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Higher Ed Can Help solve Environmental Problems

April 22, 2019

Simply put, the Texas environmental movement is strong on college campuses, but we can do better. How? Read this Op Ed by UT's Director of Sustainability, Jim Walker.

Remembering President Powers, Who Gave Sustainability a Place

April 22, 2019

As UT Austin commemorates the lasting impact of President Bill Powers on many corners of the campus, the Office of Sustainability would also like to celebrate how he established an enduring presence for sustainability.

In the News: A Challenge to Clean Up CO2

April 19, 2019

“Every day we produce roughly 380 to 410 million tons of carbon dioxide, and we need to do something about this, because it’s so overwhelming,” Swan said. “My goal through each expedition is to reduce over 360 million tons of carbon dioxide by 2025. No matter where you are in the world, the huge amounts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is a global issue. We are all responsible for this.”

In the News: Eco-friendly Dog House Competition

April 16, 2019

From The Daily Texan: This year’s Sustainable Dog House Challenge was an un-fur-gettable experience, with dogs from the Austin Animal Center paying a visit. The event, hosted earlier this month by the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering department, is a competition for students to build eco-friendly dog houses. 

Three Sustainability Students Receive Student Employee Recognition

April 15, 2019

UT Farm Stand's Katie Strain was named Student Empolyee of the Year for 2018-19, followed up by Anthony Rivers (director of the Campus Environmental Center) and Khristián Méndez Aguirre (graphic deisgner for Resource Recovery).


In the News: Sustainable Game Day Events

April 15, 2019

Texas Athletics is recruiting students to volunteer at Texas Baseball and Softball Gameday Sustainability Events over the next three weeks. Director of sustainability Jim Walker said diverting waste from landfills demonstrates the University’s commitment to recycling and composting.

“(Sporting events cause) huge spikes in waste material,” Walker said. “(The) landfill waste stream is the most expensive way we can manage waste, so as much as we can divert into recycling, compost — it saves the University money.”  

In the News: Recycling Fabric with Textiles and Apparel

April 11, 2019

Fabric recycling has arrived at UT Austin, thanks to the work of Dr. Jonathan Chen and a new Green Fund funded project.

In the News: Austin Report by Center for Sustainable Development

April 3, 2019

The Center for Sustainable Development, a department of the School of Architecture, presented several different ways to develop the Austin Convention Center to City Council at the Austin Central Library Tuesday morning. For more information, view the full report

In the News: First Protected Bike Lane Added

April 3, 2019

After seven years of planning, a project to add the first official dedicated bike lanes on the eastern edge of UT’s campus is underway.

Protected bicycle lanes on Manor Road, from Clyde Littlefield Drive to Dean Keeton Street, have been a long-standing recommendation from the City’s 2014 Bicycle Plan. The City was able to move forward on the project following the 2016 Mobility Bond Program, said Laura Dierenfield, a active transportation program manager within the Austin Transportation Department. 

Celebrating Biodiversity on Campus

April 1, 2019

On April 17th, we will celebrate Biodiversity Day as well as Earth Day. Photographer Kathryn Gatliff recently visited the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center to learn about research on plant diversity.