Sustainable Student Organizations

Students tabling or volunteering at different sustainability events


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Scroll down to find the perfect organization for you - you're one step closer to making lifelong friendships and positive environmental changes on campus! 


Sunrise Movement UMass Amherst

Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We're building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. We are ordinary young people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love. We are gathering in classrooms, living rooms, and worship halls across the country. Everyone has a role to play. Public opinion is already with us - if we unite by the millions we can turn this into political power and reclaim our democracy. We are not looking to the right or left. We look forward. Together, we will change this country and this world, sure as the sun rises each morning.

UMass Amherst Eco-Rep

The mission of the Eco-Rep Program is to foster environmental literacy within the campus community and translate that new understanding into more sustainable behavior. This 2-credit course is led by students for students and offers volunteer and field trip opportunities. Search SPIRE: ENVIRSCI 297F to sign up for Spring and ENVISCI 197D to sign up for Fall. Meets once a week on Tuesdays or on Wednedays depending on which class section you join! 


UMass Gardenshare 

Our goal is to facilitate the involvement between the campus, the community, and the Earth. We grow food, herbs, medicinal plants, and flowers, and encourage our members to share their knowledge in workshops and events. If you care about gardening, food, sustainability, or just like getting your hands dirty, we are the group for you. Garden located at 11 Tillson Farm Road in Amherst. Fall is when we offer a 1 credit Gardenshare Practicum and maintain the garden before it goes to sleep in the Winter (STOCKSCH 298G on SPIRE). Anyone is welcome to work in the garden at any time. Come by, weed a little, and then take some stuff! 

UMass Amherst Food Recovery Network 

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The purpose of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) is to recover leftover food from The University Of Massachusetts Amherst’s dining halls, and from events on campus, and donate it to people in Amherst who are in need.  FRN uses student volunteers to pick up food from dining halls and transport it to shelters in Amherst.  This organization plans to raise awareness in the campus community about food waste, both at UMass Amherst and in the greater community. In turn, the organization hopes to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the university and individuals in the community positively influenced by our efforts. We hope to educate students about food insecurity on campus and in the town of Amherst, and create a more informed student body. Our ultimate goal is to reduce food waste on campus in every aspect.

Contact us in order to sign up to volunteer for a food recovery! 

UMass Green Building Council  

The UMass Green Building Council (UMGBC) is a student chapter of the United States GBC and focuses on providing accessible career development opportunities to members, building community, and executing educational and outreach projects related to sustainable building. The club focuses on sustainable building practices with a large focus on Green Roofs.


We work to stand up to powerful, special interests and win concrete victories on campaigns protecting the environment and our public health. As of summer 2020, Victoria Reffafa-Lawlor is our chapter chair ( and Caroline Williams is our new 100% Renewable Energy Campaign Coordinator (





Paperbark Literary Magazine is a graduate student led publication focused on the confluences between science and the humanities. We publish prose, poetry, artwork, and photography that speaks to the importance of place, conservation, sustainability, and an appreciation for our role as stewards of the earth. Our magazine is annual, with several web-only releases and community events throughout the semester. 

UMass Amherst Permaculture  

The UMass Permaculture Initiative is changing the way students interact with their food and surroundings with the creation of on-campus permaculture gardens. As part of the Healthy and Sustainable Food System Initiative, UMass Permaculture serves as a hands-on, experiential teaching tool for students to learn about local, healthy food systems. If you are planning to volunteer and have questions, please email Dan Bensonoff at 



Plant-Based Nutrition Club (P-NUT) 

P-NUT promotes plant-based diets and the incorporation of more plants into everyone's diets. We focus on the benefits that plant-based diets have for our environment and health within the department of nutrition students, faculty, staff, and the wider UMass community through organizing educational/informational events, hosting professional plant-based speakers in the nutrition community, planning social events to connect students, and accessing plant-based materials/resources. 


Rack City Thrift

Your local student pop-up thrift shop! Donate, shop, volunteer or just hang out with us every Friday in the Student Union from 12pm to 3pm where we will be selling second hand clothing for very ~affordable~ prices. Rack City Thrift is a student run initiative that strives to keep clothing out of the landfill, and provide affordable and ethical clothing options to the campus community. Profits from Rack City are donated to support campus sustainability projects.


Secretary of Sustainability within Student Government Association (SGA) 

The Secretary of Sustainability is a position within the SGA and acts as a liaison to the President for students, faculty and administration on all matters pertaining to the environment. They're a resource for UMass members that have ideas and projects that address UMass's relationship with the environment. They also offer advice to cabinet members for collaborative projects.

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Sustainability Projects Abroad 

Sustainability Projects Abroad is a registered student organization in the University of Massachusetts Amherst that seeks to serve the world abroad through 100% student-led sustainability projects that locals can take and run without relying on foreign help and technology


Beekeeping Club

The Beekeeping Club is a group of people who are passionate about bees. Revived in 2019, this RSO is focused on learning about and being involved with bees and beekeeping through a mix of hands-on and informative activities. Involvement is open to all, whether you’re an experienced beekeeper or just want to help “Save the bees” and have fun.

UMass Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Club 

A student-founded environmentally focused civic engagement program that seek committed students with a strong volunteer ethic to become more environmentally active in order to enhance community wellness within the Pioneer Valley. We offer resume-building volunteer opportunities, a great way to network with conservation agencies, and a fun and fulfilling atmosphere to make new friends while making a difference. 

UMass Hydro Farm 

We are a student run hydroponics practicum/business that supplies the school and other student run businesses with fresh locally grown leafy greens. We grow multiple varieties of lettuce, leafy greens, and culinary herbs year-round in our hydroponic raft systems. We are also experimenting with fruiting crops in recirculating buckets and nutrient film channels. Signups for Fall 2018 practicum are open - send an email to with a description of your interests. 

UMass Society of American Foresters- Student Chapter

The UMass Student Chapter focuses on preparing students for careers in forestry and related fields. We offer a wide range of activities revolving around raising awareness about conservation, forest ecology, and especially forestry through talks and hands-on events.

UMass Outing Club (UMOC)


To sign-up for trips or check on official club happenings, check out our website! You must create an account with Teamapp and pay official club dues to sign-up for trips. All trips are led by our trained leaders. After every General Body Meeting, our leaders post their trips on teamapp. You can also see what trips are happening each week by signing up for the email list, which is posted on Teamapp! In addition if you would like to talk to someone in person please swing by the Gear Locker (located in the Photo Lab, 280 Hicks Way). Gear Locker hours change each semester, so check out Teamapp for the current hours of our Locker employees. If you have questions, contact us through Teamapp or send us a message through Facebook! See you on the trail / river / crag / cave / cabin! 

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Have you heard about the Sustainable Organization Coalition (SOC)?

SOC is a coalition of sustainable organizations on the UMass campus that meet several times throughout the academic year. Meetings are typically held in the Student Union (during construction they will be held in Bartlett Hall), are student-run and cover topics including but not limited to: planning events together such as the Sustainability Slammer and Earth Day Festival, voting on proposals for the Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund, and keeping all organizations updated on everyone's current projects and goals related to sustainability. Anyone is welcome to attend meetings. To get on the mailing list, email the Student Government Association Secretary of Sustainability at