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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Co-Director: Avery McKitrick

Hey there! I’m Avery. I’m a third year environmental science major on the biology track. 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 science communication. When I’m not with the CEC you can find me hiking, tending my houseplants, or playing Detroit Become Human. Please feel free to email me at director@utenvironment.org if you have questions, comments, or just want to hang out. 

Co-Director: Riley Anderson

Communications Coordinator: Brittany Miller

 

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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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Brianna Duran

 

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!

 

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 majoring in English and Accounting. Half-Pint allows me to make a physical impact on the campus landscape and lead larger conversations about how we interact with space. Solving the question of how best to organize our societies is critical in acting decisively against climate change.  In my free time, I enjoy honing my tree identification skills, reading, and I’m always on the lookout for new music.

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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!

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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.

The Environmental Justice Collective at the University of Texas at Austin is a project that emerged out of a series of conversations initiated by students of color in environmental studies during the fall semester of 2018. The EJ Collective recognizes the need to center issues of race, class, gender, ability, etc. within environmentalism and is a space for students to explore and organize around these topics. Understanding that many classes within environmental studies fail to address these topics, the EJ Collective advocates for curriculum changes to fill these gaps. In the past, we organized zine workshops, hosted panels featuring community activists and scholar-activists, and co-hosted discussions on Indigenous epistemologies and decolonizing sustainability with Native American and Indigenous Collective (NAIC). We are currently interested in the intersection of environmental justice and prison abolition.

Everyone is welcome to join! If interested in working together or collaborating email us at justice@utenvironment.org. You can also like us on Facebook and follow our Instagram.

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Fernando Casal

Hi! I’m Fernando, a fourth-year studying Geography (with a focus on soil science, remote sensing, and critical geographies) and Native American and Indigenous Studies. My interest in sustainability and environmentalism lie in critical geographies and worldbuilding. My question is not: How do we purchase ourselves into a more sustainable world? But rather: How do we imagine and work collectively towards a new world through abolitionist frameworks and expanded understandings of agency? In my free time I like to tend to my plants and leopard gecko, and worry about graduate school.

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Cerena Ermitanio

Hi there! I am a junior studying International Relations and Global Studies with a focus on international political economy. As we become increasingly aware and active on the issue of climate change, the term “sustainable development” has taken on a meaning that is divorced from legacies of domination and exploitation. A genuinely sustainable world is possible when we realize our collective responsibility for restoring and protecting each other’s dignity in the process of healing our planet. When I’m not busy canvassing and organizing, you can find me listening to podcasts and reading (and sometimes writing) poetry.