The University of Texas at Arlington recently announced a strengthened commitment to creating sustainable urban communities through its new Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact.
The mission of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact is to increase UT Arlington’s capacity to address sustainability challenges by:
- Articulating and exemplifying UT Arlington’s university-wide commitment to sustainability;
- Supporting the University’s Strategic Plan 2020, which aims to enhance quality of life by developing more sustainable communities that focus on the natural, built, economic, cultural and social environments;
- Building upon the four cornerstones of education and outreach, strategic planning, research and operations; and,
- Connecting scientists, scholars, humanists, engineers, technologists, policymakers, business leaders, students and communities.
North Texas 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.
Institutions of higher education play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of individuals and enhancing the community. The knowledge they cultivate, the real-world application of their innovative research, and their emphasis on community service deliver clear benefits to individuals, communities, and society at large. UTA’s ISGI recognizes that responsible operations and management of shared resources can also enrich quality of life, in both direct and indirect ways.
Learn more online at http://sustainability.uta.edu/