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A Resource Recovery student intern hands a composting bin to a UT staff member.

Waste 101: Programs to Know at UT Austin

August 27, 2021

Resource Recovery and University Housing and Dining (UHD) have continued to expand sustainability opportunities on campus over the past 18 months in support of UT Austin’s Zero Waste Goal of diverting 90% of waste from the landfill. It has never been easier to learn about recycling and composting, and there are so many opportunities to get involved!


Two students stand smiling in a large open storage unit.

Blog: Trash to Treasure to Making Amends (2020-2021 Student Reflection Series)

July 20, 2021

Part of our 2020-2021 Student Reflection Series. Blog post by Parker Lynas, Trash to Treasure Project Co-Lead with the Campus Environmental Center.


Two smiling students wearing masks hold up a Hook 'Em at the UT Microfarm.

Blog: Growing Through the Pandemic (2020-2021 Student Reflection Series)

July 6, 2021

Part of our 2020-2021 Student Reflection Series. Blog post by Nikki Hammond, Microfarm Project Co-Lead with the Campus Environmental Center.


Energy infrastructure along the Gulf Coast at night.

Carbon Storage on the Gulf Coast

July 5, 2021

The stage is set for a new carbon storage economy to emerge along the Gulf Coast, according to a study led by The University of Texas at Austin, with the region offering ample opportunities to capture and store carbon, and recent state and federal incentives giving an added push to get started.

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Cartoon of football player tossing a bag of trash

How UT’s Sustainability Infrastructure Reduced Waste in a Time of Crisis

July 1, 2021

UT Austin's wide array of zero waste initiatives adapted during the pandemic, as reported by Alcalde. 

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Single-use plastic food products.

How the Global Pandemic Will Transform Architecture, Food, and Other Industries

July 1, 2021

While we can’t predict the future, we can make educated guesses about how certain industries will be impacted by the pandemic. The Alcalde spoke with UT faculty and professors from different disciplines, all experts in their fields, about what may have changed for good. 

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Dr. Brian Korgel

Solar Power Innovator Named Director of Energy Institute

June 30, 2021

Brian Korgel, a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, will be the next director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, effective Sept. 1.

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Project lead and UT Professor Dev Niyogi collecting temperature data during a sampling campaign.

Collaboration to Fight Extreme Heat in Austin

June 29, 2021

A collaborative project among UT researchers, community groups, Austin residents, and the City of Austin aims to develop strategies to cool down temperature hot spots.

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Hydrogen tanks at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Overcoming Hurdles for Hydrogen Energy

June 22, 2021

The U.S. is counting on hydrogen to play a significant role in the low-carbon economy of the future, but fundamental questions about transportation, storage and cost need to be addressed in order to integrate hydrogen gas into the nation’s existing infrastructure, according to a preliminary study from a new research program at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Field of yellow flowers at Coyote Ridge, a grassland near San Jose, California.

Climate Change Impacts on Plants Could Lead to Better Conservation Strategies

June 21, 2021

The loss of plant species that are especially vulnerable to climate change might lead to bigger problems than previous studies have suggested, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If confirmed, the findings can help inform conservation strategies and lead to more accurate predictions about what ecosystems will look like in the future.

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