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DOE selects UT Austin for Energy Grid Project

June 20, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — The Department of Energy has selected the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to lead a new $1.6 million project to develop the technology needed to bring the reliable and efficient emerging electrical grid to rural parts of Texas and the nation.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Designated Texas State Botanic Garden and Arboretum

June 13, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has received honorary designation from the Texas Legislature as the state botanic garden and arboretum, recognizing the critical role the Wildflower Center plays in conserving the native plants and landscapes of Texas.

Save the Monarchs: Laura Bush Asks for Help Saving the State Insect of Texas

May 31, 2017

“As everyone here knows the monarch butterfly is the most iconic and beloved insect in the world,” said former first lady and UT Austin alumna Laura Bush in her keynote at the South-Central Monarch Symposium this Wednesday. “But sadly, there has been an 80 percent decline in the monarchs’ eastern population.”

UT Austin Students Win National Urban Design Competition

April 10, 2017

A team from The University of Texas at Austin recently received top honors in the 2017 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition in Chicago. Composed of students from the School of Architecture and McCombs School of Business, the team was awarded $50,000 for their forward-looking redevelopment plan for a mixed-use Chicago site.

We Need Climate Leadership in Texas and Beyond

March 27, 2017

With the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the path ahead for our climate is clearer — or perhaps dirtier — than ever.

With his reported ties to oil and gas corporations, Pruitt is set to defang the EPA in line with the 14 lawsuits he brought against the agency as Oklahoma attorney general.

Appointing him to steer the United States' environmental agenda was just one sign of what's ahead. President Donald Trump is poised to slash the EPA budget and life-saving protections such as the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule.

A Future Face of Energy

Feb. 9, 2017

At the age of 20, Karan Jerath has already invented a device that could prevent oil spills, became the youngest member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy list, and been selected as a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Age doesn’t matter. Start changing the world as soon as you can!” says petroleum engineering sophomore Karan Jerath.

Longhorn Shares Upsides of Downsizing After Building First Tiny House

Jan. 12, 2017

UT Austin School of Architecture grad student Davis Richardson didn't wait for his degree to build his first house -- he checked that feat off his list before arriving at UT when he successfully designed and built his first tiny house. On Thursday night, you’ll be able to watch his tiny house drawings come to fruition on the Season Four debut episode of DIY Network’s “Tiny House, Big Living.”

Waller Creek Transformation

Sept. 1, 2016

Next time you're walking down San Jacinto be sure to check out all of the work that is being done on Waller Creek.

The university is clearing invasive species from the creek both to promote safety and sustainability as outlined in the UT Austin Landscape Master Plan.

Read more about the initial clearing work.

New UT Austin Undergraduate Degrees Focus on Sustainability, Organizational Dynamics

Aug. 17, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas – The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has created two new undergraduate degrees that focus on the environment and on the human and social aspects of organizations. Students will be eligible to enroll in both degrees starting in the fall 2016 semester.

Sustainability Studies and Human Dimensions of Organizations will be interdisciplinary, with students taking courses from various departments in the College of Liberal Arts and from other campus units.