PMCS Green Team
Our mission is to support the PMCS Strategic Plan objective of sustainability by incorporating a green-based mentality and delivery to our organization through investigation, education and action. PMCS Green Team volunteers focus on environmental and sustainability issues at our workplace in the Facilities Complex.
Green Teams are volunteer groups of faculty, staff, and students that work together on campus environmental issues at the departmental level. Since most decisions that impact the environment at the university are decentralized and made at the department, office or local level, Green Teams can have a big impact on campus!
Sustain This! Educational Speaker Series
We host a range of interesting informational speakers on a variety of sustainability topics.
Past Classes and Presentations:
- "New Trends in Green Roof Designs" was presented by Heather Paschal, building science specialist for Henry Company, on June 10, 2011. Her efforts are heavily involved in building science with emphasis on the building envelope system. The focus of the discussion was garden roofing and how to integrate the assembly into the building design. The lecture included design considerations for a vegetative roofing assembly and walk through of a garden roof installation. See Trends in Green Roof Design Summary and Garden Roofing.
- "Recycle Right at UT Austin" was presented by current business student and Campus Environmental Center intern Andrea Tapia on May 3, 2011. The presentation was a pilot of a newly developed recycling education initiative in which undergraduate students will bring recycling information directly to students and staff. The presentation focused on how UT Austin handles the materials it currently recycles and what happens to them after they leave campus. The initiative will launch in fall 2011.
- Rusty Osborne, Utilities & Energy Management, presented The Impact of Water Conservation and Efficiency on Water Treatment and Green Building on October 1. He described the programs implemented on campus to increase water efficiency and reduce consumption. Some of these conservation programs have an impact on water treatment requirements at the cooling towers as well as on green building design. View Rusty's presentations: Water Conservation at UT Austin and The Impact of Water Conservation and Efficiency on Water Treatment and Green Building at UT Austin.
- Austin Energy Conservation & Recycling was presented by Frank Richards of Austin Energy (AE) on September 24. He discussed the AE resource and generation plan, how to understand your electric bill, rebates for building upgrades and new construction, energy saving strategies, and the AE conservation programs.
- Sustainable Sites Initiative Panel Discussion provided an overview of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. The panel also reviewed American University's participation in the pilot program, covering design, operations and measurement perspectives.
- Dr. Werner Lang, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and Associate Professor in the UT School of Architecture, presented "Integrating Sustainability on Campus Buildings" (pdf) on May 24. He discussed what sustainability means in relation to existing and new buildings with a general approach on techniques and technologies, reviewed case studies, and provided an update on the Thermal Lab at WMB.
- Drucilla Tigner, Campus Environmental Center (CEC) Co-Director, and Karen Blaney, CEC Advisor, presented "The New Face of the Campus Environmental Center" (pdf) on April 13. They provided information on CEC's Earth Week events, including the Carbon Neutrality Concert and provided updates on CEC's new role within Campus Planning and Facilities Management and what CEC is planning for the future.
- Vincent LeMond, PMCS Manager of Special Projects, March 3 - 31. Vincent conducted a LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation class to prepare enrollees for the LEED Green Associate certification exam.
The LEED Green Associate credential denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.
- Tom Lightfield, PMCS Project Manager, February 25. Tom presented information on three ways of composting (pdf) at home to reduce landfill use, improve soil quality, reduce water and disposal use, and improve plant health.
- Phillip Quindara and Elliot Easton of EYP/Energy and Katherine Johnson of Johnson Consulting Group, July 29, 2009. Download their Webinar (pdf) on phantom loads. Phantom loads--electricity used when appliances are not in use but still plugged in--is estimated to cost U.S. consumers $3 billion a year. The presentations explains how to reduce your devices' phantom load.
- Tom Lightfield, PMCS Project Manager, July 14, 2009. Tom demonstrated how to build your own water collection barrel at minimal cost.
- Meagan Jones, Division of Housing and Food Service, July 7, 2009. Download her presentation (pdf). DHFS is fostering a living and learning experience of environmental stewardship and sustainability awareness on campus.
- Bert Haskell, HelioVolt, June 8, 2009. Download his presentation (pdf). HelioVolt is an Austin-based company developing a new generation of efficient, safe, reliable and attractive thin-film photovoltaic solar power products for energy production at cost parity with conventional sources of electricity.
- Keith Whittier, IdeaPaint, May 29, 2009. Download his presentation (pdf). IdeaPaint is a low-VOC paint-on-dry erase product that can save time, labor and cost when renovating classrooms.
2012 Sustainability Fair
The Green Team hosted the 2012 Sustainability Fair on March 8th in the Facilities Complex. The event included exhibits about being sustainable at work and and home. There were educational contests, healthy snacks, bike riding, live music, raffle prizes, and a blood drive. Kudos to the team and a big thank you to all the volunteers, exhibitors, and attendees. See a slideshow of the Fair (pdf).
Energy Consumption at Work
Simple behavior changes can go a long way:
- Turn off lights when not using.
- Put your computer into sleep mode when you leave the office.
- Unplug electronics that are not being continually used.
Links & Other Green Teams on Campus
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