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Global Awareness Points the Way for Local Action

Aug. 22, 2019

Single-use is now part of the lexicon, but the amount of trash created by cups, water bottles, plastic bags, straws and other items that are not reused is becoming unsustainable.

Sampling a Future in Texas Science

Aug. 12, 2019

In the summer, high school students spend time on campus and in Waller Creek conducting research on water quality, habitat analysis and biodiversity.

In the News: Longhorns Advocate for Bees

Aug. 10, 2019

Longhorns like Emily Mitchell advocate for bees through Beevo Beekeeping Society: “Pollination is the driving force of so much plant life. Without them, we wouldn’t have the plants we rely on so much.”

Learning from Histra

Aug. 9, 2019

The challenges of rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, climate change and the pressure these put on natural resources such as water, all are staring Texas in the face. As part of Planet Texas 2050, Adam Rabinowitz, an associate professor of classics, is looking for lessons in settlements of the past, and one of the best regions to find those is around the Black Sea.

Electrifying the Fleet

Aug. 8, 2019

In the last decade, the number of electric carts on campus has increased by almost 300%, shifting the UT fleet away from reliance on large gas-powered trucks to more nimble vehicles that haul everything from people to ladders and plants. This change—combined with other infrastructure improvements to campus—is both reducing UT Austin’s carbon emissions and saving money because of lower maintenance and operating costs.

Putting a Year's Waste into a Mason Jar

Aug. 5, 2019

Meet Viashali and Kiara, two UT Austin undergraduates who met as roommates their freshman year and embarked on a zero waste lifestyle.

In the News: Moving Out Made Easier in West Campus

July 26, 2019

According to Brianna Duran, campus environmental center coordinator for the UT Office of Sustainability, “During move out, students are throwing away so much all at once, and it overflows dumpsters and sidewalks. Getting involved with MoveOutATX is something we believe is important for students to try to be better community members.” 

Recycling the Right Way

July 24, 2019

UT Austin collected 2200 tons of recycling last year and recently received assurances from the local recycler that the material is not being piled or landfilled. Still, we all need to Recycle Right because nine percent of our current trash is actually recyclables while up to a fifth of recycling is actually trash and could result in fines for the university.

City Works to Clean Up West Campus Move Out

July 12, 2019

The end of July is the time when many of the 18,000 students who live in West Campus move out of their apartments, and the City of Austin is working to make certain household items are slated for reuse instead of the landfill.

In the News: Improving Solar Cells

July 10, 2019

 Researchers in the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin are working on a new coating which could boost the efficiency of silicon-based solar cells by as much as 20%.