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Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education 2020

Over 180 Longhorns registered for this year’s AASHE Conference

November 20, 2020

 Like so many other organizations, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving its flagship conference to a virtual platform. Jim Walker, the Director of Sustainability, requested and received approval to redirect unused travel funds to underwrite the October conference as a Host Institution, thus providing unlimited registration for our campus.


Campus Sustainability Month

Campus Sustainability Month 2020

October 1, 2020

Each October, universities and colleges across the U.S.—including The University of Texas at Austin—highlight their efforts toward building a sustainable future during Campus Sustainability Month. In the spirit of Campus Sustainability Month, the Office of Sustainability at UT Austin has curated a list of sustainability events occurring in October.


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Teaching Sustainability Virtually at Summer Orientation

September 28, 2020

Thanks to the leadership of students from University Housing & Dining, Campus Environmental Center, and Resource Recovery, the summer sustainability programming was quickly transitioned to an online format.


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Campus is buzzing about UT Austin’s recent Bee Campus USA Certification

September 3, 2020

Thanks to a dedicated group of students, the University of Texas at Austin is now certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. UT Austin joins many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.


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CEC and the Green Fund help combat food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis

August 24, 2020

The Campus Environmental Center and the Green Fund provided food and financial support for food insecure students during the COVID-19 crisis.


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Blog: Natural Light as a Tool for Sustainable Building Design

July 27, 2020

This blog post from Meeta Morrison, UT Alumnus of the Masters of Architecture program, is a follow-up to her presentation to the UT New Color Class about color in architecture during Spring 2020. A key feature of the talk was the integration of sustainability in her designs, specifically through the utilization of natural light. Many UT campus buildings built over the past 10 years, including the new Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC), utilize natural light to reduce energy costs. Meeta shares how natural lighting can be used in residential situations as well.


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Commitment to a more environmentally and racially just world

June 19, 2020

As we follow Interim President Jay Hartzell’s call to reflect on the meaning of Juneteenth, we know we must also begin steps toward action. We have always believed social equity goals are as central to sustainability as environmental goals, and we recognize we need to do better in enhancing and prioritizing equity and justice as we continue to pursue environmental objectives.


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Managing the Deluge with an Urban Creek

May 15, 2020

Storm water on campus funnels into Waller Creek, and UT has held its own Phase 1 MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) permit for more than 15 years.


Waller Creek poster from EHS

Waller Creek Keepsake

April 30, 2020

Celebrate Waller Creek with this printable poster from Environmental Health and Safety.


Firefly by Alex Wild

Fireflies: Backyard Biodiversity

April 29, 2020

Austin sits at the far southwestern corner of the range of the Eastern Firefly (Photinus pyralis), a beetle that gives eastern landscapes the characteristic dusk light show in early summer. 

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