DFWAPPA 2nd Quarter Article  


DFWAPPA has been busy this year and has welcomed several new and renewed relationships with some of our Business Partners (listed below). If you have not already, please be sure to take a moment before or after our Quarterly Meeting on November 14, 2019, at Texas Wesleyan University to say, “Hello”, and introduce yourself. (If you have not already registered, please be sure to do so.) In contrast, our Senior Board Member, Linda Buckingham, has resigned from the Board this year to focus on other obligations and we wish her success in all her future endeavors. As we do for all past and former Institutional Members, we hope to see her at future meetings.

We have a renewed focus and are intent on bringing APPA’s four core areas of competency; General Administration & Management, Operations & Maintenance, Energy, Utilities & Environmental Stewardship and Planning, Design & Construction to our assemblage and make one the focus during each of the technical presentations at our meetings. Moreover, we are making a concerted effort to incorporate APPA’s principle and values into the meetings by asking our Institutional Members to lend their voice to the organization and share with us their personal definitions and experience regarding integrity, honesty, respect, fairness, patience, nurturance, encouragement, growth & development, service, quality and collaboration. (APPA) I will personally kick this off at our November meeting, but beware – you may be asked to select one and speak at an upcoming meeting.

DFWAPPA is also gathering momentum on other initiatives, such as revamping the website and working toward the establishment of an Institutional Member Recruitment Committee. In fact, this has begun in a small way by offering a gift card to not only Business Partners, but also Institutional Members who bring a first-time attendee (from another institution) to the quarterly meetings! Moreover, I hope to entice Emeritus Members to take roles that are more active, perhaps participating as mentors, speakers and offer their wisdom on subcommittees. Last, but never least, plans for the Annual DFWAPPA Golf Tournament (Steve Adcock of TWU coordinating) are underway for spring of 2020. We are always open to new ideas, as well as want to know what the needs of our constituents are, to be better able to serve you. Please, do not hesitate to send them our way.

In essence, do not be surprised if you see a message from myself or another Board Member, seeking your talent and expertise as we cultivate the bounty of ideas, methodologies and creativity your experience can offer as we all move forward to make DFWAPPA as strong and effectual as possible, ever stalwart in our Mission.

Best regards,


Christina L. Williams

President, DFWAPPA Board

New or Renewed Business Partners, as of June 1, 2019:

Apex Engineered Solutions


DFW Janitorial Supply

Ferguson Enterprises

Performance Services

Reliant Elevator

Security Solutions

The Christman Company

U.S. Water Services

Posted 11/1/2019



Archived Article

UNT Health Science Center Community Garden

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is a graduate school of healthcare professions located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District.  The university’s mission is to create solutions for a healthier community, and the Office of Sustainability within Facilities Management supports that mission through its efforts focusing on public and environmental health. 

In February 2014, the office launched a community garden on campus with the mission to enhance university and community engagement, promote sustainable food production, and educate on health and nutrition, environmental stewardship, and gardening techniques.  The garden was funded by donations from 8 community and campus organizations totaling more than $5,700 in cash and in-kind donations.   In addition, the Sustainability Committee, whose funds are from a student fee, voted in 2014 to give $14,000 to support the garden.

On February 15th, 40 volunteers came together to build the plots, fill them with soil, and mulch the paths.  The garden has 16 4’ by 12’ plots with the capacity to grow to 35 plots by 2016.  Gardeners are currently employees or students of the university, but next spring, when we add 10 additional plots, community members will be invited to garden plots. 

The garden is organic so we do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and gardeners donate at least 25% of their yield to a local food bank.  To date, we have donated over 60 lbs. of fresh produce.  Furthermore, the garden focuses on education to adults and school children alike, and we have hosted over 200 children from local schools on educational tours. 

Learn more about the UNTHSC Community Garden by visiting our website sustainability.unthsc.edu.  If you’d like more information or to schedule a tour, contact sustainability@unthsc.edu or call 817-735-2451. 

By Sandy Bauman, Sustainability Coordinator, UNTHSC