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Going Organic: Making UT the Greenest Landscape in Austin

Aug. 21, 2018

The University of Texas at Austin’s main campus grounds are now nearly 100% organic. This makes the 431 acres the largest organic landscaping in the Texas capitol, providing visible ecosystem benefits and saving money.

Origin Story: The Campus Environmental Center

Aug. 17, 2018

Learn about the origin of UT Austin's oldest student-led environmental organization, the Campus Environmental Center (CEC), from Corinna Kester who started CEC in 2002.

How to Have a Green Event on Campus

Aug. 14, 2018

Green Events, part of the Campus Environmental Center, works to reduce waste on campus and educate the UT community about sustainability and environmental awareness. 

Successful Swapping

Aug. 9, 2018

The annual Office Supply Swap was a huge success: over 100 UT employees exchanged unwanted items for needed supplies, and additional material (2.5 truck loads) was donated to UT Surplus Property.

Honoring Maintenance for Energy Conservation

Aug. 8, 2018

UT Austin’s six Facilities Maintenance zones work hard to make the university’s buildings operate efficiently, economically and comfortably. The quarterly HERO–High Energy Response Operators—recognition program recognizes zone employees for their conservation efforts. HERO is one of several Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) strategies to incentivize energy conservation and reduce UT Austin’s total energy consumption.

In the News: [Re]Move & [Re]Use recycles West Campus’ unwanted furniture

Aug. 7, 2018

To combat the mountains of furniture and home goods discarded by students moving out of their West Campus apartments, the first-ever [Re]Move & [Re]Use program set up donation locations from July 27 through Aug. 1, offering to recycle West Campus’ unwanted stuff.

UT's Energy District Named System of the Year

Aug. 7, 2018

In June, The University of Texas at Austin brought home 2018 System of the Year honors from the International District Energy Association (IDEA) 109th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia. Announcing the award, IDEA stated that, “The University of Texas at Austin has earned the distinction among its peers as the most efficient university utility in the U.S.”

Green Fund Brings Sustainable Change to UT

Aug. 6, 2018

Since 2011, a student-majority committee that includes faculty and staff has reviewed hundreds of proposals and distributed over three million dollars to over 170 sustainability-related projects and initiatives.

The American Eel

Aug. 4, 2018

The Biodiversity Center’s Ichthyology Collection is working with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to document and study American Eels in Texas with the primary aim being to understand more about how Texas’ eels may differ from those in other parts of their range and ultimately how the species as a whole can be conserved.

Texas Drought and Changes to the Marine Food Web

Aug. 1, 2018

When Texas' worst drought on record hit the state between 2011 and 2015, it did more than dry up rivers and lakes. It changed the chemical composition of fish eggs, which revealed bigger changes to the marine life in Aransas Bay.