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

Black Lives Matter is Environmental Justice

These past few months, stuck in our houses amid the pandemic, we’ve all had to do some thinking. Where did the world go wrong? Could we have prepared better for the spread of COVID-19? (Answer: YES) How will we all keep ourselves and our families safe while still participating in the ever-important economy? All of … Continue reading Black Lives Matter is Environmental Justice

Sustainability and diet: How dietary choices impact your carbon footprint

Hello all! Hope you all are doing well and eating well while self-isolating at home. As someone who is vegetarian for sustainability purposes, it has been interesting to see my family experiment with Impossible Meat, lentils and tofu in an attempt to cater to my culinary choices. The family favorite (which is actually just my … Continue reading Sustainability and diet: How dietary choices impact your carbon footprint

Carbon Emissions and COVID-19 — an Inverted Correlation

As many of us have had to experience, the COVID-19 pandemic has essentially forced a mass-scale withdrawal from society. The United States government has recommended adhering to social distancing guidelines, with many cities ordering that nonessential businesses close. In a broader context this means that the spread of the virus is directly impacting economic participation. … Continue reading Carbon Emissions and COVID-19 — an Inverted Correlation

Comprehending the Climate Crisis: It’s Personal

We have all heard “Climate Change isn’t real” or “I can’t do anything about global warming” or “It’s on your generation to fix this planet.” All of these statements either reject or brush off personal responsibility in the fight against climate change. However, even those who accept a role in the environmentalism movement have trouble … Continue reading Comprehending the Climate Crisis: It’s Personal

The Environmental Justice Collective: Changing How We Learn Environmental Science at UT

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies” At many universities and within the larger sustainability movement, an awareness of Environmental Justice (EJ) … Continue reading The Environmental Justice Collective: Changing How We Learn Environmental Science at UT

How to Use ALL Parts of Your Pumpkin this Holiday Season!

Hello all! With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to do a fun and festive post. And what is more fun and festive than pumpkins!? When I was a kid, my family and I would carve pumpkins and roast pumpkin seeds for Halloween. Pumpkin pie was my favorite (and still is) come … Continue reading How to Use ALL Parts of Your Pumpkin this Holiday Season!

An Introduction to UT Austin’s Master Plan for Sustainability

Hello all Green Voices readers! My name is Samara Zuckerbrod and I am the new director for the CEC’s blog. I am very excited to help educate others (while still learning more myself) about the sustainability movement both on campus and around the world. That's me! Often, talking about the threat of climate change and … Continue reading An Introduction to UT Austin’s Master Plan for Sustainability