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.
BEEVO Beekeeping Society
BEEVO Beekeeping Society supports local pollinators and urban beekeeping on the UT Campus. You can learn about beekeeping and participate in their hive checks every other weekend. Contact email@example.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: BATX, Green Events, Green Greeks, Half-Pint Urban Prairie, Microfarm, and Trash to Treasure. Campfires (meetings) are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) strives to promote sustainability in our community and within the organization through events and technical projects. These provide a framework to pursue sustainable goals! ESW is honored to be part of a nation-wide network of professionals dedicated to building a better world. Meetings are every other Thursday at 6:30pm. Contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Longhorn Lights Out
Longhorn Lights Out runs UT-Austin's campus-wide event where students, faculty, and staff reduce energy by turning off lights, unplugging unnecessary electronics, and powering down computer equipment the last Friday of every month. It is an example of how simple actions can have a BIG impact. Join the Dark Side and make a difference! Contact email@example.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. Meetings are Mondays at 5pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Opportunities with On-Campus Departments
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 makes connections between operations and student life and promotes students to make a direct and tangible impact on our campus while developing leadership, interpersonal, and peer education 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 are a Community Partner with University Leadership Network, Bridging Disciplines Program (Connecting Experience), ProjectLEAD, and are a Sustainability Studies internship opportunity. We typically have openings each semester. Look for our postings on HireALonghorn or contact ResourceRecovery@austin.utexas.edu with inquiries.
The Texas Athletics Sustainability program is committed to reaching zero waste by 2018 in conjunction with UT Austin’s goal of reaching zero waste by 2020. Our program recruits volunteers for the Sustainability Spirit and Sort Squads, serving as the face of Texas Athletics’ sustainability efforts on game days. The Squad is present at all home football games, as well as Saturday baseball and softball games. Spirit Squad members help educate fans on our zero waste efforts, while Sort Squad members help sort waste generated throughout games to ensure the proper collection of compost and recycling. During the week, our part-time student staff focus on other sustainability projects related to zero waste, education and outreach, and energy and water conservation. Students interested in volunteering with the Sustainability Squad should fill out the Volunteer Interest Form in the “Volunteer” section of our website. Students interested in a part-time position with Texas Athletics Sustainability should email Sustainability@athletics.utexas.edu with inquiries.