Mission Statement

The Office of Sustainability’s mission is to engage the UT Dallas community as a catalyst and champion for environmental stewardship and social responsibility while fostering a culture of sustainability that permeates all aspects of the campus experience. We believe that sustainability is a collaborative, interdisciplinary field to which all members of the UT Dallas community contribute. The Office of Sustainability collaborates with stakeholders across the university to facilitate the integration of sustainability principles and practices into operations, academics, research, student engagement, and administration. We strive to exemplify sustainability leadership as we contribute to the education of the next generation of leaders.



We track our success through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE [Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education] ) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System] ). It is an international standard for sustainability in higher education.

The STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System] framework measures sustainability across all aspects of higher education in four broad categories: academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. Within these four categories, UT Dallas measures 63 credits and provides over 1,000 data points in order to holistically assess sustainability. Sustainability efforts are quantified by STARS as points and are awarded in each credit category according to performance. Depending on the number of points accumulated, a university earns certification as a Reporter, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum institution.

The Office of Sustainability has embraced the international standard for sustainability provided by the AASHE [Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education] STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System] report and has adopted a mission statement to collaborate with stakeholders to integrate sustainability into the fabric of UT Dallas impacting academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. For this reason, the Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce that The University of Texas at Dallas has achieved STARS Gold status.

To commemorate this achievement along with the University of Texas at Dallas’s 50th anniversary, The Office of Sustainability has released the Univerisity’s first holistic Sustainability Report. Learn More >


Recycling is a key aspect for reducing our environmental impact at UT Dallas. Recycle bins are located on the interior and exterior of buildings across campus. The University operates a single-stream recycling program. This means you can place cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, metal cans, plastics (1-5,7), and unbroken glass bottles in a recycling bin. UT Dallas also provides special recycling streams for items such as printer cartridges and electronics. Learn More >

Green Buildings

UT Dallas has undergone tremendous growth the past 10 years. This translates into more students and more buildings. Facilities Management has taken steps to build more efficient buildings and even pursued LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] Certification on a number of them. Learn More >


Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability work across campus to improve the livability of our landscapes. A healthy environment contributes to our students’ success and provides a welcoming environment in our community. Learn More >



Ecology Representatives, or Eco-Reps, are student leaders implementing sustainability programs at UT Dallas. The Eco-Reps want to make life at UT Dallas more beautiful by helping students make simple, daily decisions to be eco-friendlier, one choice at a time. The program launched in 2017. Learn More >