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The average college student produces 640 pounds of solid waste each year, including 500 disposable cups and 320 pounds of paper.  Thankfully, The University of Texas at Austin is a pioneer in not just in its its sustainability practices (thanks to theCampus Environmental Center and the Office of Sustainabilty), but through outlets such as the annual campus-widesustainability symposium (co-sponsored by ESI) and the sustainable design symposium, UT, ESI bring together faculty research, student practice, and public outreach to promote a sustainable world.

UT has also compiled information about sustainabilty-related academic offerings into a single Sustainability Directory.  The Directory contains nearly 1,000 records on everything from climate change to green building, and is growing every day.

2013symposium_webpic Symposium: Sustainability at UT   The University of Texas at Austin President’s Sustainability Steering Committee and the UT Office of Sustainability hosted a full day symposium dedicated to highlighting the scholarly and practical sustainability efforts of the university community.

ESI researchers both moderated and presented on panels including: (1) Health, Social Equity, and Community; (2) UT Austin Medical District; (3) Transportation/Mobility; (4) Best of Research and Initiatives; and (5) Waller Creek.

Sustainability-Research  Sustainability ResearchFrom the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources to the Center for Sustainable Development, researchers at UT are bringing science to the practice of sustainability.  For example, Richard Corsi in theDepartment of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, has been researching the unintended chemical consquences of going green, the impact of the green products upon indoor air quality, and truly sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.To the left, Dr. Richard Corsi, whose expertise include indoor air quality and human exposure to toxins in indoor environments.  For more about ESI faculty and their research, visit ESI’s affiliated faculty page.
Sustainability-Outreach  Sustainability Outreach Sustainability takes many forms, and ESI is dedicated to helping the public, and in particular K-12 students and teachers, understand how to embrace sustainable practices in all aspects of their lives.  For example, ESI hosted a panel discussion featuring Brewster McCracken (Pecan Street Project), Michael Webber (Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy) and Karl Rabago (Austin Energy) discuss smartgrid technology and Austin’s Pecan Street Project before hundreds of interested citizens, students, and teachers.To the left, the Pecan Street Project panel discussion enlightenes the crowd.  For more information on theHot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Lecture Series, visit the series’ website at www.hotsciencecooltalks.org
CSD Sustainability Education Austin has long led the way on sustainable development, and at UT-Austin the School of Architecture and itsCenter for Sustainable Design is helping to make sure that UT-Austin is leading the way.  CSD core interests include: Ecology, Social Equity, Economy, Design, and Policy Making.Check out their recent Annual Reports here: http://soa.utexas.edu/csd/about/annual-report.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Click here for a list of all sustainability-related articles on the ESI website, or visit the university’s sustainability portal to search a comprehensive database of sustainability-related efforts at UT.

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