Green Fund—and the over 160 projects that have made UT Austin more sustainable since 2011—owes a huge debt of gratitude to Jacob Bintliff, B.A. '10, who spent much of his undergraduate years working to realize his green vision for campus.
The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Green Fund grants. A committee of three faculty-staff and six students reviewed 28 projects, ultimately funding 17 for a total amount just over $300,000.
Using Green Fee funding, undergraduates Marwan Madi and Michael Liu are "part of a five-person team using drone technology to reduce overwatering of the campus landscape by using the infrared camera to see how much water different plants need." The story is in The Daily Texan.
Our purpose is to provide local, sustainable, healthy food items and produce to students and faculty on campus so they have that available, but also to demonstrate the value of supporting our local economy and our farmers: Housing's Sustainability Coordinator, Neil Kaufman, is quoted in The Daily Texan coverage of UT Farm Stand.
Five extra dollars from each student’s tuition bill helps fund projects to make the UT campus more environmentally friendly.
The Green Fee is a program that collects this extra charge to provide funding for environmentally focused services and ideas from students, faculty and staff, said Jim Walker, UT director of sustainability.