Student Opportunities

Beevo Beekeeping Society, University of Texas at Austin

Beevo Beekeeping society on campus. Photo by Kathryn Gatliff

"Students can find a segment of environmentalism or sustainability that they find really interesting and then find an organization that’s already doing something about it." - Anthony Rivera, Campus Environmental Center Director '17-'18

Student Guide to Sustainable Living

Made by students, for students, the Student Guide to Sustainable Living provides an overview of how to reduce your impact on the earth and its people. 

Sustainability on Tap

Created especially for graduate students, Sustainability on Tap brings together graduate students from all colleges with an interest in sustainability. This semesterly event offers graduate students the opportunity to present their environmental/sustainability research to their peers in a fun and laid-back setting. If you are a graduate student interested in presenting at the next Sustainability on Tap, contact brianna.duran@austin.utexas.edu.    

Student Organizations

Student organizations provide many ways for students to learn about sustainability outside the classroom and take action on campus and in the community. Drop by an organization's regular meeting or reach out to its leadership to learn more. A full list of UT student organizations can be found on Hornslink. If you would like your student organization listed, please complete this form.

American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

AAEES introduces engineers and scientists into a professional setting through sustainability and environmentalism. This organization is a great way for students to network, access professional resources, and gain leadership skills. Contact austinaaees@gmail.com for more information.

American Society of Landscape Architects UT Student Chapter

We are the student imprint of the American Society of Landscape Architects at UT. We typically organize events around interesting speakers, environmental service opportunities, research, and networking opportunities. We are always looking for ways to collaborate with other environmentally focused people and organizations. Contact Aslaaustinstudentchapter@gmail.com for more information.

Austin Conservation Project

Austin Conservation Project's mission is to provide a platform that brings like-minded and curious students together by offering opportunities to venture outside of the university bubble in order to learn, experience and uncover all that Austin has to offer. Contact austinconservationproject@gmail.com for more information.

BEEVO Beekeeping Society

BEEVO Beekeeping Society supports local pollinators and practices urban beekeeping on campus. Currently, the organization takes cares of two hives by the Psychology Annex and hosts educational pollinator/beekeeping seminars. Hive checks are currently limited to officers but will open up to general members in accordance to state and school COVID guidelines. Contact beevobeekeepers@gmail.com for more information.

Campus Environmental Center

The Campus Environmental Center (CEC) is a community of students who explore, learn about, and act on contemporary environmental issues on campus and in the Austin area. We welcome diverse interests, ideas, and perspectives as we grow together to become effective environmental change-makers now and in the future. Our mission is to empower the University of Texas at Austin community to pursue a genuine culture of environmental sustainability through constructive and dynamic means. To that end, we support 6 student projects that make a mark on the 40 acres: Environmental Justice Collective, Green Events, Green Greeks, Half-Pint Urban Prairie, Microfarm, and Trash to Treasure. Campfires (meetings) are every other Tuesday at 6pm. Contact hello@utenvironment.org for more information.

Climate and Meterology Society (CMS)

The Climate and Meteorology Society (CMS) is an organization for students of all majors who are interested in learning and studying climate change, weather, and atmospheric sciences. We work to provide exciting and enriching conversations with guest speakers at our meetings and provide various professional networking, social, and off-campus events throughout the year. Contact cmsutexas@gmail.com for questions or more information.

Coloring Environmentalism

Coloring Environmentalism is designed to bring together minority students and their allies to advocate for sustainability issues that minority communities face. Our goal is to educate and promote active participation with the issues affecting the local Austin community. We hold meetings, invite minority professionals to speak, host volunteering opportunities, and plan community engagement events. This org is a space for those interested in furthering environmental justice or learning about how sustainability issues affect minority communities. Follow us on Twitter @ColoringEnviro1. If you would like to know more, please reach out to coloringenvironmentalism@gmail.com.

Effective Altruism Austin

EA Austin run discussions and events about which careers, causes and charities have a BIG social impact. Effective Altruism is a growing social movement about using evidence and reason to help others in the most impactful ways possible. From poverty to climate change to artificial intelligence, we’ve got the community and ideas to help you address the world's most pressing problems and befriend others with these values. Contact txeffectivealtruism@gmail.com for more information.

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) mobilizes engineers and non-engineers through education, training, and action. We build collaborative partnerships to meet the needs of current and future generations. We strive to promote sustainability in our community and organization with events and technical projects. These provide a framework to pursue sustainable goals! We're honored to be part of a nation-wide network of professionals dedicated to building a better world. Our vision is  a world in which engineering fosters environmental, social, and economic sustainability to improve both the quality of life and the condition of our planet. Contact esw@engr.utexas.edu for more information.

Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network recovers food that would be thrown away on campus or in Austin area restaurants and takes it to places where underprivileged individuals need help. We look to make a big impact within the Austin area by performing tasks that anybody can be a part of.  Contact foodrecoverynetworkut@gmail.com for more information.

The Geography Society

The Geography Society's goal is to gather students who are passionate about the environment and who are looking for community. We arrange social events, volunteer events, and speaker series with professionals in the field. Contact utgeographysociety@gmail.com for more information.

Precious Plastic Texas

Precious Plastic Texas aims to bring city-wide awareness to waste recovery efforts by implementing an open-source process to upcycle plastic waste at UT. We will be building a line of machines to shred plastic and convert them into useful products. Our mission is to fight plastic pollution from the bottom-up & make recycling more personal and accessible. Follow us on Instagram @preciousplastictexas and like our Facebook page. Email preciousplastictexas@gmail.com for more information on how you can get involved. 

The Social Entrepreneurship Learning Lab (SELL) Fellowship

SELL is a premier social impact organization for undergraduate students looking to create their own social enterprises. We help good people become changemakers through social entrepreneurship curriculum, civic engagement opportunities, and access to a network of professionals in the social justice and entrepreneurship community. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and contact us at sellfellowship@gmail.com.

Students Fighting Climate Change

Students Fighting Climate Change strives to create an inclusive, positive community for climate action to give people hope and humanize one another as we all face the climate crisis. We recognize that climate activism needs to be intersectional. To do our part in uplifting marginalized voices, we strive to center justice in all of our actions. We provide a platform for members to learn about, politically engage in and become an activist for climate change. We also work in cooperation with UT to get the administration to publicly acknowledge the severity of the climate crisis and the inevitable effects on the student body so that UT can become a leader in climate change acknowledgment and action. Most importantly, we are building a movement to build our future. For more information contact saveourfuture.sfcc@gmail.com

TexASHRAE

TexASHRAE is the UT student branch of ASHRAE, a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. We hold monthly meetings where students can learn about state-of-the-art HVAC technology that is helping to make buildings more sustainable and energy efficient. Contact texasashrae@gmail.com for more information.

Urban Studies Society

The Urban Studies Society is an interdisciplinary organization for students of all majors who share a common interest in urban issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic development to transportation and sustainability. We aim to enrich our members' classroom learning and on-campus community with biweekly meetings featuring local subject matter experts, visits to local sites of interest, service opportunities, and social events. Contact urbanstudiessociety@gmail.com for more information.

Opportunities with On-Campus Departments

Resource Recovery

Resource Recovery is a branch of Facilities Services and is responsible for the efficient reuse and redistribution of campus resources. We support the campus in the implementation of programs to achieve UT Austin’s Zero Waste Goal as stated in the Sustainability Master Plan. The Resource Recovery Internship Program focuses on support to classroom and office building staff and faculty and promotes students to make a direct and tangible impact on our campus while developing leadership, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills in the process. Interns provide valuable insight to Resource Recovery, assist in project development and implementation, and serve as an incubator and testing organization for new ideas. We offer opportunities for work-study, University Leadership Network internships, Bridging Disciplines Program Connecting Experiences, Sustainability Studies internships, and more. We typically have openings each semester and in the summer. See Student Internships and Opportunities on our webpage for more information. Look for our postings on Handshake or contact ResourceRecovery@austin.utexas.edu with inquiries. 

University Housing & Dining

UT Farm stand is a student-run initiative from University Housing and Dining with the mission to educate and advocate for a more local and sustainable food system, from farm to plate to waste. UT Farm Stand utilizes its two campus food gardens, biweekly farmers market, and zero waste efforts to provide affordable, sustainably-grown, local foods to the UT community, as well as provide a focus on sustainable food, nutrition, accessibility, and zero waste. All are welcome to volunteer with UT Farm Stand at the market events, in the gardens, or with zero waste. Contact UHD.Environment@austin.utexas.edu for more information.