WKU Office of Sustainability - Opportunities
Get Involved with Student Organizations
The SGA Sustainability Committee (SuCo) aka the Eco-Tops focuses on incorporating sustainability into university academics and demonstrating sustainability in operational practices as good stewards of resources and a model of exemplary practices for campus and the greater community. This committee works on myriad issues facing many college campuses and communities across the United States such as recycling, paper usage, renewable energy, reducing the university carbon footprint. Members collaborate on projects and events such as the annual Earth Day Festival. Recent successes of this committee include the implementation of a reusable container program in campus dining locations and no-bag default at Subway. Anyone is welcome to join. Meetings are bi-weekly and will resume in the Fall semester. For more information contact committee chair, Jayden Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out WKU Eco-Tops on Facebook.
WKU GreenToppers - Students for Sustainability is an organization that promotes environmental education, sustainable living, and community service. We seek to bring sustainable practices to the local community by having a volunteer presence and spreading environmental knowledge through student-led educational opportunities.
Big Red Beekeepers - The Big Red Beekeepers started during the 2012/2013 Academic Year. Dr. Bryan Reaka
is currently the primary Advisor, and the Co-Advisors are John Pace and Holly Young.
Our main focus is to educate a future generation of beekeepers. As the organization
grows we are expanding into research and queen rearing. Our bees are located at the
Office of Sustainability. Each year since 2012 student beekeepers have participated
in graduate research/thesis work with the bees located at the University Farm through
the WKU Agriculture Department. We hope to see this continue to grow and to have more
students participate in the conservation of bees and related research.
For more information, contact Holly Young at email@example.com, or check out the Big Red Beekeepers on Facebook.
WKU Horticulture Club - Members of the WKU Horticulture Club plant, propagate, and care for the various plant species in the WKU greenhouse. A few times a year, we sell plants, primarily succulents, on campus in order to raise funds for our endeavors. We spend time volunteering at local places such as the Baker Arboretum doing work such as weeding, planting, and mulching. Our volunteerism not only improves our city, but also allows us to become more connected with our community. The WKU Horticulture Club is open to any WKU student regardless of experience and major. We promote a soothing environment in which students can learn about plant species, how to care for plants, and serve in their community. For more information, contact Horticulture Club President, Max Goldstein, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities to Volunteer at the OoS
Come earn rewarding service hours!
- The WKU Food Pantry provides food assistance to WKU students, faculty, and staff that experience food insecurity. No proof of need is necessary. The Food Pantry inventory is sustained by donations from a variety of individuals on and off campus, community organizations, and of course, fresh produce grown in the Project Grow Community Garden. Volunteers can help with maintaining the pantry shelves, as well as organizinging food drives, and help with promotion and publicity projects, such as setting up satellite Food Pantries in offices and departments in other campus locations.
- The OoS Project Grow Community Garden comprises the backyard at the Office of Sustainability. The Project Grow Community Garden is a learning landscape in which to grow knowledge, cultivate community, and nourish our connection to nature. It is our goal to have every volunteer leave our office a little happier, healthier, and knowledgeable. We aim to answer questions such as: Can gardening really relieve my stress? What does escarole, arugula, or bok choy taste like? Why is it important for us to grow food for ourselves as a community? Along with having fun with friends, and trying new healthy foods, we hope that you will gain some awareness about our stake in our food system. Join us during weekly volunteer hours!
- Have another idea for the office? Bring it to us! We'd be happy to work with you in coming up with a new project to help promote sustainability at WKU!