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.”
The end of July is the time when many of the 18,000 students who live in West Campus move out of their apartments, and the City of Austin is working to make certain household items are slated for reuse instead of the landfill.
The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the 2019-20 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.
UT Austin is working to make new student orientation more sustainable, with both the physical reduction of waste by composting and redistributing lunch boxes and with info sessions for how to live greener while on campus.
From the Department of Art and Art History: Instead of soaking up the sun, studio art student and freshman Oluwaseyi Odufuye is getting ready to spend her part of her summer in the Arctic. The 12-day arctic expedition will have Odufuye and fellow students trekking through snow, attending leadership development trainings and a given a chance to network with companies and representatives from around the world.
“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.”
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.