Staff value sustainability in a fundamentally different manner than students or faculty. Staff consider the institution primarily as a place where they practice their craft or profession and earn a living, but collegial partnerships and personal friendships flourish as well. Staff interact with each other frequently and intensely, so the institution supports diversity and inclusion training and conflict resolution. A positive campus culture is built on efforts to create equitable access to benefits and services, opportunities for leadership and career growth, and is enhanced by sustainability programs to make the workplace healthier, more comfortable, and a contributor to a cleaner environment.
Staff are entrusted to be caretakers of the University's resources. As such, we encourage staff to engage in sustainability on campus through the following programs and resources.
Formerly the Green Offices program, Sustainable Spaces seeks to empower UT faculty and staff to generate sustainable practices in their workspace. By implementing sustainable upgrades in the workplace, staff work together to certify their office as a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Sustainable Space. More info on this revamped program is coming soon.
Green Labs, a program within Environmental Health & Safety, serves as a resource to help UT faculty, staff, and students run more environmentally-friendly labs without sacrificing the integrity of their research. The Green Labs team strives to increase the sustainability of labs on campus by helping researchers minimize wastse, reduce water and energy consumption, and utilize the concepts of Green Chemistry.
Resource Recovery's Zero Waste Program offers many resources to support staff in reducing waste while on campus including the Zero Waste Workplace Program and Zero Waste Events. Their website also includes helpful information about how to properly dispose of items on campus from batteries to plastic bottles.
The UT Catering and Food Vendor Sustainability Database provides UT-Austin meeting and event planners with information on the sustainability attributes of over 70 area food vendors. All information in the database was self-reported by the food vendors, and information will be updated annually. If you are a local food vendor and would like to be included in this database or if your business's information needs to be updated, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This resource was developed through the collaborative effort of the Office of Sustainability, the Staff Council Sustainability Committee, and Resource Recovery.
UT Staff Council and its Sustainability Committee maintain a close strategic relationship with the Office of Sustainability, providing an outlet for staff to collaborate on and find a voice in sustainability-related initiatives at the university.
The Sustainability Roundtable is a regular meeting of sustainability staff from across campus that fosters collaborations in support of our campus sustainability goals. Contact email@example.com for more information.