Green is the New Black

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Fostering new shades of green as the roots of our future


Foods from our roots, on campus, people! Coming this fall, GitnB will be planting a 'Food from the Roots' Afro-Mexicana garden on campus featuring traditional African American veggies - all fueled by our campus composting program!


Pass it forward. We've launched a recycling campaign 'Real Rams Recycle' and we are headed towards meeting the City of Austin's Universal Recycling Ordinance.


Keepin' green real from the classroom to the stratosphere. GitnB will be visiting schools, sharing our message and will be educating students at Huston-Tillotson.


  • World leaders & GITNB

    On Saturday, March 20th, GITNB teamed up with The Center for Maximum Building Systems and green building legends Pliny Fisk III aka ‘Pliny the Grouch’ and Gail Vittori, former Chairperson of the US Green Building Council for the first design charrette session on the dumpster.

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    GitNB has just moved into their new crib, the Dumpster/Green is the New Black laboratory on the 3rd floor of the DL building, with a veiw of downtown Austin, and the Dumpster pad!

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    This Professor Lives In A 6x6-Foot Dumpster, The World's Smallest House

    Jeff Wilson lives in a dumpster. It's not what it sounds like: Wilson is an environmental science professor and dean at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, and he's working with his students and a team of experts to transform that dumpster into a sustainable home that costs under $10,000. read more

  • Best Play on the Word "Green": Green Is the New Black

    This new student organization at Huston-Tillotson University is bringing a much-needed focus on race, culture, and community to environmental action.

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    Meet the GITNB Exec Team for 2014-2015! Front Row (L to R):Evette Jackson, Co-Chair; Kiera ‘Snaps’ Williams, Markting; Charles Tuyishime, Gardening and Composting; Angelica ‘Jelly’ Erazo, Co-Chair Top Row: Charles DeShay, Special Projects; Jena Hill, Recycling; Michael ‘Meek’ Esuruoso, Dumpster Project; and Ashan Gamage, Research & Tech

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    Major PROPS to our Green is the New Black student group at Huston-Tillotson University for bringing home the green at the Ford Foundation HBCU Community Challenge. Read More

We're a team that adore what we do

  • Team Member

    Dr. Jeff Wilson, aka ‘Professor Dumpster,’

    is an Environmental Science Professor and Dean at Huston Tillotson University. He is author of dozens of scientific journal articles and is recipient of the University of Texas System’s highest teaching honor. He did post-doctoral work at Harvard and received his PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Canterbury. Jeff will be guiding the project and serving as the educational face of DUMPSTER as ‘Professor Dumpster.’ And oh yeah, he lives in a dumpster. Follow him on Instrgram @ProfDumspter. - See more at:

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    The Green Team

    Green is the New Black is a student organization at Huston-Tillotson University that is driving the dumpster project. GitNB’s vision is fostering new shades of green as the roots of our future. GitNB is focused on transforming the green conversation within the Black and Hispanic communities through innovative ideas like The Dumpster Project. GitNB won first place in Detroit at the Ford Corporation’s Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Community Challenge in late 2013. Green is the New Black is taking the dive! - See more at:

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    DR. AMANDA MASINO aka The Dirt-y Professor

    Dr. Amanda Masino is Assistant Professor of Biology at Huston-Tillotson (HT) University and co-Advisor to HT’s Green is the New Black student group. She holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and specializes in molecular analyses. Current projects include developing inquiry-based Dumpster science labs, including the Dumpster biome project. Instagram: @thedirt_yprofessor. - See more at:

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    Pliny Fisk IIi

    Pliny Fisk III founded and co-directs the oldest research/educational organization in the US, The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, in Austin. ‘The Center’ has focused on next-generation design of buildings, water and energy systems for nearly 40 years. Pliny retired in 2011 as a Fellow and signature faculty at Texas A&M University, and has served in similar positions at five other universities. - See more at:

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    Dr. Karen Magid

    Dr. Magid, aka ‘La Doctora Basura’ is project manager for The Dumpster Project and Green Coordinator for the Huston-Tillotson campus. She holds a PhD in Materials Science from UC-Berkeley and did post-doctoral work at the ETH-Zurich. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico working on a variety of sustainability projects. InstaGram: @DoctoraBasura - See more at:

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    Lydia Kenselaar

    Lydia is a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. She earned an undergraduate degree in fine art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. In her landscape practice, Lydia is interested in issues of sustainability, ecological restoration, and urban agriculture. Lydia is working on the landscaping and gardening for the dumpster as well as infographics and the graphic identity of the project. - See more at:

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