1 February 2023                                                                                                                                   Edited by Sophia Kontos

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  • Love love love
  • Workshops
  • Feb events
  • Walkie Talkies

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Hi y'all, 

With February here, Valentine's season is officially upon us. Whether you celebrate with a romantic partner or friends (personally, I love Galentine's!), Valentine's Day is an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which love is central to your life. At the CEC, love motivates the work that we do—our love for the environment and for everyone who lives in it. 

With Valentine's Day on the mind, we wanted to share a couple ideas for how to have a more sustainable holiday, no matter who you're celebrating with. For your date night, consider vegetarian options that center in-season produce: try Claire Saffitz's Meyer Lemon Cake, Hetty McKinnon's Kung Pao Cauliflower, or Yewande Komolafe's Roasted Butternut Squash with Chickpeas. Eating vegetarian can make a big impact on reducing your environmental footprint (2.5x less of a carbon footprint). Plus, if you're looking for a new cute outfit, consider going to Trash to Treasure's clothing swap on Feb 8th! These ideas are just a few ways to celebrate love more sustainably, but do what makes the most sense for you. 

See you around this month,
Parker, Claire, Sam, and Sophia
Your CEC Admin Team 

Hopefully, you're already familiar with our speaker series CEC Connects, where experts and organizations share how they pursue sustainability in their work. Now, we are introducing workshops to engage in a hands-on way. So come hang out with us from 5-6p in WCP 3.116 before our Connects starting on Feb. 21! 

February Events

  1. CEC Connect #2: Feb 7, 6-7p, WCP 3.116: Hear from Texas Campaign for the Environment about their work!
  2. Clothing Swap: Feb 8, 5-7p, GEA 125: Bring your clothes and swap them out at this fun Trash to Treasure x University Fashion Group event. 
  3. CEC Connect #3: Feb 21, 6-7p, WCP 3.116: In honor of Black History Month, join EJC in a conversation about intersectional perspectives in environmentalism. 
  4. Community Composting: every Tues, 10-11:30a, Speedway: Drop off your compost with Green Events! 

If you're not already familiar, the Longhorn SHARE Project is a mental health peer support program under the Longhorn Wellness Center. They have a community called the Walkie Talkies specifically for people looking to spend more time outside and improve their mental health. Interested? Learn more and sign up here

Sustainability Staff Suggests

With classes fully in swing, it's important to still take time for yourself. Here's what the admin team recommends to de-stress this month: 

  1. "With roses on the mind (maybe), Rebecca Solnit's Orwell's Roses is one of my favorite books of all time" -Sophia, Communications Coordinator
  2.  Oscar nominated film Everything, Everywhere, All at Once (with the amazing Michelle Yeoh)! - Samhitha, Education & Outreach Coordinator 
  3. Another Oscar nom: The Banshees of Inisherin! -Parker, Internal Director
  4. Ginny & Georgia on Netflix (themes: social justice, friendship, healthy relationships)  -Claire, External Director 
  5. Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric! -Jessi, Staff Advisor 

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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