Arbor Assets: The ROI of Campus Urban Forests
Landscape Services has completed an inventory and valuation process that provides a comprehensive assessment of the value and benefits that the university’s urban forest provides to the university. There’s more than meets the eye when Red River Street intersects with Wall Street.
November 6, 2019 - Read this FAS Times article on how our Landscape Services team hosted the university's observance of Texas Arbor Day and teamed up with volunteers from the campus community with plantings along the banks of Waller Creek, which flows through the campus grounds. The event was part of ongoing stewardship efforts by UT Landscape Services to transform the creek, improving the safety, sustainability and health of this riparian ecosystem by removing invasive, overcrowded vegetation and replanting with native plant species.
November 4, 2019 - Read this Daily Texan article on how UT students and staff worked together with our Landscape Services team to plant sustainable trees and plants along a stretch of Waller Creek that flows through the campus in celebration of Texas Arbor Day. UT Austin has earned the Arbor Day Foundation's designation of Tree Campus USA for the 11th straight year for organizing and supporting events such as this, along with other service projects that build awareness and appreciation for the many benefits that trees bring to the university community. View the 2019 Texas Arbor Day photo album.
October 15, 2019 - Read this FAS Times article on how our Facilities Operations and Maintenance experts teamed up with our sister facilities departments to get the LBJ fountain up and running in time for the win over OSU. In the story, Facilities Services demonstrates commitment through our values, such as teamwork, in finding solutions to the challenges we face to make the university shine every day—and especially at all the right moments!
April 24, 2019 - Read this Daily Texan article on the work that Landscape Services is doing to restore the East Mall grounds on campus using more cost-effective and sustainable methods to help improve drainage and impede erosion.
April 16, 2019 - Read this Daily Texan article on Landscape Services' spring flower plantings around campus. Their efforts create beauty and excitement, especially as we build up to Commencement, when memorable photos are taken. Along with the color, the team plants with sustainable practices that conserve water and leave a "lasting impact."
March 7, 2019 - Read this Daily Texan article on how Landscape Services' irrigation and water conservation coordinator teamed up with an electrical and computer engineering student at the university to test and develop the use of drone technology to improve irrigation efficiencies on campus. The future engineer is also using the same technology to help Texas farmers.
March 4, 2019 - Read this PGMS Grounds Management Forum article (pages 18/19) about how our Landscape Services experts recommended and implemented a sustainable tree planting methodology for UT Austin's new West Campus gateway and plaza area.
February 26, 2019 - Read this Daily Texan article about a recent workshop offered by Resource Recovery and UT Farm Stand on the new Zero Waste Hero certification program.
January 30, 2019 - Read this Daily Texan article for "A behind-the-scenes look at everything UT custodians do to keep campus clean."