After researching various ways to become more involved on campus, I was delighted to find a variety of options for those who are environmentally inclined. Most of the activities I found consisted entirely of students, who shared a unique interest and chose to create something where they could openly share their opinions and ideas in a more formal manner. Below are some of my findings.
College Ecology Club (CEC)
I must confess that I have been on the mailing list for this club for almost an entire year and I have yet to attend a meeting. It’s not that I don’t want to go, but mostly it’s because I always have other engagements or class during the specified time. Despite my lack of presence, the club has frequent meetings and does a fair amount of community service and plans various events and guest speakers. Overall this is a great opportunity to meet other students just as interested in the environment as you!
Student-Led Unity Garden (SLUG)
Who wouldn’t want to be part of a program that has the same name as our favorite slippery, slimy, squishy and slow creature? This garden provides organic fruits, vegetables and herbs for students and community members. Not only is it a great concept but also it’s perfect for those students living on campus (or off!) who have a green thumb or have a passion for gardening.
Eco House (Themed Housing)
If you live and breath environmental science and want to be surrounded by others who share the same views and lifestyle you should consider moving into one of the “GreenHouses” the university offers. One “GreenHouse” is located on-campus in Tyson Hall, while the other is located off-campus. The themed housing is the perfect place to discuss ecology, economics and policy with your peers, all from the comfort of your own home. In past years students living in the “GreenHouses” have played a vital role in campus composting.