Make lasting connections while taking action to help the environment by joining a sustainability-related student organization at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Initiative is trying to capture current and future environmental justice student work. Please fill out this brief survey to indicate your current interests or if you know of student organizations that are missing from the list below.
Undergraduate Student Opportunities
The Burning Kumquat
The Burning Kumquat is an organic, student-run garden where members of Washington University come together to cultivate crops, learn farming practices and sell produce to other WashU community members.
CS40 Sustainability Committee
The Congress of the South 40’s Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability on the South 40 through events and college council programming and manages the Eco Rep program.
Eco Rep Program
WashU’s Eco Rep program gives undergraduates the opportunity to promote sustainability within their Residential Colleges. In addition, Eco Reps focuses on making College Council programming more sustainable.
Engineers without Borders – Engineering World Health
Engineers without Borders encourages interested students of all schools to apply their academic knowledge to projects in developing communities that focus on the environment, equity and economics.
Green Action members participate in regional and national sustainability movements, maintaining relevancy and awareness of current events, politics and issues through programming that engages the community and promotes environmental advocacy.
As the premier green task force on campus, Net Impact strives to give students the opportunity and skills to make environmentally and socially responsible change happen on campus. Net Impact grows and strengthens a network of leaders who believe in the power of business to create a positive social, environmental and economic impact.
Outing Club provides outdoor recreation and experiential education for the Wash U community. They host backpacking, rock-climbing, canoeing, hiking and camping trips, organize outdoor community service events, rent outdoor gear to students and run outdoor skill clinics.
Sorority Sustainability Committee
Representatives from each sorority come together as a committee dedicated to promoting sustainability within each sorority chapter. Contact the Sorority Sustainability Committee.
Trading Post – SWAP (Sharing with a Purpose)
The Trading Post‘s mission is to promote re-use within the Washington University community through the free exchange and affordable sale of donated goods. Trading Post has both a storefront operated during the school year and an annual SWAP collection and sale. Learn more on Facebook.
V.E.R.D.E. (Volunteers for Environmental Restoration, Development and Education) fosters greater awareness about environmental issues among school children and participates in environmental restoration events around St. Louis.
Washington University Co-Op
Washington University Co-Op provides off-campus housing for undergraduates with six pillars: community building, environmental sustainability, healthy living, social responsibility, cooperative learning and leadership.
Wilderness Project is Washington University’s student-run pre-orientation program that offers backpacking and climbing trips with social and environmental justice components. Leadership opportunities are available every winter.
WUSICE (Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment) is a student-run organization that establishes, strengthens and maintains collaboration with international students on environmental issues.
Graduate Student Opportunities
Energy & Environmental Law Society
The Energy & Environmental Law Society (EELS) explores the intersection of law and the environment through educational speaking events, community service projects, collaboration with other campus groups, as well as by promoting sustainability in the use of law school facilities. EELS aims to prepare and inspire students to enter the increasingly complex fields of energy and environmental law.
Environmental Justice Initiative
Students in the Brown School promote dialogue and action around environmental justice through panel discussions and speakers. Contact the Environmental Justice Initiative.
ESWI (Environmental Social Work Initiative) seeks to build awareness, knowledge and practice skills at the nexus of environmental and social problems; to engage the Brown School community in environmental social work and thus establish social work as a field of practice; and to establish the Brown School as a leader in this field.