Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability was established in 2009 and is located in the Student Services Building (SSB) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability
Office: FC1 3.102 
Phone: (512) 475-6549 

Jim collaborates on sustainability initiatives across campus and with surrounding neighborhoods and the City of Austin. This includes facilitation of the President's Sustainability Steering Committee, campus planning initiatives, supporting resource conservation efforts and various Green Fund projects. He received his Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from UT Austin last century, has worked on sustainability issues in Austin for over 20 years and will always share a cup of coffee to brainstorm the next cool idea.



Jessi Drummond, Program Coordinator,
Campus Environmental Center

Office: SSB 1.302 
Phone: (512) 232-7840

Jessi (she/her)  is the staff advisor for the Campus Environmental Center (CEC)  a student-led program in the Office of Sustainability. She moved from Southwest Florida where she completed her master’s degree in Environmental Science at Florida Gulf Coast University. During her time in Florida she worked at various non-profits focused on conservation and sustainability. She also worked in the Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Department at Florida Gulf Coast University connecting students to sustainable organizations. She is passionate about creating a space at the CEC for students to learn, lead, grow, and recharge.

Caitlin Griffith, Program Coordinator,
Climate Leaders 

Office: SSB 1.302

Caitlin (she/they) coordinates the Climate Leaders Program, a student-led experiential learning program focused on climate action planning. They also manage external office communications through @texassustainability and our newsletter. During her non-traditional undergraduate experience, she tended bar, studied abroad in Fiji, interned at environmental nonprofits and science museums, earned a grant that secured renewable energy credit funding for the University of North Texas, and ultimately graduated with a bachelor's degree in applied anthropology. After working as sustainability coordinator at the University of Texas at Dallas, they decided to migrate back to their adoptive home of Austin. She is currently a dual degree-seeking graduate student in the Master of Public Affairs and Community & Regional Planning programs.

Jill Parrish, Program Coordinator,
Green Fund

Office: SSB 1.302 
Phone: (512) 471-8647


Jill manages the Green Fund program, a student-funded, competitive grant program, for the Office of Sustainability. Jill works with students, faculty and staff who are interested in applying for Green Fund funds to make UT Austin a greener place. After working at local and national non-profits facilitating community-driven environmental projects, Jill transitioned to state government where she managed state and federal grant programs. Jill is a UT Austin alum, receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology before there was recycling on campus and is thrilled to be a part of UT’s sustainability effort.