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James Collins

I’m a Senior B.S. Environmental Science and B.A. Government dual-degree student. A past Project Leader of the UT Microfarm, I’m passionate about incorporating local food production into urban areas. I believe climate change is the foremost challenge facing society, and I want to see all aspects of sustainability, especially environmental integrity and social equity, integrated with student life at UT. When I’m not studying, I can be found collecting books, turning compost, practicing Spanish, listening to KUTX, and hiking across the Texas Hill Country.


Anthony Rivera

I am a second year Communication and Leadership major with interests in environment and sustainability, social justice, and government responsibility. As a former project leader of the Socials Team, I am so excited to see CEC grow into a community where students can come to meet like-minded people and learn more about sustainability! As an Ambassador, I am ready to meet and interact with all of the members and do everything I can to help lead an organization that serves everyone. Say hi if you see me around!

Education and Outreach Core Team Leaders

Katie Aplis

I’m a third year Environmental Science student. As a leader of the Education and Outreach Core Team I will maintain CEC’s social media presence, advertise events, and generate a newsletter. I hope to encourage students to become more involved with campus sustainability initiatives and to implement these same ideals into their own lifestyle. In my free time I like to hike, bike, and go to art museums.


Vaishali profile

Vaishali Jayaraman

I am a third year B.S. Computer Science and B.A. Sanskrit student pursuing certificates in Digital Arts & Media and Environment & Sustainability. Having worked on the Zero Waste Team, Trash to Treasure and the Socials Team, I think that the biggest environmental challenge that faces our world is waste management. I aspire working towards developing lifestyles defined by seemingly effortless sustainable efforts, where a person has only environmentally conscious options, which are comfortable and convenient. Apart from environment conservation work, you can find me doing photoshoots for fellow Longhorns, designing snazzy stuff in my studio or let’s be real, coding all day long! 🙂

Socials and Service Core Team Leader

Katherine Trujillo


BATX Project Team Leaders

Jenni Tucker


Green Events Project Team Leaders

Alec Finewood

Janna Newman


Green Greeks Project Team Leaders

Julia Applefeld


Kylee Ward

I’m Kylee and I’m a senior civil engineering major. Additionally, I am pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at UT. I’m also a member of Alpha Chi Omega and so I’m very excited to tie together two of my passions here on campus as one of the project leaders for Green Greeks! I look forward to spreading sustainability awareness around Greek life here at UT and hopefully making some lasting changes.


Microfarm Project Team Leaders


Austin Downey

I’m a junior year History major with a minor in Government. This will be my second year involved with the UT Microfarm and my first as a Project Team Leader! I am passionate about locally sourced produce, a plant-based and cruelty free lifestyle, and ethical fashion. I am also interested in urban planning, specifically in the creation of forward-thinking, sustainable communities. I spend my free time running, cooking, traveling and, of course, microfarming!



Michael Mott

I’m Michael Mott, a third year Integrated Master in Public accounting and Philosophy double major with a minor in Managment and Economics. I’m one of the project leaders of the Microfarm and before that worked on Concho Community Garden. I am interested in using the environment to help destress from our day to day lives. I also work as a mentor to freshman students. I enjoy being outside, swimming, cooking, reading, movies, coffee, and staying active.

Trash to Treasure Project Team Leaders


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.