Grant Amount: $3000
In 2009, the PCL Green Team started collecting aluminum and plastics in high-traffic areas of the library. Once the PCL Green Team received funding from the Green Fee, they were able to install 60 new blue recycling bins around the library, each with a sign that educates students on what materials can be recycled versus what needs to be thrown away. The PCL Green Team monitors the recycling bins, noting that they collected over 600 bags of recyclable materials during the first semester of this initiative.
For more information on the PCL Green Team, check out this link: http://blogs.lib.utexas.edu/green/2010/11/10/pcl-green-team-history/
Year: 2012, 2014
Grant Amount: $2,500 (2012)
The Longhorn Band uses many products that are recyclable, and is currently making a conscious effort to educate members on recycling and composting the everyday materials members use. They seek to become a “Zero Impact Band,” meaning that 90% of materials used can either be recycled, composted, or reduced all together.
The Longhorn Band used Green Fee funding to order reusable cups and water bottles for their members in order to encourage reuse and recycling. They also worked with Pok-E-Jo’s, a local barbeque company that provides meals for the band on game day, to use compostable dishes and silverware. Future projects include ordering iPads for directors and section leaders to use in order to reduce paper. Renewed funding will take this project into the 2014-2015 academic year.
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.
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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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.
Grant Amount: $25,000
This project established a seed fund to increase composting on campus in a way relevant to students’ daily activities. After speaking with stakeholders, the student team elected to work with University Unions to compost the food and paper waste in the Union food courts (at UNB and SAC). The funds purchased the visible compost & recycling bins and signage, and a few bins to aid in kitchen operations.