In This Issue:
- Dallas College Earns STARS Silver Rating
- Returning Soon! In Person Sustainable U Events
- May Sustainable U Webinars
- Miss the Sustainability Town Hall Meeting? Sustainability Summit? TRACS Summit? View Them Online!
- Follow Us on Social Media!
Dallas College Earns International Recognition for Sustainability
Dallas College earned a Silver rating from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Rating and Assessment System (STARS)!
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.
With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college’s or university’s sustainability performance.
Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics, 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.
Under the guidance of Dallas College Sustainability, participating departments have taken steps toward becoming sustainable and our joint efforts have paid off.
To read more about our Silver STARS rating, the news release from Dallas College.
View the webinar, “Dallas College Just Earned a Silver STARS Rating: What Does That Mean, and How Will It Help Us on Our Journey to Sustainability?“
Introducing a New Phase in Sustainable U Programming
At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, Dallas College introduced weekly, live Sustainable U webinars to showcase the sustainable solutions being implemented by local organizations and to stay connected with our students, employees and community. It’s time to start re-building our in-person, on-campus activities. We will continue to offer online programs, but not on a weekly basis. This newsletter will continue to alert you of both online and in person sustainability programs. If you have topic or speaker suggestions for the fall, please send them to Sustainability@dcccd.edu.
Weekly Sustainable U Webinars for May
Water: A Limited Resource
May 3, 2022
Speaker: Dan Moulton
Ben Franklin said, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” Where does Texas’ water come from? Do we have enough? How can we share water resources and manage them to provide sustainable water supplies for the future? Register below to hear from Dan Moulton, executive committee chair of the Dallas Sierra Club, as he discusses this precious resource and how we can take steps toward conservation.
The Garden as an Ecosystem
May 10, 2022
Speaker: Scott Blackburn
Scott Blackburn is an organic gardener and gardening educator based out of Austin. Scott has been sustainably growing food for 15 years. Combining his many years in the nursery trade, passion for growing food, training as a digital storyteller, and incredible sense of humor, Scott uses social media to educate and motivate the world about sustainable food gardening. His TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube accounts have amassed tens of thousands of views. Scott is also the garden coordinator for UT Austin’s UT Farm Stand program. Register to hear Scott share his expertise on how to use regenerative practices to save soil and foster biodiversity in your garden.
The RightCycle Program by Kimberly-Clark Professional, in Partnership With Grainger
May 17, 2022
Speaker: Tana Albrecht
Is your organization’s personal protective equipment (PPE) recyclable? Ours is! Learn about The RightCycle Program by Kimberly-Clark Professional, in partnership with Grainger.
Imagine a different future for your waste stream.
Through the RightCycle program you can reach your organization’s sustainability goals, divert waste from the landfill in support of zero waste to landfill initiatives, give your used PPE items a new life by aiding in the creation of new consumer goods, reduce your waste disposal costs and protect the planet for future generations.
The Future of Nuclear Energy
May 24, 2022
Is nuclear energy renewable? What is the difference between nuclear fission and fusion? What are the pros and cons of nuclear energy including safety issues and radioactive waste? Is fusion the nuclear energy of the future? Register below to hear from Dan Moulton, executive committee chair of the Dallas Sierra Club, as he discusses this alternative form of energy.
Campus-Based Zero Waste: Recycling Solutions in Higher Education
May 31, 2022
Speakers: Gary Cocke, sustainability director, University of Texas at Dallas; Richard Johnson executive director of sustainability, Rice University
Achieving zero waste is can be done in any organization with planning and perseverance. Join Rice University and University of Texas at Dallas sustainability directors as they discuss recycling methods and solutions used on their campuses. Topics will include trash and recycling sensor technology, composting, and single-use plastic ban organizing.
Explore Past Events and Webinars
- Explore past webinars
- Sustainability Town Hall recordings
- Sustainability Summit recordings
- TRACS Summit recordings
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