Sustainability Volunteer Program

The Sustainability Volunteer Program (SVP) gives students the opportunity to engage in activities that create a more environmentally friendly, fun, and socially just campus. By taking part in this program, you'll engage in 2-4 hours of volunteer service each week throughout the academic term. Developed by students for students, the SVP helps you find your niche and build a network of friends while working on projects that create positive change on campus. 

Apply here to be a volunteer!



SVP Task Forces:

Beekeeping Task Force

Create a bee friendly campus by maintaining hives, tending plants that support pollinators, and designing educational events and workshops. Learn more about our apiary.



Cultural Sustainability Task Force

Explore how culture and social justice can strengthen sustainability initiatives at PSU. This task force develops events for Social Sustainability Month, advocates for cultural awareness on campus, and maintains the Cultural Sustainability Tour Map. The task force also addresses issues of campus accessibility, both physical and emotional, and learns to view sustainability from various perspectives.


Garden Task Force

The task force helps maintain student gardens around campus that include the Grazing Garden, Orchard, and Oak Savanna! As a volunteer, you may plan and facilitate workshops, and research garden techniques to use on campus. We enjoy plants and focus our time to learning about permaculture, connecting with PSU’s natural places, and cultivating community.


Waste Reduction Task Force

This team strives to build awareness and implement action through sustainable waste management practices at PSU. We support quarterly clothing exchanges, reuse fairs, and waste audits to teach the campus community about how waste can be diverted from landfills. The task force also supports outreach and upkeep of the PSU Reuse Room in Cramer Hall and the Supply Studio in the Art Building.


Marketing and Social Media Task Force

This task force shares sustainability with the PSU community and beyond. The group develops innovative outreach projects that include hosting the "Shades of Green" podcast on KPSU Radio Station, designing marketing materials, and publicizing via social media. We aim to build community through volunteerism and connection with one another to deepen our understanding of sustainability.


Other Volunteer Opportunities: In addition to the task forces listed, we have other opportunities available for registered volunteers. These may include helping host one day events, data entry, research, and other activities. Complete the SSC application to be consider for these projects.


What students have said about the program:


I loved getting to work on a project that is actively making better changes in the community.

— Caitlin August, Volunteer and Fellow, Cultural Sustainability Task Force

It really opened up my awareness about all sorts of different student initiatives on campus and gave me the resources to offer my support.                                                          — Willa Michaelsen, Coordinator, Garden Task Force
[I enjoyed] having something to look forward to each week, a time to meet with friends, talk about what is going on in life, oh and get things done.                                                         — 2014-15 volunteer