UT has made significant strides toward integrating climate change and sustainability into the educational experiences of students. Since the UT Climate Action Plan was adopted in January 2010, numerous sustainability-related education initiatives have been developed:
- An on-campus farmers market (UT Harvest Market) opened in May 2010. A project of the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Organic & Sustainable Crop Production program, the market is operated by student interns who are interested in farming and farmland preservation. As part of their internship, the students complete two for-credit courses related to organic crop production and plant science.
- During fall 2011, the College of Arts and Sciences approved a proposal to establish a sustainability major. It became an official UT major in fall 2012.
- Also in fall 2011, UT’s Team Living Light was awarded eighth place in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The team’s energy-efficient solar-powered home was supported by the work of more than 200 students representing nine different academic programs.
For more information about UT–affiliated sustainability research, demonstrations, etc., visit the sustainability resources page maintained by the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment.