Green is the New Black (GITNB) is fostering new shades of green as the roots of our future on campus and in the community based at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. As an environmental student group, we are a vital arm of a wider sustainability movement at Huston-Tillotson that reflects the University’s commitment to social justice, environmental equality, and training students to tackle real world global challenges. Sustainability at HT encompasses academic programs, student activities, campus projects, and community engagement.
GITNB was formed in the Fall of 2013, and since then we have been active on campus and in the community. Highlights include:
- Creating and Environmental Studies greenhouse and retrofitting the Dickey-Lawless Science Building with energy efficient upgrades through a $50,000 The Home Depot Retool Your School Award in 2015.
- Expansion of the HT garden during MLK Day of Service in 2016.
- Outfitted additional recycling bins around campus with “GITNB” backboards and basketball hoops as part of education and engagement “Recycling Hoops” project.
- Two GITNB students traveled to Paris, France as part of HBCU Climate Consortium to participate in the COP-21.
- Outfitting a Green Study Patio through a $10,000 The Home Depot Retool Your School Award in 2014.
- GITNB student scholarships and funding for the Dumpster Project, an environmental education and outreach initiative, awarded through the Ford HBCU Community Challenge.
- Establishment of a campus food garden and community garden partnerships.
- Community and campus environmental awareness events, including Earth Day Austin 2014-2016, and the Building Green Justice Forum.
- Participation at Texas Earth Day 2016.
- “Best Use of the Word ‘Green'” Award in the Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin” awards 2014.