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Student Involvement

This list of Student Involvement Leaders is comprised of 96 schools that earned "A" grades in this category. Below is a list of 13 very different institutions that all qualified for the list. These summaries are based on data from each school's profile page.


Agnes Scott College

The Green Earth Organization raises student awareness through conferences and seminars. Student Environmental Residents are a resource on sustainability in residential halls. Incoming students attend events that highlight recycling and food composting, and participate in discussions about global, local, and campus sustainability. A sustainability liaison within the student senate collaborates with the sustainability office.

Allegheny College

Residential advisor training includes a workshop on sustainability, and the move-in team provides new students with information on composting, recycling, and energy and water use on campus. The student government has appointed an advisor on environmental initiatives and has established a Green Fund. A recent initiative of the student government class of 2010 focused on electricity use, working to secure support and funding to install more motion sensors across campus. The campaign grew to include a student pledge to turn off unneeded lights and to adopt a room besides their own to monitor.

Bates College

Chase House, with 19 residents, is the college's sustainability house. Sustainable Bates offers paid internships and runs the Eco-Reps program. The office is active in orientation training and supplies incoming students with a canvas bag containing a compact fluorescent lightbulb and a newsletter that encourages them to become involved in campus sustainability efforts. One of the two active student environmental organizations, the Bates Energy Action Movement, hosted the Maine State Climate Summit in 2008.

Brandeis University

In 2009, Students for Environmental Action campaigned successfully for the implementation of a bottled water policy. New students arriving on campus receive an informational packet about the Eco-Reps program and how they can get their rooms ‘Green Certified.’ Through the Greening the Ivory Tower course, students have initiated various sustainability projects, including a community garden for local children and a campus farmers market.

Bryn Mawr College

The BMC Greens student group has successfully campaigned for the elimination of incandescent bulbs, worked on a vegetable garden, eliminated bottled water from departmental budgets, and convinced the school to install motion sensor lighting. The group also ran a food waste campaign and hosted a clothing swap. Batten House is a housing co-op for students who want to address environmental and social responsibility. The Greens sponsor the Energy Diet in which students compete to conserve the most electricity. During the most recent contest, a reduction was achieved that amounted to 2.5 percent of the college’s electric bill for the month.

University of Cincinnati

The Students for Ecological Design group has worked to improve the recycling program, started a farmers market on campus, sent volunteers to the UC urban farm, and sold reusable bags to students. One floor of a residence hall is dedicated to social and environmental justice issues. The university offers paid student jobs at the urban farm, the utility plant, and with planning and design.

Colgate University

Student Eco-Teams implement projects to make residence halls, work areas, and events greener. The Campus Ecology Group brings together students, faculty, and staff, and has worked on the Green Bikes program, composting, bottled water reduction, local foods, and hosted an Energy Olympics. Student groups work with the sustainability coordinator on a week-long program, Going Green at Colgate, aimed at first-year students. The student composting initiative works toward large-scale composting in the dining halls. The student government association has a policy coordinator for environmental initiatives.

University of Kentucky

The Gaining Real Environmental Experience Now (GREEN) Community has 300 student residents. The university offers more than 20 paid sustainability positions for students. An Eco-Rep program promotes sustainability through peer-to-peer education. UK Greenthumb campaigned for the recently approved student green fee, which the Student Sustainability Council will oversee. A sustainability director position exists in the student government.

Mills College

The student group Earth C.O.R.P.S. ran a successful campaign to eliminate trays in dining commons. New-student orientation includes tours of sustainability-related resources on campus. The Larsen House Co-op houses students dedicated to raising environmental awareness on campus and is adjacent to the botanical garden.

Smith College

Morrow House, home to 84 students from all four classes, has emerged as a residence popular with students active in sustainability endeavors. Morrow students have created a house sustainability committee. Sustainability is incorporated into new-student orientation programs. Student environmental organizations include a community garden, the Bike Kitchen, and Engineers for a Sustainable World.

Southwestern University

Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge offers programming for new students during orientation, and residential advisers advocate for recycling and composting. The Civic Engagement/Green Hall Living-Learning Community houses over 50 students, and active organizations include the Garden Club. Through the Campus Energy Challenge, all campus residents compete to reduce water and electricity consumption.

University of Toronto

The university employs 20 student interns to work on sustainability initiatives, and 75 students coordinate the Eco-Reps program on campus. The University of Toronto Environmental Management Committee, a student organization, hosts environmentally themed events twice per month, plans to do waste audits at some events, and is working with the facilities department to create a green roof on campus. Students are encouraged to reduce their energy consumption during the campus-wide Eco-Challenge.

Wayne State University

WSU offers more than 100 paid and unpaid sustainability internships to students, and coordinates an Eco-Reps program. The Student Environmental Action Leaders (SEAL) is WSU's largest and most active environmental student organization. Students have developed sustainable gardens on campus through SEED Wayne, which provides grants to student organizations that assist with the gardens.

Student Involvement Leaders

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