News Archives - 2018

"University of Texas at Austin Tackles Waste in the Workplace"

November 12, 2018 - Read this Waste 360 article on how our Resource Recovery team's Zero Waste Workplace program is reducing waste and diverting more materials from the landfill...and helping UT achieve its sustainability goals.

Maintaining UT's Campus Trees

November 7, 2018 - Read this Daily Texan article about how our Landscape Services team provides expert stewardship of UT's urban forest landscape.

Using drones to conserve water on campus

October 24, 2018 - View this KXAN news story about how a UT student, working with our irrigation and water conservation expert in Landscape Services, is using drones to collect data that may "help the campus reduce its water use by millions of gallons every year."

Teamwork response "averts a crisis," restores A/C at CMA

October 8, 2018 – Read this Daily Texan article about how our facilities professionals teamed up with other UT stakeholders in a rapid response to restore the air conditioning at the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA).

UT's Surplus Store reduces waste, saves money

October 8, 2018 – Read this Daily Texan article on how our UT Reuse Surplus Store helps our greater community eliminate waste and save money.

“Zero waste building program to help UT achieve sustainability goals”

September 20, 2018 – Read this Daily Texan article on how our Resource Recovery team developed UT's first Zero Waste Workplace program "working to reach UT's sustainability goals."

“UT's main campus landscaping is nearly all organically maintained”

August 28, 2018 – Read this Daily Texan article on how our Landscape Services experts developed and maintain "the largest example of organic landscaping in Austin" on UT's Main Campus.

“Landscaping keeps colleges on solid ground”

July 2, 2018 – Read this University Business article on the four goals higher ed landscape teams, including UT Austin's Landscape Services, prioritize to better serve their institutions. Learn more about our expertise on irrigation systems, care of the historic Battle Oaks and the importance of providing equitable salaries for our staff.

“Building Your Future: Women in Construction”

June 28, 2018 – Watch this KLRU Decibel video featuring one of our staff, Jewls Ogden, a master electrician whose skills and experience make a difference in maintaining the UT Austin campus and who serves as an integral part of Austin's workforce solutions.

“Inside UT's Old-School Lock and Key Shop”

May 1, 2018 – Read this Alcalde story to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at the Facilities Services' Lock and Key Services shop, a unique and historical spot on campus where "Everyone who has ever worked at UT as a member of the student body, faculty, or staff has relied on this place."

“Students have lots of power in UT's composting efforts”

April 30, 2018 – Read this Daily Texan editorial on the university's zero waste and composting efforts at UT and what our students can do to help build awareness and make a difference on campus, too.

“Don't be Tree Blind”

April 25, 2018 – Read this Daily Texan article on the positive contributions our Landscape Services team provides to the UT campus, including our 10th year of Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.

“What’s The Story Behind The Different Tags On Trees Around Austin?”

April 20, 2018 – Read (or listen to) KUT’s story on what those numbered tags on Austin trees mean, including how UT Austin’s Landscape Services experts have gone beyond the standard inventory process with online mapping that includes the trees’ environmental and economic value to the university. For more information on Landscape Services’ innovative tree inventory and mapping tool, visit the Urban Forestry webpage.

“Landscape Services: The team behind keeping UT looking good”

April 19, 2018 – Read this Daily Texan story about how our Landscape Services team brings UT into "full bloom" and "plays a major role in the appearance of functionality of campus."

APPA Publishes Book with Facilities Services’ Effective & Innovative Award-Winning Practices

February 27, 2018 - Facilities Services was recognized for several submissions to APPA, the premier association for leaders in educational facilities, in the association’s recently published book, APPA’s 2012-2017 Effective and Innovative Practices Award Winning Entries: With Updates. This compilation of every winning program of APPA’s annual Effective and Innovative Practices Award from 2012 to 2017 provides inspiration to facilities managers in other educational institutions who want to build excellence into their operations. Winning entries from Facilities Services include Custodial Services’ implantation of an interactive campus-wide office cleaning schedule (winner from 2016) and the development of a warm-up program for custodians (2012), as well as Resource Recovery’s Surplus Property Reuse Store concept (2015). Get more information from the APPA Bookstore.

Landscape Services Helps Medical District Earn SITES Gold Certification

February 1, 2018 - The Dell Medical District has achieved SITES Gold from the Sustainable SITES Initiative for significant landscape sustainability achievements. The Medical District earned the first SITES v2 Gold certification in Texas. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc., SITES is a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish sustainable landscapes, measure their performance and elevate their value.

As part of the 16.2-acre development of Dell Medical School Phase, the project landscape designers collaborated with Facilities Services Landscape Services to revitalize the Waller Creek corridor to improve its ecological function. Landscape Services was involved in the site planning, including identifying trees for repurposing.

Restoration of the Dell Med portion of the creek corridor was an 18-month process that included removing invasive species, stabilizing the stream bank and revegetating the area with adaptive and native plants.Regional materials were used to reduce the energy expended for transportation, promote regional identity and support the local economy. Repurposed trees became part of the furnishings in the Health Transformation and Health Learning buildings, as well as in Dell Seton Medical Center.

Now, Landscape Services maintains most of the site. They employ sustainable methods that include use of manual and electric-powered tools rather than equipment powered by fossil fuel. The Landscape Services irrigation team monitors irrigation and oversees the reuse of rainwater and air conditioning condensate that were incorporated into the design and construction of the Dell Medical School.

Thanks to the landscape design and Landscape Services’ efforts, outdoor water use is expected to be reduced by more than 75 percent of what would be used without careful plant selection, soil restoration, irrigation monitoring and water reuse.

"Campus branch focuses online to reduce waste, sell cheap furniture"

January 22, 2018 - Read this Daily Texan article on how our Surplus Property team offers super bargains on home furnishings online and supports UT's zero waste goals, too!