2013 Sustainability Symposium

2013 Sustainability Symposium

4th Annual Symposium: Sustainability at UT Austin

Friday, September 20, 2013
Legislative Assembly Room, Student Activity Center (2.302)
Free and Open to the Public
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The University of Texas at Austin President’s Sustainability Steering Committee, with the support from the UT Austin Office of Sustainability, will host a full day symposium dedicated to highlighting the scholarly and practical sustainability efforts of the university community. The symposium itself is an effort to share our own best practices and academic findings in hopes of discovering new opportunities for collaboration and innovation. Up to five presentations have been selected for each of the following themes:

  • Health, Social Equity, and Community
  • UT Austin Medical District
  • Transportation/Mobility
  • Best of Research and Initiatives
  • Waller Creek

The symposium will feature approximately 25 short presentations from a variety of student, faculty, staff and practitioners. Each presentation will be no longer than 7 minutes and will be accompanied by an image-based PowerPoint presentation.


Sustainability Symposium Agenda

Subject/Presentation Title Presenter Affiliation
8:30 a.m. Breakfast Tacos and Coffee (food will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis)
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Welcome Patricia Clubb Vice President, University Operations
Opening Remarks Fritz Steiner Dean, School of Architecture
Introduction to Presenters Jim Walker Director, Office of Sustainability 
9 a.m. Session I: Health, Social Equity, Community Bill Sage, Moderator School of Law
Meatless Mondays: Exploring the World of Less Meat in On-Campus Dining Hunter Mangrum Division of Housing and Food Service
Certifying Social Equity: Sustainable Building Practices and Equitable Worker Treatment Gregorio Casar, Jennifer Scott Worker's Defense Project; School of Social Work
Developing the Next Generation of Scenario Planning Tools in Central Texas Robert Paterson School of Architecture
Food Studies Project and Food Recovery Network Jennifer Huang College of Liberal Arts; College of Natural Sciences
Sustainable Life Skills Training for Ghanaian Women Natasha Sharma College of Liberal Arts; School of Social Work
10:10 a.m. Session II: UT Austin Medical District Steve Kraal, Moderator Campus Planning and Facilities Management
Medical District Landscaping Anthony Fox Sasaki Associates
UT Austin Buildings Brian Roeder  Page Southerland Page, LLP
Teaching Hospital David Shackelford Seton Healthcare Family
11:05 a.m. President's Sustainability Committee Report
11:15 a.m. Keynote Address Dr. Thomas Edgar Director, Energy Institute
11:35 a.m. Lunch (food will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis)
12:20 p.m. Session III: Transportation/Mobility Bobby Stone, Moderator Parking and Transportation Services
Sustaining a Three Trillion Dollar Ubiquitous Asset Amit Bhasin Center for Transportation Research; Cockrell School of Engineering
Revitalizing the Drag Jillian Byron, Jessica Glennie College of Natural Sciences; School of Architecture
Red River Realignment Stephen Harris Facilities Planning and Construction, UT System
Car Sharing: The University Experience Blanca Juarez Parking and Transportation Services
Bike Sharing in Austin, Texas Nadia Barrera City of Austin
1:45 p.m. Session IV: Best of Research and Initiatives Jay Banner, Moderator Environmental Science Institute; Jackson School of Geosciences
BattleLAB: Interdisciplinary Sustainable Preservation Research and Action Catie Carter School of Architecture
Economic Dispatch of a Combined Heat and Power Plant Jong Kim Cockrell School of Engineering
College Students and Climate Change Information Ming-Ching Liang College of Communication
Implications of the Rebound Effect for Multi-Energy Efficient Appliance Adopters: A Comparative Analysis of RECS and Pecan Street Data Nour El Imane Bouhou, Pamela Torres Cockrell School of Engineering
Green Wall Project: Guadalupe Parking Garage Danelle Briscoe, Mark Simmons School of Architecture; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
3 p.m. Session V: Waller Creek Sarah Dooling, Moderator School of Architecture
Cultural Functions and Perceptions of Waller Creek among the University of Texas at Austin Community Maria Coronado, Lauren Tuttle, Weijun Zhang Community and Regional Planning; School of Architecture
Designing Waller Creek Allan Shearer School of Architecture
Waller Creek as a Living Laboratory Eric Hersh Environmental Science Institute
Light at the End of the Tunnel: Sustainable Stewardship for Austin’s Waller Creek Stephanie McDonald Waller Creek Conservancy
4:30 p.m. Wrap Up and Discussion
5 p.m. ADJOURN

NOTE: Times are approximate, please be sure to arrive early to see a particular presentation. Food will be all vegetarian and available on a first-come first-serve basis.

For more information, contact sustainabilitysymposium@austin.utexas.edu