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WKU Office of Sustainability - Opportunities

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 , 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 greentopperswku@gmail.com, 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 holly.young@wku.edu, or check out the Big Red Beekeepers on Facebook

WKU Ecology Club

WKU Horticulture Club

 

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 . 

 

 Office of Sustainability Volunteer Log

 

  

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 Last Modified 5/22/17