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. They also coordinate the annual GreenMarch event with environmental events and activities in partnership with the other student groups. More »
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. The group is currently in the process of developing a youth cooperative that will empower teenage participants to create and run a produce distribution business. For more information, check out our blog.
Good Food Project
The Good Food Project works on sustainable food issues in our community. The group manages a community garden, a hydroponics window farm, and operates the campus composting system. 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. More »
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 pumpkin-carving and recycled paper valentines-making parties, and generally serving as a resource for the campus community. More »
Mountain Justice (MJ) is dedicated to ending mountaintop removal coal mining, or MTR. It has also expanded its focus to include other extractive industries, including hydrofracking, tar sands and off-shore oil drilling. It recognizes that MTR and other extractive industries endanger people's lives and perpetuate social inequalities; we affirm that environmental issues are inherently human issues. It holds rallies, campus-wide events, speakers, and actions to support our current campaign. Contact: swarthmoreMJ@gmail.com. More »
Swat Frack Action
Swarthmore Frack Action aims to address the issues of human safety and environmental degradation surrounding the process of hydraulic fracturing, while specifically working to keep hydraulic fracturing out of the Delaware River Basin. The group also aids in nationwide efforts to ban fracking. Swat Frack Action attends protests and rallies related to fracking and also organizes events to increase awareness on campus and in the local community. Swat Frack Action values renewable energy and sees hydraulic fracturing and its use in natural gas development as standing in the way of widespread use of such technologies. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. More »
Think Climate works to foster a discussion about Climate Change on the Swarthmore campus and in the surrounding community through educational activities. The club manages a weekly radio talk show under the same name on WSRN 91.5 that delves into the scientific and social aspects of Climate Change. Think Climate also participates in community events, and hopes to organize rallies and movie screenings on campus. Email: email@example.com.