Get Involved!

Many of the sustainability/environmentally-related programs listed in this guide have been created, maintained, and supported by students. To learn how you can get involved, contact one of these student organizations:

  • Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO): The University of Vermont Alternative Energy Racing Organization is a student run group that works for the advocacy, research, and development of alternative energy drive systems.

  • Bike Users Group (BUG): We’re a student led group at the University of Vermont dedicated to spreading the good word of bicycles.  We’ve set out to do that in a few different ways: by one, administering a campus-wide bike share available free to all UVM students, staff and faculty, so that all can experience the educational values innate to sharing bicycles.  Secondly, we also run a full-service Bike Shoppe in the loading dock area of the Davis Center which is meant to cater to all students by way of providing the area/tools to repair their own bikes, as well as the knowledge necessary to do so.  Both of these projects are meant to serve the greater goal of forming a community among bicycle users at the University of Vermont, the greater-Burlington area and beyond.

  • Campus Kitchens Project & Food ProjectA student organization dedicated to being an anti-hunger resource for the Burlington area, utilizing unserved food from UVM dining halls and garden plot produce. 
  • Common Ground Student Run Educational Farm: Common Ground is a three acre organic farm located at the Horticulture Research Center. We are a student run educational farm providing students the opportunity to plan and manage their own CSA and growing season. The club hires four full time workers and two part time workers in the summer to support almost sixty CSA shares worth of vegetables for faculty, staff, and dining services. 
  • Clean Energy Fund: Sustained by a self-imposed student fee of $10 per student per semester, UVM’s Clean Energy Fund is designed to advance renewable energy research, education, and infrastructure on campus. Student members compose a majority representation on the CEF Committee and internship opportunities are available with approved CEF projects.

  • Common Ground Student FarmA student-run, organic, educational farm at UVM where students strive to maintain and expand their knowledge of agricultural practices through hands-on learning experiences.


  • Eco-Reps ProgramEco-Reps are student employees who encourage environmentally conscious behavior and raise awareness about ecological issues in the UVM residence halls. 
  • ESA SEEDS: Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability: We are happy to announce that a new chapter of the Ecological Society of America's (ESA) SEEDS program has been established at UVM. SEEDS stands for Strategies in Ecological Education, Diversity and Sustainability and is a joint effort between the NSF, Andrew Mellon Foundation and the ESA. This is an exciting opportunity for undergrads, grads and faculty in all the environmentally related disciplines.

  • The Outing ClubThe Outing Club is a student-run group offering trips of all types, at levels from beginner to expert. They provide all the equipment and instruction for an afternoon trip or weekend adventure.

  • Slow Food Club: Slow Food UVM is a local chapter of an international organization emphasizing the importance of Good, Clean, and Fair food. Slow Food stands against the modern industrialized food system and works to educate people about alternative food systems.