Welcome to the University of Texas at Arlington’s Sustainability Report and Environmental Action Plan. Since the launch of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact (ISGI) in 2015, the university has continued to place emphasis on developing both the academic underpinnings of the discipline and best practices for the campus and its operations, ensuring that the institution is a leader in sustainability. More importantly, under the leadership of Meghna Tare, Executive Director of ISGI, and John Hall, Vice President for Administration and Campus Operations, UTA has become a leader in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex and beyond.

We provide transformative practices and assistance to corporate and community partners, are seen as a thought leader and have become the “go-to” center for the study of sustainability. We are a institution of higher education focused on the future, committed to ensuring that our actions today position the university not just to be a leader today, but to set standards for the future. We aim to ensure that the DFW metroplex, a megacity in the making, progresses along a sustainable path balancing economic growth with environmental stewardship. The four themes of our Strategic Plan 2020 lay the vision for how we will address some of society’s greatest challenges in the thematic areas of heath and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery.

Sustainability brings together economic, environmental and social aspects that reflect the complexity of the pressing issues faced by us as an organization and as part of both local and global communities. It also draws people together. 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, and our efforts have resulted in significant recognition for the institution and the leadership of ISGI.

“The success of sustainability initiatives requires engagement, participation, and collaboration at all levels of the university, across campus and beyond.”

As with other initiatives at UTA we do not rest on our laurels but continue to press for ever higher levels of excellence, setting standards for others to follow and ensuring that UTA is the model 21st Century Urban Research University. The efforts of the ISGI continue to provide direction, inspiration and vision for us, and I hope that reading of their accomplishments and progress will inspire you as well.

Vistasp M. Karbhari
President
The University of Texas at Arlington