Food Recovery Network - Get Involved

We like to say "sustainability is everybody's job". Get involved with sustainability efforts at Lawrence through student organizations, themed housing, work, and individual projects!


Sustainability Student Groups

For those that are interested in taking their interests to the next level (actually getting your hands in the soil at SLUG, recovering food for the local community from Andrew Commons) there are many student organizations with strong sustainability values. Examples include Greenfire, SLUG, Food Recovery Network, Bird and Nature Club and the Environmental Organization.

Consult the Directory of Student Organizations and check the "environmental" box to narrow your search.


Sustainability Themed Houses

Lawrence's small group housing program provides students with an opportunity to take an active role in their residential experience by engaging in a community of individuals with common educational or co-curricular interests.Commit to living a more sustainable lifestyle on campus by joining a themed house with a focus on sustainability.

SLUG - SLUG grows fresh produce for the Lawrence community using sustainable agricultural methods in the garden, orchard, and apiary. Members of the SLUG house value local, sustainable organic food and cook meals together.

Greenfire - Greenfire seeks to educate the Lawrence Community about sustainability, to advocate for environmental justice, and to promote environmental policy. Members of the Greenfire loft value local, sustainable and organic food and cook meals together once a week.

ORC - Outdoor Recreation Club (ORC) leads trips for the Lawrence University Community in Wisconsin and throughout the country. Members of ORC enjoy the outdoors and take part in camping, hiking and paddling trips.

Co-Op House - The McCarthy Co-operative is determined to lessen its environmental footprint, most specifically through the purchasing of local and organic foods. Members of the Co-Op cook all of their own meals.


Project Funding

Do you have a project idea that can help Lawrence reach it's sustainability goals? Submit an application to the Environmental Project Fund or the Student Sustainability Fund. 

Apply Here

Funding is also available for student research, internships, volunteer or services projects, class projects or student group initiatives.

See a collection of past projects


Volunteer at SLUG

You do not need to be an active member of SLUG to spend time digging in the dirt. Community members are welcome to volunteer during garden hours as well. Sign up to volunteer or learn more about volunteering the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden using this form.

Volunteer form created by Phoebe Eisenbeis '21

Green Room Certification

Since Lawrence is a residential campus, the individual lifestyle choices of Lawrentians can play a significant role in helping Lawrence to meet its sustainability goals. The Green Room Certification program provides a framework for sustainable living on campus and recognizes students who strive to reduce their daily impact on the environment. 

You earn points for the sustainable decisions that you make and implement in your room and can have your room certified as silver, gold or platinum. How green are you?

*a Lawrence login is required to access this link.


Sustainability Steering Committee

The Sustainability Steering Committee works to instill a culture of of sustainable long-range planning throughout the University. The Sustainability Steering Committee has eight appointed members however, committee meetings are open to all members of the Lawrence community.

If you are interested in attending meetings of the Sustainability Steering Committee contact the Sustainability Coordinator.