Sustainability at UT Austin: 2011 Symposium
Friday, September 23, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Legislative Assembly Room
Student Activity Center
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.
|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|
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.