The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has created a new undergraduate degree that focus on the environment, Sustainability Studies. Students will be eligible to enroll in this degree starting in the fall 2016 semester.
In honor of Earth Month, the Office of Sustainability called on two well-known UT Austin student leaders, Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu, to create a meaningful message for Earth Month. The result? A short and fun video that encourages all students, faculty and staff to #KeepUTGreen.
On Nov. 19, 2015, Juan Ontiveros, Associate Vice President for Utilities, Energy, and Facilities for the University of Texas at Austin became the first individual to be awarded the Robert W. Galvin Award for PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal). Since he started at UT Austin, Ontiveros applied systematic methods that allowed UT Austin to become one of the first PEER-certified projects and the only certified college campus.
Beevo Beekeeping is one of many projects on campus funded from the Green Fee — a $5 per semester fee included in student tuition, which is aimed at supporting environmental projects and research at Texas universities. The fee has provided funding for 83 projects at UT since it was introduced in 2011, but its future is unclear. The fee may come to an end on campus come summer 2016, as the Texas Legislature and the UT System have conflicting ideas on how to renew the fee.
The UT Green Fee Committee hosted a session Tuesday to inform students about the possibilities of reinstating the fee after receiving tentative permission from the UT System to move forward, according to Jaclyn Kachelmeyer, former director of the Campus Environmental Center.
The Office of Sustainability and the Center for the Skills & Experience Flags are pleased to announce an open competition for course development funds to create three (3) new undergraduates courses that investigate sustainability issues as they intersect with one or more flag areas (Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, Ethics and Leadership, Global Cultures, Cultural Diversity in the US, and Independent Inquiry).
In support of Longhorn Lights Out, the Tower will not be lit from sunset on Nov. 22 to dawn on Nov. 23. The dark Tower will mark the third Longhorn Lights Out promotion and the first time the Tower has been dark for that initiative.