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Denton sustainability seminar on campus Friday

Denton sustainability seminar on campus Friday

Denton sustainability seminar on campus Friday
October 08
01:53 2015

Jynn Schubert | Staff Writer

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A free, public seminar over the future of sustainability of Denton is set for 3 p.m. Friday in Environmental Science 130. Mayor Pro Tem Dalton Gregory will host the event and hopes the UNT community will contribute to the city’s ongoing efforts.

The seminar will cover the unexpected growth in the urban area of Denton and how to sustain the population increase while maintaining local control. The room will be open for students to make comments and ask questions.

“I’m just always interested in new points of view and new strategies,” Gregory said. “I’m always looking for someone who thinks outside the box and hearing something that may be a little different than what we’ve heard before.”

The city of Denton currently runs at 41 percent renewable energy, with hopes of expanding to 70 percent by 2020. However, Gregory says the city plans to reach that goal much sooner with the help of Denton’s internationally renowned landfill.

“We’re actually mining methane that is produced in our landfill,” Gregory said. “And we’re burning it to produce electricity for about 1,600 homes a year.”

Gregory will also be answering student’s questions and concerns on hydraulic fracturing, with the recent outcry for a fracking ban in Denton.

“There’s certainly an ethical as well as a legal argument to be made.” Gregory said.

This is part of a TGI Friday seminar series hosted by the Geography Department, and it will be going on throughout the fall with different speakers.

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