Campus Sustainability Month 2020

Campus Sustainability Month


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 UT sustainability events occurring in October.

Featured Event

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education - Tuesday, October 20 through Thursday, October 22

We are excited to be a Host Institution for this year’s  Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, a virtual conference taking place October 20-22.  GCSHE offers 3 full days of live content and networking, plus thirty days of on-demand access (through November 22). As a Host Institution, we have unlimited registration passes for our campus only, as well as unique opportunities to be recognized for our commitment to sustainability. Information on how to register.

Other Campus Sustainability Month Events

Student Sustainability Roundtable - Thursday, October 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Calling all sustainability / environment / BIPOC / justice student organizations! Student Government is excited to invite you to join the Sustainability Roundtable. The Sustainability Roundtable is an opportunity for student leaders in environmental or justice organizations on campus to connect with each other. Learn more and sign up.

Surplus REuse Store - Thursdays from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pickle Research Campus

The Surplus REuse Store operates using a sustainable model focused on recovering, repurposing, renewing and reselling university assets. The Surplus REuse Store is a way the general public can own a piece of UT at a reasonable price! Learn more about the REuse Store. The majority of our surplus furniture, vehicles, and other large items are sold to the general public through our weekly online auction process. Learn more about the online auction.

All of the Above - Fridays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All of the Above is a multidisciplinary forum for undergraduate students to collaboratively forge new understandings of environmentalism. Each week, presenters will bring a new topic that challenges dated perceptions of what are considered environmental issues. See this month's topics and learn more.

Climate Change Policy Analysis: An Example of how Supercomputing can Solve “Intractable” Economic Models - Monday, October 5 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

A Salem Policy Seminar. Models that analyze climate change policies are necessarily complex because they need to include elements of both the climate and economic systems. The result is that the literature is full of papers that investigate a few features of an integrated system, justifying unrealistic simplifications by asserting that doing more “is intractable”. I will describe the DSICE framework which takes basic deterministic models developed by Nordhaus and adds elements of economic and climate uncertainty. I will illustrate applications to the social cost of carbon, how direct capture of CO2 could affect policy, and implications for scenarios of global warming. Learn more and join.

International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference - Tuesday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 7

UT-Austin has free access to this year's virtual International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference. With a focus on sustainability in laboratory spaces, conference session topics include ventilation and hazard management, Smart Labs, LEED Certification, fume hoods, construction and design, occupational and lab safety, and more. Learn more and register.

Farm Stand - Wednesdays, October 7 & 21 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Jester Plaza

UT Farm Stand seeks to grow and source healthy, local foods and educate others about the journey from farm to table to waste. Through this student-run program, Farm Stand provide the hands-on knowledge and tools needed to understand sustainable agriculture. Farm Stand procures and sells fresh, local produce on campus to provide students, staff, and faculty with nutritious and affordable food.

Sustainability on Tap (Careers Edition!) - Thursday, October 8 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Join Office of Sustainability for a virtual remix of Sustainability on Tap (Careers Edition!). In partnership with Texas Career Engagement, you’ll not only hear from graduate students as they showcase their sustainability or environmental research, project, or passion, but you’ll also hear from six UT advanced-degree alumni as they share their career journeys in sustainability. Learn more and register

Microfarm Podcast Club - Sunday, October 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Microfarm is hosting their first podcast club (like a book club, but a podcast). They are excited to welcome the Environmental Justice Collective team to this discussion. The discussion will be focusing on Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Agriculture, to honor and learn about those practices. Learn more and register.

Environmental Niches & Infectious Disease, Data Storage - Tuesday, October 13 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Part of the Planet Texas 2050 Research Showcase Series. Katy Brown & Michael Shensky will present on their work that focused on identifying potential ecological niches of the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, the causative agent of the tropical disease melioidosis now endemic in Texas. Anna Dabrowski from the Texas Advanced Computing Center will present on the The Digital Object Life Cycle (DOLCe) initiative, which seeks to develop the necessary infrastructure, mechanisms, and policies at TACC to ensure that those data are safeguarded throughout the research life cycle. Learn more and register.

Leave No Trace and Sustainability - Wednesday, October 14 from 6 pm. to 7 p.m.

Part of RecSports' Outdoor Recreation Workshop Series hosted virtually on Zoom. Learn about how to approach your outdoor adventures and campus life in a sustainable manner. The group will talk about gear, resources and tips for incorporating Leave No Trace principles into your everyday life. Get the Zoom link and browse the rest of the series.

A Conversation with Leaders in Green - Thursday, October 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A US Green Building Council Texas panel discussion moderated by Jim Walker, UT Director of Sustainability. Local sustainability leaders will discuss how they got into sustainability (their journey), why sustainability is essential (in the context of green building and sustainable land development practices), and what the opportunities are for people wishing to explore/get involved in this important sector. Learn more and register.

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: The Condor and the Eagle - Thursday, October 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Office of Sustainability is co-hosting a virtual film screening of “The Condor & The Eagle” followed by a Q&A panel with climate activists from the film. From the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to the oil fields of Texas, to the Ecuadorian Amazon, THE CONDOR & THE EAGLE tells the story of the collective struggle of the Indigenous peoples of North and South America in their fight to preserve their communities and to protect the Earth from climate change. Learn more and register.

Microfarm "Word of the Day" - Sunday, October 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Microfarm is hosting an educational “Word of the Day” discussion about cocoa and coffee - a closer look into the industries that produce two of these popular foods. We will examine how these crops are grown, marketed, and sold: from farm to table. Join the conversation.

Beyond the Glass Jar: A Discussion on Waste & Environmental Racism - Thursday, October 22 from 6 pm. to 7 p.m.

Campus Environmental Center's Environmental Justice Collective and Green Events team will host a discussion about how environemtnal racism is present throughout the plastic life cycle, local examples, and steps that we can take against plastic pollution. Join the conversation. 

Zero Waste Workshop with Microfarm & Green Events - Sunday, October 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Microfarm is hosting a Zero Waste workshop in collaboration with CEC's Green Events team. Together, they will be exploring the zero waste movement, as well as how students can implement zero waste practices into their busy lifestyles. Join the conversation.

Texas Public Lands Ecology, Recognition and Land History - Wednesday, October 28 from 6 pm. to 7 p.m.

Part of RecSports' Outdoor Recreation Workshop Series hosted virtually on Zoom. Learn more about the important history of the land we use for outdoor recreation. Get the Zoom link and browse the rest of the series.

Texas Cities, Virtual Reality, Modelling & Hurricane Resilience​ - Wednesday, October 28 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Part of the Planet Texas 2050 Research Showcase Series. The Kutanoglu-led team combines logistical and hurricane predictive modelling to help the healthcare system of SE Texas be prepared and resilient in the face of hurricanes. The Texas Metro Observatory team led by Katherine Lieberknecht will present on their communication and data platform dedicated to sharing information (economic, environmental, health, demographic, governmental, etc.) about the metropolitan regions of Texas. The Texas Futures Virtual Reality Experience, led by Fernanda Leite, has taken some of TMO’s data and reports to create VR environmental educational games. They will present on what they have created. Learn more and register.