Student Sustainability Groups

Interested in sustainability and want to know what's going on on campus?  You've come to the right place!  Click each group name below to learn more about student opportunities.

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  • Bike Co-op

    The Wesleyan Bike Co-op is for students who like fixing bikes, want to learn how to fix a bike, or want to get your bike fixed. 

    Peter Fulweiler '23

    pfulweiler [at] wesleyan.edu 

  • 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

  • Environmental Solidarity Network

    Wesleyan Environmental Solidarity Network is the newest sustainability umbrella group on campus and is still investigating its role in connecting campus sustainability efforts.

    Shirmai Chung '22

    schung03 [at] wesleyan.edu

  • Food Rescue

    Student volunteers pick up food that is normally wasted from Pi Cafe, Summerfields, and Usdan and deliver it to Eddy Shelter six days a week.

    wesfoodrescue [at] gmail.com

    Ari Hart ‘24 and Lucia Voges ’24

    efhart [at] wesleyan.edu, lvoges [at] wesleyan.edu

  • GRO Dreamville

    GRO (Grow, Revitalize, Organize) Dreamville is a contingent of students working with urban farmer Nur Fitzpatrick in the North End of Middletown. Within the organization, students both assist Nur in gardening/agricultural projects as well as fundraising, outreach, and community-building. They aim to construct an urban farm within the North End, as Nur has purchased a plot of land next to her house for those purposes. We also aim to support the homeless youth that Nur houses in her home. All in all, this organization strives to fight food disparity, racial injustice and income inequality within Middletown through fighting for food justice and social change.

    Ben Silverstone '22 and Ernest Braun '22

    bsilverstone [at] wesleyan.edu and ebraun [at] wesleyan.edu

  • 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

  • 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/seafood, bread, eggs, dairy, preserved foods, mushrooms, cheese, coffee, tofu, and seitan. Participating students pick up shares weekly and help once each semester with organization and distribution. 

    Cate Goodwin-Pierce

    wesleyanlocalcoop [at] gmail.com

    Website

  • 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.

    weslonglanefarm [at] gmail.com

  • Sunrise Movement Wesleyan Hub

    The Sunrise Movement is a national movement propelled by young people across the country who want to end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel money in politics, with many local chapters, including one in Middletown.

    sunrisemiddletown[at]gmail.com

    Website 

  • Veg Out

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

    Website

  • 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 mentors from NEAT (North End Action Team, a local 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

  • Wes Divest

    In solidarity with hundreds of universities nationwide, Wes Divest is a group of students who demand that Wesleyan cancel its investments in fossil fuel companies and companies that profit from human rights violations in Palestine.

    Ivanna Morales '22

    imorales [at] wesleyan.edu

    Website

  • WesNEAT
    WesNEAT is dedicated to building solidarity between Wesleyan students and Middletown residents. They work closely with the North End Action Team (NEAT), a grassroots organization in Middletown’s North End neighborhood. WesNEAT’s goal is to support the needs of the community as expressed by the community. 
    Jess Burks '23 and Maya Alicki '24
    jburks [at] wesleyan.edu, malicki [at] wesleyan.edu
  • Wesleyan Green Fund

    The Green Fund is comprised of 5-10 voting committee members and a WSA liaison. 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

    Jack Howard '23

    jshoward [at] wesleyan.edu 

  • 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.

    Will Wallentine '23

    wwallentine [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.

    wildwesu [at] gmail.com  

    Website