The Leadership Team leads the CEC in a a positive, driven direction that will help to grow the organization’s positive impact on UT and the Austin community. They provide support for all CEC leadership with ongoing campaigns, projects, and events and facilitate communication and collaboration with other organizations across campus and the greater Austin community.
Director: Samara Zuckerbrod
Greetings! It’s Samara here and I am a Sustainability and English double-major with a concentration in Creative Writing. I started off in the CEC as the Green Voices blogger. I loved that role as it allowed me to combine my passions for sustainability and writing. I also served as the Education and Outreach Coordinator from 2020-2021. After graduation, I want to keep writing for environmental organizations and comedic entities like SNL! For now, I’m excited to start my role as the Director and to continue learning how to help others become engaged with sustainability in creative ways! In my free time, I enjoy watching stand-up comedy with friends, reading metaphysical fiction, and listening to music.
Education and Outreach Coordinator: Anna Alvarez
Hey guys! My name is Anna, I am a rising senior majoring in Sustainability Studies and minoring in Government. This is my first role in the CEC, but you can also find me participating in the JJ Pickle Research Fellowship and other environmental orgs around campus! I am very excited to engage students in environmental activism and sustainability, especially as I head towards an Environmental Policy Masters after graduation. Until then, I can’t wait to plan fun socials and help increase environmental engagement on campus! In my spare time, I binge watch youtube, listen to podcasts and cook!
Communications Coordinator: Kristina Priotto
Kristina is a third year Sustainability Studies, Geography, and Plan II Student at UT. She’s also an unwavering advocate for pineapple on pizza. Her passion for the environment and sustainability came from her childhood camping trips and her Argentinian culture. This is because Argentines, like other Latin American cultures, have a rich, indigenous heritage as natural caretakers of the environment. She learned this from her step mother, who taught her how to conserve almost all of the materials at home. Kristina hopes to apply her experience as an Environmental Policy and Communications intern for Save Barton Creek Association to develop digestible and accessible content for the CEC community. When she’s not drinking maté, playing with her dog, or discovering local Austin nature trails, Kristina is drinking maté, playing with her dog, or discovering local Austin nature trails.
Hi! As the CEC staff advisor, I’m passionate about empowering students to become leaders in sustainability at UT and beyond! I love camping and hiking, floating through sunset on Lady Bird Lake, and reading fantasy trilogies. If you want to talk campus sustainability, just shoot me a message!
Green Events Project Team Leaders
The Green Events Project Team Leaders network with student organizations to understand their needs, identify ways to make their events more sustainable, provide recycling and compost services at events, and educate event attendees about sustainable practices.
Hello! I am a senior studying Sustainability Studies and Supply Chain Management. My passion for the environment stems from growing up visiting national parks and the book Hoot. This passion has grown greatly in college after learning so much about how diverse and intersectional sustainability can be. I look forward to co-leading Green Events this year and educating UT orgs on how to divert their waste from the landfill. Outside the CEC, you can find me cooking new vegetarian recipes, reading, and exploring the Geology library at UT!
Hi, I’m Devia! I am a senior Sustainability Studies major pursuing a certificate in public policy. I have been passionate about sustainability and protecting the natural environment for as long as I can remember! I am so excited to make an impact through Green Events by helping student organizations reduce and divert their waste from the landfill. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, hiking, movies, and reading fiction!
Green Greeks Project Team Leaders
The Green Greeks Project Team Leaders work with fraternities and sororities to educate members about sustainability, initiate new recycling and sustainability initiatives in Greek houses, encourage chapters to identify “Sustainability Reps” to serve as advocates, identify and implement ways to make Greek events more sustainable, recruit and manage volunteers, and host West Campus Cleanup events.
Hey everyone! I’m Katie Pratt. I’m a junior here at UT Austin majoring in journalism and advertising and I’m originally from Kansas City! I’m so excited to be Co-Leader of Green Greeks and spread environmental awareness and spur sustainable lifestyle changes in our Greek community here at UT! Go Greek and go green!
Hi, I’m Izi! I am majoring in Environmental Engineering and pursuing a minor in French. I am originally from Colombia and have lived in many cities, instilling in me a love of travel and exploration. I always try to stay physically active by exercising and doing yoga but also love movies and making art. My passion for the environment and sustainability goes quite a way back, and I am so excited to make an impact through the CEC and Green Greeks.
Microfarm Project Team Leaders
The Microfarm Project Team Leaders maintain the existing garden spaces, lead volunteer workdays, develop planting schedules, and organize farm stand events. They are also planning the creation of a new garden and the transition from the current farm to the new space.
Hi!! I’m a biology major pursuing a certificate in Scientific Computation. Growing up, my family hiked multiple national parks and dabbled in camping, which is where my interest in the outdoors and environment began! I still love hiking and camping, and also enjoy running, reading, and drinking coffee. I’m excited to teach others about growing plants and living sustainably! See ya at the farm!
Nikki is a 3rd year Communication and Leadership major, with a minor in Russian and a certificate in NonProfits and Social Entrepreneurship. She has been involved in Microfarm since her freshman year, and is excited to start her 2nd year as the Co-Lead! Her other organizations include Absolute Pitch A Cappella and Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority. Her favorite vegetable to grow are tomatoes (even though they’re technically a fruit), because they are delicious and beautiful to look at!
Trash to Treasure Project Team Leaders
The Trash to Treasure Project Team Leaders sort and organize gently used items donated from the dorms, plan sale events, recruit and manage volunteers, collect items from dorms during Donation Drives, and plan specialty events such as the Office Supply Swap.
Hello there! I am a junior Sustainability and Government major pursuing a certificate in core texts. Who doesn’t love a good thrift sale? Trash to Treasure gives me the opportunity to share one of my favorite past times, while working within one of my favorite subjects. Sustainable fashion and news (along with movies, camping, vegetarian cooking, and my pet pig) are just some of the things I love to do in my spare time. If you have recommendations for any food, fashion, or films be sure to let me know!
Howdy, I’m Lauren! I’m a sophomore Textiles and Apparel major at UT Austin. I am a Co-Lead on Trash to Treasure/ Making Amends team this year! I love to go to concerts, design and sew clothes, and play with my corgi Titus!
Environmental Justice Collective Leaders
The environmental justice (EJ) movement exists at the intersection of social justice and environmentalism, recognizing the need to understand the role that white supremacy, legacies of slavery, and settler-colonialism play into contemporary environmentalism and sustainability movements. The EJ movement seeks to end the disproportionate impact of environmental burdens on Black and Indigenous people of color, poor people, womxn, and disabled people.
Hey there! I’m Srikari, a third-year environmental science major and the new co-lead for the Environmental Justice Collective. I’m excited to work with the CEC and the EJ Collective to help UT become more sustainable while treating everyone fairly. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and baking, dancing and being outdoors.
Hi! I’m a 4th year Nutrition Major pursuing the environmental sustainability certificate. I’m specifically interested in environmental justice relating to healthcare disparities in medicine – so much so that I’m writing my thesis on it this year! In my free time I’m playing spikeball, training for the Austin half marathon and eating donuts.