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There are many opportunities to connect and get involved for all our students, staff and faculty!

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Student Organizations

Campus Environmental Center

The Campus Environmental Center (CEC) is the largest organization on campus for students interested in the environment. CEC works to empower the unversity community to reduce its environmental impact and foster a genuine culture of sustainability on campus through collaborative and constructive means. CEC offers various ways for students to get involved including Students for a Sustainable Campus, the Recycling Committee, the Gardening Committee, and Trash to Treasure.

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is an organization devoted to sustainable development. ESW aims to find ways to continue advancing technologically without adversely affecting the environment in which we live. Whether you're an engineering student with an idea for a project, a non-engineer looking for a different type of organization, a professor with interest in leading a research project, or a local professional interested in applying technology to international development, ESW urges you to get involved.

Food Studies Project

The Food Studies Project brings together a vibrant Food Community of students, faculty, staff and local food enthusiasts around their shared interest in interdisciplinary studies of food. The Food Studies Project is a catalyst for changing the way people eat, think about, and interact with their food. The group's goal is to drive this focus and momentum towards an official food studies program at UT Austin. By providing an environment that encourages interdisciplinary communication and creative collaboration, the Food Studies Project is equipping future leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to benefit our world’s food systems.

Geological Energy and Environmental Leadership Organization

The purpose of the Geological Energy and Environmental Leadership Organization (GEELO) is to educate the student body on topics that may not be fully expressed in other student organizations, and to connect members to career contacts. GEELO holds bi-monthly lectures and events focused on energy, hydrology, climate change, sustainability, undergraduate jobs and internships, and linking science and policy.

ASHRAE Student Chapter

ASHRAE is a building technology society that focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. ASHRAE's mission is to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Student Branch Members have the opportunity to widen their skills and advance their knowledge of the field, attend presentations, go on campus and facility tours, work on real-world projects, and network with area engineering professionals.

LBJ Green Society

The LBJ Green Society’s goal is for policy students to learn more about local and national environmental issues. The club facilitates engagement of the LBJ School of Public Affairs with the greater environmental community across Austin and the university. LBJ Green Society oversees the recycling efforts at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and serves as the go-between with the Office of Sustainability, other university environmental groups and students. The group also creates opportunities for policy students to learn more about environmental issues by sponsoring brown bag lectures, film screenings and organizing forums.

Net Impact McCombs

Net Impact McCombs’ mission is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Net Impact members at UT-Austin are current and emerging leaders in a number of fields including sustainable business, green marketing, clean energy and technology, public sector consulting, corporate social responsibility, and education.

U.S. Green Building Council Students

The USGBC Student Group's purpose is to link active campus participants of the Green Building movement together through various programs, campaigns, and special events as set by the organization's constitution and bylaws. USGBC students aim to foster education in the field of sustainable building, improve methods of sustainability, develop public understanding of sustainability, and promote understanding, use, and adoption of Green Building Practices at the university.

Volunteer and Service Learning Center

The ‘third arm’ of sustainability – social sustainability – is arguably best reflected in the University's outstanding record of service on campus and in the community. Our 50,000 students perform over 6 million hours of service annually, including a substantial effort in environmental cleanups, disaster relief, and environmental improvements and restoration. The Volunteer and Service Learning Center serves as a catalyst for the advancement of civic responsibility, community action, and social change.

Staff Organizations

Sustainability Committee, UT Staff Council

UT Staff Council’s Sustainability Committee is working on waste minimization initiatives throughout campus as a means of greater staff engagement. The committee works with individual staff and students to optimize the locations of indoor recycling bins in order to facilitate custodial handling of aluminum and plastics recycling, and hopefully increase the rate of recycling overall. The committee also provides an opportunity for staff to identify locations for water bottle filler spouts, making it easier to use refillable bottles. Finally, the committee encourages upper administration to publicly (and frequently) state their commitment to a Zero Waste goal and provide support and guidance for staff on making this transition. For more information, contact Karen Blaney.

Indoor Recyclers

Staff interested in regular updates on single-stream and special recycling events can join the Indoor Recyclers UT List, an email list that receives one or two messages per month. Notices are sent here about Trash to Treasure, the annual E-Waste drive, changes in recycling procedures, and the latest on existing programs and initiatives.

Faculty Organizations

Faculty Learning Community

In partnership with the Office of Sustainabiltiy, UT Austin’s Center for Teaching and Learning launched a new Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focused on sustainability in fall 2012. Any faculty member interested in engaging in learning activities and conversation on effectively incorporating sustainability-content into curricula to better equip students with the critical thinking skills necesseary to face the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century is invited to attend. For more information, contact Alice Gerhart.