7 October 2022                                                                                                                                        Edited by Sophia Kontos

In This Issue

  • Letter from our Internal Director
  • October events!
  • Sustainability Spotlight

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I'm Parker, the Internal Relations Director for the Campus Environmental Center. When I first came to UT, I was trying to live an eco-friendly life, but I didn't plan to study sustainability. My freshman year, I took Environmental Science: A Changing World, and I immediately decided to add Sustainability Studies as a second major. Within sustainability, I'm particularly interested in food systems. Today, our food systems rely on pesticides, lack crop rotation, and inevitably produce lots of waste. Because everyone needs food, we can all make a difference: try diets with less meat, choose recipes with in-season produce, eat locally, and support ethical farm practices. The future of farming is growing (pun intended), and I am happy to be a part of it. If you want to be involved too, volunteer with the sustainable food groups on campus like Microfarm, UT Farmstand, and UT Outpost. I hope to see you out there (and of course, at CEC events)! 

Join us this month! 

The Office of Sustainability is hosting the Mitchell Sustainability Symposium on Oct 14 from 9:30a-1:30p. RSVP here. Plus, attend the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (for free!) on Oct 18, Oct 26, and Nov 3. Register here using your university email and promo code: UNITXAUS210722. 

Sustainability Staff Suggests

As the weather gets cooler and the semester gets busier, our administrative team has recommendations to bring you joy and/or help keep you informed.  
  1. @/intersectionalenvironmentalist on instagram: "I love how they strive to keep environmental news uplifting" - Claire, External Director
  2. Adia Victoria's album A Southern Gothic, visiting the Mueller Texas Farmer's Market: "both great for fall vibes" - Sophia, Communications Coordinator
  3. Parable of the Sower, Bouldin Creek Cafe, Lorde's Solar Power, Mad Max: Fury Road (maybe a little too climate destruction-y) - Parker, Internal Director 
  4. The movie mother!: "It symbolizes and connects Mother Earth, human disruption, and God" - Samhitha, Education and Outreach Director 
We want to hear from y'all, talk to us:

By the way, the Campus Environmental Center is home to four different project teams: Environmental Justice Collective, Green Events, Microfarm, and Trash 2 Treasure. Make sure to follow them for all our events and volunteer opportunities. 

Thanks for reading to the end. See you here next month! Oh, and if you liked this little newsletter, share it and tell your friends to subscribe! 
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