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.”
The Sustainability Course Development Awards have provided grants to faculty since 2012 to increase sustainability in undergraduate education. The Mitchell Foundation provided a scaffold to create this curriculum.
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.
Hundreds of students help the Sustainability Sort Squad make huge strides to divert waste from the landfill after UT Austin games. This football season, with home games that include over 100,000 fans, had its largest diversion rate to date: 75%.
At The University of Texas at Austin, the stars are aligning to actively pursue gold. That is, STARS Gold.
STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System maintained by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.