Student Opportunities

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"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, CEC Director '17-'18

Sustainability Careers Network

The UT Sustainability Careers Network endeavors to help students make the bridge between their academic/extracurricular experiences at UT and real-world careers in sustainability. It offers students an opportunity to connect with and learn from local sustainability professionals in a wide range of fields through an online network. The Sustainability Careers Network is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from any UT college, and applications for the Network open each fall semester.

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.

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 rdhorak@utexas.edu 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 hello@utenvironment.org 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 savanna.k.smith@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.

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 info@longhornlightsout.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 for Fall 2018 are bi-weekly on Mondays at 6pm in GDC 2.410. 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 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.

Texas Athletics

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.

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.