Sustainability at UT Austin: 2011 Symposium

Sustainabiliity at UT Austin, 2011 Symposium


Energy Institute
Environmental Science Institute
Office of Sustainability
Center for Sustainable Development
Campus Environmental Center

Friday, September 23, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Legislative Assembly Room
Student Activity Center

“How do we make ourselves ask today what the world will be like in 20 years when we're just wondering what it will be like this weekend?”
~ President Powers addressing the 2nd Annual UT Campus Sustainability Symposium

Sustainability is a tricky concept to harness. Is it dropping your just-emptied Red Bull can into the proper recycling bin or does it require that you ponder the environmental impact of all seven billion of us spinning along on planet Earth?

Speaking at the 2nd Annual UT Campus Sustainability Symposium, sponsored by the President's Sustainability Steering Committee (PSSC), President William J. Powers Jr. reminded the attendees that, “Sustainability needs to be built into the university structure because it sometimes goes against human nature to keep it top-of-mind.”

Pat Clubb, Vice President for University Operations, challenged the university to continue its leadership role, “spearheading instead of mimicking,” with the goal of making The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) a sustainability “living lab.”

Both leadership and structure were highlighted in an information-packed, “schwag-free” (no handouts, no plastic goody bags, no “stuff”) report to the university on current and upcoming sustainability initiatives. From game day composting and “sustainable mobility spaces” to integrated curricula, the day-long seminar featured reports on research projects and initiatives from both the operations and academic arenas of the university.

—from an article by Mary Mann

2011 Symposium Presentations

This year’s symposium review of the university’s 2010-2011 progress toward a sustainable campus can be viewed via the links to presentation essays and videos on the conference schedule below.

Subject Presentation Essay/Video Presenter Affiliation
Building the Sustainable Campus: Buildings, Management, and User Engagement LEED for UT Austin’s Main Campus: An AGMBC Pilot Project Ryan Reid & Lisa Storer (Staff) Utilities and Energy Management
Potential of Solar Power on the University of Texas Campus Anwar Sounny-Slitine (Student) Department of Geography and the Environment
Clean and Green: Custodial Services's Sustainable Cleaning Processes Bobby Moddrell & Corey Wright (Staff) Custodial Services
Game Day and Everyday: University of Texas Athletics Sustainability Program Merrick MyCue (Staff) University of Texas Athletics
Energy User Engagement on Campus Riley Triggs (Faculty) Design Division, College of Fine Arts
Sustainable Flows: Waste, Traffic, and Communication Bringing Food Waste Composting to UT Austin Meagan Jones (Staff) Division of Housing and Food Service 
(Re)Framing Recycling Gloria Lee (Faculty) Design Division, College of Fine Arts
A Sustainable Mobility Space: Theory and Principles to Guide Stewardship of the UT Campus
Alan Bush (Student) Community and Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture
Improving Transportation Efficiency for Sustainable Society by Autonomous Traffic Management Tsz-Chiu Au, Neda Shahidi, & Peter Stone (Faculty) Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Equity, Ethics, and Engagement: Foundations for Sustainable Communities Home Ecology: Renewing a Science for Environmental Justice Elizabeth Walsh (Student) Community and Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture
The Ethics of Systematic Conservation Planning: Trade-offs and Cooperation David Frank (Student) Department of Philosophy, Biodiversity and Biocultural Conservation Laboratory
Residential Sustainability: Constructing Design-Build, Sustainable, Student Housing Cooperatives for Education, Research, Service Learning, and Community Engagement Christopher Rosales (Student) The Foundation Rock Group, Inc
Economic and Environmental Sustainability Through Community Development in Rancho Vista
Elizabeth Fenner (Student) Law School, Community Development Clinic
From Sites To Regions: Sustainability Research in Action UT Campus as an Ecosystem Emily Manderson & Julia Raish (Staff) Ecosystem Design Group, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Irrigation System Improvements John Burns (Staff) Landscape Services Manager, Facilities Services
How Algal Biofertilizers Can Accelerate Sustainable Agriculture Rhykka Connelly (Staff) Center for Electromechanics
Sustainable Places Project Bob Paterson & Sarah Wu (Faculty/Staff) Center for Sustainable Development
Sustainable Curricula: Empowering Students to Change The World The University of Texas at Austin Solar Decathlon Houses Michael Garrison (Faculty) School of Architecture
Science and Sustainability in Practice: The EVS Program at UT Austin Jay Banner & Deborah Salzberg (Faculty/Staff) Environmental Science Institute
Public Interest Design: Summer Course Series Lauren Bennett & Conner Bryan (Students) Center for Sustainable Development
Maximizing Social Impact: Where Social Innovation Meets Sustainability Sachin D. Shah (Student) LBJ School of Public Affairs, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service


2010 Symposium

In 2010, the Center for Sustainable Development organized a two-day, campus-wide Sustainability Symposium in collaboration with the UT Office of Sustainability and the Campus Environmental Center to showcase the many sustainability-related research projects and operations initiatives on campus. This event was co-sponsored by the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Environmental Science Institute. President Powers opened the event and all presentations were videotaped and are available online.