Archive of current and past ESI projects

NSF CAREER Award for Prof. Shalene Jha

September 15, 2012

Integrative Biology Assistant Professor wins NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Shalene Jha, an assistant professor in the Section of Integrative Biology, will use her funding to develop the first spatially and temporally explicit population model for native pollinators,…

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…


Purpose of the Tree Project Study

May 7, 2011

In central Texas, periods of intermittent and unpredictable drought strain water resources necessary for human use and ecosystem health. Serious drought has been present at least once every decade of the 20th century (Riggio et al, 1987). The instrumental record…

Climate and Water Research, 2010

August 4, 2010

Taking advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and led by experts among its affiliated faculty, ESI helps sponsor, support, and conduct environmental science research across central Texas.  Like ESI, these research efforts transcend disciplinary boundaries.  Featured current projects include: Texas Climate Change…


Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS)

September 15, 2009

TRACS was formed at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference in Raleigh, North Carolina in Fall 2008. A group representing eleven Texas Campuses formed the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) and since…

Campus Greenlight

October 1, 2008

The Environmental Science Institute, with support from the Texas  (SECO), joined with the Campus Environmental Center and other UT faculty, staff and students, to develop and implement a series of energy conservation and sustainable energy projects around UT.  As part of this effort,…