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Huston-Tillotson University

School details:
Full-time enrollment: 740
Part-time enrollment:178
Location: Austin, Texas


  • The university signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2008.
  • HTU has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 33 percent by 2013 and to complete an energy and climate control audit by 2011.
  • The Environmental Health and Safety Committee, which includes faculty, staff, and students, implements sustainability programs. In the past, the committee has made recommendations for maintenance and building projects.
  • The school’s sustainability plan, which will be implemented in fall 2011, addresses reducing the campus carbon footprint, building green, and integrating sustainability into the curriculum and community outreach programs.

Green Building

  • To improve energy efficiency, all buildings feature exterior lighting sensors, electric metering, energy-efficient lighting, variable speed drives, and vending machine sensors. The Viaer Alumni building also has timers for temperature control and an energy management system.
  • Water-saving technologies include building water metering and low-flow showerheads.

Climate Change & Energy

  • The university regularly performs tune-ups of building systems to increase energy efficiency.
  • HTU has completed an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions and is working on a second one.


  • Paper and cardboard are recycled on campus.


  • The dining hall features local produce and dairy.
  • Trays have been removed from the dining hall to save water and energy and reduce food waste.

Student Involvement

  • The university’s environmental science course is popular with students, with 90 students enrolling each year. It addresses topics including ecosystems, energy flow, pollution, waste management, and the effects of urbanization.
  • An Earth Day event engages students with environmental issues.
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