News Category: sustainability

A century of forward-thinking: energy solutions for the university

A turbine is being sandblasted by a maintenance worker in this old black & white photograph
Oct. 21, 2019

When it comes to developing energy solutions for the university, planning ahead is the proven modus operandi. “We always look at the big picture, what’s down the road,” said Juan Ontiveros, associate vice president of Utilities, Energy and Facilities Management (UEFM).

FAS communicators recognized by university for excellence

Kristin Phillips, Communications Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability
Oct. 18, 2019

On Tuesday, October 15, University Communications hosted its first-ever University Excellence in Communications Awards ceremony. Communicators from across the university submitted more than 200 entries. Judges chose three finalists for the twelve categories: Writing, Community Outreach, Media Relations, Websites and Applications, Cross-University Collaboration, Small But Mighty, Social Media, Visual Design, Publications, Marketing and Development Campaigns, Photography, and Video.

Electronic paper trail: saving trees and averting crises

Graphic showing user signing digitally on tablet
Oct. 17, 2019

The crisis that unfolded on the UT campus at 1:40 p.m. on August 29, 2017, was not as catastrophic as the one a few hundred miles to the east—Houston was, after all, underwater. But it was serious. A doctoral student in Community and Regional Planning learned that he had less than four hours to complete a new dissertation signature page. His committee members were scattered across time zones, and he had just left Austin to start a job. It looked like he would have to wait another term to graduate.

Ask a grackle or turtle about sustainability

Grackle bird in graphic woodcut style
Sept. 12, 2019

We’ve all been there: dashing between meetings, meals, or classes, we pick up pamphlets from a table that are crammed with useful information and interesting facts. But where are those bits of paper when we need them? Hidden in drawers or—let’s be honest here—passing the time in a recycle bin.

Sustainability Symposium calling for presentations

CSW Symposium
June 14, 2019

Presenters are being sought to offer case studies of sustainability and stewardship in areas such as the campus built environment, natural ecosystem, food system, university policy and future directions.

Waller Creek clean-up

Waller Creek Cleanup
May 8, 2019

Environmental Health and Safety staff and a few volunteers worked Saturday, May 4th to clean up Waller Creek.

Breaking ground on Blackland Prairie

Half Pint Prairie groundbreaking
Feb. 14, 2019

Half-Pint Urban Prairie is working to restore a small spot of blackland prairie habitat on campus that will also serve as an educational opportunity.