Earth Day










Think Green Challenge

The Think Green Challenge is a competition for participants to earn points for completing tasks or attending events.  Participants with the highest score at the end of the challenge will win great prizes such as a Kindle e-reader or gift card! All UNTHSC students and employees are welcome to participate.

When:  The challenge begins with the Cowtown Great American Cleanup on March 22nd and ends on April 24th with the UNTHSC Earth Day Event. 

How to Participate:

  1. Download the Think Green Challenge Form.  All of the tasks eligible for points are listed on the form.  After completing an action, fill in the points in the green column and provide proof if required (see the link of each task for more details). 
  2. Tally up the points and return the form (and any required proof) either to the information table at the Earth Day Event or Facilities Management Room 110 by 4pm on Friday, April 25th. 
  3. Participants with the highest points win the prizes!  Winners will be announced Monday, April 28th.  In the event of a tie, the prizes will be raffled off between the highest point totals. 


  • 1st Place: Kindle Fire HD
  • 2nd Place: $150 Gift Card to Greenling (local sustainable food delivery)
  • 3rd Place: $100 Gift Card to
  • 4th Place: $100 Gift Card to Weston Gardens
  • 5th Place: $25 Gift Card to iTunes
  • 6th Place: 2 Tickets to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • 7th-12th Place: Sustainable Lunch Bag and Water Bottle


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March & April Think Green Events

This year, we are organizing several events through March and April leading up to the Earth Day Event on Thursday, April 24th.  All of the events below are included in the Think Green Challenge where participants get points for completing sustainability related tasks or attending events (see above for more information). 

All are welcome to attend any of the events below, and light refreshments will be served with the exception of the recycling seminar.  Please call 817-735-2451 with any questions.

Cowtown Great American Cleanup

  • What is it?  A city-wide cleanup event.  Free lunch and t-shirts are available for volunteers.  Contact  to see if there is still room available to volunteer.
  • When:  Saturday, March 22nd from 9:30am to 11am.  We will cleanup around campus and the Trinity River.

Forks Over Knives Documentary Screening

  • When is it?  There are two showings; the first is on Thursday, April 3 in the MET 124 from 5:30-7:30pm.  The second showing is on Tuesday, April 15 in the EAD 108 from 11:30am-1:30pm.
  • What is the film about?  The film seeks to bring to light how food can cause or prevent diseases.  Learn more about the film.
  • It is 96 minutes long then there will be Q&A afterwards with nutrition experts.
  • Light appetizers will be served (first come, first serve).

Sustainability Seminar with Dr. John Schetz, Dept. of Pharmacology & Neuroscience

  • Title: A new biology for the 21st century: Environment responsible technologies for the our oceans
  • There will be light refreshments provided and the community is welcome to attend.
  • When:  The event will be in the MET 109-111 on Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30pm.
  • RSVP:  RSVP for the event by clicking on this link. 

Recycling Seminar

  • When: Tuesday, April 22nd at 12:15pm in EAD 524.
  • This seminar will teach you the why's, what's, and where's of recycling here at UNTHSC.
  • Bring your own lunch.
  • The seminar will last about 30 minutes.

Earth Club's Kickball Tournament

  • Earth Club is hosting a kickball tournament April 22-April 24, and all are welcome to form teams and compete.
  • Contact Javier Piraino or Joseph Salganik for more information.  

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Upcycled/Repurposed Photo Contest


Contest Closed (check back later for more details)

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Earth Day Event Booths

earth dayBooths to inspire and educate you to "Think Green" will be located in MET 109-111 and lobby at the Earth Day Event.  WATCH THE VIDEO FROM 2013.  From composting and gardening to electronic waste management to signing up to be an organ donor, you will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics.  See below for a list of booths confirmed to attend the event. 

External Booths:

Internal Booths:

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Unused/Expired Drug Take Back

In its commitment to providing for a safe community, the UNTHSC Police Department collects unused/expired medications and more in a drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department.  Medications and drugs improperly disposed of pose environmental and human health risks (learn more).

Please see below for what is and is not accepted.  Loose pills should be places in a plastic bag provided at the bin.  As needed, the drop box will be emptied by a police officer and all medications will be securely transported to an appropriate disposal facility in accordance with the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

Items Accepted
 Items NOT Accepted
 Prescriptions  Hydrogen Peroxide
 Prescription Patches
 Prescription Medications
 Prescription Ointments
 Needles, or other Sharps
 Over-the-counter Medications
 Medication from Businesses or Clinics
 Vitamins  Aerosol Cans
 Samples  Ointments, Lotions, or Liquids
 Medications for Pets
 Illegal Substances

As part of the Earth Day Event on Thursday, April 24th, we encourage the UNTHSC campus to bring their unused or expired medications to campus on that day.  While the Drop Box Program is available throughout the year, we encourage you to bring it on this specific day in order to get points for the Think Green Challenge, and so that we may know how many people gave back medications as part of the Earth Day Event. 

When you give to the program, you will remain completely anonymous.  On April 24th, we will ask that you make a mark on a sheet provided indicating that you dropped something off, but you will not be required to leave your name or anything that identifies yourself.  This sheet will be maintained by the Earth Day Committee and not the Police Department. 

See the Drug Drop Box Program for what they accept and more specifics.

See the news announcement about the program.

Contact Information:

For questions about the program, please contact Jonathan Grose at (817) 735-5154. 

For questions about the Drop Box as part of the Earth Day Event, please contact Sandy Bauman at 817-735-2451. 

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Zero Waste Food and Drinks

cutleryZero Waste is a relatively new concept of diverting all (or nearly all) of the waste of an event from the landfill.  The point is to use less raw resources initially then compost or reuse the resources consumed during the event. 

Earth Day 2014 will be UNTHSC's second Zero Waste event (last year being the first).  Specifics of the Zero-Waste food and drinks at the Earth Day Event:

  • Bring a reusable cup to the event for a drink (no cups will be available).  We want to create a culture on campus where people bring their own reusable cup rather than consuming single use cups or bottled water. 
  • Light appetizers will be served on compostable dinnerware (first come, first serve).  Compost bins will be located throughout the event to collect this waste then send it to composting.
  • Reusable cutlery set will be available (while supplies last).  These are UNTHSC Office of Sustainability branded, and they are travel friendly.
  • You must get 3 stamps on your passport before you can get food and drinks.  See the information table at the event for more details.

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FREE Document Shredding

As part of the event, we will offer FREE document shredding in partnership with the Records Information Management. The service will be provided by Data Shredding Service which is the same company that provides shredding services for campus.  Shredding documents allows for the secure, efficient, and eco-friendly destruction of sensitive documents.  Paper is recycled after it is shredded. 

How it will work at the Earth Day Event:

  • A bin will be available at the Records Information Management Table in the MET Lobby on Thursday, April 24 from 11am to 2pm. 
  • You may put any sensitive documents in the bin during that time.
  • Be sure to get a stamp on your Earth Day Passport for visiting the table. 

Why Shred?

More FAQ about shredding

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Prizes & Sponsors

bagMany prizes and giveaways are available throughout the event:

  1. Enter the Upcycled Photo Contest for a chance to win a Kindle e-Reader (see above for details).
  2. "Think Green" reusable produce bags will be given away (while supplies last).
  3. Get 6 stamps on you Think Green Passport (given at the information tables), and you'll be entered to win one of these great prizes:

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Office Spring Cleaning

Does your office/department at UNTHSC have unused or unwanted items?  Now is the time to Spring Clean!  Simply go through you office and supplies then contact Property Control with any unwanted items.  On the day of the event, April 24th, Property Control will have a booth where they'll display items that are available to staff or for personal purchase. 

See FAQs of Property Control

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This page last updated 19th May 2014