The University of Texas at Arlington has won the national Excellence in Sustainability Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
The Excellence in Sustainability Award recognizes institutions for a specific campus innovation, process or program that advances environmental sustainability in higher education or progress toward a more environmentally sustainable future. UT Arlington was the recipient of the Sustainability Leadership Award in 2018 as well.
Meghna Tare“Our sustainability program is one of the leading programs in the country,” said John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. “The program has grown significantly over many years under the leadership of Chief Sustainability Officer Meghna Tare and our many colleagues across campus who provide incredible support.”
The Office of Sustainability at UTA integrates principles of sustainability across campus. This mission for addressing the challenges of sustainability is built upon four cornerstones of education and outreach, strategic planning, research and operations.
Tare said she believes the award shows the University’s commitment to sustainability efforts on campus and beyond.
“Institutions of higher education like UTA play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of individuals and enhancing their communities,” she said. “At The University of Texas at Arlington, we view sustainability as a path of continuous improvement—a way to understand the complexity of economic, social and ecological systems. This holistic approach enables us to better understand the long-term impacts of our actions, which in turn foster innovation and progress.”
Tare said she submitted UTA’s proposal under the title “Fighting Food Insecurity and Reducing Food Waste.” The submission highlights include:
• North Texas Food Policy Alliance, which was launched at UT Arlington in spring 2021; UTA hosted a North Texas Local Food Dialogue on Inclusive Food Systems in September
• Maverick Pantry