Projects

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Wylie ISD Food Waste Wylie ISD has taken great steps to reduce food waste at the source. They have made an effort to only get as much food as demanded, and to reuse extra food from day-to-day. This project aimed to build upon the great work already occurring at Wylie ISD and address food waste at every step in the most-preferred way according to the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy; specifically addressing the Source Reduction & Reuse (via Waste Audits), Feed Hungry People (via after-school programs for post-consumer, unopened food) and Composting food waste that cannot be prevented or donated. Download
North Texas Food Bank Project The convening power of the North Texas Food Bank can be used to bring organizations together to solve hunger and food insecurity in North Texas. Currently, the North Texas Food Bank and Texas Hunger Initiative spearhead the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions, which successfully brings together diverse organizations to collaboratively address hunger and poverty in North Texas through five action teams: child hunger, faith community hunger solutions, public policy, senior hunger, and urban agriculture. In addition, the North Texas Food Bank has a connection of more than 200 agencies throughout 13 counties. It is important to continue reaching out to various organizations and collaborate, coordinate, and spread the message to them. By expanding North Texas Food Bank’s connections to include organizations that further address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity, awareness can be spread throughout the metroplex and doing so reflects SDG 17, Partnership for the Goals. Food insecurity and the SDGs facilitate coordination and collaboration because they are connected to the effects of poverty. Using North Texas Food Bank’s unifying power, setting common goals, leveraging resources, and working collaboratively with these organizations can help bring the metroplex together. In essence, utilizing partnerships with institutions that target a variety of root causes is crucial in achieving a common goal and strengthening community support especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. Download
Upper Trinity River Water Quality Report Trinity River segments, creeks and lakes within the Upper Trinity River Basin are gaining popularity for recreational activities like paddling, swimming, birding, volunteering, fishing and hiking. Yet, there is no single platform that provides users information regarding data based trends for safety of the several freshwater recreational areas the region offers. Given the increasing number of kayakers and paddlers, information about the water quality and its relationship to health risks is required. As E. coli is considered the primary indicator for permitting and grading of recreational use within natural water systems in the state of Texas, the report aims to understand the current state of the water quality within DFW region using existing data from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and other local agencies. For questions, please contact Amruta Sakalker, Doctoral Student in the Urban Planning and Public Policy Program, amruta.sakalker@mavs.uta.edu Download