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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Grant Amount: $25,500
This program will incentivize the development of more sustainability courses at UT. This will involve Peer Led Academic Studying (PLUS) to bolster the effectiveness of the program.
Grant Amount: $45,627 (2013), $7,500 (2014)
An online web-based sustainability “dashboard” helps facilitate student and visitor engagement with Battle Hall. The project envisions a future where many buildings at UT have detailed datasets available for research and teaching purposes, as well as monitoring building performance. The mobile kiosk and online dashboard funded by the project featured the history, culture, efficiency, and ecology of Battle Hall.
Years: 2011, 2012, 2013
Grant Amount: $7,140 (2011), $8,140 (2012), $9,176 (2013)
UTeach Outreach has been taking kids on field trips at UT thanks to funding from the Green Fee. As resource use and climate change move to the forefront of policy and society, educating children about sustainability and inspiring environmental passion are key in developing the minds that will change the world.
Students engage in hands on scientific experiences as well as see the university. UTeach field trips feature several locations and lessons including the Power Plant, UT Turtle Pond, energy transmission, algae, greenhouses, math and biofuels. Students in the College of Natural Sciences work with other students on campus to teach them how to guide these tours for campus visitors. UTeach Outreach has seen over 1200 elementary students and their families, and has trained over 400 UT students to guide these tours and teach about sustainable practices.