News Category: sustainability

Resource Recovery launches supply store in effort to make campus events more compost-friendly

Zero Waste Events - A Program of UT Resources Recovery
Nov. 23, 2021

Although UT Austin may be known for Burnt Orange, the campus community has taken strides to go green. Sustainability is a word and a movement that has popped up on the radars of many campus community members.

UEM team applies stewardship to replacing 40-year-old chiller at PRC

Chiller
Sept. 13, 2021

A project to install a surplus chiller at the Pickle Research Campus (PRC) involved multiple teams from Utilities and Energy Management (UEM).

Students support Zero Waste efforts with signage and database guidance

Resource Recovery interns Devia Joshi, Gabrielle Lopez, Melanie Albrecht, Sylvia Asuncion-Crabb, Naomi Hagy, Eeshana Hamed and Lauren Smith were responsible for rolling out signage across campus in summer 2021.
Sept. 1, 2021

Achieving Zero Waste, a 90 percent reduction of waste sent to the landfill, is a long-term goal of the university. Although the reduction goal has not been accomplished yet, Resource Recovery Manager Bobby Moddrell said that the Zero Waste Program in Facilities Services’ Resource Recovery unit has recently taken additional creative and tested steps toward achieving the goal through a Green Fund collaboration.

Office of Sustainability’s CEC leads student-facing sustainability efforts

Diego Allison picking up an Upcycling Kit
May 26, 2021

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Campus Environmental Center (CEC) student organization serves as a student voice for sustainability initiatives across campus, according to Environmental Center Coordinator Brianna Duran.

Landscape Services partners with University Housing and Dining and South Asia Institute to create South Asia Garden

A blue pottery water feature at the South Asia Garden
April 27, 2021

While the Landscape Services Installation team often participates in landscape rehabilitation or other special projects, they shine when afforded the opportunity to use historical and horticultural knowledge to find landscape solutions. Such an opportunity arrived when University Housing and Dining (UHD) Sustainability Coordinator Neil Kaufman asked for a unique planter for the South Asia Garden.

Landscape Services plants gardens, supports pollinators with campus partners

A bumblebee collects pollen from a coneflower
Aug. 24, 2020

The Pollinator Program launched by Facilities Services’ Landscape Services unit started as a way to encourage pollinators such as butterflies and bees to visit the UT Orchard located at San Jacinto and 24th Street. Urban Forestry Supervisor Jennifer Hrobar, who now manages the Pollinator Program, was inspired by discussions with Landscape Services colleagues who wanted to use milkweed plants to entice monarch butterflies to visit more areas of campus. She applied for a grant through Tree Campus USA in 2016 that provided the funds needed to install the university’s first official pollinator garden at the UT Orchard.

UEM earns platinum-level PEER renewal certification

2020 PEER Platinum icon
July 10, 2020

Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) has again earned Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification by Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI), this time at the platinum level. Over the past 15 years, UEM has emerged as a university utilities leader, winning numerous awards and becoming the world’s first PEER-certified campus in 2014.