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The University of Texas at Arlington has won a prestigious Excellence in Sustainability Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers, or NACUBO.
The 56-year-old association represents more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the country.
The annual NACUBO Awards recognize institutional success in various areas. The Excellence in Sustainability Award is earned by institutions that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in sustainability leadership, including financial, facilities, operational, environmental, community and climate. UTA was one of three universities earning the award this year. UCLA and the University of Minnesota, Morris, were the other two honored.
UTA has implemented several environmentally responsible initiatives across the campus, resulting in substantial efficiency improvements.
Meghna Tare, UTA executive director of sustainability
“As our campus expands and our student body grows, we have made deliberate efforts to incorporate sustainability efforts in our operations,” said John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. “Ensuring that we grow responsibly as our enrollment rises is a key priority for the University. Our dedicated procedures have resulted in reduced consumption of water and energy, and waste production across multiple campus sectors.”
Meghna Tare, UTA executive director of sustainability, believes universities act as catalysts for sustainability efforts in the cities where they are located.
“This award is an acknowledgment of the success of our sustainability initiatives,” Tare said. “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.”
UTA’s various Earth-conscious initiatives include:
NACUBO specifically represents chief business and financial officers through advocacy efforts, community service and professional development activities. The association’s mission is to advance the economic viability, business practices and support for higher education institutions in fulfillment of their missions.