Joining clubs and student organizations can be key when it comes to finding your place in college. You’ve probably heard once (or twice) that CSU has a few student-run clubs and organizations … around 500, in fact! Along with our diverse student population comes a seemingly infinite list of hobbies, passions, talents, and ways to get involved on campus –all the way from Apiculture Club to Zero-Waste Team. Not only can clubs and student organizations be a great way to meet new people who you have something in common with, but they can also help you develop your talents and interests into careers and lifelong passions.
We know 500 is a big number (you can browse through all student orgs on RamLink), so we’ll be sharing some examples of different types of student organizations that might be a good fit for you. Here are four student organizations that focus on environmental issues like sustainability, conservation, and restoration.
#1. Eco Leaders
Eco Leaders work directly with Housing and Dining Services as resident educators and activists in each of CSU’s residence halls. These students spend their time leading educational efforts and engagement initiatives to promote day-to-day sustainability practices like waste reduction, energy conservation, and recycling and composting. Eco Leaders also earn academic credits and a housing stipend as part of their position. In this program, Eco Leaders learn about the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social justice. This organization is a great way for students who are passionate about daily sustainability behaviors to get involved with their peers and communities on campus. Learn more about what Eco Leaders do and how to become one.
#2. Society for Ecological Restoration
The CSU student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) brings together students from various areas of study and majors across CSU who are interested in recovering and restoring damaged ecosystems. This SER student chapter takes part in tree-planting events on campus and in the city, hosts guest speakers, and brings students and professionals together to tackle environmental problems. Find out more information about the CSU chapter of SER on the Warner College website, or follow them on Facebook to check out what they have going on this semester.
#3. Student Sustainability Center
The Student Sustainability Center Club is housed within the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, but is open to students of all majors and areas of study at CSU. This student-run organization works with campus partners as well as partners across the Fort Collins community to address sustainability issues both large and small. They engage with programs such as Leading Environmental Advancement Fellowship (LEAF) and the Nitrogen Footprint Project. The club often hosts guest speakers at their meetings, features documentary screenings, and even puts on a “Trashion” Show during the Zero-Waste Symposium “with the goal of inspiring and engaging students across CSU in issues surrounding clothing waste, fast fashion, the textile industry, and throwaway culture.” Learn more about the SSC Club on their website or check them out on Facebook and Instagram.
#4. Zero-Waste Team
The Zero-Waste Team at CSU promotes waste reduction on campus by diverting waste from the local landfill (which is expected to be full by 2025). In addition to leading up-cycling and waste-diversion initiatives at various events year round (like running composting stations at home football games), the Zero-Waste Team also works directly with the University, the City of Fort Collins, and Larimer County to develop and improve waste infrastructure and composting throughout the community. To learn more about the Zero-Waste Team, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.