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2022
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Welcome back, Longhorns!

The University of Texas at Austin is a Host Institution for the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE)! Join us for this virtual conference October 18, October 26, and November 3. Students, faculty, and staff get FREE registration with code UNITEXAUS210722 when you use your official UT email. The theme of this year's conference is "The Urgency of Now," calling for transformative sustainability solutions that meet the speed and scale of pressing challenges we face. Register today!
Attend AASHE's Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education! Theme: The Urgency of Now! Streaming Live Oct. 18, Oct. 26, and Nov. 3, 2022.

ACADEMICS

Promoting & Empowering Youth as Leaders in Climate Justice Struggles

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Join Planet Texas 2050 for their kick-off event in the Fall 2022 Resilience Roundtable Series, happening virtually September 14, 12pm - 1pm! With each passing year providing a glimpse into the future of a warming world, it is clear we are on the cusp of a decades-long hardship. With such a time horizon, it is important that youth be equal partners in the responses to the climate crisis in their schools and communities. In this panel discussion, audience members will hear from non-profit leaders and researchers on the importance of engaging youth in policy and planning spaces and the various methodologies for doing so. RSVP for the event on the event website.

ENGAGEMENT

Save the Date: UT Austin Mitchell Sustainability Symposium

Sustainability Director Jim Walker (an older, White gentleman) stands in front of a black back drop and behind a podium addressing an audience.

Join us October 14th for the 2022 Mitchell Sustainability Symposium! We will be hosting our annual symposium in partnership with Planet Texas 2050 dedicated to highlighting the scholarly and practical sustainability efforts of the university community. See you there!

OPERATIONS

Recap: Office Supply Swap

Folder organizers, binders, folders, various shades of paper, and other office supplies line multiple tables in a row.
The Office of Sustainability hosted the annual Office Supply Swap on August 3. The event brought out over 100 faculty and staff who traded staplers, binders, and other office supplies. 2,219 pounds of additional supplies were sent to surplus to be repurposed and diverted from landfills. Join us again next year!

EMISSIONS

The Business of Buying Carbon

Research Scientist Tip Meckel stands in front of a table of geological samples, holding a small sample block of sandstone.
“You don’t throw trash out of your car, do you? Well, we don’t want to dump our CO2 into the atmosphere either." Tip Meckel, research scientist at the University of Texas' Bureau of Economic Geology, and colleagues are working with the petroleum industry, the state of Texas, and the federal government to prove that the Gulf is the best place for the birthplace of the carbon capture and sequestration industry. Read this article about the effort to inject carbon waste safely and permanently into the rocks it came from. Read the Wired article.

EQUITY

Recap: MoveOutATX

A young White woman volunteer wearing an orange visibility vest gives a "hook 'em" sign while standing in front of a MoveOutATX "Donate Here" banner.
Each July, MoveOutATX makes moveout easier in West Campus by providing locations to easily donate gently used furniture, household goods, kitchen supplies and appliances, office supplies, nonperishable food, toiletries, and more! This year's event was a resounding success! Check out these stats:
  • 1,300+ visitors to the new Free Furniture Market
  • 1,187 donation drop-offs at donation stations
  • 539 pieces of furniture given to community members, and another 150 processed by Arms of Hope (total of 689 furniture pieces diverted)
  • 61,517 lbs. of material diverted (includes the furniture estimates) – an estimated 675.6 CY
  • Nearly $67,000 estimated in economic value
Thank you to City of Austin Resource Recovery and UT New Student Services’ Off-Campus Initiative for partnering with UT Office of Sustainability on this annual event!

Sustainability at UT Austin

 

Itching to learn more about sustainability now that you're back on campus? We've got you covered!

Follow our social media to learn about the history of sustainability at UT, what UT is doing about sustainability now, and campus sustainability resources!

Check it out here.

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New Green Labs Website & Manual

 

The University of Texas at Austin's Green Labs program serves as a resource to help UT faculty, staff, and student researchers run more environmentally-friendly labs without interfering with the integrity of their work. Green Labs strives to increase the sustainability of labs on campus by focusing on waste minimization, Green Chemistry, and water and energy conservation. 

Green Labs just launched their NEW website! Be sure to check it out to learn how Green Labs can assist your lab. For a more comprehensive guide on running a sustainable lab on campus, see the NEW Green Labs Manual developed in partnership with Utilities and Energy Management. For questions, contact greenlabs@austin.utexas.edu.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

9/8 - 8:30am - 10:00am - A Conversation on Affordable Housing in Austin. Info
9/8 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm -
William C. Powers Jr. Speaker Series: Shaun Harper, Truth Teaching Under Attack: Consequences of Failing to Teach America's Racial Past and Present. Info
9/8 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm - Science Under the Stars: Recognition Abilities Across Animals. Info
9/13 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm - CNS Technology and Science Career Fair (In Person). Info
9/13 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm - UT Energy Symposium Talk: Generating Hydrogen in the Sub-surface. Info
9/14 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm - Leadership in Global Sustainability Minor Info Session. Info
9/15-9/16 - 8:00am - 3:00pm - Cognitive Aging in Mexico and Latino Communities in the United States: Deconstructing Resilience. Info
9/16 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Careers in Conservation with Dr. Nikhil Advani. Info
9/21 - 11:00am - 3:00pm - 
CNS Technology and Science Career Fair (Virtual). Info
9/23 - 7:00pm - 7:40pm - 
Successfully Communicating about Climate Change. Info
9/20 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - 
UT Energy Symposium Talk: Constraints and Opportunities for Human Futures - a Systems Overview. Info
9/27 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - 
UT Energy Symposium Talk: Building a Molten Salt Research Reactor in Texas by 2025. Info
10/3 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm - 
Energy Security and Energy Transition in Japan. Info
10/4 
UT Energy Symposium Talk: Stranded Fossil-Fuel Assets Translate to Major Losses for Investors in Advanced Economies. Info
10/11 -
UT Energy Symposium Talk: An Oxford-Style debate on university fossil fuel divestment. Info
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