Ambassadors

The Ambassadors provide support for all CEC leadership with ongoing campaigns, projects, and events. They also facilitate communication and collaboration with other organizations across campus and the greater Austin community. The Ambassadors work to recruit, welcome, and retain new members; secure volunteer support for initiatives and projects; disseminate information about programs, events, or issues the CEC finds important; identify, pursue, and maintain campus and community partnerships; and represent, support, and guide the CEC Project Teams, as well as identify potential project to bring into the CEC.

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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 CEC 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.

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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

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.

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Katie Aplis

I am a senior B.S.A Environmental Science major pursuing a certificate in Public Policy. I am interested in environmental justice and the intersection of climate change with community dynamics. Education is our greatest tool in the environmental movement and with the CEC we can help students make informed decisions that will have a positive impact.

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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

The Socials and Service Core Team Leader plans and hosts weekly social events and service opportunities for CEC members to grow a community of environmental-conscious students and promote a culture of service, with a focus on environmental initiatives.

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Katherine Trujillo

I’m a second year Sustainability Studies student interested in environmental and social justice. My passions include environmental law, ethical fashion, and living a zero waste and plant based lifestyle. As a former member of the CEC’s Socials Squad and current Leader of the Socials and Service Core Team, my goal is to create events in which members have fun, learn, and understand the difference that they’re making. I want to encourage the CEC family to share and discuss their visions and efforts for sustainability and environmental protection. In my free time, you can find me reading, hiking, cooking, or doing yoga.


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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Janna Newman

I’m a senior studying Environmental Science with a focus in Biology and care deeply about issues regarding environmental justice and activism. I have fostered a passion for ecology since I was very little, listening to David Attenborough and watching Steve Irwin wrestle crocs (RIP). Throughout college I have invested my time in sustainable initiatives both on and off campus and even abroad when I studied in Botswana this past summer. My daily lifestyle is directly influenced by my desire to reduce my negative environmental impact and I’m excited to work with other students at UT to help them do the same! Outside of school I enjoy photography, painting, hiking, and cuddling my cat/child Suzee.


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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Julia Applefeld

I am a junior here at UT. I am originally from Columbus, Ohio but absolutely love living in Austin with its amazing weather and unique culture. I am double majoring in government and corporate communications and after college plan to use these degrees to work with public policy. I am excited to be leading the Green Greeks team for the second year, expanding upon our initiatives to improve sustainability practices with in Greek life.

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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

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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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!

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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!


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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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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Jazzmyne Herrington

I am a senior B.S. Environmental Science (biology) major pursuing a certificate in Marine Science. As a former Zero Waste Team Member and now a Trash To Treasure Project Leader, I am passionate about diverting waste from landfills and living a zero waste lifestyle. I have made the health of the environment my main concern since as far as I can remember and I believe it is the main issue facing our society today. I strive to live a lifestyle that people can learn from and look up to, and I hope to one day be working with environmental public policy. (I also dream to be featured in an environmental documentary). Outside of school you can find me painting, listening to music, collecting vinyls, photographing abstract items, dancing, composting, caring for my succulents, and snuggling with my amazing cat.