Landscape Services’ vision to provide a welcoming habitat for Texas pollinators came to fruition in April 2016 when the existing Orchard, located at the northwest corner of San Jacinto and 24th Street, was expanded to attract and nourish the native bees, monarchs and other essential pollinators, who in turn help the orchard’s trees to thrive by moving pollen and fertilizing flowers, resulting in the production of fruits and seeds. Find out more as you view this photo album of the UT Orchard & Pollinator Garden Tour, a joint effort with the Jha Lab in the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Integrative Biology, as part of the 2017 Campus Sustainability Week.
A second pollinator garden, located adjacent to the Texas Swim Center, was created in June 2017 as part of a campus beautification service project with the College of Natural Sciences. View photo album.
See and learn more when you visit the UT Orchard & Pollinator Garden’s Facebook page @UT Pollinators.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Dell Medical School highlights the revitalization project at https://dellmed.utexas.edu/hdb/waller-creek.