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 one academic
year 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 Graduate Assistant and Project Grow Coordinator Beth McGrew 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 seven 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.
Project Grow work days are every Friday 1pm – 3pm.
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 each Thursday from 1pm - 3pm.
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