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University of Texas–Austin

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.


  Name: Drucilla Tigner

Position (in student organization): Co-Director, 2009-2010

Date survey submitted: July 21, 2009



1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Campus Environmental Center

Number of active members: 100  

Website: www.UTenvironment.org

Date of last meeting: General meeting May 8, 2009

Frequency of meetings: weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

Can/Bottle Recycling; Ink and Toner Recycling; Climate Action; Green Building; Campus Beautification; Bicycle Education and Advocacy; Waste Minimization; Sustainable Living/Lifestyles; Peer Education; sustainable campus dining; alternative mass transit

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

Can/Bottle Recycling – continued pressure on campus operations to institutionalize recycling. Led selection of outdoor and indoor bins. Continued management of volunteer program. First year working with a full-time recycling manager whose position the organization helped to develop over past years.

Ink and Toner Recycling – maintained current program while improving facilities.

Climate Action – co-h osted introduction of UT’s first Greenhouse Gas Inventory to campus; attracted nearly 100 students and 80 non-student campus community members to educational session on the Inventory; positioned CEC to participate in future action planning.

Green Building – passed resolution in Student Government supporting campus policy regarding LEED Silver certification for all new buildings

Campus Beautification – completed gardening projects and partnered in major litter pickup in Fall; provided volunteers and publicity for planting of over 20 trees in conjunction with campus urban forester

Bicycle Education and Advocacy – passed resolution in Staff Council, Student Government,and Graduate Student Council supporting inclusion of bicycle awareness in future campus planning; expanded Orange Bike Project bicycle sharing program; held regular education classes and shop hours to teach riders appropriate skills. Acquired over 30 used bicycles and restored them to usable condition for campus community.

Waste Minimization – planned and executed 5 th year of Trash to Treasure move- out donation drive and will hold 5 th move-in campus garage sale in August 2009. Anticipated diversion of two basketball courts’ worth of material from landfill.

Sustainable Living/Lifestyles – began communication with Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council on “Green Greeks” program; supported first Green Greeks committee and will continue work in Fall 09; deepened relationships with Divison of Housing and Food Service and University Residence Hall Association to improve EcoReps program.

Peer Education – Held weekly meetings on current topics in sustainability; partnered on residential energy challenge for all UT dormitories; hosted three Spring field trips to UT power plant, farmer’s market, sustainable architecture/design firm.

Sustainable campus dining – maintained two on-campus compost sites, held one major sustainable food education event per semester, and worked closely with UT Division of Housing and Food Services to improve outreach on UT’s sustainable food efforts among student body.

Alternative Mass Transit – participated with other student organizations in the founding of the Rail 4 Real Coalition (www.rail4real.com); hosted one major campus forum (nearly 100 attendees) on a proposed urban rail line for the campus area including city, university, and student panelists.



2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[  ]  No

[ X ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition: “Do It In The Dark” Energy Competition

Year initiated: 2007

Frequency of competition: Annual

Participants: On-campus residents.

Incentives: Cash prizes, recognition

Goal of competition: Reduce the hall’s energy consumption by the highest percentage comparative to average of recent years.

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: up to 13% for winning dorm

Lasting effects of competition: Education, awareness



#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:



Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:




3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[  ]  No

[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: The Campus Environmental Center is an agency of Student Government, and its co-directors are formally appointed by the Student Government president (after an internal selection process and interview).



4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:   See progress list, above.


5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:  

Engineers for a Sustainable World- http://www.engr.utexas.edu/esw

Environmental Law Society- http://www.utexas.edu/law/orgs/els

LBJ Student Sustainability Workgroup- h ttp://groups.google.com/group/LBJSusWG?hl=en

Texas Environmental Law Journal- http://www.texenrls.org/publications_journal.cfm

UT Solar Vehicles Team- http://www.utsvt.com

Net Impact- www.mccombs.utexas.edu/Students/netimpact-grad


Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

  6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):  

Re-Energize Texas Coalition (www.reenergizetexas.org)

Sierra Student Coalition (informal)

Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (trcsa.wetpaint.com)

Rail4Real Coalition (www.rail4real.com)  



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