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 second year environmental science major on the biology track with a minor in science communication. Outside of CEC, I am a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and do a lot of grassroots campaigning related to environmental issues. Someday I’d like to combine my love for the environment, public speaking, and social justice to improve the state of our climate. I’m also an avid camper, houseplant hoarder, and I love to knit.

Development Coordinator: Sara Flinn

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.

Brianna Duran

Education and Outreach

Core Team Leaders

The Education and Outreach Core Team Leaders promote general knowledge about environmental issues to the general UT community through educational workshops, exhibits, and outreach campaigns.


Caroline Garnett

I’m a second year Geography and Plan II major interested in water sustainability and urban planning. As an Education and Outreach team leader, I want to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus, in Austin, and beyond, as well as recognize the overlap between environmentalism and human rights. I’d like to help UT students incorporate sustainability into their daily lives. Outside of the CEC, I’m involved in student theater, I play piano, and I’m learning Spanish with the goal of eventually studying abroad in Latin America.


Mimi Tran

Hi there! My name is Mimi Tran and I am a senior majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences. I am passionate about creating an environment where people can use their individuality and unique interests to make positive environmental impacts. As one of the Education and Outreach Team Leaders, I want to do my best to make the UT community feel motivated and empowered to learn about and work towards a sustainable planet. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, drawing, & spending time with family and friends!

BATX Project Team Leader

The BATX Project Team Leader teaches students about native Texas bats while detecting echolocative calls, plans field trips to view the Congress Avenue Bridge emergence, and develops and leads other educational activities about bats.

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Jenni Tucker

I’m a Senior B.A. Linguistics minoring in Russian. After graduating from UT, I plan to pursue a second degree in Environmental Science or Biology. I am very passionate about protecting and connecting with nature, and my favorite way to do that is by rescuing, rehabilitating, and advocating for wildlife. I am the founder of my own wildlife rescue in San Antonio, where I live and commute from. I specialize in bats, and overall prioritize my work around native species that are extremely misunderstood, under-appreciated, or feared. Saving bats takes up most of my time, but when I’m not doing that, I like to practice my foreign language skills, obsessively fill my home with books and organic bits from nature, and find weird new skills and hobbies to explore.

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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Rachel Aaronson

I am a junior chemistry major interested in microplastic pollution and how it affects the health of our planet. The best way to reduce pollution, is stopping it at its source, and I’m excited to be a part of Green Events where we can both divert waste from the landfill and educate our community of its implications. When I’m not studying, I enjoy making pasta, doing puzzles, reading, and spending time outside!


Bonnie Metting

Hey y’all! I’m Bonnie, a senior transfer student majoring in Sustainability Studies. I’m extremely passionate about making large scale events eco-friendly and educating those around me about sustainable practices and how to implement sustainability into daily life. I’m super excited to be a part of Green Events to help work with other student organizations to achieve UT’s zero waste goals. In my free-time I enjoy playing with my cats (Calypso and Baby Boats), as well as spending time in nature and going to concerts.

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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Katia Eaton

Hi! I’m Katia, I am double majoring in Economics and Sustainability Studies! I am an active member of Phi Chi Theta, a business fraternity on campus. I’m also a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and I cannot wait to incorporate my love for the environment with a community that means so much to me. I am so excited to see all the great things we do this year with Green Greeks.


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.


Jack Rouse

I’m a freshman 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.

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.


Kate Shirley

I’m a senior transfer student, with a major in Geography and minor in Sociology. I’m an evangelic vegetarian with a passion for sustainable agriculture, and consider myself so lucky to get to share the little magic moments of farming with new friends every week! Besides that, I’m a Certified Interpretive Tour Guide with dreams of becoming a National Park Ranger and am currently training as a Texas Master Naturalist. I hope you’ll visit our farm sometime soon, and say hi if you see me there!

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Sarah Holdeman

As a junior 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.


Libby Griswold

I am a junior Environmental Science student in the Jackson School of Geology. I am passionate about educating myself and helping others to live a lifestyle that causes the least amount of damage to the environment. Specifically, I am working towards a zero-waste, minimalist, and plant-based lifestyle. I am excited to be part of a program that diverts materials from land-fills by allowing students to affordably repurpose other’s unwanted possessions! When not studying or working, I enjoy hiking, swimming, rock climbing, camping, acroyoga, and painting.

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Seshu Brahma

I am a junior Computer Science major pursuing a certificate in Environment and Sustainability. I’m passionate about always learning more about sustainability, and especially about how we can use technology to live more sustainably. I am so excited to be on a team that tangibly decreases landfill waste and allows students to reuse and repurpose each others’ materials. I also love reading, cooking, and knitting in my spare time.