There are many student groups actively engaged in sustainability initiatives. Please view the groups listed below for more information about their activities. Search for more student organizations via the online directory.
Advanced Vehicle Team
Advanced Vehicle Team (AVT) is dedicated to looking for new technologies to increase gas mileage, decrease emissions, and provide students with an experience that they’ll never forget and technical, hands-on skills that will help them in future careers.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
A student-run pre-professional engineering club at Penn State, University Park interested in Agricultural and Biological Systems.
American Solar Energy Society
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.
American Water Resources Association
The American Water Resources Association is an organization dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary water resources research, planning, management, development, and education.
The Beekeepers Club exists as a space for beekeeping-enthusiasts and for those simply interested in learning about/sharing the beekeeping hobby. They promote the importance of honeybees through various activities.
The Bridge Initiative
The Bridge Initiative is a group of volunteer consultants in accordance with Penn State University. They are the “bridge” between local organizations in need of volunteers and passionate students who strive to make positive changes in society. Their mission is to promote collaboration among students, school and local communities to execute socially beneficial projects to raise the public awareness of societal problems.
Bridges to Prosperity
In the summer of 2014, Penn State Bridges to Prosperity had the incredible opportunity to assist the community of Membrillo, Panama through the construction of a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge. It provides the 1,500 members of Membrillo year-round access to critical school and medical facilities located on the other side of the river.
Circle K International (CKI) is a college service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. CKI focuses on community service with the opportunity for leadership development and the chance to meet other college students.
Collegiate 4-H Club
The 4-H Club advances 4-H work and provides recreational and educational activities; spreads and influences 4-H youth/development activities; and promotes leadership, citizenship, and social opportunities for youth and teens.
Community, Environment, and Development Club
The Community, Environment, and Development Club is a networking and community-service based club focused on the local community of State College. They strive to build relationships with community members and community organizations to enhance the sustainability and economic development of State College and its surrounding areas.
Community Food Security Club
The Community Food Security Club explores nutrition and confronts issues of nutritional health by emphasizing environmentally sustainable practices. Through educational campaigns, they are committed to raising awareness of the hunger and food insecurity issues faced by 50 million Americans.
The community garden site provides students and community members the chance to attend workshops and put in practice local and organic food production methods. Currently, more than 100 gardeners practice sustainable and organic gardening techniques.
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 and by raising funds to help their mission to bring clean, safe drinking water to those in need.
Council of LionHearts
The purpose of the Council is to advance community service at Penn State and to create interesting and engaging opportunities for all students at Penn State to become service volunteers. The Council also works to maintain an effective leadership network for Penn State’s community service organizations. They lead the Friday Night Lights Out event.
A student-powered organization (club sport) that seeks to provide opportunities for cyclists of all levels and interests.
Earth and Mineral Science Student Council
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Undergraduate Student Council exists to provide a link between the students, faculty, and alumni of the College. We do this through social events which promote interaction in an atmosphere not regularly experienced on campus.
Earth House provides academic support and an enjoyable diverse living environment for those interested in agricultural and environmental topics.
Eberly College of Science Student Council
As a part of the student government, they are the students' main contact with the Dean's Office. They work towards creating a student base and act as a representative voice for ECoS students.
Since its foundation as Penn State’s first environmental organization in 1972, students have breathed life into the environmentalist movement, working as one to transform Penn State into an ultimately sustainable university. 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. EGSO has prepared recommendations for changes to the program's required curriculum and formed a committee to help new students cope with academic and social challenges of the graduate program.
Eco Reps are students committed to creating a culture of sustainability at Penn State. The position is paid and welcomes students from diverse majors and backgrounds to encourage sustainable behaviors in the residence halls through fun activities.
Energy Business and Finance Society
The Energy Business and Finance Society offers students within the EBF major, or those with interest in the major, with a different array of venues to learn about the opportunities that come with the program.
Engineers for a Sustainable World
The Engineers for a Sustainable World facilitate opportunities for students to be educated on, design, and implement sustainable engineering technologies.
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that partners with developing communities worldwide to improve their quality of life through the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering leadership skills, technical ability and a global outlook in students of any major.
Environmental Resource Management Society
The ERM Society's mission is to join the students of the Environmental Resource Management major to stimulate interest in the environment. They provide further awareness of environmental issues through professional events, speakers, discussions, etc.
The 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.
Fossil Free PSU
The mission of Fossil Free PSU is to urge Penn State University to freeze any new investments in fossil fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds.
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.
GlobeMed at Penn State partners with ACUDESBAL, a grassroots organization working with 29 communities in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador. They work together as a way to achieve social, economic, political, and environmental justice.
Global Brigades aims to resolve global health and economic disparities by empowering student volunteers, local professionals, and community members in a collaborative holistic approach to sustainable development. Chapters: Architecture, Business, Dental, Engineering, Environmental, Human Rights, Medical, Microfinance, Public Health and Water.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Helping Across the Community
The Helping Across the Community Interest House, located on the first floor of Beaver Hall, is focused on enhancing ourselves and our community through service learning and service leadership.
The Horticulture Club is an organization for all university students interested in plants, gardening, and landscaping. It is the goal of the club to educate both its members and the public on sound horticultural practices, new plants, and new techniques.
Human Rights Brigade
Penn State's Human Rights Brigade is a chapter of Global Brigades, the largest student-run sustainable development organization in the world. Members of the chapter work with in-country lawyers and social workers to improve access to legal counsel, legal education, and human services in Panama's rural communities during 8-day trips throughout the year.
Their mission is to create an innovative community that helps individuals learn business and technical skills, launch their ideas, and develop as entrepreneurs. They envision a community transformed by entrepreneurship, where people act on the triple bottom line: to do well, while doing good.
Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources Association
As a chapter of the national society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, MANRA pledges to work for the inclusion, achievement and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences.
Net Impact - Graduate Chapter
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 Net Impact Undergraduate (PSNIUG) is a newly-formed and fast growing student organization in the Smeal College of Business. We are affiliated with Net Impact National, a nonprofit organization with more than 50,000 students and professional leaders in more than 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe.
Penn State Outing Club
The Penn State Outing Club, PSOC for short, is an entirely student run organization that is dedicated to experiencing the outdoors in every possible capacity. PSOC was founded in 1920, making it one of the oldest clubs at Penn State. Still running strong today, PSOC club members organize backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and trail maintenance trips from the Catskills to California.
Public Health Brigades
Members of Public Health Brigades empower rural Honduran, Panamanian, Nicaraguan and Ghanaian communities to prevent common illnesses through in-home infrastructural development, community leader training, and health education. Working side-by-side with community members, volunteers improve the overall infrastructure within the home through the construction of five projects: eco-stoves, latrines, water storage units, showers, and concrete floors.
ServeState is a student run service and philanthropy organization who aim to better Penn State and the surrounding community. They have a membership minimum of 25 hours of service per semester.
Society of American Foresters
The Penn State Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters seeks to advance the science, technology, education, and practice of professional natural resource management and to use the knowledge and skills gained to benefit society.
Society of Energy Engineers
Just as Penn State's John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering was the first to establish the energy engineering major, Penn State is now the first university to create the Society of Energy Engineers for its students majoring in energy engineering. The society provides a forum for energy engineering students to meet and discuss various academic, research, and professional opportunities that are available.
Society of Environmental Systems Engineers
The SESE provides a forum for the concerns and interests of EnvSE students. Their goals include: Publicizing ENVSE to industry, corporations, and the general public; Creating awareness of EnvSE at Penn State; Encouraging student involvement; Participating in campus projects including: volunteer day at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Exhibition, and Earth Day; and professional development through industry and government speakers.
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 Engaging Students
They aspire to enrich our campus community and encourage student involvement by: facilitating leadership development, promoting community service, fostering civic engagement, and supporting student organizations.
Students for Environmentally Enlightened Design
SEED promotes sustainable architecture and design. SEED works with students and faculty for the advocacy of sustainable building practices through education and outreach events.
Student Society for Indigenous Knowledge
Indigenous knowledge is the local information you accrue from living in a specific place and can occur anywhere, from right in State College, to a native village in Nepal. The Penn State Student Society for Indigenous Knowledge’s (SSIK) goal is to increase awareness of indigenous knowledge and gain participation among Penn State students in various activities and 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.
Take Back the Tap
Take Back the Tap at Penn State (TBTT) is an organization that promotes the use of reusable water bottles and education on the dangers of bottled water consumption. TBTT strives to kick disposable water bottles off campus and support clean and healthy drinking water for all.
The Penn State Student United Way is a student-run branch of the Centre County United Way. They are student volunteers devoted to lending their time and talent for the benefit of the surrounding community. This group organizes the annual Trash to Treasure sales.
Penn State vegetarians and vegans meet with other vegetarians and vegans to organize outreach activities promoting their goals of health and environmental and animal rights.
The Wildlife Society
The Wildlife Society has a wide range of activities in professional development, recreation, fund-raising and recruitment, and community service. The club strives to keep members involved by offering series of activities, speakers, workshops, and social events to attend each semester. In the past these have included short courses at Shaver's Creek such as Project WILD and Pennsylvania Songbirds, Bird Box building, trips to bat caves and T-n-D Cats of the World, and a variety of guest speakers at meetings.