News and Essays

CEC’s Open Membership Model

The Campus Environmental Center has announced they will adopt an open membership policy, whereby there is no application or active-member requirements to be involved with the organization. The CEC is the oldest and largest organization at the University of Texas at Austin for those interested in the environment and is sponsored by the UT Office of … Continue reading CEC’s Open Membership Model

Origin Story: The Campus Environmental Center

When we chatted with Corinna Kester, we knew that we’d unearth facts about the origin of the oldest student-led environmental organization on campus, the Campus Environmental Center(CEC). After all, Kester is credited with starting CEC in 2002. But Kester’s role in greening The University of Texas at Austin is more pivotal than simply starting a student … Continue reading Origin Story: The Campus Environmental Center

Ambassadors Name Change

As of July 2018, the CEC Co-Ambassadors will go by the title "CEC Co-Directors." The reason for this change includes confusion on what "Ambassador" means and what the position entails. The Co-Director title communicates that the students that hold the position oversee the overall strategy of the CEC and the sub-units that create the organization. … Continue reading Ambassadors Name Change

Sustainable Agriculture – A Critical Assessment

by Whitney Reid With the human population rising, and available land on Earth dwindling, there has been a growing need in recent decades to utilize more efficient agricultural technologies to meet the growing demand for food and resources. This has led to a surge in the concept of sustainable agricultural, practices which satisfy the agricultural … Continue reading Sustainable Agriculture – A Critical Assessment

More Texas Cities Seeing Solar As Smart Investment

By Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club Republished from the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter's Blog If you’ve heard about the rise of solar power in Texas, chances are you’ve heard about it in the context of big cities like Austin and San Antonio announcing big projects. These two … Continue reading More Texas Cities Seeing Solar As Smart Investment

Gender Equality Is Necessary For Environmental Action

by Katie Aplis, Communications Intern for the Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter and CEC Education and Outreach Team Leader Originally published on the Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter's blog “Neither the land nor women are territories of conquest." Photo Credit: Andrea Barboza.  As we approach the end of Women’s History Month, I wanted to … Continue reading Gender Equality Is Necessary For Environmental Action

How to Grow Your Own Food with No Space and No Money

By Katherine Strain, student director of UT Green Corps It’s tough to grow food without a yard. However, a resourceful mind is the key to growing food sustainably without busting your wallet. It’s likely you already have the items in your own home to build your own urban food garden! This post overviews sustainable and … Continue reading How to Grow Your Own Food with No Space and No Money

Ignorance is Not Bliss: The Disastrous Consequences of Dwindling US Support for Climate Agreements

by Christian Soenen The Trump administration has taken up an ardent opposition to any regulation of the energy industry in its current form – that is, the unrelenting reliance on fossil fuel extraction and consumption. Such allegiance to resources that are quickly becoming more exhausted requires an unyielding denial of the effect of underregulated industry: … Continue reading Ignorance is Not Bliss: The Disastrous Consequences of Dwindling US Support for Climate Agreements

The Hidden Cost of Customer Service

by Caroline Garnett For many teenagers just entering the work force, including myself, a restaurant job is both a rite of passage and an eye-opening experience to the working side of the service industry and its golden rule: the customer above all, a manifesto that results in huge quantities of waste in the name of … Continue reading The Hidden Cost of Customer Service