Elon has a number of student groups that address sustainability and environmental interests. Any student organization can and should strive to be sustainable in their actions. The Green Guide for student organizations highlights a variety of opportunities to be more sustainable.
Elon Community Garden
The Elon Community Garden is a place for Elon students, faculty, staff, children, and community to come together. It was initiated by an environmental ethics course in the fall of 2006 to foster education, spirituality, service, community discussion and sustainability and was fully established by a student as part of a senior thesis project.
Elon Outdoors offers students several opportunities to experience the natural world each semester with programs such as canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking, white water rafting and sailing.
Campus Kitchen at Elon University was launched in February of 2011. It is also a part of the Elon Volunteers Program in the Kernodle Center for Service Learning. Campus Kitchen utilizes vegetables from Loy Farm as well as unserved food from campus dining facilities and engages students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community.
Habitat for Humanity
Elon’s Chapter of Habitat for Humanity focuses its efforts to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the local area by pledging to raise the cost of one house and build a house in Alamance County each year.
Sierra Student Coalition
The Sierra Student Coalition’s mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environmental and use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Elon Animal Protection Alliance
Animal Protection Alliance strives to create a community of people who advocate for plant-based (vegan, vegetarian) options on campus, volunteer with animals in the community, and discuss issues regarding environmentalism, health, and animal rights.
Kappa Alpha Omicron (KAO)
Kappa Alpha Omicron (KAO) aims to celebrate students’ academic and professional achievements in environmental studies while supporting students as they delve into new environmental endeavors. KAO helps students become successful environmental leaders by: holding general meetings (open to anyone) in which environmental professionals discuss their careers; providing a cohort of environmentally-minded peers; and encouraging continued engagement with the environmental field.
Students for Peace & Social Justice
Students for Peace & Justice is a student run social activism organization that strives to educate and act to create a better world for all.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.
Elon Microfinance Initiative (EMI)
The Elon Microfinance Initiative (EMI) works locally and internationally to promote sustainable giving by providing support to small business owners. On a local scale, the group provides creative work and networking assistance to small business owners, while its international impact is made through Kiva.org loans to developing countries and businesses.