Environment News

News Sentinel: UT Shows It’s Easy to Be Green

UT sustainability manager Preston Jacobsen recently spoke with the News Sentinel about UT’s inclusion in two prestigious lists of schools that are doing great things in sustainability.

Expert: What Texas, Louisiana Will Face Following Hurricane Flooding

UT’s Jon Hathaway, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is an expert in flooding, water runoff, and urban water issues. He provides some information about the issues facing Texas and Louisiana when floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey begin to recede.

Help Make Game Day Zero Waste as a Waste Warrior

UT Recycling is in need of Waste Warriors to help run zero-waste stations across campus and pass out bags and buttons for the game against Ohio tomorrow. Volunteers will receive a free shirt and free food. Keep an eye out for more game day volunteer opportunities by following UT Recycling on Facebook.

Water Conservation Focus of February Calendar

More than one hundred Brita water bottle refilling stations in buildings across campus provide free filtered water. The next time you need a break, grab your reusable water bottle and head to the nearest refill station. You’ll get some exercise and save another plastic bottle from the landfill. After you’ve quenched your thirst, be sure to download February’s Make Orange Green desktop and screensaver wallpapers.

NIMBioS: Study Shows Large Variability in Abundance of Viruses That Infect Ocean Microorganisms

Viruses infect more than humans or plants. For microorganisms in the oceans—including those that capture half of the carbon taken out of the atmosphere every day—viruses are a major threat. But a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology shows that there’s much less certainty about the size of these viral populations than scientists had long believed.

Deep Freeze: Study Aims to Unlock Mysteries of Permafrost

permafrost, according to UT microbiologists Tatiana Vishnivetskaya and Susan Pfiffner, who explored the sparsely populated region in August, could lead to important insights about climate control and the ability of some “living fossils” to survive in extreme environments.