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Campus Race to Zero Waste
Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly known as RecycleMania) is an annual competition among universities in the US and Canada which measures and compares campus waste reduction efforts over an eight-week period. This year the competition is from January 31st to March 27th, 2021. Through Campus Race to Zero Waste educational efforts, UNT is on a mission to engage students, staff, and faculty in adopting simple, accessible, and meaningful daily practices that reduce overall waste and advocate for a better future for all.
UNT Media Library
The UNT Media Library contains the Libraries’ non-print, audiovisual, tabletop games, and video games collections. The Media Library also has The Nest, which is an e-sports and game design space. The mission of the UNT Media Library is to support the instructional and research needs of UNT faculty, staff, and students by collecting, maintaining, and providing access to media materials that represent all academic disciplines and all genres of film.
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The Media Library collection has many films on environmental education and awareness. These are a few from our streaming collections:
- True Cost (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5795143) - Groundbreaking investigation of fast fashion reveals that while the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.
- Tapped (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5795141) - This timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of the bottled water industry -- an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.
- Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5969859) - Through the eyes of chef heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, and more, audience will see how the world's most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people would consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
- The Story of Stuff (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b3382871) - The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
- Affluenza (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5795106) - Diagnoses the 'disease' of materialism and prescribes its antidote, simple living.
- Cowspiracy (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5544415) - Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
- Garbage!: the Revolution Starts at Home (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6774859) - Writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family, the McDonalds, and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. He then takes them on a journey to where it all goes and what it's doing to the world. By the end of this trashy odyssey, you are truly inspired to revolutionize your lifestyle for the sake of future generations.
- Global Footprints > Recycle your Trash (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6202987) - Did you ever wonder where your old tires, cars, and computers end up? Go behind the scenes at a local recycling facility to find out. Why has our planet become a garbage dump? Learn how our garbage is extracted, produced, distributed, consumed, and disposed of. There are lots of different kinds of recycling. When recycling is done well it is an essential part of the solution, when done poorly it is an obstacle and part of the problem. The most important component to reducing our waste is to recycle and changing our habits is key.
- The Green Economy > Waste to Energy (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6201536) - Marion County Environmental Services oversees the operation of one of the most successful recycling and energy programs in the United States. Curbside collection, sorting, waste incineration which in turn generates electricity ... these folks have it nailed. We get to see all steps and get involved in the process.
- Composting for Busy People (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6774928) - Learn from real people about how to compost. They'll show you how to set up a bin and worm box, how to best use finished compost on your own plants, and how to maintain the pile without having to spend too much of your precious time on making this great natural fertilizer. Not only is compost ideal for your plants, but it also helps reduce the waste the ends up in a landfill, and composting can save you money versus buying harsh chemical fertilizers that are bad for the environment. So let's get composting!
- The Gleaners and I (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b2419514) -This documentary focuses on gleaners, those who gather the spoils left after a harvest, as well as those who mine the trash. Some completely exist on the leavings; others turn them into art, exercise their ethics, or simply have fun. The director likens gleaning to her own profession-that of collecting images, stories, fragments of sound, light, and color.
- The Plastic Cup: the Official Story of the Plastic Pirates (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6559662) - A huge amount of plastic bags & bottles is swept away by the flood of the river Tisza, flowing through Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, and Serbia. Hungarian idealists launched the "Plastic Cup", a long-distance race of a special kind on the river with boats made of the collected plastic garbage to pick up the trash and raise awareness on the issue...in a fun way!
- For the Price of a Cup of Coffee (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6181372) - What is the cost of convenience? Follow the life cycle of a paper cup and the environmental repercussions of a society reliant on convenience. Filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area with interviews from local activists and experts. This film is full of information that all consumers should know about the products that we use every day, and the steps we need to make towards a more sustainable world.
- Growing up Green (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6774754) - Growing Up Green profiles a unique statewide, hands-on environmental education program in Michigan, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. For the very first time, both rural and urban schools across the state are working to increase academic performance by involving students in local efforts to improve the environments they inhabit.
- The Consumer and the Planet (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6176042) - Learn how small, everyday actions can conserve energy sources, reduce your carbon footprint, and even save money in the process. This video deciphers "green" marketing claims and labels such as "ENERGY STAR," "DfE," renewable and sustainable. We illustrate eco-friendly ways to buy, prepare, store and dispose of food, and explore methods of saving water, reusing and recycling, and trashing trash. Also learn about environmentally friendly clothing care, green pet care, and how to turn a drink of water into an act of kindness toward the planet.
The Media Library offers several games that support environmentalism, appreciation of the environment, or simulate experiences in the natural world.
- Abzu (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6103010)
A beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Immerse yourself in a vibrant, hidden world bursting with color and life as you descend into the heart of the ocean.
- Endless Ocean: Blue World (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b3833376)
Explore exotic locations, interact with over 300 species of aquatic life, and search for sunken treasure across the globe
- Farming Simulator 15 (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5430197)
Develop and manage your own farm across hundreds of acres of land offered by the new Nordic environment, and a renovated North American farm. Utilize and drive authentic machines and farming tools, from over 40 most famous manufacturers, including vehicles for the new activity in Farming Simulator 15: woodcutting.
- Flower (included in the Journey Collector's Edition) (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6102996)
A text and dialogue-free game, Flower forms its narrative arc through visual and audio cues as players control the wind to blow a single flower petal through a medley of picturesque environments. Jenova Chen, one of the game’s two original creators, describes Flower as, “an interactive poem exploring the tension between urban and nature” – seemingly the ideal digital environment for prompting reflection and appreciation of the beauty of the natural world.
- 504 (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5879054)
In the distant future, scientists are able to build small alternate Earths. Exactly 504 such earths have thus far been built. The scientists programmed each of these worlds with an individual set of laws and rules which the residents strictly follow and consider most important for their lives. These may be exploration, consumption, economics, military, etc., and each is unique. You can visit all of these 504 alternate earths to experience how the people are living, and decide which of these worlds harbors the best civilization.
- Agricola (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5432906)
Players place land tiles to develop farms and improve their quality of life in 17th century Europe.
- CO2 (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5715926)
In the game CO₂, each player manages an energy company responding to government requests for new, green power plants. The goal is to stop the increase of pollution, while meeting the rising demand for sustainable energy--and of course, profiting from doing so.
- Eco Fluxx (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b5431800)
In this game of Fluxx with an ecological theme, the rules and goals of the game change when new cards are drawn. A player wins when he or she meets the conditions of the current goal.
- Parks (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6794696)
A celebration of the US National Parks featuring illustrious art from Fifty-Nine Parks. In this game, players will take on the role of two hikers as they trek through different trails across four seasons of the year.
- Photosynthesis (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6794686)
Players use light points to take their trees through their life cycles, from seedlings to fully grown. Then players collect scoring tokens with points proportional to the richness of the soil on which the trees grow.
- Wingspan (https://discover.library.unt.edu/catalog/b6213874)
You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). These habitats focus on several key aspects of growth