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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.