News Category: in-the-news

In the News: Moving Out Made Easier in West Campus

July 26, 2019

According to Brianna Duran, campus environmental center coordinator for the UT Office of Sustainability, “During move out, students are throwing away so much all at once, and it overflows dumpsters and sidewalks. Getting involved with MoveOutATX is something we believe is important for students to try to be better community members.” 

In the News: Improving Solar Cells

July 10, 2019

 Researchers in the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin are working on a new coating which could boost the efficiency of silicon-based solar cells by as much as 20%.

In the News: A Challenge to Clean Up CO2

April 19, 2019

“Every day we produce roughly 380 to 410 million tons of carbon dioxide, and we need to do something about this, because it’s so overwhelming,” Swan said. “My goal through each expedition is to reduce over 360 million tons of carbon dioxide by 2025. No matter where you are in the world, the huge amounts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is a global issue. We are all responsible for this.”

In the News: Eco-friendly Dog House Competition

April 16, 2019

From The Daily Texan: This year’s Sustainable Dog House Challenge was an un-fur-gettable experience, with dogs from the Austin Animal Center paying a visit. The event, hosted earlier this month by the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering department, is a competition for students to build eco-friendly dog houses. 

In the News: Sustainable Game Day Events

April 15, 2019

Texas Athletics is recruiting students to volunteer at Texas Baseball and Softball Gameday Sustainability Events over the next three weeks. Director of sustainability Jim Walker said diverting waste from landfills demonstrates the University’s commitment to recycling and composting.

“(Sporting events cause) huge spikes in waste material,” Walker said. “(The) landfill waste stream is the most expensive way we can manage waste, so as much as we can divert into recycling, compost — it saves the University money.”  

In the News: Recycling Fabric with Textiles and Apparel

April 11, 2019

Fabric recycling has arrived at UT Austin, thanks to the work of Dr. Jonathan Chen and a new Green Fund funded project.

In the News: Austin Report by Center for Sustainable Development

April 3, 2019

The Center for Sustainable Development, a department of the School of Architecture, presented several different ways to develop the Austin Convention Center to City Council at the Austin Central Library Tuesday morning. For more information, view the full report

In the News: First Protected Bike Lane Added

April 3, 2019

After seven years of planning, a project to add the first official dedicated bike lanes on the eastern edge of UT’s campus is underway.

Protected bicycle lanes on Manor Road, from Clyde Littlefield Drive to Dean Keeton Street, have been a long-standing recommendation from the City’s 2014 Bicycle Plan. The City was able to move forward on the project following the 2016 Mobility Bond Program, said Laura Dierenfield, a active transportation program manager within the Austin Transportation Department. 

In the News: Who Takes Care of the Wildlife at UT?

March 7, 2019

From The Daily Texan: Carin Peterson, Animal Make Safe training & outreach coordinator in Environmental Health and Safety, responds to about 120 animal calls a year as well as injured or baby animals.

In the News: UT Faces Fines with Contaminated Composting

Dec. 5, 2018

Contamination of composting in Housing and Dining leads to large fines for the university.