"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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or more information.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Students Fighting Climate Change
Students Fighting Climate Change is centered on exploring how humans interact with the environment and what we can do to improve our relationship with the Earth in multi-faceted ways. Our organization has two main focus - Education and Outreach. It is important to note that this organization is meant for everyone, and all voices and perspectives are encouraged to participate in SFCC, as we are all going to be affected by the ecological and societal consequences that climate change will bring. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Our meetings for Spring 2020 are bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 5pm in WAG 302. Contact email@example.com 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 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 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 HireUTexas 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.
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.