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.

  • 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.  

    Irene Westfall '22

    iwestfall [at] wesleyan.edu

  • 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.

    Irene Westfall '22

    iwestfall [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

    Website

    Gina Gwiazda ’22 and Claire Isenegger ’21

    ggwiazda [at] wesleyan.edu and cisenegger [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

    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/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. 

    Annie Thompson '22, wesleyanlocalcoop [at] gmail.com

    Local Food Cooperative

  • 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

  • Real Food Challenge

    Real Food Challenge reviews Usdan food purchases and works with Bon Appetit to shift Wesleyan's food budget to fair, sustainable, local, and humane food. RFC 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.  

  • Sunrise Movement Middletown 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.

    Maren Westgard '22 and Olivia Weiss '22

    mwestgard [at] wesleyan.edu and oweiss [at] wesleyan.edu 

    facebook.com/SunriseMiddletown/ 

  • Veg Out

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

    Jolene Leuchten '21 and Sophie Hamilton '21

    jleuchten [at] wesleyan.edu and shamilton [at] wesleyan.edu

    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

  • 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

     

  • 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.

    Zali Hock '22

    zhock [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.

    Alex De La Rosa '20

    aidelarosa [at] wesleyan.edu

    Website