Tree Conservation

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) values the diverse species of trees on our campus and the conservation role trees play in our green building efforts. This principle is reflected in the university’s sustained commitment to maintaining and restoring campus ecosystems in our green building process. UT Austin has been awarded Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for nine years running. We have an excellent track record of moving our healthy, heritage trees when we construct new facilities or reusing trees within the structures if it becomes necessary to harvest them. During the past 15 years, UT Austin has transplanted 46 trees with a 93% survival rate.

Below are examples of green building projects where tree moves were part of or will be part of the construction scope:

  • Darrel K. Royal Stadium and AT&T Conference Center: This project was awarded landscape project of the year in 2007 by the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Norman Hackerman Building: This project was awarded the arboricultural project of the year in 2010 by the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Student Activity Center and College of Liberal Arts
  • Dell Medical School