Sustainability Clubs & Organizations

Dickinson College Outing Club at Pole Steeple


Students come together monthly to connect and network through the Dickinson College Sustainability Coalition. The Coalition is a student-created and facilitated group designed to improve collaboration between sustainability-related clubs and organizations. More information about the coalition can be found by e-mailing sustainability@dickinson.edu.

Some of the student clubs and organizations in the network include:

Idea Fund:
The Idea Fund empowers students to identify and solve problems in the community by equipping and connecting them with the skills, networks, and resources to effectively design and implement viable projects. We achieve these goals through our three main services: Project Consulting, Innovation Grants, and Revolving Loans.

Eco-Reps: 

The Eco-Reps program, coordinated by the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE), connect sustainability to the residential experience. Eco-Reps are volunteer peer-educators that coordinate outreach and education to a residence hall community about sustainable living, including energy efficiency and the current infrastructure for composting and recycling. Eco-Reps host events in their residence halls, and work with residence life staff to make sustainable living options more prevalent in campus housing.

Athletic Eco-Reps:
The Athletic Eco-Reps program plays a strategic role by promoting greater interaction and communication between athletics and sustainability, two prominent stakeholder groups within Dickinson College's community. Dickinson, as well as 5 other schools, created a statewide consortium of college's and universities to engage student athletes in sports greening and in leadership roles to promote sustainability in athletics and recreation.


Biodiesel Shop:
The Biodiesel Shop is operated and maintained by the Center for Sustainability Education. Student volunteers in the shop can create renewable biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil as well as liquid and bar soap from glycerol, a byproduct of fuel production. Dickinson’s biodiesel shop offers a sustainable, innovative, and financially beneficial alternative to the use of fossil fuels on campus, and creates educational opportunities for service and experience.

The Handlebar Bicycle Co-Op: 

The Handlebar, operated and maintained by the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE), operates on co-op model that is "for" students, faculty and staff, "by" students, faculty and staff. Shop volunteers teach shop-goers how to maintain their bikes, re-assemble parts and make repairs when necessary. Volunteers are always welcomed, and can be trained through our educational workshop program. The shop and its volunteers reuse bikes and bike parts in order to operate sustainably.

The Treehouse:

The Treehouse functions as both a Special Interest House and a student organization. Also known as the Center for Sustainable Living, the Treehouse promotes sustainable living practices and sharing of sustainability information through events such as soup and breads, open mic nights, and open houses.

Reinvest Dickinson:
Reinvest Dickinson is a student group dedicated to ensuring that Dickinson’s financial investments align with its commitment to human rights and sustainability. The group aims to educate members of the Dickinson community about our investments and move Dickinson towards divestment from the fossil fuel industry. 



Student Handiwork for Organized Projects (SHOP): 

SHOP brings together students, faculty, and college employees to participate in a “skillshare” to create a larger and more able workforce at Dickinson. These skills will be acquired through hands-on projects that improve and develop the Dickinson College community and its living spaces.

Outing Club: 

The Outing Club is a great outlet for Dickinson students looking to try their hand at a wide range of outdoor activities. Activities range from camping to kayaking to rock climbing. The club provides the necessary gear and funding for trips, and transportation. Dickinson students are welcome to attend the weekly meetings, or to contact the club if an upcoming outing has sparked their curiosity and interest.



EarthNow: 

A student-run environmental advocacy group, EarthNow initiates sustainability-related projects and initiatives such as a campus-wide ban on the sale of plastic water bottles, an audit on paper use, and a Green Screen Film Series to view and discuss documentaries. 

Students Interested in Sustainable Agriculture (SISA):
SISA is an organization designed to raise awareness of agricultural issues on campus and to connect students to the College Farm. Each year, SISA organizes Harvest Fest and Local Foods Dinner, and in the past, the group has initiated themed dinners such as a grass-fed burger night to raise awareness about ethical eating.



Students for Social Action (SSA): 

SSA addresses social justice issues at the campus, local, national or international level. SSA hosts events to raise awareness about current problems and to urge a response from the college community. Past events include the Fair Trade craft fair in the HUB social hall and an organized campaign addressing workers’ rights and fair labor.