Make lasting connections while taking action to help the environment by joining a sustainability-related student organization at Washington University in St. Louis.
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.
Campus Kitchen has a mission to fight food insecurity and reduce food waste in the local community. With the help of 30 dedicated shift leaders and undergraduate student volunteers, the student group recovers over 100 pounds of food a week from various outlets including the on-campus dining provider Bon Appetit, and prepare between 180 and 200 meals for three different client agencies who distribute it to the hungry.
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. WashU’s Eco Rep program gives undergraduates the opportunity to promote sustainability within their Residential Colleges. In addition, Eco Reps focus on making College Council programming more sustainable. In the spring semester, Eco Reps serve as the team leaders during Green Cup, an energy-saving competition between residential halls.
Cultivating Connections is a student group that partners with International Institute’s global farms program to develop urban farms in immigrant neighborhoods in St. Louis. The group engages with these communities on a personal basis through farm support and seasonal potlucks, creating cultural and experience exchange within the broader social dynamics of St. Louis. Awareness campaigns also work to educate the WashU community about immigration policy and the everyday lives of New Americans.
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.
Gateway to the Great Outdoors
Gateway to the Great Outdoors (GGO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing urban, low-income, at-risk youth with opportunities to interact with the natural environment through lessons and activities that instill a value of environmentalism, leadership, teamwork, science, and physical activity.
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.
Student Sustainability Board
The Wash U Student Sustainability Board researches and promotes sustainability measures for University programs, events and initiatives by offering consulting services and allocating funds.
SWAP (Sharing with a Purpose)
SWAP‘s mission is to promote re-use within the Washington University community through the free exchange and affordable sale of donated goods. SWAP has both a storefront (the Trading Post) operated during the school year and an annual Move Out Collections Program (SOS) and Move In Sale. Learn more on Facebook and Instagram.
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.
WUGA (Wash U Green Ambassador)
The WashU Green Ambassador (WUGA) Program is a student-managed, peer-education program supported by the Office of Sustainability that orients new students to the sustainability initiatives on WashU’s campus. WUGAs play a critical role in training first year student to adopt behaviors that align with WashU’s culture of sustainability, behaviors that they will carry with them during their time at WashU (and beyond).
WUpcycle promotes sustainable fashion practices and environmental awareness through encouraging and teaching ethical techniques and discussing the challenges of the fashion industry. Every week, they host creative workshops focusing on upcycling and sustainability. Anyone is welcome!
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.
WUSM Student Sustainability Committee
The Sustainability Committee works to make the medical school campus more sustainable and environmentally responsible. The group focuses on the interventions of interest to its members as well as work closely with the Office of Sustainability and WUSM’s Sustainability Action Team. Projects led by the committee include Green Cup (energy conservation competition), the provision of reusable plates and utensils to first year medical students, a series of composting student lunch talks, and more.