Student Groups

Environmental 

  • Clinton Global Initiative University - Wesleyan Chapter - President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 to turn ideas into action. A non-partisan initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation, CGI moves beyond discussion, fostering a shared responsibility to address major global problems. From presidents to academics, from the boardroom to the classroom, CGI members from all walks of life are affecting positive change. Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. CGI U's driving philosophy is that anyone, anywhere can make a difference through a Commitment to Action—a tangible contribution towards solving a specific problem on their campus or in the wider global community.
  • The Composting Committee aims to develop and run a composting system for program houses, apartments and senior woodframes. Additionally, we help educate the Wesleyan community about the many benefits of composting. 
  • The Earth House is a program  house focused on environmental issues and sustainable living. 
  • Environmental Organizers Network is a collection of environmental groups and campaigns on campus.
  • The Farm House Community seeks to provide community access to the food politics and farm community 
  • LEGIT provides resources and a forum for transforming bicycles from sports equipment commodities into widely used and user maintained transportation tools. We strive to provide free instruction and tools for repairs, events to create a community of fun and serious riders, and collective bikes to eliminate bike ownership or maintenance as a barrier to their use. We're really cool too. 
  • The Long Lane Farm is a one acre organic garden devoted to developing an educational and practical resource for the Wesleyan and Middletown communities to address the problems surrounding current practices in agriculture in the United States, namely the unnecessary use of non-renewable resources, the broken connection between farmer and consumer, the eradication of important centers of community activity, and the degraded quality of both our environment and our diet. 
  • Regifting Recyclables aims to collect items that aren't normally recycled (or even items that are normally recycled) and creating something new out of them, whether it be money for charity or new products. For example, we are sending things into Terracycle.net, which will give a few cents per item sent in to a charity of your choice, while using the items to make various other things such as fences and plant food.
  • Students for Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Compliance seeks to pressure the university to become compliant with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). 
  • WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design) advocates for sustainable landscape design at Wesleyan.
  • WesCFPA -  Working with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (Connecticut's oldest conservation organization that preserves over 800 miles of hiking trails), students can volunteer at the headquarters, go on hikes, participate in trail maintenance excursions, work on CFPA video podcasts, or help plan lectures and film events. This organization works to not only conserve Connecticut's forests but also to educate the public on environmental issues and sustainability. 
  • The Wesleyan Bike Rental Program (WesBikes) seeks to maintain a fleet of bikes that students can rent at an affordable rate on a semester basis. The program provides foreign or out-of-state students the opportunity to use a bike without shipping one here, as well as offers students interested in riding bikes but not buying a new one the opportunity to do so affordably. Finally, the program seeks to encourage bike riding and sustainable transportation around the Wesleyan campus and Middletown Community.
  • The Wesleyan Farmers' Market is committed to supporting local agriculture, providing fresh, affordable, nutritious food, and building community in Connecticut. We organize farmers markets on campus the first and third Wednesday of each month from 11-2 pm in the Usdan Courtyard. 
  • The Wesleyan Raw Milk Coop's mission is to provide an organization through which students can purchase and enjoy unpasteurized milk from local dairy farms. We strive to support healthy living and local agriculture through our consumption as well as provide a forum in which students can discuss the benefits of raw milk and its many uses.
  • Wesleyan Students for Real, Ethical, Sustainable Habits (WesFRESH) is a student organization dedicated to raising food consciousness by examining the environmental, political, social and ethical impacts of what we eat. WesFRESH organizes events on campus to promote awareness of issues of food policy, sovereignty and security. WesFRESH works to unite student groups such as Long Lane Farm, The Farmer's Market, and EON to create a community of food lovers and activists. And finally, WesFRESH works with Bon Appetit to ensure the availability of local and sustainably produced food to all Wesleyan students. 
  • WesWater - Through the organization Charity: Water, we pledge to bring to the attention of the student body and the community at large the fact that one in eight people in our world don't have access to clean water. Through fundraising and awareness campaigns we hope to help support the building of freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters so that those living in developing nations can have access to clean and safe drinking water. Something that we all take for granted, and something that no human can live without. 
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