RCE North Texas

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Rce details
Region:
THE AMERICAS
Country:
United States of America
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2018
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE North Texas is a network of multidisciplinary stakeholders, including higher education institutions, businesses, non-governmental organisations, community associations, and local, regional, state and federal government agencies.

RCE North Texas comprises the sixteen counties of North Texas. Of the ten ecoregions within the state of Texas, the sixteen-county RCE North Texas is located predominantly in two of them. Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Navarro, Hunt, Rockwall and Kaufman counties are in what is known as the Blackland Prairies ecoregion; while Denton, Tarrant, Johnson, Wise, Parker, Hood, Somervell, Palo Pinto and Erath counties are in the Cross-Timber ecoregion. The proximate dividing line between the two is the main corridor of the Trinity River as it runs between Dallas and Fort Worth. The Blackland Prairies ecoregion spans 6.1 million hectares from the Red River on the Texas-Oklahoma border to near San Antonio in South Texas. The Cross Timbers ecoregion stretches from Kansas and Oklahoma to an area just south of the North Texas geographic region.

As the second most populous state in the nation, the region of North Texas has a larger population than most of the other fifty states. The sixteen counties of North Texas encompass a diverse and vibrant demographic and economic region. It is a region that has grown dramatically over the past forty years, and is set to get much more crowded, with growth projections indicating a more than doubling in population size from the current 7.2 million residents by the year 2050. In this rapid growth scenario, all sectors of the region have grave concerns and raise the question: How will North Texas fare and grow in a sustainable manner as it confronts exploding population projections and associated environmental, economic and social challenges. At this pivotal moment for North Texas, the formation of this RCE will be an influencer in the community as cities expand, providing the resources to maximise the potential economic opportunity that well-managed communities can offer.

RCE North Texas is focused on the following SDGs, which are deemed as priorities for the region: Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3); Quality Education (SDG 4); and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11).


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Goals and Objectives:
  • Accelerating local and regional solutions to sustainability issues
  • Re-orienting higher education for societal transformation into SD
  • Developing SD and ESD competencies and increasing public private partnerships
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

University of Texas at Arlington

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: University of Texas at Arlington
Role: Chief Sustainability Officer
Contact name: Meghna Tare
Contact email: mtare@uta.edu

Name of organisation: University of Texas at Dallas
Role: Associate Director
Contact name: Gary Cocke
Contact email: Gary.Cocke@utdallas.edu

Activities
Current Activities:
  • Branding, communication media, and database of stakeholders
  • Speaker Series
  • Organisation structure with steering committees and Advisory Group


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Upcoming Activities:
  • Hosting joint panel discussions and conference sessions locally
  • Sustainability Professional Training
  • Stakeholder Mapping for North Texas
  • Retreat for selected RCE Members to Interface Carpet Corporate LEED Platinum Headquarters


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Achievements:
  • RCE North Texas Launch on 28 March, 2019 with 60 stakeholders in attendance¬†
Communication Channels
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Ms. Meghna Tare, Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Sustainability and Institute for Sustainability & Global Impact, University of Texas at Arlington
mtare@uta.edu
Secondary RCE Contact:
Mr. Gary Cocke, Associate Director, Energy Conservation & Sustainability, Office of Sustainability, University of Texas at Dallas
Gary.Cocke@utdallas.edu
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Brandon Morton
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

University of Texas at Arlington
Campus Box 19333
Arlington, TX 76019-0333