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Happy Campus Sustainability MonthHispanic Heritage Month, and LGBT History Month!

At this year's Mitchell Sustainability Symposium, we look towards the future. UT experts will come together to share their work imagining and achieving the future of campus sustainability, drawing on the UT Strategic Plan. Join us October 14th in exploration of  "The Future of..." featuring keynote speaker UT Austin Senior Vice President and CFO Darrell Bazzell. View the full agenda and RSVP here. See you there!

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 UNITXAUS210722 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.


New Sustainability Minors Launch

Students crowd the campus mall between classes with the UT Tower looming in the background.
New sustainability-focused minors are in full swing this fall at UT Austin!

The Global Sustainability Leadership Institute is proud to announce the launch of its new minor, the Leadership in Global Sustainability Minor. The Minor launched this fall with a cohort of 14 students from across campus and is looking to add an additional 20 students for the Spring 2023 cohort. Applications are open now, with a primary due date of October 1 and a secondary due date of October 14. Please visit the Institute's website for more information or to apply for the Spring 2023 cohort.
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Offered through the Cockrell School of Engineering, the Sustainable Energy Minor also launched this fall and currently has 17 students enrolled. Students enrolled in the minor will gain the expertise to help forge a sustainable energy future for the world amid rising energy demand, energy inequity and the realities of climate change. Learn more about this minor on the School's website.

Learn more about sustainability- and environmentally-focused degree programs offered at UT Austin here.


Planet Texas 2050 Podcast

Join Planet Texas 2050 and The Drag Audio Production House to celebrate the release of “Planet Texas,” a five-episode podcast series exploring climate change solutions in Texas. Produced and hosted by University of Texas journalism senior Aurora Berry, this series tells stories of how major disasters affect all of us…but there is still hope for the future. Listen to the podcasts on Apple Podcasts.



Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System gold rating seal.
UT Austin has earned a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. This is the second consecutive time the University has earned a prestigious STARS gold rating.


UT Climate Leaders in Full Effect

Climate Leaders stand arm in arm smiling.
Office of Sustainability launched the UT Climate Leaders Program in Fall 2022. The Climate Leaders Program (Climate LEAP) offers a cohort of ten students hands-on, practical experience developing a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan for an organization. Climate LEAP is a year-long, paid, internship program open to undergraduates of ALL majors.

For 2022-2023, the Climate LEAP cohort is working with five UT Austin colleges to develop college-level greenhouse gas emissions reduction proposals. Climate LEAP cohort meetings include presentations, workshops, and discussions led by experts in diverse fields, providing students with the broad knowledge base needed to be successful as future sustainability and climate professionals. Please contact with any questions about the UT Climate Leaders Program. 

UT Austin Dining Halls Pledge Emissions Reductions

Student grabs a salad from a dining hall.
UT Austin's Housing and Dining department has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by serving more plant-based foods in dining halls. In April, the department joined in the Cool Food Pledge, with member organizations setting a goal of reducing their food-based carbon emissions 25% from 2015 levels by 2030. They will do so by shifting to more carbon-friendly foods, which tend to be plant-based, said Edwina Hughes, head of the Cool Food Pledge. Read more in the Austin American Statesman.


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) is a time to recognize the history, contributions and culture of the Hispanic and Latinx community in the United States. During this month of national reflection, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is spotlighting some upcoming campus events, books, stories, art exhibitions and more that celebrate the impact of Hispanic and Latinx culture. Find the list of events on the DDCE website.

Reflecting on LGBT History Month

Mural of Black trans civil rights activist Marsha P. Johnson.
LGBT History Month takes place every October and recognizes the civil rights movements and leaders that brought the community to where it is today. Interested in learning more about LGBTQIA history and how to be a better ally? Check out the UT Austin Gender and Sexuality Center! The GSC offers workshops on allyship, supporting transgender communities, and more! Request a workshop on the GSC's website.
October 2022 is Campus Sustainability Month!

Campus Sustainability Month
Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education.

Follow our social media to learn about sustainability at UT, upcoming campus sustanability events, and campus sustainability resources!

Check it out here.

CEC Sustainability Stories
Are you student, staff, faculty or alumni of the UT Austin community and are involved in sustainability? We want to hear your story - from the mundane to the extraordinary. Share with us for a chance to be featured on the Campus Environmental Center's Instagram, you can share anonymously if you'd like. If you're interested, fill out this Google Form. Email with any questions.

The Effects of Climate Change
The impacts of air pollution on human health, economies and agriculture differ drastically depending on where on the planet the pollutants are emitted, according to a new study led by UT Austin and UC San Diego that could potentially incentivize certain countries to cut climate-changing emissions.

Speaking before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., Texas A&M University scientist Andrew Dessler provided expert testimony on climate science as lawmakers discussed climate change and public land use policy in the United States.


10/6 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Energy, Environment and Climate with Professor Sheila Olmstead. Info
10/7 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm - Hispanic Heritage Month: Investing in the Next Generation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez. Info
10/11 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm - International Development, Inequality and (Im)Migration with Professor Raj Patel. Info
10/11 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm - 
UT Energy Symposium Talk: An Oxford-Style debate on university fossil fuel divestment. Info
10/12 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm - Book Roundtable: "The Third Reconstruction: America's Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century” by Peniel E. Joseph. Info
10/13 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - How Change Happens, with Cass R. Sunstein. Info
10/14 - 9:30am - 1:30pm - Mitchell Sustainability Symposium. Info
10/18 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Loving the Alien: CO2 Deserves Our Affection but Save a Seat for Some Other Surprising Climate Change Allies. Info
10/18 - Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. Info
10/25 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Energy Prices and the World Economy. Info
10/26 - Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. Info
11/3 - Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. Info
11/7 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm - Health Humanities Research Seminar with Bridget Goosby on “The Immune System and the Brain: What Can They Tell Us about Racism and Chronic Disease Risk?” Info
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