The development of a native species xeriscape demonstration garden that utilizes native, water-wise plants provides the opportunity to educate visitors to the UT Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) about the importance of wildlife gardens and water conservation.
In order to ensure and enhance the success of the custom solar stations funded by past Green Fee projects, this project will further develop the user interface of the kiosks and train volunteers to allow sufficient knowledge and expertise to be passed on to secure the long-term stability and maintenance of the current solar units.
This project aims to quantify the benefits of atmospheric water harvesting for the Austin area through a combination of techno-economic analyses with proof of concept experimental demonstrations. Atmospheric water harvesting can be achieved through fog, mist, and dew capture by cooling nano-engineered hydrophilic-hydrophobic surfaces to potentially increase collection rates through increased condensation.
This project aims to augment, improve, and expand an existing solar lab on campus and develop and build a rainwater collection lab co-located with the solar lab. The changes made in this project will enable research related to the incorporation of renewable energy into the built environment, integrating energy and water systems and efficient resource management.
The UT School of Architecture students are impacted by the rising cost of materials for required design studio courses as well as increasing inefficiencies in model-making and a lack of awareness about consumption and waste problems within the department. The primary goals of this project are to facilitate conversation about the process of model-making and waste, understand the path of waste from the design studio to the end of its life, raise awareness and educate UTSOA, and determine next steps to increase the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of model-making.
This is a pilot installation of upgraded streetlights on the UT campus in line with steps to achieve Dark Sky Certification, a photometric qualification system by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). While this installation is only one step, Dark Sky compliance provides an opportunity to maximize energy efficiency and reduce pollution while simultaneously gaining recognition as an environmentally friendly campus. Installation of LED streetlights along Speedway enhances the quality of life for all UT students, staff, and faculty, as well as animals and birds within the urban ecosystem.
Bees are major pollinators and having them on campus supports a natural pollination system and promotes biodiversity. The bees’ pollination and honey production positively affects the UT campus as well as the city of Austin as a whole. An associated beekeeping student organization will provide upkeep for the bees and education opportunities for the whole campus.