Symposium

Schedule

The 2020 Mitchell Annual Sustainability Symposium will be the 9th iteration of this fall event. This year's event is organized into four distinct sections; feel free to join us for select presentations or the entire day. Register to receive the Symposium Zoom link.

The Symposium is sponsored by the UT Austin President’s Sustainability Steering Committee and produced by the UT Austin Office of Sustainability with financial support from the Mitchell Foundation.

8:30

Opening Remarks & Sustainability Master Plan Update

Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability

 

Land Acknowledgement

 

 

Welcome

 

 

Progress on 2016 Sustainability Master Plan

 

 

2021 Sustainability Master Plan with Q&A

 

9:50

Break

 

10:00

Student Sustainability Town Hall with Q&A

Panelists:

  • Dean Paul Goldbart, College of Natural Sciences
  • Dean Claudia Mora, Jackson School of Geosciences
  • Darrell Bazzell, Senior Vice President and CFO

Moderated by Sri Chappidi, Student Government Sustainability Policy Director

11:30

Break

 

11:40

Keynote with President Hartzell with Q&A

UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell

Introduction by Anagha Kikkeri, Student Government President

12:30

Break

 

1:00

Student Sustainability Research Showcase

McKenzie Beverage, Senior Academic Program Coordinator, Environmental Science Institute

 

Sustainability Studies

Dr. Molly Polk, Associate Director of Sustainability Studies

 

  • Internship at the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT): Working for a Member-Driven Texas Non-Profit Organization

Alexi Hill

 

  • Diversifying Syllabi in Undergraduate Coursework in COLA

Bridget Thompson & Kaia Robinson

 

Environmental Science

Jeff Hallock, EVS Program Advising Coordinator

 

  • Utilizing Environmental Science for Space Sustainability

Katherine Faulkner

 

  • Investigating the Source and Quantity of Dissolved Organic Matter in Southern Waller Creek, Austin Texas

Rebekah Garza

 

  • The Finite Pool of Worry: Why It's So Hard to Talk About Climate Change in 2020

Avery McKitrick

 

Environmental Engineering

Dr. Charles Werth, Associate Chair for Environmental Engineering

 

  • UT Aquaponics

Zoe Welch

 

  • Coupled Analysis of Water and Energy Consumption in UT Buildings

Connor Chewning

 

Sustainability Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP)

Larissa Noake, Assistant Director of the BDP

 

  • From Bookkeeping to Boundary Breaking: My Time in BDP

Jack Rouse

 

  • How Human Development and Family Sciences Strengthens an Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability

Jenna Frey

 

Green Fund

Jill Parrish, Green Fund Coordinator

 

  • Smart Irrigation with UAS

Marwan Madi & Joseph Onofre

 

  • Impact of COVID-19 on University of Texas at Austin Campus Energy Use

Kingsley Nweye

3:00

Closing

Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability

  Break  
7:00

ESI's Hot Science at Home: Cultivating Science and Environmental Justice

Note: This event has a separate registration. Learn more and register here.

Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, Assistant Professor at University of Arizona