Opportunities to 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 with the WKU Sustainability Coordinator 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 weekly and will resume in the Fall semester. For more information contact committee chair Ian Hamilton at email@example.com, 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.
For more information, contact GreenToppers at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out GreenToppers on Facebook.
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 Ecology Club
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 work with the WKU Office of Sustainability
There are many opportunities to get involved in the advancement of sustainability
at WKU. The Office of Sustainability offers work-study positions and internships as
available for project-specific work. Below are some project opportunities waiting
to be matched up with a student with the right skills and expertise.
Project Grow Fellowships
The Office of Sustainability offers limited Project Grow Fellowships for spring, summer,
and fall semester terms. Fellows manage and maintain the gardens and other outdoor
elements at the Office of Sustainability. Responsibilities include garden and yard
maintenance, research, identification and application of best practices, educational
outreach activities, workshops and events, and other various projects.
If you are interested, please contact Christian Ryan for more information.
Application can be downloaded here. Please submit completed application to the Office of Sustainability.
Opportunities to Volunteer at the OoS
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 and campus and community organizations, as well as by fresh vegetables grown in the OoS Project Grow Community Garden.
Volunteers are needed to organize the pantry shelves, 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. It is designed and maintained by the Project Grow Community Garden Manager and Project Grow Fellows. The Garden serves several purposes:
- The Garden is a learning garden, demonstrating sustainable gardening best practices and a residential yard as a complete edible landscape. Students use the garden for applied research projects and hands-on practical skill building.
- The Garden provides fresh food for the WKU Food Pantry and for student volunteers that tend it.
- The Garden promotes community, drawing a diversity of individuals from across campus and throughout the wider community.
Volunteers are needed to work with the OoS Gardener and Project Grow Fellows to maintain the garden. This includes mowing, weeding, planting, and harvesting. When the weather gets too cold to garden we will do indoor skills like food processing.
Big Red Bikes is a bicycle lending library for WKU students, faculty, and staff.
Gently used abandoned and donated bikes are refurbished by Big Red Bikes student mechanics in the bike shop at the OoS and loaned for short or semester long terms at no cost.
Volunteers are needed to help Colton Turley, the BRB mechanic, repair, clean, and paint bikes. Volunteers are welcome to work with Colton .
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