12 January 2023                                                                                                                                   Edited by Sophia Kontos

In This Issue

  • Welcome back from the admin team!
  • Volunteer application
  • Fall recap + Jan events
  • Open membership model!

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Hey y'all, 

As we start this spring semester, we wanted to reintroduce ourselves: we're the Campus Environmental Center, or CEC for short. Our mission is simple. We work to empower our campus to pursue sustainability, however that may look. At our core, we value community, collaboration, and action. Our four project teams bring a unique perspective to sustainability: the Environmental Justice Collective centers intersectionality, Green Events pursues zero-waste, Microfarm focuses on food systems, and Trash to Treasure tackles fast fashion. Alongside our project teams, the admin team (that's us, hi!) hosts a speaker series (CEC Connect), pursues community outreach, and keeps day-to-day operations running. And this semester, we have an especially cool project: planning our 20th birthday party! As we celebrate 20 years of student-run environmentalism here at the CEC, we are reflecting on our past and thinking ahead to our future. Join us this semester, so we can build our sustainable future together.

Talk soon,
Claire, Parker, Samhitha, Sophia
Your CEC Admin Team

P.S. We've rebranded - all the content you know and love, just a new look. Shout-out to our Internal Director Parker for his incredible design work! 

Want to get more involved with the CEC? Join us - our project teams and admin team are all hiring volunteers to work with us on our projects this semester. Check out this form to learn more about open positions and apply here.  

January Events

  1. Info Sessions on Tues, Jan 17, 6-7p (WCP 3.116) and Thurs, Jan 19, 6-7p (Zoom): Come learn more about who we are and what we do! 
  2. CEC Connect #1 on Tues, Jan 24, 6-7p (WCP 3.116): Learn about the ATX Plastic Reduction Project from founder Sean Winn. 
  3. Bonus: save the date for our 20th Birthday Party on Thurs, April 6!

Fall Recap

  • Green Events diverted 529 lbs of waste from on-campus events
  • Trash to Treasure diverted 4,187 items of clothing from landfills 
  • Microfarm grew 193 lbs of produce to donate with the help of 490 student volunteers
  • The Environmental Justice Collective developed their Recommended Course List, a list of 17 classes that incorporate environmental and social justice principles
We have a TikTok account (@utcec)! Follow us for fun and informative content!! 

Sustainability Staff Suggests

We don't know about y'all, but we really needed winter break! Here's what the admin team did/read/watched/listened to that helped us decompress: 
  1. Watching card games onlineWest Side Love Story by Priscilla Oliveras! FLETCHER's "Becky's So Hot" -Sophia, Communications Coordinator 
  2. Bloomberg's Zero podcast - Samhitha, Education & Outreach Coordinator 
  3. Bedouine's album Bird Songs of a Killjoy! Wendell Berry's The Unsettling of America! The Menu! -Parker, Internal Director
  4. The Menu (clearly it's popular with our Co-Directors) -Claire, External Director 
  5. The Caution: Fragile! episode from NPR's "On the Media" -Jessi, Staff Advisor 
Did you know that we have an open membership model at the CEC? 

That means: 1) no dues, 2) no attendance requirements. So feel free to join us at any of our events that interest you! You can also come hang out in our office  (SSB 1.302). Get in touch with us at 
Thanks for reading to the end. See you here next month. Oh, and if you liked this newsletter, please share it and tell your friends to subscribe! 
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