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.walker@austin.utexas.edu 

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 Fee 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.

Brianna Duran, Program Coordinator,
Campus Environmental Center 

Office: SSB 1.302 
Phone: (512) 232-7840
brianna.duran@austin.utexas.edu

Brianna is the staff advisor for student-led programming in the Office of Sustainability. This includes the Green Offices and Green Labs programs as well as the Office's sponsored student organizations, Campus Environmental Center and Longhorn Lights Out. A Wisconsin-native, Brianna found her calling for environmental sustainability during a study abroad program in the Ecuador wilderness. After completing a master’s degree in environmental science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brianna developed and managed educational programs for a variety of organizations including a stint on the Waste Minimization team for the city of Auckland, New Zealand. Brianna is passionate about empowering students to become leaders in sustainability at UT and beyond.

Jill Parrish, Program Coordinator,
Green Fund

Office: SSB 1.302 
Phone: (512) 471-8647
jill.parrish@austin.utexas.edu

 

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. 

Kristin Elise Phillips, Communications 
Coordinator

Office: SSB 1.302   
Phone: (512) 232-7468
kristin.phillips@austin.utexas.edu

Kristin coordinates communications, marketing and media relations for the Office of Sustainability as well as helps manage events across campus. After obtaining a doctorate in Biological Anthroplogy from University College London and following monkeys for six years, she switched to communications and completed a Masters in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting at New York University.