applicants should be able to make a direct connection between a proposed project and the environmental improvement it will have on the campus. Potential projects should be operationally focused, and have a clear goal in mind. The WMGF cannot be used to fund campus organizations, student groups or activities that are only tangentially related to the above requirements. The WMGF can fund projects that originate from campus organizations or student groups, provided that such proposed projects fall within what is required by the state legislature.
Committee Member Terms
- Each member of the WMGF Committee will be appointed to serve for one academic year.
- Faculty, staff and student members may serve successive terms, provided they reapply and are approved.
- Faculty and staff may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Terms begin on the first day of the fall semester and end on the last day of the summer term the following year.