- The university has written a sustainability plan.
- Green chemicals are used in custodial, grounds, HVAC, and building maintenance shops.
- UTEP is working on a formal green building policy.
- Ten campus buildings follow the Texas state energy code, which mandates energy efficiency.
- Three buildings, currently under construction, will meet LEED Silver standards.
- The university is constructing a green roof.
- To improve energy efficiency, UTEP has installed LED and other energy-efficient lighting, energy management systems, power and thermal metering in many buildings, and variable speed drives.
- To conserve water, low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, and waterless urinals have been installed in buildings.
- In campus landscaping, native plants are used since they require less water, irrigation is controlled electronically, and several areas utilize rainwater.
- Campus speed bumps and many park benches are made of recycled products.
Climate Change & Energy
- The university is installing wind turbines on two buildings. UTEP is also considering installing photovoltaic panels on the roof of a parking garage.
- The campus features solar-powered street lighting.
- Temperatures have been set back across campus.
- The school runs campaigns to encourage members of the campus community to reduce their energy use.
- The university recycles traditional materials including aluminum and cardboard. Steel scrap is also recycled.
- Electronic communication is widely used, reducing the school’s necessity for paper.
- Students are engaged with sustainability through presentations, volunteer projects, and recycling competitions.
- The university hosts an annual hot dog cookoff contest, called the “Watt Dog,” in which the contestants must only cook with solar energy.
- Sixty graduate students focus on environmental sciences.
- The university offers incentives for those who carpool to campus.
- Free transportation is provided around campus.
- UTEP’s fleet includes 10 biodiesel-fueled and 15 electric vehicles.