• Five "green" things UT is doing to achieve sustainability

    Earlier this year, the Princeton Review ranked UT-Austin as one of 322 “green colleges” in the United States and Canada. The list was produced through a partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. In order to make the list, schools had to show a commitment to sustainability on campus.

    Here are five things The Daily Texan has reported UT doing to achieve sustainability on campus:

    1). Decrease irrigation water-use: Last year, the University installed a new irrigation system that is saving the University millions of gallons of water. By measuring rain water, evapotranspiration and broken sprinkles, UT has cut back its irrigation water use by 66 percent.

    2). Reclaimed water system: In March, the City of Austin installed its purple pipes on campus. Purple pipes carry reclaimed water, and are being used at a UT chilling station.

    3). Single stream recycling: The University has made recycling quick and easy. Previously, students living in residence halls had two recycling bins for different kinds of recyclables. In Fall 2012, UT installed single stream recycling on campus.

    4). Rock gardens: Throughout campus, UT has replaced a few traditional gardens and grass plots with “rock gardens.” These gardens are still green, but they have more drought-tolerant plants that need less water.

    5). Turning off the fountains: During times of low rainfall, UT has been known to turn off many of its water fountains on campus.

    Click here for a complete list of universities that make Princeton Review's list of green schools.

  • The Morning Texan: Evening rain, orientation, fire at mosque and more

    It’s going to be a beautiful, albeit hot, afternoon, but there is a chance of rain in the evening. According to the National Weather Service, today’s high is 92 degrees and there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening.

    Today is the first day of classes for students registered for the first summer session, the nine-week session or the whole session.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday’s most read story online: The Daily Texan is live-blogging UT’s first orientation session. Every year, approximately a thousand students visit campus per orientation session to learn about the campus, college life and, most importantly, registering for classes. Wednesday was the first day of coverage, and the Texan will continue coverage on Thursday.

    In case you missed it: Higher education stakeholders and UT System officials are concerned with the decreasing federal and state support for research at universities. At a conference in Dallas on Tuesday, speakers discussed how they could revitalize research in the United States.

    What you have to read: Police in London are investigating a fire at a mosque that might have been set intentionally. UT students studying abroad are staying just a mile away from the mosque. A student in the program told the Texan everyone is safe.