2014 Sustainability Symposium

Sustainability Symposium September 19

Friday, September 19, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
AVAYA Auditorium, POB 2.302

The President’s Sustainability Steering Committee at The University of Texas at Austin will host a full day symposium dedicated to highlighting the scholarly and practical sustainability efforts of the university community. The symposium itself is an effort to share best practices and academic findings in hopes of discovering new opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Sustainability Symposium Agenda


Subject/Presentation Title
8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Tacos and Coffee (food will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis)
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
President's Sustainability Steering Committee Report
9:00 a.m. Climate Change, Drought, and the Energy-Water Nexus Michael Webber, Moderator
Financing Conservation Projects under Texas' New Water Infrastructure Bank Jeremy Brown
Towards a Climate Resilient Austin: The Health Implications of Climate Change on the Most Vulnerable Communities in Austin Marc Coudert
Polymeric Membranes for Water Purification and Energy Generation Applications Jovan Kamcev
Sustainability for Everyone: Microbial Fuel Cells and Green Design Ross McBee
10:00 a.m. UT in the City: Waller Creek, the Campus Landscape Plan, and Dell Medical School Allan Shearer, Moderator
The Importance of Mixed Use Larry Speck
Transplanting Mature Trees at Dell Medical School Jim Carse
UTBiome: Students Mapping the Campus Environment Juan Pedro Maestre
Tracing the Evolution of Water Quality in Waller Creek on the UT-Austin Campus Emma Heitmann
11:00 a.m. Bridging Academics and Operations: Campus as a Living Laboratory Steve Kraal, Moderator
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Reduced Ventilation in a University Laboratory Building Josh Aldred
Grow. Serve. Learn. Hunter Mangrum
Texas CityLab and the UT Campus Sarah Wu and Katherine Lieberknecht
Auditing the UT Austin Green Fee Program Karen Blaney
12:00 p.m. Keynote Address Provost Gregory Fenves
12:30 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session
Posters will be displayed during lunch in the POB Connector Lobby and food will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  Zero Waste Initiatives at Texas Athletics Lauren Lichterman
  GF Involvement in Oocyte Maturation in Zebrafish Meagan Aguirre
  Cellulose Degrading Microflora: A Recombinant Approach To Sustainabilty Yousef Okasheh
  UT Solar Charging Stations Beth Ferguson
1:15 p.m. Best of Research and Initiatives Kristen Cetin & Collin Roland, Moderators
Edible Insects: UT and Texas’ future role in sustainable agriculture Ross Bullington
Green Events: Engaging Students in Sustainability through On-Campus Event Planning Emily Mixon
What are those Energy Stewards doing in Campus buildings? Stephanie Perrone
University of Texas at Austin: Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Carbon Risk Assessment & Strategies for Mitigation Megan Shannon
2:20 p.m. Ecological Economics, Green Infrastructure, and the Value of Sustainability Melinda Taylor, Moderator
SITES: Investigating the Value of Sustainable Land Design and Development Jonathan Garner
The Hoax of Sustainability Alan McKendree
Organic Energy: A Typology of Biogas Systems in Germany and Sweden Steve Richter
Emissions and Exposure Costs of Electric and Conventional Vehicles Matthew Reiter
3:15 p.m. Wrap Up
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

Solar Station Launch PartySolar Launch Party

Join us after the Symposium for the UT Austin Solar Charging Station Launch Party hosted by the UT Green Fee Committee, SURGe (Science Undergraduate Reserach Group) and Sol Design Lab. The Launch Party celebrates the installation and use of two solar charging stations on campus and the forthcoming research workshops on solar design and monitoring during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Light refreshments will be served.

ART Solar Charging Station at
23rd & San Jacinto Boulevard
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please go to www.utexas.edu/sustainability/solarstations.php and join the event on Facebook!