Get Involved on Campus
Swarthmore's environmental student groups are an active and powerful force on campus. Click on the links below to learn more about each student group and how to get involved. Members of the community also serve on the Sustainability Committee and the Crum Woods Stewardship Committee. The Environmental Studies Program, Facilitites Management, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College offer additional means of connecting with the natural world and environmental initiatives.
Earthlust is Swarthmore College's oldest environmental student group. The group was responsible for initiating recycling at Swarthmore in the 90's and the purchase of renewable energy to offset the college's electricity emissions. The group helps to increase education and awareness on sustainability issues through campus-wide education campaigns and coordinates collaboration between Swarthmore’s various environmental groups.
Swarthmore Environmental Justice promotes on-campus awareness of environmental injustice and partners with other organizations to address instances of injustice in broader communities. Environmental Justice is currently collaborating with the Chester Housing Authority and residents of the Ruth L. Bennett Homes to operate a community garden and youth education program. The Chester Garden Project hopes to address the serious lack of access to fresh produce in the neighborhood by working with children to grow, harvest, and distribute fruits and vegetables to members of the community. For more information, check out our blog. Contact: Laura Laderman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Good Food Project
The Good Food Project brings discussion of sustainable food to campus. The group manages the Good Food garden and previously had a hydroponic system. Good Food began composting of food waste on campus. It also address food issues though campus events such as movie screenings, planting and harvesting parlor parties, and an annual pig roast and panel discussion. Contact: Connie Bowen (cbowen1).
The Green Advisors (GA's) are a group of students that work to facilitate environmentally-friendly campus living. GA's main activities include managing residence hall composting, producing digests that inform students about sustainable practices, hosting all-campus events such as energy competitions and waste audits, and generally serving as a resource for the campus community. Green Advisors work in collaboration with the sustainability director to develop new sustainability initiatives and engage with the campus community. Contact: SwarthmoreGAs@gmail.com. More »
Mountain Justice is dedicated to working toward climate justice. Because we are not directly impacted by fossil fuel extraction (like mountaintop removal, tar sands, or fracking) here in Swarthmore, we consider ourselves to be allies to the frontline communities who are fighting the fossil fuel industry. We were the first of what is now an international movement of more than 500 campaigns, calling on our schools to divest our endowments from deadly fossil fuels and reivnest in the just and sustainable future we need. We are motivated not only by our concrete goals, but by the belief that the way we organize and work for change makes us genuinely happier and better people. Contact: swarthmoreMJ@gmail.com. More »
Serenity House Project
Serenity House is a local ministry of Arch Street United Methodist Church that serves community space on Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia. The neighborhood around the house is - in the words of local organizers- “plagued by poverty.” Serenity House aims to “interrupt the violence” that is prevalent there in the form of domestic abuse, homelessness, and economic marginalization. Serenity House works to bring about a just transition toward sustainable community through a community garden and regular gatherings, including women and men support groups, a book club, and Alternatives to Violence Project workshops. Since 2012, a small group of students and faculty have built a relationship with Serenity House by organizing garden workdays, a Mother’s Day Celebration, and the installation of a solar panel at Serenity House. There has been increasing involvement between the two communities as the partnership continues to develop and strengthen. Contact: Laura Rigell (lrigell1).