On April 27, 2021, a small group of audience members found their seats, actors carried out their pre-show rituals and technicians prepped their starting cues as they waited for the curtains to rise on the UTNT (UT New Theatre) production of Community Garden. The Campus Environmental Center Microfarm – Whitaker Courts, located North of UT campus, provided fertile ground for a developing play set in a lush garden environment.
With the onset of COVID-19 altering most university operations to a remote environment, the CEC initiatives also had to change course, pivoting to an almost entirely virtual format. The CEC had to adjust its outreach in creative ways to continue engaging the university community.
A collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, Custodial Services and Project Management and Construction Services has turned 400 pounds of “trash” into very important treasure: face coverings for employees who needed to continue to work on campus.