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The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is among a handful of major metropolitan areas worldwide that dominate both human creativity and planetary economics. In fact, about 20 of the world’s largest and most influential corporations call North Texas home. UT Arlington is strategically positioned in the heart of this the thriving region—the nation’s fourth-largest metropolis—to change the trajectory of thousands of lives each year.
Our involvement and engagement off campus is critical to our success. We recognize that bringing together the resources of UT Arlington, area businesses, government, associations and foundations, and community organizations can produce remarkable results as we work to solve the complex issues we share. As such, we foster innovative partnerships and collaborations in areas such as education, research, and economic development. We meet regularly with area businesses to assess their needs and explore ways to work together to address regional as well as global challenges. Key partners in working on sustainability issues include the City of Arlington, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Air North Texas. UT Arlington is also a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power and WasteWise programs.
North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Strategic Plan for 1999-2003 called for the creation of the Center of Development Excellence. The Center is envisioned as a comprehensive effort to bring together public- and private-sector experts in the environmental, transportation, development, and information analysis fields to address the regional issues and infrastructure concerns of the future. In December 2001, NCTCOG’s Executive Board appointed local government and private sector stakeholders to the Development Excellence Steering Committee—a committee charged with advising NCTCOG regarding development issues. As its first assignment, the committee drafted a mission statement and the “Principles of Development Excellence” to guide the initiative. Currently, the main focus of this effort is toward supporting the Vision North Texas partnership program. UT Arlington is a member of the Steering Committee.
Transportation Research Board (TRB) is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. Meghna Tare, Executive Director for Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact is confirmed by nomination by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee on Economic and Social Sustainability for Airports. The nomination is approved by the Chairman of the National Research Council (NRC). The committee will conduct an event that will bring together airport industry leaders, subject matter experts, and researchers from appropriate fields to facilitate discussion on economic and social sustainability at airports. The goal of the event is to promote broader and deeper insight on these topics which are significant to airport operators. The in-depth discussion among airport operators and industry experts is intended to facilitate communication and incubate collaboration within the industry and help identify areas of future research needs. In addition, the event is expected to promote efficiency and synergistic efforts within the airport industry, while accelerating the identification of innovation in this transportation sector. Meghna also serves as Panel Member for ACRP 02-83- Measuring Quality of Life in Communities Surrounding Airports. The objective of this panel is to guide research to develop methods and guidance to measure the effect of an airport on the quality of life on its surrounding communities.