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ESI acts as a focal point for members of the UT-Austin community with an interest in environmental science, connecting researchers, educators, and members of the public. We deliver customized e-Newsletters and announcements covering exciting events, initiatives and progress towards that address environmental issues through research, education, and outreach. ESI regularly presents educational events for the public, including its nationally-recognized Hot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Series, as well as symposia and conferences for UT faculty to connect about their research efforts on issues such as climate change and campus sustainability.


Green Fee Projects 2011-2012

May 30, 2012

What it is: UT-Austin’s Green Fee funds projects that advance sustainability on campus. Starting in Fall 2011, each semester’s student fees include a $5 Green Fee. UT’s Office of Sustainability facilitates a Green Fee Committee that oversees how the funds…

Earth Day Dallas

April 22, 2012

Earth Day Texas is an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. The family-friendly and free-admission event allows leaders in the corporate, academic, and non-profit worlds to unite and…

 

Board Certification for Environmental Scientists (BCES) established by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

April 22, 2012

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists announced in 2012 that it is adding a Board Certification for Environmental Scientists (BCES) to its accreditations. The BCES will have the same time in service / responsible charge and examination requirements as…

EVS Professor named first Board Certified Environmental Scientist

April 22, 2012

Dr. Jay Banner, director of the Environmental Science Institute and principal instructor for the EVS Program‘s Introductory Field Seminar in Environmental Science and Sustainability, has been approved for membership in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and…

 

Society’s Growing Vulnerability to Natural Hazards

February 1, 2012

by Professor Julia Slingo, D Sc OBE Chief Scientist, UK Met Office Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. [VIEW WEBCAST]  What was the Lecture About? Lecture title: Society’s Growing Vulnerability to Natural Hazards and Implications for Weather and Climate…

ESI Director Jay Banner Inducted into UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers

December 8, 2011

On December 8, 2011, ESI Director Dr. Jay Banner was inducted into The University of Texas at Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The 2011 inductees bring the the Academy’s membership just 126 members – roughly 5% of the tenured faculty…

 

ESI Brings Hot Science to Teachers Near and Far

November 21, 2011

With Hot Science – Cool Talks lectures filling auditoriums to capacity on campus, ESI is extending the popular event’s reach by organizing satellite viewing sessions with teachers over the Internet.  These webcasts provide front row seats to presentations by world-class…

Commander Ben: Enemy to All Invasive Species!

November 1, 2011

Commander Ben is, in his own words, an “Invasive Hunter.” But he’s more than that.  He’s an enemy to invasive plant species across Texas, and an inspiration to environmentalists of all ages! Since May 2011, Commander Ben has educating kids…

 

National Conference for STEM Educators in October 2011

October 16, 2011

ESI Director Dr. Jay Banner has been invited to provide an afternoon talk at The National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in Math, Science, and Technology conference, hosted at The Historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas from October 26 –…

Extended Chronology of Drought in South Central, Southeastern and West Texas

August 30, 2011

Extended Chronology of Drought in South Central, Southeastern and West Texas August 2011 Malcolm K. Cleaveland1, Todd H. Votteler2, Daniel K. Stahle3, Richard C. Casteel4, Jay L. Banner5 Note: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department produced a short video called Studying Cypress…