Go Green: The Campus Chronicle Guide, Local Sustainable Organizations

As we close our first month of the semester, you may have a long to-do list. One of those things that may be looming in the back of your mind is finding ways to do your environmental part. If you’re looking for opportunities to help the environment, there are a variety of green organizations to join on and off campus.

At Duke’s

Undergraduate Environmental Union

If you’re looking for the University’s hub for environmental programming, action, and collaboration, it’s here. Although the Union is centered on campus, it also acts as a liaison with larger members of the Durham community and even with neighboring institutions. The Union’s website is interactive and offers a variety of ways to get involved, from something as small as signing the petition to adding an environmental literacy class requirement to Duke’s undergraduate curriculum. , to something as big as enrolling in the new Climate Justice & Global Intersectionality program. home course. The Union also serves as a coordinating committee for many environmental groups on campus.

green devils

The Green Devils program is a year-long commitment consisting of bi-weekly meetings, participating in independent and collaborative projects, and attending social events. Green Devil interns lead the Green Dorm Room Certification Program on East Campus in the fall and lead their own projects while growing as sustainability leaders. Meanwhile, Green Devil interns participate in programming and volunteering, lead project reports, and encourage individual and group projects.

DSG Services and Sustainability Committee

The Duke Student Government Services and Sustainability Committee is committed to prioritizing sustainability in all aspects of Duke life by proposing policy changes. You don’t need to be on DSG to get involved in a sustainability project. The committee welcomes all students who wish to collaborate on environmental action and policy projects. Here you can see the current projects as well as the senators of the committee to contact.

earthy duke

Have you ever wondered how you could channel your creativity to help the environment? Earthy Creations, a student-run startup founded at Duke, is a platform that makes and sells recycled art with the goal of practicing both creativity and sustainability. Earthy Duke President Beatrice Kleeger, a sophomore, explains why Earthy is unique from other environmental groups on campus: “We are not just a group that works to be more sustainable, but we work to create a close-knit community, which I find helpful in fostering creativity and passion.

The group is always on the lookout for new artists willing to reinvent everyday things into beautiful creations. Kleeger realized the importance of “seeing the value of objects that are reused as having a complex history that can create more dynamic art”.


If you are looking to explore the Durham community, you should consider some green organizations.

Don’t Waste Durham

The main goal of Don’t Waste Durham is to reduce plastic waste and switch to reusable materials holistically. Olivia Polemeni, a junior biology and marine science and conservation student, first connected with the organization when founder and CEO Crystal Dreisbach came to speak to her Bass Connections research project group. Polemeni was involved this summer as a full-time communications management intern. She has also been involved in the Green to Go initiative, which provides reusable boxes to reduce on-the-go waste. Polemeni said the reason she decided to join Don’t Waste Durham was because she was “interested in environmental research, but wanted a chance to see what the application of this was like. research”.

Keep Durham Beautiful

As part of the Durham Environmental Coalition, Keep Durham Beautiful works to build and maintain clean spaces. The non-profit organization focuses specifically on waste prevention, recycling and waste reduction, community greening and closing the equity gap between environmental groups in Durham. Upcoming events can be found here.

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