Green Greeks

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Year: 2013

Grant Amount: $10,000

UT Greek Life represents just over 10% of the UT student body. This project appoints two Greek community sustainability ambassadors (one for men, one for women). The ambassadors focus on waste and energy use reduction as well as community outreach & education.

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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.

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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Engagement Dashboard – Battle Hall Pilot

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Year: 2013

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.

Safe Cycling Campaign

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Year: 2011

Grant Amount: $49,788

The College of Fine Arts collaborated with the School of Architecture to put on a number of educational and research initiatives to promote safe cycling on campus. These initiatives included a Night Light dance performance, a survey of conflict areas for bikes on campus, signs educating bikers how to double-lock their bikes, and “Balloon Bike,” an art project that shows the amount of space (three feet of clearance on all sides) needed for safe cycling conditions. The photo above features the Night Light show, a one-time dance performance illustrating the importance of nighttime illumination on bicycles. After the show, the audience selected their own bike lights provided by the Campaign and Bike Texas. The Safe Cycling Campaign has also hosted community feedback sessions on multi-modal safety on campus, and collaborated with Parking & Transportation and UTPD on future planning.

This project not only promoted safe cycling, but bicycling in general, which reduces carbon emissions and keeps our plant clean.

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UT Tree Nursery

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Year: 2011, 2013

Grant Amount: $54,198 (2011), $21,780 (Renewal of funding for 2013-2016)

The Tree Nursery is located at the LBJ Wildflower Center. Originally proposed as a way to grow large trees for beautification and landscape improvement, the importance of the UT Tree Nursery skyrocketed when Bastrop, TX was devastated by wildfires in September 2011. The Tree Nursery immediately began growing Loblolly pines to donate to Bastrop and other communities that need reforestation.  The Nursery also provides service opportunities for students to plant trees in areas that experienced devastation from the fires.

A 30 foot by 96 foot shaded house was built to shade the seedlings while they grow. The Tree Nursery has been a point of contact for outside environmentalists as well as an opportunity for students to get hands on experience planting trees and serving the Bastrop community. Future objectives for the Tree Nursery are to grow trees for use in UT landscaping, and possibly launch a ‘heritage’ program for seeds collected on campus. The Tree Nursery is also open to collaboration with research initiatives as well as more community engagement, merging science and the public.