There are many student groups actively engaged in sustainability initiatives. Please view the groups listed below for more information about their activities.
- Advanced Vehicle Team
Advanced Vehicle Technologies (AVT) team is dedicated to looking for new technologies to increase gas mileage, decrease emissions, and most importantly provide students with an experience that they’ll never forget and technical, hands-on skills that will help them in future careers.
- Ag Advocates
Ag advocates represent the College Of Agriculteral Sciences at activities to inform the public about the college and the diversity of the Agricultural Sciences.
- American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
The mission of Penn State's chapter of the ASES is to inspire an era of energy innovation and to speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy by advancing education, research, and policy.
- Beyond Coal
Beyond Coal educates the Penn State community about the grave problems associated with the coal industry, and more specifically with burning coal in our on-campus steam plant.
- Collegiate 4-H Club
The 4-H Club advances 4-H work and provides recreational and educational activities.
- Community Food Security Club
The Community Food Security Club explores nutrition and confronts issues of nutritional health by emphasizing environmentally sustainable practices.
- charity:water Penn State
charity:water Penn State assists the non-profit organization charity:water by creating awareness of the ongoing water crisis in developing nations & to raise funds to help their mission to bring clean, safe drinking water to those in need.
- Earth House
Earth House provides academic support and an enjoyable diverse living environment for those interested in agricultural and environmental topics.
As the oldest environmental group on campus, Eco-Action works towards awareness and change through semester long sustainable campaigns.
- Ecology Graduate Student Organization
The Ecology Graduate Student Organization engages in activities related to academic aspects of the program, recruitment, mentoring and professional development.
Eco-Reps are first year students living in residence halls that encourage their peers to practice environmentally responsible lifestyles.
- Energy Business and Finance Society
This club offers students within the EBF major, or those with interest in the major, an array of venues to learn about the opportunities that come with the program.
- Engineers for a Sustainable World
The Engineers for a Sustainable World act to facilitate the opportunity for students to be educated on, design, and implement sustainable engineering technologies.
- Environmental Society
Society is for all students interested in the environment. Meetings provide students with the opportunity to meet faculty and alumni in an informal setting and broaden their understanding of environmental issues.
- Environmental Systems Engineers Society
This society promotes the activities and interests of the geo-environmental engineering students at Penn State.
- Friday Night Lights Out
FNLO volunteers walk around campus every Friday evening to turn off classroom lights. Without this effort, many classroom lights would be left on until Sunday Evening.
HealthWorks is a peer education program promoting healthy lifesyle choices.
- Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions (I.D.E.A.S.)
I.D.E.A.S. creates an improved "work ethic" amongst students, pertaining, but now limited to the environment, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
- Interfaith Power & Light
Interfaith Power & Light strives to connect religion with healthy environmental practices.
- Net Impact
Penn State Net Impact strives to educate students about the business case for corporate social responsibility and sustainable growth in order to understand, balance, and capitalize on the complex relationship between business success and social and environmental progress.
- Penn State Global Water Brigades
This is a volunteer student- based group, dedicated to the research, design and construction of socially responsible, environmentally sustainable solutions to problems in the developing world.
- RECA (Renewable Energy for Central America)
RECA is Penn State's student chapter for the service program NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association). Also known as "Renew Crew", RECA is the award winning student service project that engages college students in renewable energy and electrical construction projects in partnerships with Central American electrical contractors and communities.
- Society of Women Engineers
SWE informs young women, their parents, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them.
- Students for Environmentally Enlightened Design (SEED)
SEED promotes sustainable architecture and design. SEED works with students and faculty for the advocacy of sustainable building practices through education and outreach events.
- Sustainable Agriculture Club
The Sustainable Agriculture Club strives to help the Penn State community understand the importance of sustainable agriculture through educational programs and activities.
- Vegetarian Club
Penn State vegetarians and vegans meet with other vegetarians and vegans to organize outreach activities promoting their goals of health, environmental, and animal rights.