The Campus Environmental Center is structured to provide numerous opportunities for members to bond, learn, take action, and develop novel skills. Our organization has four main parts that are further described below.
Any UT-Austin student is eligible to join the Campus Environmental Center. General members enjoy access to the CEC community, a group of fellow environmentally aware students with convergent interests, as well as the broader on- and off-campus network that the CEC has built over the last 15 years.
General members are also encouraged to participate in club socials and service opportunities. Socials are a great opportunity to connect with fellow members, foster new friendships, and explore different areas of the environmental community on campus and in the Austin area. Service events typically benefit an environmental cause and give members a chance to take meaningful and conscious action.
Learn more about joining the CEC and our membership requirements.
More often than not, environmental interest takes the form of concern about a particular issue or topic, such as water conservation or sustainable agriculture. It’s difficult for one person to educate themselves about the myriad environmental issues and sustainability topics present today. To take advantage of the diversity of interests within our club, we encourage members to explore and learn about topics they’re interested in and share their findings with the club by forming or joining Topic Teams.
At the beginning of each semester, anyone is welcome to form a Topic Team around a topic they’re interested in. Members can also join Topic Teams throughout the semester as they’re able.
Core Teams are the main leadership units of the organization. These teams lead the organization and represent our membership to the UT-Austin and general community.
The Administrative Core Team is comprised two Co-Ambassadors, a Communications Chair, a Graphics Chair, and a Membership Chair. The Co-Ambassadors and Graphics Chair are compensated leadership positions.
The purview of the Administrative Core Team is to provide general leadership to the organization, as well as essential administrative services, such as record-keeping and media content generation. The Administrative Core Team also assumes responsibility for member recruitment and retention, leadership development, alumni connections, and member recognition.
Education and Outreach
The Education and Outreach Core Team is comprised of two Team Leaders and any number of Team Members. The Team Leader is a compensated leadership position.
These leaders are charged with the task of “educating the UT community about contemporary environmental issues,” per the CEC’s Mission Statement. Such initiatives have included an interactive demonstration of water quality issues in Flint, Michigan; a visual exhibition addressing waste diversion rates from on-campus sources; and a zero-waste lifestyle workshop series.
Socials and Service
The Socials and Service Core Team is comprised of a Team Leader, two on-campus service liaisons, two off-campus service liaisons, and four socials chairs. The Team Leader is a compensated leadership position.
These leaders are charged with the task of “growing a community of students that learn about and take action for the natural environment,” per the CEC’s Mission Statement. Through community service events, members of the CEC take action to promote causes related to environmental protection and sustainability. Through social gatherings, like-minded students form important friendships and networks of support. Whenever possible, social and service events expose members to new environmental topics, issues, and perspectives.
Project Teams are member-run initiatives aimed at operating a novel project, program or, service that advances environmental stewardship and/or sustainability on the UT-Austin campus. The CEC supports Project Teams and their projects’ respective missions and goals by providing administrative and financial support, facilities, and other resources. General Members are encouraged to support projects through volunteering, specific skills, or leadership.
Project Teams are created on a case-by-case basis as resources are available. Although we project proposals originate from members of the CEC, we may accept proposals from non-members pending application for membership in the CEC.
Project Teams are typically comprised of at least two compsenpated Project Team Leaders. The Project Leaders may elect to form additional positions on their team as they see fit.
The CEC By-Laws are currently being revised. The approved version will be posted here.