Campus Partners

Battle Oaks

The Battle Oaks are among the oldest trees on campus. Photo: Marsha Miller

A loosely organized partnership among units across campus work to implement the Sustainability Master Plan.

University Housing and Dining

The University Housing and Dining at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to foster a living and learning experience of environmental stewardship and sustainability awareness. Flagship programs include Green Corps, on-campus gardens, Eco-to-Go reusable takeout containers and a full pre- and post-consumer food waste composting program.

 

Neil Kaufman, Environmental Specialist, oversees DHFS’s unique Green Corps, a student leadership program covering food production, reclamation, and preparation. Green Corps maintains two large gardens with produce used in campus dining halls. He is also instrumental in tracking trash, recycling and composting for all of DHFS, managing the Eco-To-Go reusable container program, coordinating multiple energy challenges and other resource conservation initiatives.

Document Solutions

Document Solutions is dedicated to using eco-friendly products and reducing our environmental impact through various green services, products, and tips. Clients can choose soy-based inks and a variety of Forest Stewardship Council-certified papers for their print jobs, and Document Solutions also supports ink and toner recycling throughout campus.

Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety provides health and safety oversight, and prevents and eliminates environmental, chemical, biological and radiological hazards on campus. Their mission is to promote safe and compliant facilities and ensure environmental quality for the university community. They support recycling of potentially hazardous materials such as rechargeable batteries and light bulbs. EH&S also leads the campus in two Waller Creek Cleanups per year.

 

Carin Peterson, Animal Make Safe Program, is responsible for attending to live animal occurrences on campus (planned or unplanned) including exhibitions and special guests. The staff also respond to trapped or injured animals, and ensure that the animal survives and is released in a more appropriate location, or reaches a rehabilitation center if at all possible. EHS consults with Landscaping on removal of bees from campus structures, and also helps monitor and control the feral cat population around campus.

 

Irezama (Nena) Anderson, Assistant Director, Environmental Programs is the primary point of contact for EHS’s sustainability programs, including hazardous waste diversion and disposal and wastewater testing and controls.

Facilities Services

Facilities Services is responsible for about 19 million gross square feet of building space at the university, and serves the 427-acre main campus, the 476-acre J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the 445-acre Brackenridge Tract, the 96-acre Montopolis Research Center, and several other specialized sites.

Their staff actively reduces consumption, supports Zero Waste, protects the environment, and restores resources in day-to-day operations and supports other campus community sustainability efforts. All of them play important roles in diverting our waste stream and avoiding greenhouse gas emissions resulting from landfill contributions or fuel consumption.

 

Jim Carse, Manager of Landscape Services. Jim has spent 20 years in the tree care and landscape profession. He has been an assistant manager with Landscape Services at UT Austin since 2011. In this role he has overseen the forestry team and the Tree Campus USA program as well as landscape maintenance at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus and West Pickle Campus. Prior to joining UT, he served as an urban forester for the Texas A&M Forest Service, and as an arborist with the City of Round Rock. Jim is a forestry graduate of Colorado State University, and an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist and municipal specialist. He is also a Texas Licensed Irrigator. He is a past president of the ISA Texas Chapter and a member of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS).

  Jennifer Hrobar, Supervisor of Urban Forestry. Jennifer Hrobar has ten years of experience in urban forestry. She is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist and is ISA Tree Risk Assessment qualified. She earned her bachelor's degree in urban forestry from Texas A&M University in 2004. Prior to joining the university she was a plant health care and forestry events crew leader for the South Suburban Parks & Recreation department in Centennial, Colorado for seven years.
 

Markus Hogue, Program Coordinator, Irrigation & Water ConservationMarkus Hogue is a licensed irrigator and auditor for the State of Texas. He has more than 16 years of landscape experience and over 10 years of irrigation experience. He is involved in projects from design and implementation to maintenance, and was instrumental in the installation and set-up of the university’s new automated irrigation system on the Main Campus. Markus holds a degree in information technology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also serves on the Texas Water Advisory Council as an alternate for Landscape, Irrigation, and Horticulture.

  Lisa Lennon, Landscape Architect. Lisa has over 15 years of experience in landscape horticulture and five years in landscape architecture. She is in the process of obtaining her Professional Landscape Architect license. She earned her B.S. degree from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. degree in horticulture from Tarleton State University, and an M.L.A. degree from the University of Arizona. Prior to the university, Lisa worked for Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and for the consulting firm, Bury, as a landscape designer, where she developed her expertise in sustainable and maintainable designs. She has published articles in trade publications and collaborated with various public and private agencies. Her skills include commercial and residential landscape design, construction administration and maintenance, horticultural consulting, and urban entomology.
 

Bobby Moddrell, Manager, Resource Recovery, which includes Surplus Property and Zero Waste. In his role, Bobby supports sustainable efforts like ensuring that trash and recycling services are provided to the university and managing the final disposition of all university property at Surplus Property.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletics has rapidly accelerated its sustainability initiatives from 2014 to present, implementing large-scale recycling and composting on football game days and expanding recycling options at the baseball and softball stadiums. Athletics was one of the first major departments on campus to host a zero waste event on campus (softball series in 2014) and to begin internal monitoring of its energy use, and adjust automated settings to conserve energy use. The stadium and other facilities have completed major retrofits of lighting arrays, and are smart-sizing print runs of programs, brochures, and internal documents. In 2017, UT hosted the first zero waste baseball season in NCAA Division 1 history. 

 

Lauren Lichterman, Operations and Sustainability Coordinator, co-supervises the Texas Athletics Sustainability program and focuses on our zero waste efforts.

Parking and Transportation Services

Parking and Transportation manages alternative transportation for the campus including: bicycle programs, a car-sharing initiative with ZipCar and UT-Austin’s relationship with Capital Metro to provide campus shuttles. They house UT’s Automotive Repair Shop and Fleet Management for the entire campus. Fleet Management tracks fuel consumption and assists with the transition to cleaner, alternative fuels for the more than 600 vehicles owned by the university.

 

Jeremy Hernandez, Bicycle Coordinator, coordinates the university’s bicycle program and outreach. He works closely with University departments and the community as a whole to create a safer and friendly biking campus. From maintaining the bicycle registration program, The Kickstand, and developing plans for new and existing bicycle infrastructure, he strives to create a safer and knowledgeable cycling community while building a more viable sustainable mode of transportation for future generations to utilize.

 

Blanca Juarez, Alternative Transportation Manager, currently manages all Green on the Go transportation options for The University of Texas at Austin. These programs include the collegiate shuttle bus system, mainline transit program, E-bus, Texas Express, Longhorns Express, Bike UT, carpools, vanpools, pedestrian and Zipcar programs.

Project Management and Construction Services

Project Management and Construction Services is committed to green building and sustainable design solutions. The university, a US Green Building Council member since 2004, is committed to LEED Silver certification on all new construction and integrates sustainable building principles into campus standards.

Recreational Sports

The Division of Recreational Sports has served the campus community since 1916, making it one of the oldest and largest collegiate recreational programs in the country. A total of 90 percent of the student population, or more than 45,000 young men and women, participate in RecSports programs and activities, accruing more than 3.21 million hours of participation annually. The Division is composed of Intramural Sports, Fitness/Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Sport Clubs, the Instructional Program and Informal Recreation. Facilities managed by RecSports include over 500,000 square feet of indoor and 40 acres of outdoor space.

University Unions

The University Unions are committed to student input at all levels. Based on recent student interest in consumption and waste stream in the Unions’ many eateries, the Unions plan to implement a comprehensive recycling and composting plan in 2014 and 2015. The Student Activity Center is one of the most prominent LEED-certified buildings on campus, and the staff work actively to reduce energy use and support the building’s green features such as the green roof. In the Student Services Building, University Health Services launched a pilot study in 2013 to reduce clinical waste, which has been successful and plans to continue.

UT Staff Council

UT Staff Council partners with the Office of Sustainability to keep staff informed about resources and activities from all the partners on this page and takes on projects of its own to support staff interest in sustainability and the environment.

Utilities and Energy Management

Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) is part of the Planning, Energy and Facilities (PEF) unit within the University Operations vice-presidential portfolio. UEM is responsible for providing reliable and cost-effective electricity, chilled water, steam, deionized water, compressed air, emergency power, and elevator services. By increasing efficiencies and system monitoring techniques, UEM has handled campus growth since 1996 in a carbon-neutral manner: there has been virtually no increase in the amount of natural gas purchased to power the campus. UEM is also supporting (where viable and necessary) the addition of solar power and heat to campus buildings, such as the Manor Parking Garage and the Norman Hackerman Building.

 

Meagan Jones, Energy Steward, Natural Sciences Labs, works with building occupants and campus stakeholders to identify and implement energy and water conservation strategies. She focuses primarily on laboratory buildings to implement programs such as Horns Up, Sash Down and the Ultra-Low Freezer Loaner program in addition to supporting team-wide efforts such as building energy audits, holiday scheduling, Longhorn Lights Out and Power Down Assessments.

 

Grace Hsieh, Energy Steward, Libraries, Classrooms, Offices, and Unions, works with building occupants in libraries, classrooms, offices and unions on energy and water conservation strategies. Strategies can include building scheduling, summer and holiday scheduling, building audits and energy/water conservation outreach programs.

 

Matt Stevens, Energy Steward, Classrooms, Offices, and Multi-Purpose Buildings, works with building occupants in academic, office, and multi-purpose buildings. Conservation strategies he implements for his clients include holiday scheduling, conservation workshops and presentations, and hosting events to support the Energy Stewardship program. In addition, he is the liaison between building occupants and the building operators and controllers to ensure that the buildings are performing optimally.

 

Patrick Mazur, Technical Staff Associate, supports the Energy and Water Conservation Program and staff by providing up to date technical expertise regarding lighting and lighting controls, water consuming equipment and HVAC equipment/systems including motors and building automation system controls. He also reviews new and existing building projects for compliance to UT’s Campus Standards, assists in developing the standards and performs project management on an as-needed basis.

Wellness

 

Claire Hahn, Wellness Coordinator, manages popular programs such as Farm to Work, which was the first widespread effort to conveniently provide locally grown produce to staff and faculty throughout the year, using a CSA model with pickups at four locations on campus. Wellness also steers faculty and staff toward smoking cessation and better understanding of fitness and nutrition options both on and off campus.

 

Nosse Oveimhada, Smoke Free Campus Coordinator. UT Austin became a Smoke Free Campus in 2013 for the benefit of students, staff, visitors, and the environment. Nosse promotes Smoke Free programs in the Wellness division, interfaces with the campus population to raise awareness, and coordinates with Landscaping and Resource Recovery to draw a strong connection between smoking, litter, and pollution.