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The University of Texas at Arlington strengthened its commitment to creating sustainable urban communities through its Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact. The Institute unifies and integrates environmental improvement approaches across campus.
We are also part of the larger community of North Texas, which is rapidly growing and facing challenges like poor air quality, constrained water supplies, energy demand and lack of transportation options. The Institute’s goal is to collaborate with businesses, government and communities to solve these problems and offer solutions. We have learned from experience that university campuses that tie together multiple areas of sustainability into a comprehensive, holistic plan or road-map tend to be more successful — at getting buy-in from the community, funding various initiatives, and achieving results and recognition.
Institutions of higher education play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of individuals and enhancing the community. The knowledge we cultivate, the real-world application of our innovative research, and our emphasis on community service deliver clear benefits to individuals, communities, and society at large. We recognize that responsible operations and management of shared resources can also enrich quality of life, in both direct and indirect ways. For us, sustainability is a path of continual improvement where our actions protect and enhance the human and natural resources needed for future generations to enjoy a quality of life equal to or greater than our own. The success of sustainability initiatives requires engagement, participation, and collaboration at all levels of the university, across campus and beyond. We are making great progress within the institution and through partnerships with communities, businesses, government, and other higher education sectors.
The mission of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact is to increase UT Arlington’s capacity to address sustainability challenges by: