The vision for sustainable building at The University of Texas at Austin is to maintain a campus environment that exemplifies sustainable practices in planning, design, construction and operations by optimizing the lifecycle cost of ownership, while enhancing environmental stewardship and human well-being.
The University of Texas at Austin Sustainability Policy calls for university buildings to evaluate the impact of construction projects, incorporate green building and design methods and consider the needs of future generations of the university community. The goal is to minimize the environmental footprint of the campus.
All new buildings are designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) SILVER standard as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This commitment was made in 2009 by Vice President for University Operations, Dr. Pat Clubb in participation with the Clinton Global Initiative. The construction and management of new buildings, and all projects over four million dollars, are performed by the University of Texas System’s Office of Facilities Planning and Construction (OFPC).
Building projects and renovations budgeted for less than four million dollars are managed by Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS). A set of guidelines for green renovations is currently under review.
The University of Texas at Austin is also a member of the Central Texas - Balcones Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.