Environmental Management


Air Emissions / Control

EH&S [Environmental Health and Safety] is responsible for monitoring gaseous emissions on campus in accordance with state and national emissions laws. We make annual calculations to determine the type and amount of pollutants emitted from generators, paint shops, print services, laboratories, animal facilities, our vehicle fleet, and other campus emission sources.

UT Dallas does not produce enough emissions to merit regulatory action nor a government permit, as defined under Title 5 of the Clean Air Act. We consult with third-party experts on emission visibility calculations and generator management. Our consultants maintain standardized equipment and work to ensure efficiency in our emission generators.

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Recycling & Green Programs

Our recycling program covers aluminum cans, office paper, and ink cartridges; and the program is being expanded to account for more plastic products on campus and more recycling containers. EH&S [Environmental Health and Safety] works with student interest groups, such as Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA [Students for Environmental Awareness] ), who fully support the University’s recycling program. EH&S [Environmental Health and Safety] also helps to educate the student body in order to maintain successful recycling efforts.

UT Dallas is also researching materials exchanges for lead batteries, light ballasts, monitors, oils for fuel blending, and paints. Development is currently under way in pilot projects for the exchange of Mercury thermometers to alcohol-based units.

Other “green” UTD programs of the future may include developing a fleet information database for environmental research, monitoring of air conditioning and heating units, construction protocols, and use of alternative forms of insulation in campus buildings.

Storm Water Management

Storm water runoff is simply rain water or snow melt that runs off the land and into streams, rivers, and lakes. When storm water runs through sites of industrial activity, it may pick up pollutants and transport them into national waterways, which alter natural ecosystems, restrict swimming areas, and affect the navigability of the nation’s waters.

To help curb the problem of storm water runoff pollution, the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has developed a program under the Clean Water Act (33 USC § 1251). A major part of this program is the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES [National Pollution Discharge Elimination System] ), which requires construction industries to register for a discharge permit. Many industrial activities can apply under a general permit. To find out if you can register under a general permit, contact your area office.

EH&S [Environmental Health and Safety] is responsible for ensuring the use of proper drainage systems for construction projects which are not covered by a general discharge permit.

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Understanding Illicit Discharge

Illicit discharge: Any discharge to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 [Separate Storm Sewer Systems] ) that is not composed entirely of storm water.

Direct illicit discharge examples —

  • Sewage cross-connections with storm drains
  • Straight pipe connections
  • Industrial and commercial cross-connections with storm drains

Indirect illicit discharge examples —

  • Groundwater seepage into the storm drain pipe
  • Spills that enter the storm drain system at an inlet
  • Dumping liquid into a storm drain inlet
  • Outdoor washing activities that create flow to a storm drain inlet
  • Non-target irrigation from landscaping or lawns that reaches the storm drain system

Please report any illicit discharges or spills to EH&S [Environmental Health and Safety] at 972.883.4111.

DOT / IATA Training

The US Department of Transportation (DOT [Department of Transportation] ) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA [International Air Transport Association] ) require anyone who presents hazardous materials for shipment, and their shippers, to meet DOT [Department of Transportation] /IATA [International Air Transport Association] hazardous materials regulations. These regulations require hazardous materials to be properly packaged, labeled, and accompanied by the appropriate paperwork when presented for shipment.

Employees who prepare or offer shipments of hazardous materials or dangerous goods must complete DOT [Department of Transportation] /IATA [International Air Transport Association] training requirements —

  • DOT [Department of Transportation] : every 3 years
  • IATA [International Air Transport Association] : every 2 years