Leadership Team

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.

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Director: Avery McKitrick

Hey there! I’m Avery. I’m a third year environmental science major on the biology track pursing a marine science certificate. I started out in the CEC as a Half-Pint Prairie co-lead. Outside of CEC, I tend to my plot at the CEC Microfarm and watch an exorbitant number of Marvel movies. After I graduate I plan to pursue a masters degree in marine science or policy. When I’m not with the CEC you can find me hiking, tending my houseplants, or watching Mean Girls (2004). Please feel free to email me at director@utenvironment.org if you have questions, comments, or just want to hang out.

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Development Coordinator: Sara Flinn

Hey all! I am a Sustainability Studies and English major excited to be a part of the CEC. When I’m not working with some of my favorite tree-huggers, you can find me reading, playing frisbee with my pup, or getting excited about birds. I look forward to engaging with the UT community and learning about the human dimensions of sustainability.

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Communications Coordinator: Michaela Urban

Hi all! I’m a third year Plan I Sustainability Studies and Iberian/Latin American Languages and Cultures double major.  I am interested in urban planning and natural resources but am also passionate about the Spanish language and the vibrant cultures that speak it. As a true nature lover would, I admire the unpredictable and diverse nature of the world around us and strive to ensure the continuation of the precious services it provides. As the Communications Coordinator, I’m beyond excited to collaborate with the talented leaders of the CEC to communicate our devotion to sustainable efforts to members of the UT community and beyond!

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Education and Outreach Leader: Siddha Sannigrahi

Hi everybody! My name is Siddha Sannigrahi and I am a Public Health major. I am very passionate about how the environment can influence health outcomes. On the weekends, I like to spend time outside, read, or play board games with my friends. I’m looking forward to meeting other people at UT who share my love for the planet and can’t wait to collaborate with others to empower the UT community to start living sustainably!


Staff Advisor

The Staff Advisor manages the day-to-day operations of the CEC, advises student leaders, and aides with liaising between the CEC and other parts of the UT administration.
 
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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.

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Isabel Montoux

Hi, I’m Isabel! I’m a senior pursuing a psychology degree with an elements of computing certificate. I love the environment and all its inhabitants and believe that it’s very important to protect these things. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to protect what I love by helping UT orgs be as sustainable as they can this year as co-leader for Green Events. Outside of the CEC, I enjoy rock climbing at ABP, watching cooking shows on Netflix, and going to events with friends from my spirit group, Texas Bluebonnets!

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Samid Mirza

Hey everyone! I’m a senior transfer student majoring in Geography and minoring in Business. I had the honor of interning with the Texas State Representative for House District 31, Ryan Guillen, where I had the opportunity to work on legislature and bill proposals related to environmental issues. What I love most about Green Events is the idea of collaborating with other student organizations to help make their events more sustainable and more eco-friendly, in addition to contributing in the mission to have UT become a Zero Waste Campus by 2020! I’m looking forward to collaborating and meeting with individuals from student organizations to help build that sustainability network and get more people involved in our zero-waste mission. In my free time, I enjoy watching soccer, exploring Austin, or just doing anything spontaneous with friends!


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.

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Madi Bradley

Hey guys! I am a third year Environmental Science student through the College of Liberal Arts and I am currently serving as the VP Philanthropy of Alpha Chi Omega. When I graduate from UT, I hope to further my studies in human-environmental interactions and volunteer with the Peace Corps before starting a career in environmental policy. I look forward to working with Green Greeks and our Sustainability Representatives to implement zero-waste practices in all aspects of Greek life.

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Blake Stephens

Hey, I’m Blake! I am a Texas Creative student majoring in Advertising! I am a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and I am excited to help the Greek community participate in supporting UT’s sustainability efforts. I look forward to all the great things Green Greeks can accomplish this year.


Half-Pint Urban Prairie Project Team Leaders

The Half-Pint Urban Prairie Project Team Leaders work to establish an educational model of a Blackland Prairie on campus.

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Jack Rouse

I’m a junior business major also pursuing a certificate in the environment and sustainability. I’m passionate about educating students about environmental concerns in Texas. I enjoy learning about sustainability because it’s where the environment, technology, and critical thinking converge. I love getting to know more about the creative ways people make their lives more sustainable and the wide range of initiatives on campus, and in Austin, that help people do so. In my free time I enjoy watching movies and going to concerts.

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Mark DeGraff

Hello! I’m Mark and I’m a sophmore environmental science major. My interest in sustainability stems from my belief that access to fresh food and wide open spaces is an essential part of a happy life. I am excited to watch the Half-Pint project grow and to start a conversation about the current state of prairies in Texas. On weekends, you can find me bouldering, hiking the Greenbelt, or biking to farmers’ markets around Austin.


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.

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Sally Jung

Hey there! My name is Sally and I am a senior double majoring in Environmental Science and Geography. I love connecting with food, nature, and people out at the Microfarm. It’s an amazing feeling to eat what you’ve personally grown, and I hope everyone has the chance to experience that. Besides Microfarm, I’m a member of Longhorn Stream Team, where I go out canoeing Texas rivers and collect water quality samples, and I love baking desserts and breads. Come visit the farm when you get a chance!

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Sarah Holdeman

As a senior pursuing a double major in History and Sustainability Studies, I am passionate about building communities around a culture of sustainability- encouraging people to feel connected to the outcomes of their consumer decisions. Microfarm provides a perfect space for this kind of hands on connection and it’s a great place to start meaningful conversations about how we can live most lightly on this earth… and thats why I love it! Outside of Microfarm I am an avid reader, baguette baker, and long aimless walk taker. See you at the farm!


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.

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Abbey Lehr

Howdy! I am junior Textile and Apparel Design major pursuing a certificate in Environment and Sustainability. The respect I have for our environment and the resources used to make our clothing has carried into my goals, as I seek to better an industry that has greatly turned a blind eye to the negative social and environmental consequences it has. I’m so excited to work with a team who is striving to help decrease UT’s own textile waste and shift the future of the textile and apparel industry to one where clean fashion is a permanent trend. When I’m not at a sewing machine you can find me hiking, climbing, concert-going, or sharing a home cooked meal!