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TRACS Summit 2019

The Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) is a network of faculty members, students and sustainability professionals supporting higher education in Texas by implementing climate change and sustainability solutions across campus operations, academic curriculum and off-campus fields of influence. TRACS facilitates collaboration between higher education institutions through a variety of means including the Annual TRACS Summit. TRACS is supported by volunteer members representing Texas colleges and universities.

Huston-Tillotson is proud to host the 2019 Summit, taking place on our campus in Austin, Texas from February 17-19, 2019. This year’s theme is “Bringing Environmental Justice to Campus.” We invite proposals for presentations and posters that consider campus sustainability topics with an equity and EJ perspective.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Karen Magid (HT Director of Sustainability).

Registration rates

After 2/11/19

Students: $75/participant

Faculty/Staff/Community Member: $125/participant

Summit Schedule

Map to Summit locations in Austin.

Sunday, Feb. 17th – Pre-conference field trips and networking mixer

Join us on Sunday for our social activities out and about in Austin. Sign up in advance for one of the field trips followed by the social networking mixer.

Field trip 1: Urban Roots
The first field trip is a LEARNING AND SERVICE excursion to Urban Roots! This Austin non-profit cultivates leadership skills through food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. Join this excursion to visit their urban farm, learn about their program, and participate in a farm service activity.
Sign up here

* Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty, are appropriate for the weather, and protect from plants (if sensitive).*

Field trip 2: Austin Transit Adventure
The second field trip is a TRANSIT ADVENTURE! Capital Metro invites you to take a guided ride to the new Austin Central Library and downtown Austin with a free Transit Day Pass — so you can explore this Platinum LEED venue – one of Time’s 2018 World’s Greatest Places – and learn about other downtown Austin sustainability projects!

Sign up here

* Please wear comfortable shoes & be prepared to walk! *

Networking Mixer – Lazarus Brewery, 6-8pm
Join us on Sunday evening from 6-8pm for an informal networking mixer at Lazarus Brewing. Come mingle and get to know the conference participants before we dive in on Monday morning.

This event will follow directly after the Pre-Conference Field Trips. Lazarus is located at 1902 E 6th St, Austin TX 78702. There is unlimited free offsite parking 2 blocks away on the corner of 4th and Chicon, and it is an 8 minute walk from Plaza Saltillo (train). We have reserved the Cool Store space for this event, and they serve excellent beer, wine, coffee, and food.


Monday, Feb. 18th – Summit day 1

All day 1 and 2 Summit events take place on the Huston-Tillotson University campus (900 Chicon St., Austin, TX 78702)

Visitor parking is available in the HT lot on Chalmers Avenue (seen on map of conference locations). Parking is free; no permit is required. Ample street parking is also available around campus. The parking lot is accessed via Chalmers Avenue, not through campus. No parking is available on campus unless arranged prior with the Summit organizers. The campus west entrance is located directly across from the visitor parking.

Sign-in will take place in the Dickey-Lawless Natural Sciences Building, along with all conference presentations. Lunch, poster session, and evening reception will take place in the Davage-Durden Student Union.

Breakfast, lunch, light reception snacks, and dinner will be provided to registered participants on Day 1.


Keynote Speaker: Angelou Ezeilo, Founder and CEO, Greening Youth Foundation

The Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) mission is to work with diverse, underserved and underrepresented children, youth and young adults in an effort to develop and nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewards. GYF’s cultural based environmental education programing engages children from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyle choices in order to create an overall healthy community. GYF believes that youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds can greatly benefit from the career opportunities presented within the state and federal land management sectors. Accordingly, GYF continues to develop and strengthen partnerships with land management agencies to provide service and internship opportunities for youth and young adults thereby creating pathways to conservation careers.

Angelou Ezeilo is the Founder and CEO of GYF. She is a graduate of Spelman College, Georgia. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, College of Law. After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Angelou embarked upon a career as an environmentalist. As a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Angelou acquired land for preservation. While at TPL, Angelou realized the disconnect between the land that was being preserved and the education of people about that preservation—particularly as it related to our next generation. This was the impetus for the Greening Youth Foundation.

Learn more at


Tuesday, Feb. 19th – Summit day 2

Morning yoga will take place at 7am in Jackson-Moody room 216. Mats will be provided. All other Day 2 Summit sessions will take place in Dickey-Lawless. Breakfast and snacks provided for registered participants on Day 2.

If not participating in Post-Conference Workshop, two options for Post-Conference Excursions have been arranged. Summit attendees have the option of choosing either a bike or scooter tour free of charge to explore east Austin with a final destination at a group lunch spot.

Bike and scooter tours are being led by Ghisallo Cycling Initiative and Lime, respectively. Participants will be required to sign waivers.

Sign up for Post-Conference Excursion – Bike or Scooter Tour


Free post-conference workshop on renewable energy planning and procurement

TRACS Higher Education Renewable Energy Committee (THEREC) is hosting a free post-conference “Renewable Energy Planning and Procurement” workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 1- 5 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University. The workshop is open to any Texas higher education employee and to employees of any public or state agency. Get more information or register at

If you have questions, contact Georgeann Moss, chair of THEREC, at or 214-378-1823.


Lodgings and Conference Locations

1) SOLD OUT Hilton Garden Inn,

Rate: $159/night

Rooms available: Doubles with 2 Queen Beds, group rate $159/night

To make a reservation, please use this link.

2) Guild East 6th at the Arnold,

The Guild is a boutique hotels located in a residential buildings — offering 24/7 concierge services and the amenities of home. Virtual check-in and check-out. Group rate: $180/night

To make a reservation, please use this link.

Other Local Area Hotels

No room blocks are reserved at the following hotels, but they are conveniently located close to the Huston-Tillotson University campus if alternative arrangements are needed.

Super 8 by Wyndham Austin Downtown/Capitol Area

  • 1201 North I-35
  • Rates $75.60-$90/night
Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University

  • 810 Red River Street
  • $198/night and up
Native Hostel – boutique hostel with 4-bed and 6-bed dorms

  • 807 E 4th St
  • $40/night (bunk) – $250/night (private room)
Hotel Eleven – boutique hotel with 14 rooms

  • 1123 E. 11th Street
  • $209-$299/night
HK Austin

  • 1807 East Cesar Chavez
  • $138-$148/night private room; $56/night bed in shared room
Heywood Austin – boutique hotel with 7 rooms

  • 1609 E. Cesar Chavez St.
  • $229-$289/night
La Quinta Inn Austin Downtown

  • 300 East 11th St
  • $169/night and up
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capital

  • 701 East 11th Street
  • $276-$309/night
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University/Capitol

  • 1701 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas, 78701
  • $183/night and up

Conference Locations





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