Using Green Fee funding, undergraduates Marwan Madi and Michael Liu are "part of a five-person team using drone technology to reduce overwatering of the campus landscape by using the infrared camera to see how much water different plants need." The story is in The Daily Texan.
Our purpose is to provide local, sustainable, healthy food items and produce to students and faculty on campus so they have that available, but also to demonstrate the value of supporting our local economy and our farmers: Housing's Sustainability Coordinator, Neil Kaufman, is quoted in The Daily Texan coverage of UT Farm Stand.
Each October, universities and colleges across the U.S.—including The University of Texas at Austin—highlight their efforts toward building a sustainable future during Campus Sustainability Week. The Office of Sustainability at UT Austin has put together a number of public events and tours starting October 23, 2017.
The new irrigation system at The University of Texas at Austin, developed to reach a 2008 water conservation goal and leading to a 66% drop in campus water useage for irrigation, recently won the 2017 Texas Environmental Excellence Award.
John C. Butler, academic director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center, associate director of the Center for Energy Finance Education and Research, and a clinical associate professor of Finance discusses new energy initiatives and trends at McCombs: "None us can ignore what's going on in sustainability. Traditionally we think about firms maximizing shareholder value. There are some people who say we need to change this system that underlies capitalism. I think that if shareholders start to value other things than pure profit or return, companies will have to adapt."