News Category: zero-waste

Campus Reinforces Support of Zero Waste Goal

May 2, 2019

​The campus has shown growing support for zero waste this spring semester, from a presentation by Resource Recovery to Staff Council to supportive legislation passed by the Graduate Student Assembly and other matters.

In the News: Sustainable Game Day Events

April 15, 2019

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.”  

How Students Green Events on Campus

March 15, 2019

The goal is zero waste, and the Green Events team from the Campus Environmental Center has been helping UT Austin student organizations compost and recycle during events large and small since 2012.

Piloting a Sustainable Move-Out in West Campus

Feb. 20, 2019

Last summer's [Re]Move + [Re]Use pilot sucessfully diverted 62 tons of material from the landfill.

How to Have Zero Waste Events for 100,000

Jan. 31, 2019

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%.

Resource Recovery Interns use Campus as a Living Lab

Jan. 28, 2019

Each year, about 20 Resource Recovery interns collect data that then informs and shapes best practices within Facilities Services as UT Austin works toward its zero waste goal. 

Reducing Food Scraps

Jan. 20, 2019

University Housing and Dining at UT Austin is tackling food waste with data, and students from UT Farm Stand help research ways to reduce the amount of food thrown away.

In the News: UT Faces Fines with Contaminated Composting

Dec. 5, 2018

Contamination of composting in Housing and Dining leads to large fines for the university.

Ask Me About 156 Miles: Q&A with Resource Recovery Intern

Dec. 4, 2018

Focusing on a zero waste goal, interns with UT Austin’s Resource Recovery talk about the number of to go cups that head to the landfill from campus each year ... and what we all can do to change this.

Mr. Burns: Making Inclusive and Sustainable Theatre

Nov. 30, 2018

Students in the Department of Theatre and Dance are producing Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, and the zero waste production is partially funded by Green Fund.