Battery Recycling in RLM

Battery Recylcing

Source: Earth911.com

Year: 2013

Grant Amount: $7,145

The project started a pilot battery recycling initiative based out of the Robert Lee Moore building. The program placed non-flammable recycle bins and supplementary posters around the RLM to promote battery recycling, and measure the collection weekly. The program also maintains the collection bin in SSB near the Forty Acres Pharmacy.

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Waller Creek Awareness

Waller Creek

Year: 2013

Grant Amount: $4,365

Waller Creek runs through UT and has undergone significant beautification processes through the Green Fee Program. This project aims to keep the focus on Waller Creek through raised awareness via student involvement with Waller Creek Cleanups. Student involvement will be incentivized through prizes and entertaining events.

Fryer Waste to Fueling Wheels (Biodiesel)

Source: EnviroGreenInc.com

Source: EnviroGreenInc.com

Year: 2013

Grant Amount: $15,000

UT produces hundreds of gallons of waste food oil weekly. Combined with its fleet of diesel vehicles,  a demand for biodiesel exists.  This project proposes a student-led food-oil to biodiesel recycling program for with a report on the program’s success after one  year.

Texas City Lab

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Year 2013

Grant Amount: $21,620

This project explored the feasibility of creating a local ‘city lab’ that marries the sustainability issues that challenge Austin and other Texas cities with the capacity for The University of Texas to solve these problems. Patterned after a similar program in Oregon, the Green Fee funded a pilot year where a working group was assembled, the first client was selected, and several faculty were encouraged to redesign their courses around environmental issues and their proposed solutions.

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Exterior Water Fountains

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Year: 2013

Grant Amount: $7,500

Water fountains reduce the use of disposable water bottles. Water fountains are present inside various buildings; however, before this project, none were available outside. This project installed one exterior fountains near the RLM building, in an effort to reduce the amount of disposable plastic water bottles and better hydrate the UT community.

Orange Bike Project

Orange Bike Project

Year: 2012, 2013

Grant Amount: $14,500 (2012), $28,000 (2013)

The Orange Bike Project rents bikes to those who need them. The expansion of this project involves the acquisition of over 90 bikes as well as more equipment for the community bike shop. Shop location and hours can be found on the main Orange Bike Project website. Community members and students can use this bike shop to work on their bikes and learn bike maintenance basics from the OBP staff.

Bike rental programs include short-term rentals, semester-long rentals, and weekend rentals, all at very reasonable and competitive prices. The commuter-style bikes are maintained by the OBP staff who also provide instruction on how to care for your rental bike.