Other Sustainability Initiatives

UT Southwestern Medical Center works to save resources through several sustainability programs to promote energy and water efficiency, alternative energy, climate protection, sustainable transportation, recycling, and high-performance buildings.


  • New chillers are more energy-efficient. Updates also have been made to the natural-gas-powered steam boilers that heat campus buildings and process steam for research and clinical needs.
  • Xeriscape landscaping, which requires less water than traditional landscaping, is becoming more common across campus. 
  • Energy-efficient lighting is used in all campus buildings.
  • Employee uniforms are made from recycled polyester.
  • Toner, battery, electronics, and paper recycling is required. Only mercury-free batteries are purchased.
  • Non-VOC or nontoxic stains are used for all paint jobs.

Food Services

  • Food Services uses organic foods and buys produce from local farmers.
  • Reusable clam shells, mugs, and cups are available for use.
  • An accelerated composter minimizes electricity use and grease trap maintenance.

Green Champions

In 2011 UT Southwestern launched a Green Champion program. Green Champions are individuals within each department, floor, laboratory, or shift who focus on UT Southwestern's recycling practices.

Champions promote the recycling program and monitor the recycling needs of their specific areas. These volunteers provide a vital link to their department/area about current and future energy-saving practices at UT Southwestern.

Campus sign with hardy plants
Xeriscaping on North Campus