To get involved with sustainability on campus, Bowdoin students have many avenues to choose from outside of academics. Formal fellowships, internships, and campus employment—both over the summers and during the academic year—provide real world experience in fields related to sustainability. More informally, campus clubs explore various principles of sustainability, including the Outing Club's "leave no trace" ethic, Organic Garden Club whose members volunteer their time to provide healthy, organic food for the dining halls, the Yellow Bike Club's promotion of alternative forms of transportation, and others. Campus-wide events, from the Energy Savings Dorm Competition and Greenstock in the fall to Eco Service Day and Trash Audits each spring, provide additional ways for students to get involved with sustainability on campus.
Fellowship Opportunities: Bowdoin's Psi Upislon Fellowship supports a summer of research by letting a student explore sustainability by working directly with an organization, agency or company that is focusing on the transition to a more sustainable society. Examples of projects include green design, calculating metrics of sustainability, and developing systems for conversion to alternative energy systems. Read More.
The Bowdoin Outing Club, located at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center provides outdoors activities and education to Bowdoin's students. They send out a wide variety of trips each weekend including canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking, apple picking, whitewater rafting, telemark skiing, and winter camping. Trips are lead by trained student leaders, and are open to all members of the Bowdoin Outing Club. Learn More »
The Green Bowdoin Alliance is Bowdoin’s go-to student environmental group on campus. They are dedicated to promoting environmental issues both locally and nationally and work both on campus and in the greater Brunswick Community. The sub-committees of the alliance are devoted to political activism, changing student behavior, and dining-related issues.
The Bowdoin Organic Garden Club works both on campus as well as at the off campus Bowdoin Organic Garden to produce fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs for use in Bowdoin's Dining Halls. Students are involved in the planning, seed buying, planting, weeding, harvesting and delivering of produce. Come out and learn more about organic farming with the Bowdoin Organic Garden Club. Learn More »
Bowdoin Green Athletics (BGA) is a student-run organization under the direction of Alex Tougas ‘14 that collaborates with administrators, faculty, and staff to champion sustainability using the popularity of sports. Green Athletes has team representatives from each team, who will work with their teams to come up with commitments to sustainability. Athletes signed on to a mission statement written by Tougas and Keisha Payson, Sustainable Bowdoin Coordinator, committing athletes to the College’s carbon neutrality by 2020 mission. Learn More »
For more infomation contact Alex Tougas.
For an annual fee of only $30.00 members of the Yellow Bike Club have unlimited access to the Yellow Bike Club’s fleet of new and used bicycles scattered around the Bowdoin campus. The YBC is an effort to make the Bowdoin community more sustainable and provide affordable transportation to the Bowdoin Community. All bikes are maintained students. Learn more »
The Bowdoin Co-op is a student run food cooperative that meets weekly on Monday nights at 30 College Street. They are committed to buying food that is local, organic and fair trade. For more information on the Bowdoin Co-op contact Ian Kline.