Mission Statement

University Housing and Dining at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to foster a living and learning experience of environmental stewardship and sustainability awareness. We shall make every effort to develop students and staff who are engaged citizens of the world by increasing their understanding of sustainable living practices and underlining how these practices affect the world around them. We seek to implement policies and procedures that support the decrease of the organization's ecological footprint and make sustainability awareness and practices guiding principles.

University Housing and Dining Bleeds Orange but Thinks Green! We are committed to reducing our footprint and helping the environment by supporting eco-friendly initiatives at all UHD locations on campus. See the PDF version of our Initiatives.

Sustainability Initiatives


Recycling and Resource Conservation

University Housing and Dining strives to first reduce the resources we use, encourage the reuse of materials and recycle as much as possible. Student residents have access to in-room recycling and staff are provided with office and break room recycling. Materials are diverted from all UHD dining locations through recycling and composting.

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Sustainable Food Service

All University Housing and Dining kitchens and dining facilities are recycling and composting as well as increasing the amount of local and sustainably produced foods in the dining facilities. Produce used in food production is produced on campus at the Jester and Kinsolving Gardens and at the Concho Community Gardens.

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Sustainable Living Environments

Indoor air quality, efficiency, material sourcing, natural lighting and recycled content are a few of the many factors considered for renovations, construction, and procedural changes.


Education, Outreach and Policy

As part of an institution of higher learning, University Housing and Dining strives to provide our residents with a living and learning environment. Sustainability events and outreach campaigns help to educate the students about the sustainability initiatives undertaken at UHD and to provide them with the tools to make sustainable living choices after they leave the residence halls.



University Housing and Dining strives to be a sustainable organization and has been recognized by various local and national organizations.