News Category: sustainability

Bike Sharing Launched at UT Austin

Feb. 15, 2018

A new mode of sharable transportation—free to registered students—is launched with a collaboration between Austin B-cycle and  UT Austin's Parking and Transportation Services.

UT Buys John Chase Building

Feb. 13, 2018

 Paying homage to one of its earliest black students, The University of Texas at Austin has purchased an historic commercial building designed by John Saunders Chase, the first African American to attend the university’s School of Architecture, to serve as a community engagement center.

2017 Campus Sustainability Week: Pollinator Garden

Feb. 5, 2018

As part of UT Austin’s 2017 Campus Sustainability Week, Jennifer Hrobar, Landscape Services urban forestry supervisor, and Laurel Treviño, outreach coordinator with the Jha Lab in the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Integrative Biology, led a tour of the UT Orchard & Pollinator Garden. 

When a UT Office Goes Green

Feb. 5, 2018

The Green Offices Program is a points-based certification process developed to generate sustainable change in the workspace. It is coordinated by undergraduates through the Office of Sustainability (OS). Over the last three years, 32 offices across campus, including four within Financial and Administrative Services (ITS, OS, Office of VP for Legal Affairs, and the former Office for VP of University Operation) have been certified.

Surplus Property Reuse Store Opening Weekly

Feb. 2, 2018

The Surplus Property Reuse Store is scheduled to open weekly beginning on Thursday, February 22, 2018. The store will be open on Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Building 30 at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. All members of the UT Austin community and the public are welcome to purchase items for their personal use.

In the News: Green Roof at Dell Med

Jan. 31, 2018

Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean of the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, insisted on adding a roof garden to the new medical school complex, and the Laby Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's John Hart Asher assisted with a design of native succulents and perennials, all of which provide ecoysystem services and beautify the environment.

Texas Athletics Places 5th in Total Recycling

Jan. 22, 2018

Among its peers, UT Austin is 5th in Game Day Recycling with a total of 39,865 pounds of material recycled, composted or donated. For the Diversion category, the efforts of the Sustainability Squad led to a 48.674 percent diversion rate.

In the News: Dell Med Meets a High Bar for Built & Natural Systems

Jan. 19, 2018

In an article by the US Green Building Council, the new Dell Medical complex is called the "first project to hold SITES, LEED, and PEER certifications, making it one of the most holistically sustainable and resilient facilities in the world." 

In the News: Repurposing Rubbish

Jan. 12, 2018

UT Austin's Landscape Services and the Carpenter Shop have partnered to reuse trees harvested from campus. Once milled, the trees are turned into benches for students, staff and faculty to use throughout campus. The video is credited to Gabrielle Sanchez.

New Food Recovery Program from Texas Athletics

Jan. 2, 2018

Texas Athletics is doing much more than Sustainability Squad (which diverts game-day recyclables from the landfill): they have recovered and donated over 3,900 pounds of food (3,266 meals) to fight hunger in Central Texas.