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Student Involvement

This list of Student Involvement Leaders is comprised of 48 schools that earned "A" grades in this category. Below is a list of ten very different institutions that all qualified for the list. These summaries are based on data from each school's profile page.

At the  University of California–Berkeley , the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability offers many opportunities to students, including internships, research grants, and an Eco-Rep program. The Sustainability Team hosts an annual Earth Week celebration and manages a weekly local produce stand on campus. The Green Campus Program runs a variety of energy conservation initiatives, including a lightbulb exchange and an energy competition. 

The Environmental Center at the  University of Colorado employs more than 60 students. Eco-Leaders serve in each residence hall and the Green Teams program educates off-campus students. There are numerous sustainability-related student organizations, and a residence hall competition encourages students to conserve energy. 

Students at  Gettysburg College manage the Painted Turtle Farm and the Campus Kitchens food-recycling project. The college employs three students part-time to work on sustainability-related programs. Student groups include Gettysburg Environmental Concerns Organization and Gettysburg Research and Action by Students for Sustainability. All first-year students are introduced to sustainability initiatives upon arrival in the residence halls.

Middlebury College  has launched an initiative to encourage study-abroad programs to practice sustainability. The campus environmental council provided support for 80 Middlebury students to attend Power Shift 2007, the first national youth climate summit, in Washington, DC. The college has a student-run organic garden that hires student workers. 

At the University of Mississippi , the Roots and Shoots student group has worked to launch recycling programs and to promote environmental awareness within the student body. The university is training students in its Building Mayors program to serve as Green Champions, promoting energy conservation, recycling, and other sustainability efforts. In fall 2008, new-student orientation will include sustainability education. 

Student leaders and organizations at  Mount Holyoke College are actively engaged with campus sustainability efforts. Examples include membership in the Center for the Environment’s student advisory board as well as the Environmental Stewardship Steering Committee and working groups along with participation in the Environmental Action Coalition. Environmental Stewardship employs four ECO-Reps, who coordinate programs. ECO-liaisons are elected in each residence hall.

In 2008,  Oberlin College hosted its first Ecolympics, a four-week series of energy, waste reduction, and environmental education contests held among dorms. Students established two funds to help the college go green. The Student Green Fund is supported by a $20 per student, per semester fee.The Oberlin Ecological Design and General Efficiency, or Green EDGE, Fund is a revolving loan fund supported by the college. 

A sustainability fund at the  University of Oregon–Eugene provides $40,000 in annual grants for student-led alternative energy and conservation projects on campus. Numerous student organizations work on campus sustainability projects, and the student government spends more than $1 million annually in support of sustainability-related programs.

Tufts University   students work on campus-based research projects and all members of the Tufts community can serve as Eco-Ambassadors to encourage individuals and departments to reduce their environmental impact. Student groups include the Environmental Consciousness Outreach and the Energy Security Initiative. Students also organize an annual "Do It in the Dark" dorm energy competition.

There are 14 student organizations in the  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Coalition for Campus Sustainability, which was launched in the spring of 2008 and is facilitated by the student-run Environmental Coalition. The GREEN Team has been integral in spreading sustainability awareness on campus and employs a student coordinator. Students are also employed by several offices in sustainability jobs. Students have organized events including Focus the Nation and Earth Week 2008.




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