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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 bi-weekly and will resume in the Fall semester. For more information see the calendar on our main page or contact committee chair Ian Hamilton at ian.hamilton410@topper.wku.edu, 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 madison.legrand377@topper.wku.edu.

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 holly.young@wku.edu, 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 max.goldstein277@topper.wku.edu.


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.


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.

The Project Grow Community Garden is a learning landscape in which to grow knowledge, cultivate community, and nourish our connection to nature. The garden is shared by everyone and we can always use help. Come flex your green thumb, meet new friends, and maybe even learn something new in the Project Grow Community Garden. No gardening experience is necessary, just a smile and desire to have an enjoyable time is all you need.

It is our goal to have every volunteer leave our office a little happier, healthier, and knowledgeable. We aim to answer questions like: Can gardening be a stress-relieving, rewarding activity? 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.   

This Summer, join us in the garden every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm.


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 . 


 Office of Sustainability Volunteer Application



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