Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals with Making Amends

Illustrations by Elianna Pannakis and Abbey Lehr  Written by Parker Lynas, Vianey Sierra, Abbey Lehr and Diego Allison  The Sustainable Development Goals are outlined by the United Nations to “achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.” … Continue reading Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals with Making Amends

Mycelium: The Future of Leather

Illustrations by Elianna Pannakis and Diego Allison  Written by Parker Lynas, Vianey Sierra, Diego Allison, and Abbey Lehr  Leather, like any material used in the construction of a garment, is subject to ethical and environmental concerns. Many of these growing concerns involve animal cruelty, habitat destruction and waste mismanagement. Leather is known for durability and … Continue reading Mycelium: The Future of Leather

Making Amends: How To

Artwork by T2T Design Team (Ella Whittaker, Diego Allison, Elianna Panakis, Abbey Lehr) Written by T2T Team (Diego Allison, Abbey Lehr, Mika Kochheiser) The Trash to Treasure team is excited to share Making Amends, our new collaborative initiative! Making Amends facilitates the upcycling process of clothing within the UT community through circular design practices. This … Continue reading Making Amends: How To

Trash to Treasure & Making Amends

Artwork by (Abby Raffle + Claren Moyers) Written by T2T Team (Diego Allison, Abbey Lehr, Mika Kochheiser) Trash to Treasure was one of the first Campus Environmental Center projects. Since 2006, the project has worked to divert reusable goods throughout campus instead of ending up in the landfill. By hosting donation drives at the end … Continue reading Trash to Treasure & Making Amends

Palm Oil: The Secret Ingredient with an Environmental Cost

Image Credit: Ananya Majesh By: Samara Zuckerbrod & Sally Jung What do Nutella, bread and soap all have in common? Their ingredients lists seem like they would be vastly different. And while I like Nutella and bread and soap separately, I would hesitate to combine them. Is it that you can eat all three? No, … Continue reading Palm Oil: The Secret Ingredient with an Environmental Cost

Our Vision Statement for 2020-2021

Every semester the CEC leadership team crafts a vision statement that reflects our leaders' goals, current events and campus needs. This is our vision statement for the 2020-2021 semester:  An accessible and interdisciplinary community focused on individual accountability and taking collective action to promote systemic change. We aim to remain adaptive and promote inclusive education … Continue reading Our Vision Statement for 2020-2021

Half-Pint’s new seed library, how-to collect seeds

By: Jack Rouse This summer I collected a lot of seeds. It felt constructive and restorative while everything else was put on hold. I was able to look forward to a time when the weather wasn’t so hot and they could be planted to bring more life to the world.  Every native seed planted is … Continue reading Half-Pint’s new seed library, how-to collect seeds

What to know about water conservation in Austin

My introduction to water scarcity began with an episode of Star Trek in which, on a planet far far away, wars were being fought over a precious resource — water. If I remember correctly, the Star Trek officers were shocked by this conflict, having water so readily available aboard their intergalactic vessel.  However, to our … Continue reading What to know about water conservation in Austin

Zero Waste Swaps: Back to School

Welcome back everyone! With school right around the corner, supermarkets and office supply stores are packed with students buying items for school. Buying new items every year can be expensive and wasteful. Here are some tips to help minis your waste when it comes to back to school shopping. Shop your home! - The first … Continue reading Zero Waste Swaps: Back to School