Student Sustainability Groups

Interested in sustainability and want to know what's going on on campus?  You've come to the right place!

  • Bread Salvage

    Students pick up unsold bread products from Freihofer’s Bread Company and deliver them to two schools in Middletown each week.

    wesfoodsalvage [at] gmail.com

    Website

  • Climate Action Group

    Climate Action Group (formerly Climate Ambassadors) aims to engage the Wesleyan community in activism, education, and discussion around climate justice and climate change solutions.

  • Food Rescue

    Student volunteers pick up food that is normally wasted from Pi Cafe, Summerfields, and Usdan to be deliver to Eddy Shelter. There are 12 pick-ups per week and students are assigned one shift per week; total commitment is about 30 minutes.

    wesfoodrescue [at] gmail.com

    Website

  • Habitat for Humanity

    Wesleyan Habitat for Humanity partners with Middlesex Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing for first-time home owners in the local community.

    weshfh [at] gmail.com

    Website

  • Local Co-op

    Local Co-op provides an affordable option for students to purchase local and sustainable food.  At the start of each semester, students can choose to get shares of produce, meat, bread, eggs, dairy, preserved foods, and tofu/seitan. Participating students pick up shares weekly and help once each semester with organization and distribution. 

    wesleyanlocalcoop [at] gmail.com

  • Long Lane Farm

    Long Lane Organic Farm is a cooperatively run small farm that uses ecological farming practices to produce food for the Wesleyan University Campus as well as the broader Middletown community. In addition to serving an important nutritional role in the local area, Long Lane is committed to providing the community with opportunities for festive gatherings and open exchanges, farm and food education, and hopes to contribute collaboratively to thought and practice at the nexus of culture and agriculture in general.

    weslonglanefarm [at] gmail.com

  • Middletown Urban Gardens

    Middletown Urban Gardens is a coalition of students working with the North End Action Team (a local non-profit) to establish new community gardens and promote healthy eating in low-income areas Middletown. MUG leads the design process and provides the necessary materials for new gardens, but empowers Middletown residents to be the primary stewards and users of the land.

    middletownurbangardens [at] gmail.com

  • Real Food Challenge

    The Real Food Challenge's mission is to review Usdan food purchases and shift Wesleyan's food budget to fair, sustainable, local, and humane food. The RFC Club is the successor to WesFRESH, and is dedicated to raising food consciousness by examining the environmental, political, social, and ethical impacts of what we eat. 

  • Veg Out

    Veg Out is a student-run campaign which aims to increase awareness of the social, political and environmental consequences of animal agriculture.

    Ingrid Eck '19

    ieck [at] wesleyan.edu 

    Website

  • WesBikes

    WesBikes is Wesleyan's bike rental program led and run by students, to promote sustainable transportation on campus and around Middletown. Working on a system of semester-long rentals, it caters to students for whom owning a bicycle on campus is infeasible for geographical or financial reasons. 

    Gila Glattstein '20

    gglattstein [at] wesleyan.edu

  • WesCFPA

    WesCFPA (Wesleyan Connecticut Forest & Park Association) maintains trails across Connecticut (members are specifically responsible for a handicap-accessible trail nearby) and promotes environmental conservation. The group manages events, which include film screenings, expositions and lectures, and collaborates with other groups on campus. WesCFPA reaches out to the community through hikes with the mentors from NEAT (North End Action Team, an outreach organization) and elementary students. Working closely with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, WesCFPA volunteers create strong and lasting community partnerships through hands-on experiences.

    wescfpa [at] gmail.com

  • Wesleyan Beekeepers

    A club on Wesleyan's campus devoted to spreading awareness and learning the art of beekeeping

    Eva Moskowitz '18

    emoskowitz [at] wesleyan.edu

    Website

  • Wesleyan Fossil Fuel Divest

    In solidarity with hundreds of universities nationwide, Wesleyan Fossil Fuel Divest calls on Wesleyan University to get divest of its investments in fossil fuel companies.

    Website

  • Wesleyan Green Fund

    The Green Fund is comprised of 5-10 voting committee members and a WSA liason. The Green Fund's goal is to fund projects that traverse the broad definitions of environmental sustainability that they hope to foster on campus. They meet with every individual or group that submits a proposal and work with them to strengthen their message and expand the reach of their project throughout Wesleyan.

    Learn more and apply for funding: http://www.wesleyangreenfund.org/ 

  • Wesleyan Outing Club

    The Wesleyan Outing Club offers a wide range of trips most weekends such as biking, hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing, and longer trips over breaks. Past trips have included winter camping in the White Mountains, biking and a Polar Bear Plunge at nearby Miller’s Pond, a sunrise hike up Mt. Higby, and hiking through New England forests near and far. The Outing Club rents out a supply of outdoor gear to students, including sleeping bags, tents, stoves, canoes, kayaks, and cross country skis.

    Becky Eder '18

    beder [at] wesleyan.edu

    Website

  • WILD Wes

    WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan) aims to develop an alternative to the water-, chemical fertilizer-, and pesticide-intensive conventional lawn cover that dominates university campuses and much of the United States. The group strives towards landscapes that reflect a commitment to economic, social, and ecological sustainability. This commitment is embodied primarily in the practice of permaculture: a design philosophy and system that looks the structures and relationships found in nature as models for creating diverse, stable, productive systems. WILD Wes' landscape design systems use no non-renewable fuels, integrate a variety of native plant species and environments, and work to be virtually self-sustaining.

    Tony Strack '18, Brooke Burns '18, and Matt Chun '18

    wildwes [at] wesleyan.edu

    Website