1 March 2023                                                                                                                                         Edited by Sophia Kontos

In This Issue

  • 40 for 40 Fundraising!
  • Hiring for 22-23 AY
  • March events
  • Zero Waste Hero
  • Green Events volunteering

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Hello all, 

If you're like us, you cannot believe that March is finally here. This semester is flying by, and we know that's because we're busy getting ready to celebrate our 20th birthday. That's right, the CEC was officially founded in 2003, so 2023 is our 20th anniversary! 

Started by students, our original mission was simple: to improve on-campus recycling. Over the years, we have evolved—broadening our focus to improving sustainability on campus, incorporating project teams, and becoming a part of the Office of Sustainability. Reflecting on our history gives us the opportunity to honor those whose work paved the way and to look towards the future. 

Every day, we ask ourselves how we can make more of an impact. Because we want to be accessible to all students, we do not require dues. As a result, we are reliant on university grants and fundraising to drive our work. More than that, we are in a new phase of growing our organization. Right now, we're developing a new project team and expanding the purview of our existing teams—Green Events' composting services are available to even more student organizations, the Environmental Justice Collective increasingly works to diversify UT's sustainability courses, Trash2Treasure needs a larger space to increase their capacities, and Microfarm hopes to eventually start their own greenhouse. 

To do this, we need your support: during this year's 40 Hours for the 40 Acres Fundraiser (April 12-13), we are hoping to raise $30,000, and your donations are what will get us there! As a student organization, we need funding for everything we do. We all work at the CEC because we love what we do and want to push sustainability forward on campus. But our work would be impossible and meaningless without you. So whether you donate or not, we want to say thank you—you are how and why we get to do what we do. 

With an eye to the future,
Parker, Claire, Sam, and Sophia
Your CEC Admin Team

We are officially hiring for the next academic year. Become a part of making the largest and oldest environmental organization at UT Austin work! Find complete position descriptions for Content Creator, Community Engagement Chair, and Green Events Co-Lead and apply. 

March Events

  1. CEC Connect #4: March 7, 6-7p, WCP 3.116: Join T2T and textiles professor Dr. Ciarla for a discussion about sustainable fashion. 
  2. T2T Thrift Sale: March 8, 9a-1p, PCL Plaza: T2T's $1 thrift sale is back! Don't forget to bring cash. 

Zero Waste Hero

Ready to get started with Zero Waste Hero, a self-paced certification program on Canvas where students can learn more about zero waste topics and what UT is doing to reduce waste? Now is the time to begin! We are giving away one $50 gift card to the UT Surplus REuse Store! All you have to do to enter is complete 1 level of Zero Waste Hero between today and April 16, 2023, and follow both @utzerowaste and @utsurplusproperty on Instagram. All participants who enter will also receive a discount code for their next purchase at the UT Surplus REuse Store. The more you complete, the more rewards you get! Any current UT student can register for Zero Waste Hero using this link.

If you are interested in helping student organizations be more environmentally friendly, Green Events is the perfect volunteering opportunity for you. Join our interest list here to receive messages about upcoming events. Thank you!

Did you miss our most recent CEC Connect? Learn about intersectionality here. 
All pictures: Eva Asfahani 

Sustainability Staff Suggests

Midterms are here, and Spring Break isn't. Even still here's how the admin team recommends taking a break this month: 

  1. Watch Hobo Johnson's fun and endearing Tiny Desk Concert! -Sophia, Communications Coordinator
  2.  Read Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek - Samhitha, Education & Outreach Coordinator 
  3. Grow some mint and make Moroccan Tea to stay cool in the warmer weather -Parker, Internal Director
  4. Read E.F. Schumacker's Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered -Claire, External Director 
  5. Check out the last day of Resilience Research in Action tomorrow for some cool talks, discussions, and workshops! - Jessi, Staff Supervisor 

Don't forget: we have four awesome project teams---Environmental Justice Collective, Green Events, Microfarm, and Trash 2 Treasure! You can stay engaged with them on Instagram. 

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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